January 17, 2022 2:39:01 pm
After the Union Government rejected the tableau of saint and reformer Sree Narayana Guru as proposed by the Kerala government for the Republic Day parade, Karnataka Congress and CPM leaders have come out to criticise the move.
Former chief minister and Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday said the Centre has insulted a great social reformer and sought an apology from them. “Is he not Hindu? Let the BJP clarify its position. He dedicated his entire life to reform Hinduism by fighting against social evils like untouchability. By humiliating his contribution, does the BJP have any face left to talk about Hinduism?” Siddaramaiah tweeted.
The rejection of Republic Day tableau for including the statute of Social Reformer Shree Narayana Guru, has exposed @BJP4India‘s disdain towards the great reformer who advocated social justice.@PMOIndia#Insult_to_NarayanaGuru pic.twitter.com/wNF85ysxM9
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) January 16, 2022
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Former Minister B Ramanath Rai said that by rejecting the tableau, the Central government has hurt the sentiments of many. “Narayana Guru fought for the welfare of the downtrodden and marginalised sections of the society. Besides from Kerala, his followers are spread out in Dakshina Kannada and other parts of Karnataka,” he said.
“Guru, who preached the doctrine of ‘one caste, one religion and one God’, has thousands of followers and devotees. By rejecting a tableau dedicated to him, the Centre has insulted the great visionary and his philosophy,” the former minister said, while adding that the decision was “painful” and “unforgivable”. Rai said that when the Congress was in power in Karnataka, the state had observed the Guru’s birth anniversary as a government programme.
Congress MLC Hariprasad also opposed the move and said, “This is the third time that the RSS-inspired Central Government is insulting the great saint. One should remember that he was recognised and respected by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr B R Ambedkar and Rabindranath Tagore. He ensured that people from the lower sections of the society do not move away from Hinduism.”
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Dakshina Kannada, issued a statement and said that the Centre has disregarded the principle of religious equality and is espousing the cause of a majority community.
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