Shah cites Ramayana to warn about effect of war
New Delhi: After Pakistani PM Imran Khan raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict with India over the Kashmir issue, home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday cautioned against war and said one should take a cue from the Ramayana about how frightening it could be.
“One can learn how frightening war can be from the conversation between Lord Ram and the sea god mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan... it also tells us how sacrosanct a woman’s dignity is as there could be war for the dignity of a woman,” Shah said while inaugurating the fifth International Ramayan Festival organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations on the occasion of PM Modi’s birthday.
Shah was referring to Lord Ram’s prayers for three days on the sea shore as he fasted and meditated, praying to the sea god, Varuna, to help him find a way to cross to Lanka. Finding no response, Ram shot arrows into the sea, leading to death of several creatures after which Varuna responded to his request.
Earlier Shah spoke about the bold decision-making on national security and said though Indians feel proud when steps like surgical strikes and air strikes are taken, it is a fine line that the government has to tread and ensure that nothing goes wrong.
“Modi government will not compromise even a bit on national security. This is amply evident again in the bold decision of removing Articles 370 in J&K,” he said.
Students at an Ahmedabad school listen to a lecture on the abrogation of Article 370, to mark PM Modi’s birthday on Tuesday