R K SINHA
It is difficult to believe that in a country where Lord Ram is all pervasive- He is in me He is in You He is everywhere- Mamata Banerjee is sending those chanting Jai Sri Ram to jail. They are receiving threats in West Bengal.
“You people come here from other States to live here and shout Jai Sri Ram. I will stop everything”, Mamata shouted in rage. Just see the language of a Chief Minister. One wonders what has happened to Mamata Banerjee. How one can tell her that concept of India that is Bharat cannot be imagined without Ram. In whole of India that is Bharat Ram is revered, He is ideal and He is worshipped.
A great socialist like Ram Manohar Lohia used to say that three greatest names in mythology are Ram, Krishna and Shiva. At least every one person out of two knows about Ram, Krishna and Shiva. Many people know what they preached, what ideal they presented before our society, what they said and when.
If you start counting how many times in a day people in India chant Ram the figure will run into trillions. Who is Mamata Banerjee to stop people from chanting Ram naam?
People know and know it well whom Mamata Banerjee is trying to appease by cursing those who chant Jai Sri Ram. She is trying to appease Muslims. Now who will tell her that Muslims in India revere Ram by heart. Ram is symbol of Indian culture. Noted Urdu poet Iqbal wrote in 1908 calling Ram as Ram-e-Hind. Iqbal wrote the following line for Ram:
“Hai Ram Ke Vazood Par Hindustan ka Naaz” which translated roughly into English means ‘India’s pride rests in the existence of Ram’.
India is proud that Ram descended on earth. Muslim scholars treat Ram as ‘Imam’. Sometime back even Farooq Abdullah had said that Ram is an ideal for India. He also promised to do ‘kar seva’ for building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya once the dispute is settled.
As of now Mamata Banerjee is allergic to those chanting Ram. It can safely be assumed that she would distaste the concept of Ram Rajya. Mahatma Gandhi dreamt to establish Ram Rajya in India, a rule that would guarantee justice and equality to every citizen of the country.
Is that only the BJP will protest against Mamata Banerjee on threatening people chanting Ram. Will not the Congress, the Samajvadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party criticize Mamata for her anti- Ram stance? There is serious question mark over the studied silence of these political parties and their leaders on the issue. Are the socialist leaders not aware of essays written by Ram Manohar Lohia on Ram, Krishna and Shiva? Will not the Samajvadi Party try to establish Ram Rajya if voted to power?
Time has come when our Country should understand the idea of Gandhi and Ram Rajya in right perspective. Try to study and understand the personae of Ram. Ram does not demonstrate any ‘magic’. So much so that the bridge on the sea connecting India and Lanka in Dwapar Yuga was work of stone by stone construction. It was built by massive effort of Vanar Sena of Ram who worked tirelessly to lay the bridge on the sea.
““लबरेज़ है शराब-ए हक़ीक़त से जाम-ए हिन्द
सब फ़लसफ़ी हैं खित्ता-ए मग़रिब के राम-ए हिन्द”
(The cup of India is full of truth. All Western philosophy is extension of philosophy of Ram)
Ram is a common link of millions of Indian living abroad. Ram is not only ambassador of faith but also represents cultural awareness in rest of the world. The name of Sumatra Island in Indonesia is after Sumitra. Name of a river in Java island of Indonesia is Saryu. Ram is also revered in Thailand. Mamata Banerjee should be reminded that Indonesia is an Islamic nation. Indonesia has strong imprint of Ramayan.
Very near to capital Bangkok of Thailand there is a huge convention hall ‘Ramayan’. Ram is there in Myanmar also. Popa hills in Myanmar are famous for medicinal herbs. Legend has it that Hanuman had lifted a portion of Popa hills with ‘Sanjeevni Booti’ to save Laxman from unconscious state. Guides in Myanmar show a particular place in the hills telling tourists that Hanuman had taken the herbs from this part of the hill by lifting a huge chunk of it.
Millions of Indians live and carry the legacy of Ram with them whether in India or abroad. Mamata Banerjee should apologise to the nation for her diatribe against Ram Bhakts.
(The writer is a Rajya Sabha Member)