JDU leaders recite Ramcharitmanas to protest against Chandrashekhar’s comments

The controversial remarks made by Bihar education minister Professor Chandrasekhar on Ramcharitmanas has resulted in a major crisis within the ruling Mahagathbandhan

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By: Santosh Singh
Updated: 14 January, 2023 6:27 pm IST

The controversial remarks made by Bihar education minister Professor Chandrasekhar on Ramcharitmanas has resulted in a major crisis within the ruling Mahagathbandhan. JDU MLC and  Neeraj Kumar recited the Ramcharitmanas on Saturday at a Hanuman mandir in Patna’s Rajbansi Nagar while registering a protest against the remarks made by Chandra Sekhar.

On the same day, senior JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha condemned Chandrashekhar’s  statement on Ramcharitmanas. He said such statements go on to benefit the BJP’s agenda of polarisation. “The statement will directly benefit BJP. The topic he spoke on is the agenda of BJP. Speaking on its agenda means playing on its pitch. Who will benefit from it?, he said while talking to the media.  

Earlier on Friday senior JD(U) leader and Bihar’s building construction minister Ashok Choudhary criticized his cabinet colleague and state’s education minister Chandrashekhar for making controversial remarks on Ramcharitmanas. He said such remarks create the impression that “leaders of the ruling grand alliance are anti-Ramcharitmanas and anti-Hindu.”

Bihar Education Minister Chandra Sekhar on Wednesday raked up a controversy by calling Ramcharitmanas written by 16th-century Bhakti poet Tulsidas, “an epic that spreads hatred”. He said the book was in the same league as Manusmirit and ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ written by RSS leader MS Golwalkar.

“These epics that spread hatred have come in every age. First, there was Manusmriti, then there was Ramcharitmanas, and after that, there was Golwalkar’s Bunch of thoughts. These books divide our society on hatred,” Sekhar said while interacting with the media during the Graduation ceremony of Nalanda Open University on Wednesday.

Explaining why he feels that Ramcharitmanas spreads hatred and divides society, he said, “The epic has verses in which its written that if Adham or neech (backward communities) jaati gets educated, they become poisonous, just like a snake becomes poisonous on consuming milk.”

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