In this DFRAC Exclusive we are going to talk about Dhirendra Krishna Shastri.
What he actually does and how he got viral on social media, especially Twitter.
Dhirendra Shastri is working since twelve years as a preacher of Bhageshwar Dham Sarkar. The dham is situated at Gada village of chattarpur, Madhya Pradesh. People often say that Dhirendra can tell the problems of the people attending the Dham, only by looking at the faces.
But, he is not mainly viral because of the above-mentioned. He became viral because of his statements and actions toward Muslims and Dalits. People on social media are demanding his arrest.
Dhirendra in one of his gatherings, calls a man out of the crowd gathered to hear his address. When the man tries to touch the preacher’s feet, Dhirendra Krishna Shastri leaned back, saying “Don’t touch me, you are untouchable”.
When this video reached social media, many netizens opposed him by initiating #ArrestDhirendraShastri.
#Untouchability Caste Brahmin priest and storyteller Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri practices untouchability in public, he is openly telling a person "Don't touch me you are untouchable"
Will the police register an FIR against this Casteist person? pic.twitter.com/6mZ9CPQxFA
— The Dalit Voice (@ambedkariteIND) May 26, 2022
Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri practices untouchability in public, he is openly telling a person "Don't touch me you are untouchable"
— Abhayjit singh(अभयजीत सिंह) (@abhayjitsandhu) May 26, 2022
He again became viral with his statements on Bulldozer and Muslims. He said, ” Hindus wake up, cowardly wake-up. All Hindus should become one. Drive a bulldozer over the stone pelters’ house. Till when will the government will bring down by bulldozers, Hindus will have to bring it down too.” He also mentioned that he too is going to buy a bulldozer so his followers must also buy one so that each Hindu can destroy the houses of stone pelters.
He is seen inciting Hindus against Muslims in an aggressive tone, asking Hindus to buy bulldozers and take up arms. After this video viral on social media, Pandit Dhirendra Krishna Shastri reacts to this by stating “Hum baba Nahi Dhaba hain.”
He calls all the Hindu “Hijda” who do not try to safeguard the Sanathan Dharma.
The word cloud below shows that are used in the tweets against him on #ArrestDhirendraShastri.
Other than this he claims himself as a social worker, but going through his videos on YouTube he looks more pretentious. He puts the videos on his Youtube, to attract the maximum number of people. As he knows the only way to reach out maximum is through Social Media. People look at the videos and think of him as the only solution to their problems.
Not only do the common people attend his preaching but the mainstream media houses also promote him and his work by showing people how the Dhirendra and dham work.
While investigating him we found many media channel reports covering him and giving him a lot of attention and in return attracting lots of TRP.
NEWS18 telecasted a show on Dhirendra and how he works. The channel has also posted a 20 minutes video on its official Youtube channel with more than 5 million views. The caption reads, “Truth of Divine Court! Claim to tell your mind! Mann Ki Baat is printed on the leaflet! Explore the power of Baba. How does Baba know the mind of every complainant? What is the secret of this miracle? See half reality half trap.”(Translates Hindi)
The collage below show some of the verified accounts that tweeted on Dhirendra Shastri.
We too saw some of his gatherings from some earlier years when he was not that known and found the preaching field not much crowded.
A YouTube channel named “The Sootr” also telecasted a show on this stating that no one use to know about Dhirendra 2 years back …”
The only reason he got much viral and expanded himself was through the use of social media. He started spreading superstitions and started playing with the minds of the people. He mainly says that if people will attend his preaching they will get relief from all types of mental and physical problems. Not only this he emphasizes on Hindu religion and spread hatred through his speeches.
In this report we have covered the viral Dhirendra Shastri and his hateful statements on different religions of the society. We have also covered certain news channels that publish his work or showcase how he works, promoting him positively or negatively for their TRP’s raise.