A new controversy made its way to the forefront on Sunday as a Bhagavad Gita was placed in front of ex-Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial in Rameshwaram.
Political parties, including the DMK, condemned the move and even raised questions regarding the real motive behind such a disputed placement of the sacred Bhagavad Gita in front of the erstwhile President’s statue. Certain political parties have also termed this as a “communal” move by BJP.
However, to put an end to such controversies in what is aimed at being a pious memorial, the grandson of the former President also put a Bible as well as a Quran in front of the statue, accompanying the Gita.
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Speaking to Republic TV on the controversy, senior DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP, T.K.S Elangovan, said:
This is an attempt to show that Bhagavad Gita is a universal book, it’s not accepted in any part of TN. We have a better book called Thirukural, this is to show that Dr. Abdul Kalam was fond of Hinduism… It’s nice that his family understand and didn’t accepted it. They have expressed their opposition or anger by placing the Bible and the Quran.
Last week, Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of Dr. Kalam and also offered floral tributes at his memorial. He also interacted with the family members of Dr. Kalam. Thereafter he hoisted the tiranga at the memorial, which has been designed and built by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). This inauguration marked the second death anniversary of the former and unarguably one of the most loved presidents of the country.
The day also saw the Prime Minister flagging off the “Kalam Sandesh Vahini” – an exhibition bus which would travel across India before reaching the Rashtrapati Bhawan on October 15, the birth anniversary of Dr. Kalam.