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Build statue of Sita next to Ram’s in Ayodhya, Cong leader writes to CM

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New Delhi: SENIOR CONGRESS leader and former J&K Governor Dr Karan Singh has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath suggesting that a statue of Sita be built next to the proposed statue of Hindu god Ram, even if it meant reducing the size of the latter by half, considering the “sacrifices” made by the goddess.

The letter, dated December 12, urges Adityanath to “give due place to Sita in Ayodhya”. The Ramayana, an ancient epic poem, largely narrates the story of Ram’s struggle to save his wife Sita from a demon, Ravana. “I was in Mithila and the idea struck me there, that having made so many sacrifices and faced hardships all her life and being sent to vanvas (exile) while she was pregnant, Sita deserves to be given her due place in Ayodhya,” Singh told The Indian Express, adding that he has sent a copy of the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Singh further said, “When we chant, we chant Sita Ram, Sita Ram, so Ram is incomplete without Sita. It is true that Sita was not with him during the war, but she was with him in Ayodhya. Thus, if a Ram statue comes up in Ayodhya, Sita should also be given her place there.”

 

In his letter, Singh wrote, “The land of Raja Janak — Mithila — is regarded as the land of Sita mata as well. Here, Sita ji married Ram. After marriage she went to Ayodhya as a daughter-in-law, but after a few days, she had to go for 14 years of exile with Ram, when she was abducted and made prisoner in Sri Lanka. After the battle and ‘Agni pariksha’, she was brought back to Ayodhya as a queen. She had to face exile even while she was pregnant.” He further wrote, “Remembering such sad circumstances, a thought came to my mind that if a decision has been taken to construct a grand statue of Ram, it is my suggestion to reduce its size to half and also construct a statue of Sita alongside…”

The letter was sent to Adityanath the same day he was in Janakpur, Nepal, which is considered the birthplace of Sita. Adityanath had participated in a ‘Ram-Janki Vivah Panchami’ there and while addressing a public gathering, he had started his speech with “Jai Sita maiya” and said, “We cannot even think of Lord Ram without goddess Sita.”

Recently, the chief minister had been shown presentations of different replicas of Ram to be constructed in Ayodhya, from which he had finalised one. It was decided that the proposed statue would be made of bronze. It would be 221m tall, of which 50m would be the height of a pedestal, while the overhead umbrella would be 20m tall.

The state government also plans to build a museum inside the pedestal, showcasing the history of Ayodhya as well as ‘Ikshvaku Vansh’ starting from King Manu. Though the project is at its initial stages, the government plans to construct it through crowd-funding.


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‘Mahagathbandhan’ club of ‘nawabs of negativity’: Jaitley

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Mumbai: The opposition “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) is a club of “nawabs of negativity” and the only glue of this diverse grouping is its opposition to one man (Narendra Modi), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

People of an aspirational society which is politically conscious will not buy into this “suicidal” alternative, the senior BJP leader said.

“The nawabs of negativity may come together but that is not something that will carry credibility as far as people are concerned,” Jaitley said, speaking via video link at the CNBC-TV18 India Business Leadership Awards event. During the video call, Jaitley also spoke about the Union Budget.

 

This was the first time Jaitley, now in the US for medical treatment, addressed a gathering since leaving the country on Tuesday.

The setback the ruling BJP suffered in Assembly elections in three heartland states recently (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan) has enthused some opposition leaders about the likely electoral success of such an alternative.

The “mahagathbandhan” has neither the ideological cohesiveness nor a common programme aimed at building the country or an individual leader, Jaitley said.

As against the BJP’s strengths of leadership, decisiveness, performance and potential, the point being put forward by the opposition is of arithmetic, Jaitley highlighted.

In politics, it is not the arithmetic but chemistry which succeeds, he added.

“The premise is that we have politics which is negative in character and the negative politics is we want one man (Narendra Modi) out. On that negativity of wanting one man out, they (Opposition) have come together,” Jaitley said.

Arun Jaitley also said there is a need to elevate the political debate in the run up to the elections and stressed that we cannot afford a “sloganised political debate” where emotional cries take over sound policy.

Without mentioning the promise of farm loan waivers, which the opposition Congress is pitching for, the minister said “sloganised policies” never help the larger interest of the economy and it is the country’s aspirations which will receive a setback in the process.

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Govt compromising national security, why 36 Rafale jets instead of 126: Chidambaram

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday accused the government of compromising national security and asked why it bought only 36 Rafale fighter jets instead of 126 required by the Air Force.

His comments come in the wake of fresh revelations on the Rafale deal in a media report which claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to but 36 aircraft instead of the 126 asked for by the Air Force pushed the price of each jet up by 41.42 per cent.

“In the light of new facts and revelations in THE HINDU, the question gains greater urgency: why did the government buy only 36 Rafale aircraft instead of 126 aircraft required by the Air Force?,” Chidambaram asked in a tweet.

 

“The Government has compromised national security by denying to the Air Force the 7 squadrons (126 aircraft) that it desperately needs,” he said.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also took to Twitter to demand answers from Modi on the increased cost of aircraft. “The PM’s unilateral decision to buy 36 Rafales resulted in a price escalation of 41.42 per cent per jet. When will the prime minister answer? he asked.

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No war, but soldiers are dying on borders: Bhagwat

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Nagpur: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said requisite steps need to combat killings on the border, as soldiers are being martyred sans a war-like situation in the country.

“In our country, there is no war at the moment, still people (soldiers) are getting martyred…Because we are not doing our jobs properly. We need to make efforts in this regard. If we want our country to reach the top, then we all should learn to sacrifice,” he said at a gathering here on Thursday.

Furthermore, Bhagwat said the responsibility of safeguarding the country should not be solely shouldered by the Forces.

 

“Everybody has to make efforts in this regard. This is not something for which we can give a contract to somebody. We keep thinking that the government will do it or the army will do it, the police will do it, but it’s not like that, the entire society has to make efforts,” he opined.

Citing the example of Israel, Bhagwat noted: “If one looks closely, after 70 long years, those countries in comparison with India have done better in terms of growth and development. Israel is a classic example. The natives were weed out before the 19 c. But citizens there gradually came back to their country and started their businesses, trade etc. Finally, in 1948 they got independence.”

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