Who is IPS Praveen Kumar?
IPS Praveen Kumar is a senior IPS officer and Secretary of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS). R.S. Praveen Kumar has landed in a controversy after a video of him taking an oath against a particular community went viral on the Internet.
The video clearly shows the officer, along with a group of people strongly affirming their disbelief in the existence of a pantheon of gods in a particular religion. This came into light when he launched ‘Swaero Holy Month’ (March 15 to April 14) at the famous Buddhist shrine at Dhulikatta in Peddapalli district here on Monday.
The ‘Swaero Holy Month’, also called Bheem Deeksha, is a month-long event, marked by reading Dr BR Ambedkar’s works and other such activities. This year, the event was launched at the historical Dhulikatta Buddhist Shrine in Telangana’s Peddapalli district, known for its Buddhist heritage.
The Additional DGP rank officer said that the Swaero network has people of all religious beliefs and they take the best from all religions and don’t teach any prejudice against any religion, both at homes and in workplaces and celebrate all festivals.
Based on a video of the oath, Telangana BJP leaders and VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad) members have accused Praveen Kumar of cultivating sentiments against the Hindu religion through the Swaero movement, among students of the Telangana Social & Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions. Clarifying his stand, Praveen Kumar issued a statement saying Swaeroism is an inclusive ideology, where people of all religious faiths are working for liberation of the poor from poverty.
IPS Praveen Kumar said that he and his Swaero colleagues do not subscribe to what the Buddhist family said on stage. “We deeply regret if it has hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. Our organizers have clarified this to all the participants on the stage itself immediately,” Praveen Kumar said.
“We work for a just and equal society in the country through education, health awareness, scientific thinking, and economic empowerment, not through hatred,” Mr. Kumar said. However, when contacted for further clarification on the issue, the senior police officer was not available on phone.
Meanwhile, Vishva Hindu Parishad had condemned Mr. Kumar’s oath and demanded that the State government transfer him from his current post.
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