Bihar education minister says won’t apologise for Ramcharitmanas remark

Bihar Education Minister Chandra Shekhar on Thursday reiterated his Tuesday statement, claiming that the Ramcharitmanas, a poem based on the epic ‘Ramayana’, “spreads hatred in the society”.

He further added that certain parts of Ramcharitmanas propagate discrimination against certain castes. On whether he would apologise for his statement as the Opposition BJP has demanded, he said it is the saffron which should apologise for not being aware of facts.

He has said revered Hindu texts like Manusmriti and Ramcharitmanas are against Dalits, other backward classes and women receiving education. “Manusmriti, Ramcharitmanas, Bunch of Thoughts by saffron ideologue Guru Golwalkar spread hatred. Love, not hatred, makes the country great,” added Chandra Shekhar.

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