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Yogi Adityanath hosts grand ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya, says real Ram Rajya is home for all

Adityanath said Ayodhya gave the concept of Ram Rajya - where there is no pain or grief. He added "the real meaning of Ram Rajya is a home for all; electricity and LPG gas cylinders for every household".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 8:32 pm
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Inaugurating a glittering ‘Deepotsav’ celebration in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday talked about Ram Rajya at length. Addressing a large gathering at the event, being hosted by the Tourism Department of the Uttar Pradesh government, Adityanath said Ayodhya gave the concept of Ram Rajya – where there is no pain or grief. He added “the real meaning of Ram Rajya is a home for all; electricity and LPG gas cylinders for every household”.

Seeking to deflect opposition criticism, Adityanath said that no politics should be seen behind his government’s efforts to develop this temple town which gave the idea of ‘Ram Rajya’ – where there is no poverty or discrimination.

The chief minister hit out at critics claiming that there were some who opposed and questioned his actions regardless of what he did. “There are some who are used to opposing everything we do. If I come to Ayodhya they raise questions and if I don’t they say I am afraid of coming here. Now they are saying that the Ayodhya programme is to divert the attention of people. I am here with my work, including loan waivers, wheat purchase etc, done in the past six months,” he said.

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Attacking opposition parties, Adityanath said his government did not discriminate on the basis of caste or religion unlike what happened earlier. “We don’t discriminate on the basis of caste, creed and religion. In the previous ‘Ravan Raj’, there was discrimination on basis of family, caste and other factors,” he said.

Beginning his speech with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogans, he said Ayodhya has much to humanity. Adityanath also compared the Narendra Modi government’s work for the masses at the Centre with Ram Rajya. The chief minister wondered as to why there were negative discussions on Ayodhya. “We are making an attempt to take it from negativity to positivity. I am happy all Ayodhya residents cooperated in this endeavour. Ayodhya remained neglected, faced attacks continuously, but it will not remain so. We have launched Rs 133 crore schemes here,” he said.

Chants of “Jai Shri Ram” echoed on the banks of the Saryu river as actors portraying the roles of Lord Rama and Sita arrived on a chopper decked up to resemble the mythological Pushpak Viman – in a recreation of Lord Rama’s return from 14 years of exile to Ayodhya – as part of a grand ‘Deepotsav’ celebration.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and senior ministers were also in attendance for the event in the flower-bedecked and gaily lighted temple town on Wednesday evening. Tonnes of flower petals were showered as the actors portraying the characters from the Ramayana arrived at the venue of the Ram Lila. As part of the Deepotsav, a record 1.73 lakh diyas or earthern lamps will be lighted on the banks of the Saryu.

Adityanath has said the efforts by his government to “recreate the treta yug Diwali” was aimed to promote Ayodhya as a tourist draw, but opposition parties have alleged the BJP is trying to drum up support for its communal politics. “This is all being done with an eye on the Gujarat elections and the BJP leaders are trying to deflect the attention from its failure in UP,” a senior BSP leader said.

Talking to IANS, a Samajwadi Party leader said the past governments have been promoting Ayodhya as a tourist destination and the Adityanath government’s mega event was “merely to whitewash its failures”.

Senior Congress leader Alok Sharma said the event was being held with an eye on the Gujarat elections. “I hope the BJP also finds equal focus for the innocent infants who died in Gorakhpur due to shortage of oxygen,” he said.

(With agencies inputs)

 

 

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    V.S.Malhotra
    Oct 19, 2017 at 6:59 am
    Please read Carl Becker in place of Karl Becker in my comment posted a little while ago.
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      V.S.Malhotra
      Oct 19, 2017 at 6:38 am
      Karl Becker an American university professor and historian, in 1932 having contemplated upon the recorded history of the western world had published a book “The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Philosophers”. In this work he uses a phrase “Climate of Opinion”. According to this concept there usually prevails in a society, a collective opinion which generally shapes the common beliefs and lives of its people. Accordingly in Europe of the middle ages religion and faith worked hand in hand but later towards 18th century, separation of the church and state began to become the common held view which is still prevalent there. I am an ordinary citizen and I do not know the views of our the experts on this matter in India but as a common citizen I am inclined to believe that the state should keep distance from religious events particularly in a multi religious land like India. Accordingly parti tion of state in the religious functions of one religion may better have been avoid.
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        Ivan
        Oct 19, 2017 at 8:02 am
        All advanced countries separate the state from totalitarian religion. The US for example, was built explicitly on that principle. It is the only way to progress when there are so many diverse beliefs, ways of life and different ideas of the good life. Hinduism in its catholic form, succeeded in giving India a secular system, whereas the dead hand of Islamic fundamentalism destroyed Pakistan. But with the talibanisation of Hinduism, as conducted by the Hindu reactionaries, relying on the same methods as the Islamic fundamentalists, the Holy Cow in place of the Holy Koran for example, India and Pakistan will in the course of the next couple of decades, if present trends are left unchecked, become mirror images of each other.
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          V.S.Malhotra
          Oct 19, 2017 at 8:49 am
          Well said. Deserves a deep contemplation on the part of us all particularly the academia and the media. We are sitting on top a possible volcano.
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            V.S.Malhotra
            Oct 19, 2017 at 10:10 am
            Somehow the comments of Ivan as described above in response to mine are beginning to capture my thoughts. I do not know I may be wrong but the only viable solution to the problem which is beginning to look us in the face at this moment is to incorporate in our lives Bhagat Kbir’s heavenly shabad in line with India’s ancient pluralistic tradition: "Awal Allah noor upaya,kudrat ke sab bandey (First, Allah created the Light then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.) Ek Noor te sab jag upja,kaun bhaley ,kau mandey? (From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? ||1||) logaa bharam n bhoolahu bhaaee || (O people, O Siblings of Destiny, do not wander deluded by doubt.) ......
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              Lucian DSilva
              Oct 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm
              Ivan !!!! What an Advise, valuable, workable and meaningful. Will the advise be understood by the power greedy politicians? Will the advise be understood by 100 percentage Indian citizens ? In reality it is necessary to be understood by all Indians to survive as humans and humanity. As of myself, I have stopped writing my piece of advise as my words are not taken in right perspective for their own reasons which can be beyond my understanding.
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            Vnk
            Oct 19, 2017 at 5:01 am
            Cong and other sickular goondas organized Tipu Sultan( who got killed thousands of Hindus and converted many thousands more hindus) festival for the sake of Muslim appea t.
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              babu
              Oct 19, 2017 at 5:14 am
              IF THE BRAVE TIPU SULTAN CONVERTED HINDUS FORCE FULLY HOW COME IN MYSOR THERE ARE MORE HINDUS THAN MUSLIMS NOW IT PROVES YOU LIE LIKE A CHARACTER LESS LADY JUST LIKE OTHER CHADDIS
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                George Cruz
                Oct 19, 2017 at 5:39 am
                Babu aka Abdullah, a brainwashed, terror prone Sunni Muslim who doesn't know the facts. facts wrong. Tippu Sultan did murder hundreds of Hindus to solidify his hold of Southern India.
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                  Vnk
                  Oct 19, 2017 at 6:06 am
                  Pakistani ka t ue, gaali deta Hai b , history pata Kar. Tipu also got killed Hindus in Kozhikode, Kerala.
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                  MyTake
                  Oct 19, 2017 at 5:38 am
                  Congress, TMC and few other political parties are at the mercy and grip of Muslim arm twisting community leaders. Behaving otherwise will cost them heavy.
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                  rick patel
                  Oct 19, 2017 at 3:41 am
                  The way our country is going very soon instead of ram rajya it will be hunger rajya. Hater from all communities and from all religions will be responsible for this...
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                    George Cruz
                    Oct 19, 2017 at 3:49 am
                    It was a hunger rajya under the corrupt congress party for the last two decades. Yogi and the BJP has in power just for a short period, Yogi doesn't have a magic wand to change everything overnight, but the freeloaders who are posting abusive messages just out of hate for the larger Hindus.
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                      babu
                      Oct 19, 2017 at 5:46 am
                      George Cruz in CHADDI
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                        babu
                        Oct 19, 2017 at 6:00 am
                        IN BIHAR PEOPLE CALLS E AND LAAT KHHORE PERSON LIKE YOU
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                      Dillip Patnaik
                      Oct 19, 2017 at 3:05 am
                      Yogi Aditya and UP must celebrate Modistov instead Deepotsav for prosperity and change the name of Alahbad to Proyag.
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                        Vnk
                        Oct 19, 2017 at 4:56 am
                        good suggestion for PRAYAG. although the Muslim Samajwadi or is it Namazbadi party will oppose.
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