New Delhi(ndtv): After Union Minister Sushma Swaraj favoured declaring the Bhagavad Gita as “national scripture”, veteran BJP leader L K Advani today urged people to read Mahabharata and Ramayana saying the epics are a great source of knowledge on politics and morality.
Mahabharata and Ramayana Great Knowledge Source on Politics: LK Advani
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Reminiscing his days during pre-independence era, the 87-year-old leader said his grandmother would ask him to read the ‘Mahabharata’ in parts and not entirely, as there is a myth that keeping the epic at home was jinxed.
“I believe no other epic than Mahabharata is a great source of pedagogy, great source of information on politics as well as moral teachings, unity and courage,” he said.
The former Deputy Prime Minister was speaking at a cultural programme and award ceremony to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of noted journalist and chief of Urdu newspaper ‘Daily Pratap’, K Narendra.
Mr Advani said as he had studied in a Christian missionary school he only knew how to speak Sindhi (his mother tongue) and English. He said he read Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhagwat Gita in Sindhi and English, and only after independence he read them in Hindi.
He said over time he feels more comfortable conversing and reading in Hindi.
Just last week, External Affairs Minister Swaraj had praised Bhagwad Gita saying it should be declared ‘Rashtriya Granth’, drawing flak from some parties.