No “Rama” in BJP state

Bhopal: One cannot believe that chanting “Rama” can attract “punishment” in a BJP ruled state! However, organising recitation of Ramayan at the Vallabh Bhavan (State government Secretariat) compelled the General Administration Department to issue an order objecting to such recitation with burning of incense sticks and dhoop and chanting "Jai Sri Ram” slogan. This is not because of any secular inclinations but because of an employee agitation which resorted to Ramayan recitation to instill some wisdom in top bureaucrats. Since Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) was not held, as usual, on 1 January the employees resorted to such tactics which boomeranged on them. This will give Togadia another excuse for advocating Hindu Rashtra.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 4

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