Pune doctor Forced to Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Pune: A Pune-based doctor and author on Tuesday said he was confronted by a group of youth in New Delhi and asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Arun Gadre said the incident took place near Connaught Place on Sunday when he was out on a morning walk. Gadre was staying at the YMCA near Jantar Mantar and had to go to Bijnor to attend an event organised by the Indian Medical Association the same day.

“I was taking a morning walk at around 6 am near YCMA and suddenly a group of youth confronted me and asked me to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. I was taken aback and obliged them. However, they insisted that I chant loudly and demanded: ‘Uncle, are you not a Hindu’,” Gadre said.

He found the incident ‘a little funny’ and did not report it to the police. The youth did not hurt him and that is why he did not register any police complaint, Gadre said. He said he later told a journalist friend about what had happened. Gadre has co-authored a book about malpractices in the medical field.