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Bhagvad Gita

“Gita is Jehadi literature. It’s as violent as the Old Testament with a totalitarian god, who dictates terms and tolerates none,” wrote late Samuel Hunttington. Not just in Russia, such violent scriptures must be proscribed everywhere. Though I’m against banning a book, anything that incites violence even subtly, is an anathema to me and all irenic (peace-loving) people. Gita is a catalyst for war. It was instrumental in the deaths of innumerable people, who died at Kurukshetra. And Krishna is the biggest instigator. He perpetrated this “sanguinary drama” (R C Zehmer’s phrase to define the battle of Kurukshetra).

Violence can never be justified. All arguments justifying violence and killing someone are specious and opportunistic. Buddha solemnly said, “Passivity at any price. Be bullied, be outraged, be killed. But do not kill.” I wonder, a Russian court has now found Gita to be extremist. It was long back castigated for its dangerous insinuations and proclamations. In fine, Bhagvad Gita is “a war manual”.    
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2012 on page no. 2

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