Narendra Modi inspires Rahul Gandhi to turn to Hindu scriptures
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president, has turned to Hindu scriptures to find suitable words to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the mat.
In his latest tweet, he has quoted shlokas from Upnishda to pull him up for some of his remarks which were not to his liking. After Vedas, Upnishdas are the most revered Hindu scriptures.
In case there is any confusion in this regard, let it be clarified that he is not known to be a highly religious man.
As to why he has looked up at Upnishdas, it is a comment by Modi about his party's struggle and sacrifices. As any party man does, he has praised his party for making more sacrifices than others particularly the Congress.
Rahul, like any other party party leader, could not stomach it and, therefore, dug into something he was not used to, Hindu religious books. Till the other day he had used Hindi or English quotations.
May be the motive behind quoting from scripture is to please religious Hindu leaders who have been backing the BJP. Election is due to be held in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh in a few months from now and a dent into the rival's vote-bank cannot be out of his wish-list. In any case, the motive cannot be non-political.
The Gandhi scion in his tweet has claimed that Modi has to learn many things and that he considers ignorance as bliss. For a change, he has been also sarcastic this time. He has prayed to God to help him come out of "ignorance" to the light of "truth".
Here are the quotes and their English translation:
"Asatoma Sadgamaya Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya Mrityorma Amritam gamaya Om shanti shanti shanti (Lead me from ignorance to truth - from darkness to light - from death to immortality. Let there be peace for all living creatures)", wrote Rahul Gandhi on Twitter.
Modiji a prayer for you:
Mrityorma Amritam gamaya
Om shanti shanti shanti"https://t.co/ZwXiOiMHTY
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 19, 2016