Bihar’s education minister stands firm on his ‘Ramcharitmanas’ statement

He has said that Manusmriti and Ramcharitman are books that spread hatred in the society as they prevent the Dalit-backward and women of the society from getting education.

Patna: Bihar Education Minister Chandrashekhar on Friday refused to back down from his controversial statement on “Ramcharitmanas” and said he stood by his statement.

Chandrasekhar’s criticism of Ramcharitmanas has sparked anger among Hindu clerics and the BJP. They have demanded the dismissal of the government. Speaking to the media, the Bihar minister said, “How many times do I say the same thing? I spoke the truth, I stand by it. What do I care what anyone says…”

A Bihar minister courted controversy on Wednesday after claiming that the epic Hindu religious book Ramcharitmanas, based on the Ramayana, “spreads hatred in society”.
Addressing the students at the 15th convocation of Nalanda Open University, he said that Ramcharitmanas and Manusmriti are books that divide the society.

“Why Manusmriti was burnt, because it contained many insults to a large section. Why was Ramcharitmanas opposed and which part was opposed? Lower caste people were not allowed to get education and it is said in Ramcharitmanasa that lower caste people get poisoned by education just as snakes get poisoned by drinking milk.

He has said that Manusmriti and Ramcharitman are books that spread hatred in the society as they prevent the Dalit-backward and women of the society from getting education.

“Manusmriti, Ramcharitmanas, Thoughts of Guru Golwalkar… these books are hate books. Hate will not make a country great, love will make a country great,” Chandrasekhar added.

Earlier on Thursday, BJP leader Sushil Modi condemned the ‘controversial’ statement made by the Bihar Education Minister on ‘Ramcharitmanas’ and said the BJP will not tolerate insulting the holy book.

“Manusmriti in the first yuga, Ramcharitmanas in the second yuga and Guru Golwalkar’s ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ in the third yuga are hate books,” he said.

He further claimed that “a section of the Ramacharitmanas states that the lower castes have no right to education and that they can be “dangerous” like “snakes” after being educated.

Reacting to Chandrasekhar’s statement, in an interview to ANI, Sushil Modi said, “BJP will not tolerate the insult of Ramcharitmanas. This is a very offensive and inflammatory statement.”

He demanded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to ‘dismiss’ the Bihar minister from his post. Poet Kumar Vishwas also demanded the removal of the education minister from the Bihar government for his “indecent” comments on Ramcharitmanas.

Chandrasekhar’s language was rude. Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav should remove such a minister from their organization and cabinet, Vishwas said at the Udaipur airport. “Can the minister say this for any other religion? He has no knowledge of Ramcharitmanas,” Vishwas added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar refused to comment on the matter saying, ‘I do not know anything about this’. Ayodhya seer Jagadguru Paramahansa Acharya has also demanded the dismissal of the minister from his post.

“The way the Bihar Education Minister has described the book Ramcharitmanas as a hate book has hurt the entire country, it is an insult to all Sanatans and I demand legal action on this statement. He should be dismissed from the ministry within a week. And they should apologise, if not, I announce a reward of Rs 10 crore to whoever will cut Bihar Education Minister Chandrasekhar’s tongue,” said Jagadguru Paramahansa Acharya, Tapaswi Chavani Mandir.

Such statements will not be tolerated at all, he said. Ramacharitmanas is a book that connects, if not separates. Ramacharitmanas is a book that establishes humanity. It is the form of Indian culture, the pride of our country. Such comments on Ramcharitmanasa will not be tolerated.

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