BJP, RSS Turning Lord Ram Who’s Symbol Of Love Into Rambo: Bhupesh Baghel

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Mumbai: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday hit out at the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), alleging that they turned the “gentle and gentle Lord Ram” to into a Rambo-like figure and Hanuman into a symbol of anger.

In an interview, the Congress leader told The Indian Express that India was passing through a period of “provocative and aggressive nationalism” – communal clashes erupted across India in April – with no space for “dissent and disagreement”. He added that this would pass and the Congress would make a comeback.

“Ram is embedded in our culture. Rama is both corporeal and formless… We have accepted Rama in different forms. We know the Ram of Kabir, Ram of Tulsi and Ram of Shabri. Ram lives in the heart and mind of every Indian. The workers have accepted Ram in one form, the farmers see him in another form, the tribals see yet another form, the intellectuals and devotees see him in another form,” Baghel said.

He further said, “Mahatma Gandhi also saw Ram. His last words were ‘Hey Ram’ and he used to recite Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. But today the way BJP and RSS see Ram and who is setting the agenda they are setting, the Ram who was ‘Maryada Purushottam’, the one who lives in the hearts of every devotee as a symbol of love, they have turned him into a fighter.

Rambo bana diya ja raha hain (They are turning him into Rambo). Akramak (aggressive). Hanuman is the epitome of humility, devotion and knowledge. But the posters of him today.”

“If you look at Hanuman’s old pictures, the Lord was so beautiful, bhakti se Dhyan mudra main (meditative and devotional). And today, angry and aggressive. The way they are setting the mindset of the society … they did it with Ram earlier and are doing it with Hanuman now. Our Ram is that of Kabir and Tulsi, the Ram of tribals, farmers, and workers. The benign Ram who is omnipresent,” he added.

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