At a recent event at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, on remembering Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birthday, rows were sparked between PM Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee. It definitely did not go down well as the tension was evident to the public eye and the media.
To irritate the CM BJP invitees started doing loud chantings of “Jai Shree Ram” when she was summoned to the stage. She could sense the deliberate intention and she made it clear that she was insulted.
Meanwhile, Arun Govil, the celebrated actor of the yesteryears who played Lord Ram in the 1990’s serial Ramayana made a tweet with a strong disgust for such an act by Banerjee.
“Why do some people get irritated on taking Shri Ram’s name. Shri Ram is the ideal for every human being, and his life is an inspiration for all.
Getting irritated or opposing the chanting of Shri Ram’s name is like opposing the entire humanity. Is there anyone in this country who has not heard Shri Ram’s name?”
“कुछ लोग श्री राम का नाम लेने पर चिड़ते क्यों हैं? श्री राम हर मानव के लिए एक आदर्श हैं, राम का जीवन हर मानव के लिए एक प्रेरणा है।श्री राम नाम से चिढ़ना या विरोध करना सारी मानव जाति का विरोध है।कौन है इस देश की धरती पर जिसने प्रभु श्री राम का नाम ना सुना हो”
कुछ लोग श्री राम का नाम लेने पर चिड़ते क्यों हैं?
श्री राम हर मानव के लिए एक आदर्श हैं, राम का जीवन हर मानव के लिए एक प्रेरणा है।श्री राम नाम से चिढ़ना या विरोध करना सारी मानव जाति का विरोध है।कौन है इस देश की धरती पर जिसने प्रभु श्री राम का नाम ना सुना हो 🙏🏼
— Arun Govil (@arungovil12) January 23, 2021
When Banerjee went up to the stage she said, “I feel that a government program should have dignity. This is not a political program, this is a government program. I am grateful to the Prime Minister and Cultural ministry for holding this program here in Kolkata. It doesn’t suit you to insult someone after inviting them. As a protest, I won’t speak anything. Jail Hind, Jai Bangla.”
dignity (noun) The state or quality of being worthy of honour and respect.
You can’t teach ‘dignity’. Nor can you teach lumpens to be dignified.
— Derek O'Brien | ডেরেক ও'ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) January 23, 2021
Subhash Bose’s nephew CK Bose expressed his disgust on this matter as well.
He said, “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stood for unity. He had people of all communities in Azad Hind Fauj. Whether you say ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Sri Ram’, I don’t find any difference. Jai Sri Ram isn’t a statement where one should react in an allergic manner. I think the CM need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it’s ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’. This is not the day to do any politics. It is a day to celebrate, it is a day to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of the Indian National Army.”
This will definitely go down in history for people to remember forever. What do you think?