New Delhi: Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi mentioned on Thursday that Lord Ram was not God, and he was only a character constructed by Tulsidas and Valmiki. He asserted that Ram was a legendary character and “not a god.”
Manjhi was talking at an occasion in Jamui district on the event of Dr. BR Ambedkar’s start anniversary.
“Why do the higher caste folks not observe the instance to shun the apply of untouchability? I do not suppose Lord Ram was a god. However he was a personality of Valmiki’s Ramayana and Ramacharitmanas penned by Goswami Tulsidas. Each works include worthwhile teachings,” Manjhi who belongs to the Musahar group was quoted as saying by the information company PTI.
#WATCH | Jamui: Ex-Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi says, “Ram wasn’t a God. Tulsidas-Valmiki created this character to say what they needed to. They created ‘kavya’ & ‘mahakavya’ with this character. It states lots of good issues & we revere that. I revere Tulsidas-Valmiki however not Ram..” pic.twitter.com/ayrQvSfdH1
— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2022
He additionally mentioned that everybody ought to take classes from Ram’s character as he ate Shabri’s half-eaten fruits. Shabri is taken into account to be a cultural icon by Dalits.
Manjhi’s feedback got here a couple of days after totally different elements of the nation went by means of a number of clashes on the event of Ram Navami.
His statements have been taken bitterly by BJP as Bihar’s former Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi mentioned, “It’s laughable to name oneself a ‘vanshaj’ (descendant) of Shabari however forged doubts on the existence of the one she worshipped.”
BJP spokesperson and OBC Morcha common secretary Nikhil Anand additionally took a jibe at Manjhi by asking him if he was an atheist and if not then “which god does he consider in.”
Manjhi and his occasion Hindustani Awam Morcha, are part of the BJP-led Nationwide Democratic Alliance.