Congress silent on Sushma Swaraj’s Bhagwat Gita remark

Sushma Swaraj also advised psychiatrists to read and prescribe the Gita to patients suffering from depression.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2014 10:17 pm

A host of opposition parties on Monday criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her proposal of declaring the Bhagwat Gita as a “Rashtriya Granth”, but the Congress maintained a curious silence.

The Congress, which has been attacking the Government over attempts to polarise the country, also refrained from getting drawn into the controversy over Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai’s claims that the Taj Mahal was “part of an ancient temple”.

“I have not read it…I haven’t see it..Without discussing amongst ourselves it will be very difficult for me to articulate the party’s views,” Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said at the AICC briefing. The party, however, did not stop individual leaders from airing their views.

For instance, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor questioned the move. “I am also a Hindu, but in our religion there is not one holy book, there are many books. If you take Gita, what about the Vedas? What about Upanishads?… There are many opinions, we cannot just like that say that one book is holier than others,” Tharoor said.

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  1. K
    May 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm
    Bhagavad Geetha is not Divine, Divine Gods's books must be a universal and secular. Bhagwad Geetha is a Hindu religious literary human contribution by Veda Vyas. It may deserve literary awards only not a National status.
    1. S
      Dec 9, 2014 at 10:20 am
      Don't play dirty politics by this holy book.if u don't make it our national book, the glory of this holy book will not decrease.
      1. B
        Dec 9, 2014 at 11:26 am
        Why do you ever want them to make a comment?
        1. Gautam Bhattacharya
          Dec 9, 2014 at 12:31 am
          I am a devout and orthodox sanatani. Sushma Swaraj should do her job, which has nothing to do with propagating the Gita. The Dharma needs no thekeydars or nonsense thekedari. Rather, she should do her work competently and deliver an administration that governs competently, administers justice for all citizens without regard to origin, status, religion or any extraneous factor, and defends the country from internal and external enemies. The government has only one basic function: protection of citizens from the powerful, the criminal, and the delivery of speedy, visible, clean justice. Everything else should be up to the citizen and s/he will manage by herself and himself without any problem and with self-respect. No need to play with any religion or try to play on social reform hypocrisy. Deliver just these 2 things, all else will be ured, automatically.
          1. P
            Dec 9, 2014 at 10:33 am
            What will they(Congress) comment without reading the Gita? The only Gita they know is 'Geetha Reddy' - MP from Andhra Pradesh.
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