Don’t Buy Gold From Muslim Owned Shops: Hindu Outfits In Karnataka
bangalore: With Akshaya Tritiya around the corner, Karnataka Hindu outfits urged people not to buy gold from Muslim-owned jewelry stores on the day of the festival.
Akshaya Tritiya is a Hindu holiday believed to bring good luck, and people believe that buying gold on this day will spin their fortunes. The feast will be celebrated on May 3.
However, the auspicious occasion this time was given in a communal tone with Hindu outfits urging people not to make any purchases from Muslim-owned jewelry stores. Posts and messages to this effect have gone viral on social media.
Pramod Muthalik, founder of Sri Ram Sena, said on Monday that people should only shop at Hindu-owned shops on Akshaya Tritiya.
“The money you pay for gold jewelry in Muslim shops will reach organizations working against Hindus. The money will go to organizations based in Kerala, where dozens of Hindus have been killed by fundamentalist groups. Your money will help them commit more atrocities against Hindus in Kerala,” he said.
TA Sharavana, the president of the Jewelers Association of Karnataka, said the statements are made to create unrest in society.
“It should be left to the discretion of the customer to make the purchase of their choice,” he said.
According to sources, around 30% of gold dealers in Karnataka are Muslims and in Bangalore, 50% of reputable gold jewelery shops are owned by Muslims. Shops have already started making attractive offers for the next festival.
The state government has yet to respond to the development.