He’s no ghost but a man devoted to peace, says Waytha

PETALING JAYA: He's not a ghost but a Hindu scholar who renounced worldly life, newly appointed Unity Minister P. Waytha Moorthy said today.

He was referring to viral photos of a "ghostly" man with long braided hair and a thick beard at the Senators' swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday.

Waytha said Arunachalanandaji, a non-Indian national residing in India, is respected for his insights and dedication.

He called Arunachalanandaji a close friend and brother, who had dedicated a big part of his life to propagating world peace and communal harmony.

"He is my brother who has renounced his life for world peace and lives by a mountain in India in seclusion," Waytha was quoted by FMT as saying.

"I thought that since he dedicated more than 30 years of his life to world peace, it would be most appropriate for him to grace my swearing-in," said the Hindraf chief.