Slamming CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury's controversial statement on Hindu epics - Mahabharat and Ramayan containing lots of violence, AAP leader Dr. Kumar Vishwas, on Friday questioned why this doubt had never occurred to him (Yechury) about other religions' texts.
"Like your ideology, oh famously uneducated Yechuryji, after May 23 when you complete crying without your defeated clans' other 'rudalis', please come to me to listen to Ram Katha. Even if you don't earn any 'Punya' (good), at least the curse of not having a futuristic vision would be lifted. Why have such doubts never occurred about other religious texts?" he tweeted.
Earlier on the same day, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury attacked the BJP for fragmenting the society for votes through its divisive policies, branding religious epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as specimens of Hindu violence.
"Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said that Hindus don't believe in violence. Many kings and principalities have fought battles in the country. Even the Ramayana and Mahabharata are also filled with instances of violence. Being a pracharak, you narrate the epics but still claim Hindus can't be violent? What is the logic behind saying there is a religion which engages in violence & we Hindus don't," he said.
Yechury recounted the non-violent traditions of the country citing the Mauryan empire's acceptance of the Buddhist philosophy. "The Mauryan empire accepted Buddhism after the Battle of Kalinga. Ashoka's edicts state that anyone who attacks other communities damages his own community. Our tradition is this and not the one propagated by BJP," said the CPM leader.
Yechury elaborated in detail the Hindutva design and its genesis by recounting instances from history. "Vinayak Damodar Savarkar has himself said that Hindutva has no relation with Hinduism. It is a political project. His slogan was 'Hinduize the Military and Militarize the Hindus'. He encouraged the Hindu youth to join the military. This was the way how Hindus were organized into RSS. The person who got inspired by this philosophy was Balakrishna Shivram Moonje. He went to Italy and got inspired by Mussolini. He came back and opened a military academy which inspired the later day Hindu nationalists," he said.