Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that secularism was the “biggest threat” to the traditions of India getting recognition on the global stage.
“This word ‘secularism’ is the biggest threat to develop India’s prosperous traditions and give it a spot on the global stage,” he was quoted as saying by Scroll.in. “The biggest hurdle is this. We have to move away from this and focus on this direction with a pure, moral and healthy life.”
Adityanath made the comments at the launch of the first edition of Global Encyclopedia of the Ramayana, an e-book prepared by the Ayodhya Research Institute. “The construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has made the launch of the Global Encyclopedia of Ramayana more special,” he said.
He also praised the epics “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata” for helping extend India’s boundaries. “Pakistan was a part of India before 1947 and Maryada Purushottam Lord Sri Ram had extended the boundaries of India during his time by making his brother’s son the ruler of Pakistan,” the chief minister said.
He said that Ramleela, a folk reenactment of the life of Ram according to Ramayana, should be staged around the world.
Adityanath also criticised people for raising questions on Ram.