Christ, Buddha played a progressive role: Yechury

Last Updated: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 15:26

New Delhi: Amid controversy over portrayal of religious figures by the Left in Kerala, CPI (M) on Monday said Jesus Christ and the Buddha had played a "progressive role" in the society in the concrete situations prevailing during their
times.

"They (Christ and the Buddha) had played a progressive role in the concrete situations prevailing during their times," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.
He was asked about the display of a painting of Christ alongside Communist icons at an exhibition in Kerala and a billboard carrying a political spoof on Leonardo da Vinci`s masterpiece `The Last Supper`.

The billboard, depicting US President Barack Obama at a table along with senior Congress and BJP leaders, was titled `The Last Supper of Capitalism`.

Yechury said while there was no intention to belittle the ideals of Christ or the Buddha, they had played a positive role during their times.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 15:26

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