Vivid News 24: According to Samajwadi Party MLC Swami Prasad Maurya, it is wrong to degrade a caste in the name of religion. The SP leader made a contentious claim that several crores of people have not or have not read the holy book Ramcharitmanas.
He said that the British Raj was responsible for granting Dalits the freedom to read and write and that women also gained the right to literacy during this time. Previously, Chandra Shekhar, the education minister for Bihar, claimed that a Ramayana-based Hindu holy text “spreads enmity in society.”
He continued by calling the Hindu artefact “all bullshit.” Maurya advised the government to either ban the entire Ramcharitmanas or remove the offensive passage. He claims that the aforementioned holy text assigns the term “Shudras” to a low caste. He added that Tulsidas composed the relic for his fulfillment.
Swami Prasad Maurya stated in a chat with Aaj Tak, “The Ramcharitmanas is not read by millions of people. All of this is nonsense. Tulsidas wrote this for his amusement.” Swami Prasad Maurya stated in a chat with Aaj Tak, “The Ramcharitmanas is not read by millions of people. All of this is nonsense. Tulsidas wrote this for his amusement.”
“We respect all religions, regardless of the type. However, the work of demeaning a specific caste or class has been done (in Ramcharitmanas) in the guise of religion, and we object to it. Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas contains some passages that are criticized. In any religion, no one has the right to harm another person. Shudras received credentials from Tulsi Baba’s Ramayana cow for belonging to a low caste “stated Maurya.
The undesirable portion of Ramcharitmanas should be removed by the government, or the entire book should be outlawed, he continued. During the British colony in India, he welcomed social improvements, saying, “Under British control, women were granted the right to read and write. During the British rule, Dalits were granted the right to read and write.”
He cited a recent Oxfam analysis that revealed that just 5% of Indians control more than 60% of the nation’s wealth. Maurya stated, in a subtle jab at the Centre regarding the discrepancy in the Indian economy: “The BJP is only bothered about the deaths of 5% of people; they are not concerned about the deaths of 95% of people. The BJP’s final election will be the Lok Sabha elections in 2024.”
The Samajwadi Party leader’s comments occurred amid the continuing debate surrounding Chandra Shekhar, the Bihar education minister, who claimed that “the epic Ramcharitmanas promoted social inequality and created animosity in society.” The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is currently in Opposition, has asked Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to file an FIR against his Cabinet minister right away for inciting racial tensions as a result of his comments.