NEW DELHI: Sanatan Sanstha, a Goa-based religious outfit whose members are accused of having recently threatened journalist Nikhil Wagle and of having killed Communist leader Govind Pansare earlier in the year, has shared wise advice (*cough*) on fertility. Long hair, the organisation has said, is the culprit behind a low sperm count in men.

An article posted to the outfit’s website, explains:

“For an average individual... long hair symbolizes fickleness, there is emission of Raja-Tama waves, thus polluting the environment. This denotes distress due to negative energies. Emission of Raja-Tama predominant waves from the hair forms an environment around body that leads to negative energies getting attracted to the sound emitting from it. As a result, there is a danger of negative energies entering the body through the flow of swiftly emitted Raja-Tama predominant waves. Due to contact with Raja-predominant waves emitting from hair, the suryanadi (Sun channel) remains constantly active; this produces heat in the body which keeps spreading in the body, resulting in reduction in the sperm count.”

The article goes on to blame Raja-Tama emissions for making an individual “irritable,” the body “dull” and “numb and constant restlessness of the mind.” “The individual suffers distress such as increase in irritability, heaviness of the body, numbness of the body and continuous restlessness of the mind,” it explains.

“Why do Sikhs grow their hair?” -- the article asks in what is begging to be defined as a rhetorical question. The explanation is that the Sikhs deliberately wanted the Hindus to be more powerful, hence compromised on their strength by growing their hair. “The objective in the establishment of the Sikh sect was to make Hindus powerful enough to defend themselves, and to create a warrior community.”

Women, however, the article continues, are exempt from these damaging hair emissions, and should grow their hair. “A woman symbolises Shakti (Divine Energy). Since a woman is the bestower of Shakti, it becomes possible for her to make use of Tejtattva predominant energy generated in her body by the movement of her long hair, and with the assistance of Raja component, swiftly emit Shakti waves into the environment. These Shakti waves drive out the Raja-Tama components from the atmosphere. As a symbol of this Shaktitattva (Divine Energy Principle)-oriented mission, which is complementary to the activity of the Raja component in the body, a woman should keep long hair,” the article recommends.

The article then provides a nifty table to make things clearer:

The organisation that has shared such knowledge has been in the news recently over a death threat issued to journalist Nikhil Wagle over his position on the anti-superstition bill. “I have been getting threats for the past four years from the people of Sanatan Sanstha,” Wagle told The Citizen. “It all started with a television show. I invited guests to discuss the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013. This is a criminal law act for the state of Maharashtra, India, originally drafted by anti-superstition activist and the founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), Narendra Dabholkar. Dabholkar and the spokesperson of the Sanatan Sanstha was invited for the show. While we were in the middle of the discussion the spokesperson of the Sanstha Samir Gaikwad got very angry and left the show. He published my mobile phone number in his newspaper the next day. And since then I am getting calls threatening me with dire consequences,” Wagle explained to The Citizen.

The right wing outfit was previously in the news regarding the murder of Govind Pansare, a politician belonging to the Communist Party of India (CPI). The prime accused in Pansare’s death is Samir Gaikwad -- a member of Sanatan Sanstha since 1998.

Sanatan Sanstha is also believed to be linked to the murder of Narendra Dabholkar -- a rationalist and founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), an organisation set up to eradicate superstition. Dabholkar was murdered in August 2013; he was shot down by two unidentified men whilst out for his morning walk.