By Muslim Mirror Network
Following his statement that Tulsidas’s Ramcharitmanas “spreads hatred in the society,” Bihar’s education minister Chandra Shekhar sparked a controversy.
“Why was Ramcharitmanas resisted, and what aspect was resisted? The Ramcharitmanas claims that lower caste people turn poisonous by receiving an education, just like a snake does after consuming milk, and that this is why they were not permitted to pursue an education,” said Shekhar.
“These books—Manusmriti, Ramcharitmanas, Bunch of Thoughts by Guru Golwalkar—spread hatred,” he said.
Chandrashekhar made the comments while speaking at the Nalanda Open University convocation ceremony. Phagu Chouhan, the governor of Bihar, attended the occasion as well.
The remarks enraged the BJP, which accused the Bihar minister of attempting to sway a vote bank with the controversial statement.
He was criticized by BJP MP Ravishankar Prasad, who said, “He is an education minister but talks like an illiterate.”
“He is completely unaware of the fact that Ramcharitmanas unites people of all castes and creeds. I’ll ask Nitish Kumar to fire the individual. Kumar is hurting Hindu sentiments by using this minister,” said Shankar.
Bihar Education Minister from RJD (said) “Ramcharit Manas spreads hatred”. A few days ago Jagdanand Singh said “Ram Janmbhoomi is nafrat ki zameen”. This is not Sanyog but Votebank ka Udyog Will action be taken?,” tweeted BJP spokesman Shehzad Poonawalla.
In the meantime, the minister’s dismissal was demanded by Ayodhya seer Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya.
“Within a week, he ought to be fired from his position as minister. The Bihar Education Minister Chandra Shekhar should apologise, and if this does not happen, I declare a reward of Rs. 10 crore for the person who will cut off his tongue,” said Jagadguru Paramhans Acharya of the Tapaswi Chawani Temple.
The 16th-century Indian bhakti poet Tulsidas wrote the epic poem Ramcharitmanas, which is written in the Awadhi language and is based on the Ramayana (c. 1532–1623). Many Hindus believe that the poem “the splendid lake of Ram’s exploits” is the best ode to Lord Ram.
However, a number of research scholars argue that the poem contains lines that are “either controversial or simply out of context.” The scholars claimed that eight lines were derogatory to Dalits or women.
The Manusmriti also referred to as the Mnava-Dharmastra or Laws of Manu, is one of the many Dharmastras in Hinduism that serve as a legal code and constitution. The Manu-smriti prescribes to Hindus their dharma, or the set of obligations that each has as a member of one of the four social classes (varnas) and as a person in one of the four stages of life (ashramas).
The Manusmrti has received praise and condemnation. Head of the committee which drafted the Constitution of India B. R. Ambedkar believed Manusmriti was to blame for India’s caste system and was one of the text’s notable Indian critics in the early 20th century. Ambedkar burned Manusmrti in a bonfire on December 25, 1927, as an act of defiance.
According to Ambedkar, despite the fact that caste prejudice stunts a country’s ability to advance spiritually and economically, it has nothing to do with Hinduism or texts like the Manusmriti.