‘Ramcharitmanas Has Regressive Thoughts’: Bihar Min Compares Scripture To Cyanide, BJP Slams Remark

New Delhi: Bihar training minister Chandra Shekhar as soon as once more stoked a recent controversy after he in contrast Ramcharitmanas, a Hindu non secular ebook based mostly on the epic Ramayana, with potassium cyanide, information company PTI reported. The RJD chief made the remarks throughout an occasion on Thursday, the video of which has gone viral on the social media.

Addressing the perform, Chandra Shekhar, as quoted by PTI stated, “It isn’t simply my view however even nice Hindi author Nagarjuna and socialist thinker Ram Manohar Lohia have stated that the Ramcharitmanas comprises many regressive ideas.”

“There are various nice issues in scriptures but when at a feast 55 dishes are served with a sprinkling of potassium cyanide, the meals is rendered unfit for consumption,” the added minister.

He additional stated that whereas his remarks about caste discrimination have evoked criticism and even threats of bodily violence, no person has had any points with related issues flagged by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Asserting that caste census is a mandatory step, the RJD chief added that his objection to Ramcharitmanas is agency and would persist until these concerned in cleansing of gutters are seen with dignity, PTI reported.

“ Except the castes of these stepping in gutter are modified, there will probably be a necessity for reservation and caste census,” Chandra Shekhar stated.

Nevertheless, his remarks drew sharp criticism from ally JD(U) and rival BJP. Even his personal occasion sought to distance itself from his assertion.

"The training minister has insulted the nice Sanatana Dharma which incorporates inside its fold progressive figures like Sant Ravidas and Swami Vivekananda. We need to know why Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is silent on the diatribe"PTI quoted BJP media panellist Neeraj Kumar as saying.

Responding to his remarks, Union Minister Nityanand Rai as quoted by ANI stated, "I need him to rent a very good instructor who would assist him learn and perceive each line of Ramayana. Then he ought to touch upon Ramayana and Mahabharata. His assertion is an indication of their (RJD’s) sick mentality. Cyanide isn’t Mahabharata and Ramayana. Cyanide is appeasement, corruption and authorities sheltering."

Abhishek Jha, state spokesperson of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), stated, "The Structure entails that each one faiths are to be accorded equal respect. Some folks say issues with no obvious goal apart from getting some limelight, which we disapprove of.".

RJD spokesperson Shakti Yadav additionally issued an announcement saying, "It’s true that our occasion stands for social justice but in addition stands for respecting all religions. Any utterances which might damage non secular sentiments should be strictly averted."