Shah cites Ra­mayana to warn about ef­fect of war

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Akhilesh.Singh @times­group.com

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

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