Insult of Rama is insult of India

November 11, 2007

Insult of Ram is insult of India
By Dr. Indulata Das

When the sinful Ravana wished to persuade Maricha to help him in kidnapping Sita, he tried to portray an untrue picture of Rama before him in order to justify his unholy endeavour. Although Maricha was closely related to Ravana and a well-wisher of him, he immediately dismissed his babblings and heaped mountainous praise about Rama’s greatness.
Thus Rama was a veritable repository of noble virtues and high human values. All these great qualities of Rama have made him the monarch of millions of love saturated hearts through the rolling centuries. Singing his glories has been a pleasantly indispensable activity of the daily life of crores of good souls in this country and many other parts of the globe.

The most popular eulogy about Ramachandra’s character mentioned in Ramayana and famous among his admirers is Ramo vigrahavaan dharmah (Aranya Kanda 37.13) which means ‘Rama is the embodiment of righteousness’. This glorious laudation was not uttered by a diehard follower or an ardent devotee of Lord Ram. It was also not pronounced by his friend, wife, brother or a citizen of Ayodhya. Nor was it said by any of his priests or preceptors. But it was an utterance from the mouth of the demon responsible for the abduction of Sita and all the resultant misfortunes in Ram’s life. Yes, this glorious sentence was an impartial and honest expression about Ram’s character by the demon Maricha who, albeit under duress, assumed the form of a golden deer to facilitate his wife’s abduction.
When the sinful Ravana wished to persuade Maricha to help him in kidnapping Sita, he tried to portray an untrue picture of Ram before him in order to justify his unholy endeavour. Although Maricha was closely related to Ravana and a well-wisher of him, he immediately dismissed his babblings and heaped mountainous praise about Ram’s greatness. He said “Ram is not avaricious nor iniquitous (Uk yqC/ks u p nq%’khyks—Aranya Kanda-37.8). He is discourteous to none. He is profoundly learned and highly disciplined. Nobody has ever heard him uttering untruth (u jke% ddZ’kLrkr! ukfo}ku~ ukftrsfUnz;% A vu`ra u Jqra pSo uSo Roa oDrqegZfl—Aranya Kanda 37.12) Ram is righteousness personified. Truthfulness is his power (jkeks foxzgoku~ /eZ% lk/q% lR;ijkdze%—Aranya Kanda, 37.13). He is dedicated to the beneficence of every living being (loZHkwrfgrs jr% – Aranya Kanda 37.9)”. All these were the words of a demon, an accomplice of Ravana.
The Ramayana is replete with praises for Lord Ram. Ram has been praised by his friends and foes, his well wishers and ill wishers alike. Even persons who caused him maximum damage could not find scope to blame him. One such dazzling example was the praise showered by the step mother Kaikeyi even after she deported Ram to the forest. When Dasarath died, Bharata was brought back to Ayodya without being told about the sad developments thereof. Having been informed by Kaikeyi about the demise of Dasaratha and deportation of Ram he was taken aback. Unaware of the abominable activities of his mother the flabbergasted Bharata asked her:
dfPPkUUk czkã.k/ua âra jkes.k dL;fpr~ A
dfPPkUuk<Ôks nfjnzks ok rsukikiks fofgaflr% AA
dfPPkUu ijnkjku~ ok jktiq=kks¿fHkeU;rs A
dLekr~ l n.Mdkj.;s Hkzkrk jkeks fookflr% AA
(Ayodhya Kanda 72.45)
(Did Ram usurp the property of any Brahmin? Did he kill any innocent person or did he covet other’s wife? Why was Ram exiled?)
Kaikeyi was in self defence. In order to justify her madding action she could have thrown a little mud on Ram to save her own skin. But Ram’s character was so dirt-less that she could not arraign him, not even to justify her own despicable action. In reply to Bharat’s query she said:
Uk czkã.k/ua fdafp¼‘ra jkes.k dL;fpr~ A
df’PkUuk<Ôks nfjnzks ok rsukikiks fofgaflr% AA
u jke% ijnkjkUk~ l p{kqH;kZefi i’;fr A
(Ayodhya Kanda 72.48)
(No Brahmin’s wealth was usurped by Ram. No innocent was killed by him. Ram is not a person to even look at other man’s wife.)
This was the character certificate for Ram from his errant step mother under the most unfavourable situation.
In fact Ram, the ocean of goodness, stands taller than all the praises bestowed on him. Every laudation however great it may be looks dwarf before the magnitude of Ram’s greatness. Words prove scanty to clothe his virtues. His greatness surpasses every circumference of expression.
In fact the excessive goodness in Ram at times was painful for the affectionate hearts of his dear ones. To quote an incident, when Dasaratha was asked by the queen Kaikeyi to deport Ram to Dandakaranya he said:
Ukkya f}rh;a opua Ikq+=kks eka IkzfrHkkf”krqe~ A
l oua izoztsR;qDrks ck<feR;so o{;fr AA
;fn es jk?ko% dq;Zkn~ oua xPNsfRk pksfnr% A
izfrdwya fiz;a es L;kUu rq oRl% dfj”;fr AA
(Ayodhya Kanda 12.86-87)
(If I ask Ram to go to forest he will merely say ‘yes’ . He is not capable of uttering a second word. I would be very happy if he disobeys my order. But alas, he will not do that.)
Ram had a large heart beyond imagination. An instance of his magnanimous personality was his advice to Bharat in Dandakaranya about Kaikeyi. Bharat had come to the forest to pray Ram to return to Ayaodhya. Ram, with a polite firmness denied to do so but advised Bharat not to disregard mother Kaikeyi for her undesirable deed. He wished him to forget her action and pay her the respect that a mother commands:
dkekn~ ok rkr! yksHkkn~ ok ek=kk rqH;fena d‘re~ A
u rUeufLk drZO;a ofrZrO;a p ekr‘or~ AA
(Ayodhya Kanda112.19)
(Mother Kaikeyi might have done this to me because of greed or filial love for you. Don’t keep it in mind. Behave nicely with her as a son does to his mother.)
ekrja j{k dSds;ha ek jks”ka dq# rka Ikzfr A
e;k p lhr;k pSo ‘kIrks¿fl j?kquUnu AA
(Ayodhya Kanda.112.27)
(Don’t get angry with mother Kaikeyi and take good care of her. This is a conjuration by Sita and me.)
Thus Ram was a veritable repository of noble virtues and high human values. All these great qualities of Ram have made him the monarch of millions of love saturated hearts through the rolling centuries. Singing his glories has been a pleasantly indispensable activity of the daily life of crores of good souls in this country and many other parts of the globe. His name has been a rejuvenating force for the sad, depressed, wretched and miserable. For innumerable human beings round the globe Ram has been the dearest of the dear and nearest of the near. The Indian culture and civilization have been proud of being associated with the great personality called ‘Ram’.
But unimaginably the same Ram, the emperor of millions of hearts was insulted not in any other place but in the soil of India. A chief minister of this country, blinded by the arrogance of his chair, pronounced such words for Lord Ram which the demons of Tretaya epoch did not utter. The ruler who, while occupying the chair, had sworn to protect the culture and civilization of the country inflicted an irreparable damage on the same by his uncivilized and uncultured remark about the greatest civilized and cultured hero of the country. The man who had taken oath to keep the people happy actually made the people cry of emotional pain and anguish. The ruler transgressed his duty and decency. He exposed his own character by giving a character certificate to the Lord of virtues.
Ram’s insult is not the insult of any particular community. Ram is the progenitor of all Indians. There was no division of creed or community when Ram was? Furthermore, Ram stands as an ideal for every lover of human values. Ram can not be contracted to a narrow orb. Ram stands for high Indian values.
Insult of Ram is an insult to India. A person who insults his own motherland does not qualify to rule it. Karunanidhi, the offender of Ram, has forfeited his right to sit on the chair of chief minister. Those who enjoy the warmth of their seats with his help are equally accountable to the people who had reposed faith on them. Offenders of Indian hero have to pay for their sin. Those who dishonour Ram, the ruler of our hearts must not rule our land.
Stringent legal provisions should be introduced for such cultural crimes. Offending Indian culture which prominently includes Indian heroes like Ram, Krishna, Yudhisthira etc. must be punishable by law. A person who has no regard for the glory of the land and the glorious personalities of the soil must never qualify legally for any constitutional or public office of the country.
(The writer is a widely respected Sanskrit Scholar and can be contacted at indulatadas@yahoo.co.in)

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