Self-proclaimed sanyasi Agnivesh has been formally challenged by Paropkarini Sabha for his alleged support to homosexuality. Following is the extract of communication sent to him on 30 August, 2009.
We would like to invite you and your panel of Vedic scholars for an
open house Shastrath in front of broader Arya/Hindu public on
'Homosexuality and Vedas' on behalf of Paropkarini Sabha.
I am sure you must have heard the name of Swami Dayanand Saraswati,
the legendary reformer who is also regarded as grandfather of modern
India. Paropkarini Sabha is an intellectual body constituted as per
will of Swami Dayanand. We hear that you consider him as your role
You have been publicly supporting the cause of homosexuality. Since
you claim to be a sanyasi having sole allegiance to Vedas, we like be
keen to debate on sanction of homosexuality as per Vedas and
literature of Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
The debate would be organized in open house with our panel of scholars
in Vedas, Science and Medicines so that the truth can be ascertained.
We firmly believe that the views circulated by you in this regard is
completely misleading and detrimental to Vedas and glory of Swami
Dayanand Saraswati. Hence we would like both parties to come to the
truth through the process of Shastrath - 'logical debate to understand
truth'. Please note that Shastrath was the favorite tool of Swami
Dayanand Saraswati to reach to truth.
If you are able to prove that Vedas/ Swami Dayanand Saraswati sanction
homosexuality, we would be eager to give you the complete mantle of
Paropkarini Sabha and quit. However if you are unable to provide Vedic
sanction of homosexuality, you would publicly apologize, retract your
statements from media, and follow the Prayashchit Vidhan as laid down
by Vedas and Vedic texts.
We keenly await your response so that the event can be organized at
the earliest. We hope to get a response within next couple of days.
on behalf of
Paropkarini Sabha, Ajmer