Allahabad: Self-styled godman Asaram, who created furore with his remarks on the Delhi gangrape, on Wednesday blamed "western culture" for "moral degradation" of the country's youth, and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to declare Valentine's Day as "Matri Pitri Pujan Diwas".
"The young UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav should take a cue from the government of Chhattisgarh which has, since 2012, started celebrating February 14 as 'Matri Pitri Pujan Diwas' so as to inspire the youth to revere and serve their parents.
"It is an example which, if followed, will go a long way in protecting young men and women of the state from the evil influence of western culture," Asaram said at his discourse in the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation.
"Foreign TV channels, which promote promiscuity, have robbed them of their strength of character. As if this much of moral degradation of the country's youth was not enough, pernicious symbols of western culture like Valentine's Day are being promoted," he said.