The ‘devils advocate’ was once a well-respected scholar and journalist who used his powerful voice to raise awareness about caste and gender discrimination.
But after his death in 2015, he became an icon of Hinduism and a victim of caste and caste-based violence.
Now, he is the founder of a movement in Bengal that is helping people change their minds about their faith.
In a landmark report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) last year recognised the movement as a “humanitarian crisis” in the country.
The movement’s founder, Sri Sri Srinivasan, has set up a fund to help people with their doubts about their religion.
The Hinduism of Sri Sri’s death In the 1950s, Sri Sripanarayana founded a school in Bangalore, India, which was called the “School of the Blessed Surya Namaskar”.
He used his prestige to create an intellectual hub for his community.
His name was immortalised in Sanskrit, the oldest surviving Sanskrit language.
His work was revered by many, including Gandhi and his disciples.
But in the 1950th year of his life, he was killed by an unknown assailant, in what was one of the most notorious episodes of violence in Indian history.
“The first thing I did was call the police, tell them to come to my house, and then I had a conversation with the policemen,” said Srinasanarayanan, who is now 95.
“They said, ‘You have to tell us what happened.
I said, “No, I don’t know him. “
The police, I believe, told me that the accused was a local resident of Jharkhand who was trying to get a woman to marry him.
I said, “No, I don’t know him.
He was not a local man.
Why would he kill me?
“Srinamasanam died in 2010 aged 95.
He had also been a leader in a Hindu nationalist movement in which members of his community would go to jail for criticising the Indian state.
The story of his murder has been recounted in a documentary film, ‘Devils Advocate’, by a group of activists and scholars called the ‘Amitan Bihari Bhartiya Sangh’.
In the film, which is due to be shown in Mumbai on Tuesday, the organisers and the family of the dead man tell the story of how Sri Sri Sri died, and how they were convinced that the man who killed his son had committed a crime against them.
The film, by award-winning filmmaker Kailash Satyarthi, also tells the story behind the story that Sri Sri was trying, through his words, to spread a message about caste discrimination.
In the 1960s, he published a book called ‘Raju Bhartia’, which described how Hinduism was a religion that promoted the supremacy of the “devil”.
Srinams’ father was killed in a clash between the local Shiv Sena and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The RSS later moved the case to the Bombay High Court, which ruled in Sri Sri’ s favour.
In 1971, the Supreme Court struck down caste discrimination in the Hindu-majority state.
It recognised a “right to freedom of religion” for all communities, and said that a person’s “right” to practise their religion was determined by their caste, which they could “declare by means of their own will”.
The government, however, continued to impose restrictions on Hinduism.
The government banned the practice of Hindu weddings, and made it mandatory for people to perform Hindu marriages in public places.
“He said that it is a difficult religion because it does not allow us to practice our religion openly. “
My father said that Hinduism is a religion which is a very difficult religion for us,” Srinanaraman told Al Jazeera.
“We are also not able, we have to be in the presence of the police and the court. “
“So, we started this movement, we tried to bring the truth of Hindu religion and also of the caste system to the world.” “
His life is a ‘devotional struggle’ Now, the community has formed a “non-violent” group called the Hindu Spiritualists (HSP), which is led by Srinans son and founder, Sanjeev. “
So, we started this movement, we tried to bring the truth of Hindu religion and also of the caste system to the world.”
His life is a ‘devotional struggle’ Now, the community has formed a “non-violent” group called the Hindu Spiritualists (HSP), which is led by Srinans son and founder, Sanjeev.
“Our members are not just Hindus, they are all people of other castes and other religions,” said Sanjeevi.
All of us are trying to