CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury in a controversial remark has attacked the BJP for fragmenting the society for votes through its divisive policies.The leader went on to brand 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.
Hitting back at Yechury, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who suggested he ought to first change his first name Sitaram. He wrote on Twitter: “Hindu minded Media persons interviewing me today were agitated by Sitaram Yechuri’s hate remarks on Ramayana katha. I told them that they should have asked him to first change him name from Sitaram to Mar(x)Leni(n)= Marleni.”
Slamming Yechury for his outrageous remarks, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said “What is the meaning of Hindus being violent? Ramayana and Mahabharata conveyed one central message – victory of good over evil, truth over falsehood. Ram, Krishna and Arjuna are symbols of truth. If this is the meaning that they interpret then tomorrow they will say that our soldiers fighting against Pakistan is violence. When we defend ourselves against Pakistani acts of terrorism in Kashmir, is that violence,” he questioned.
“Sitaram Yechury’s ideology is his own ideology. His ideology has only one objective – to attack Hindus and make oneself the premier secular person,” he added.
“If Sitaram Yechury calls Ramayana and Mahabharata Hindu violence, then he should remove “Sitaram” from his name. He should also change their candidate Kanhaiya Kumar’s name as his name is also Krishna’s name,” the Shiv Sena leader said.