news Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | February 17, 2015 | 7.03 pm IST The BJP Yuva Morcha has said that it will ensure that K S Bhagwan apologises for his views on the Bhagawad Gita. On Sunday, intellectual K S Bhagwan offered to burn the Bhagawad Gita while addressing a gathering of SC and ST officers and employees of government, government-aided institutions in Mysuru. “Bhagawad Gita is an extremely unholy (apavithra) and insulting and dangerous book. The book should be burned right now. If the organizers permit, I will do so immediately,” Bhagwan said, much to the organizers and audience’s confusion.  Revenue Minister V Shrinivas Prasad however, did not allow such a thing to happen, even though he himself said that the book “sowed the poisonous seeds of inequality” and that it could not be considered as a book worthy of being called the national book. He said that the Constitution drafted by B R Ambedkar could be the only national book for Indian people. The seminar, where Professor Arvind Malagatthi also criticized the Gita, saying that it was not worthy of the title “national book” as it was the epitome of confusion. Comparing it to a two-sided drum that played music no matter which side you beat it, Malagatthi said that the book could be used to justify anything.  These remarks, especially Bhagwan’s offer to burn the book has attracted the ire of the BJP Yuva Morcha, which staged protests outside his house in Mysuru. On Monday, workers of the Mysuru unit turned up at the intellectual’s house in Kuvempunagar area of the city and raised slogans against him. However, speaking to the media later, he said he became aware of the protests only in the evening when he was told by the police when he returned home in the evening. BJP Yuva Morcha State President P Muniraju told The News Minute: “His name is Bhagawan. His mother would have thought of the Bhagawad Gita while naming him, and look at what he says. If he doesn’t want to read the book, let him not read. Why should he say things like he will burn the book?” “He should apologise. If he doesn’t change his ways, we will go where he goes and turn up with black flags,” Muniraju said. Tweet
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