President of the forthcoming 88th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Sadananad More, said yesterday that the Bhagwad Gita is a global scripture and its range should not be restricted to the country alone.
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday came under opposition attack in Rajya Sabha for demanding that the Bhagwad Gita be declared national scripture, with members saying this was a "sinister" design to alter secular character of the Constitution.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday came under fire from the Opposition and ally PMK for her push to declare Bhagwad Gita as a national scripture with their leaders saying it was inappropriate and that all religions should be treated equally by Government.
A day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj pushed for declaring Bhagwad Gita as a national scripture, opposition DMK and NDA ally PMK have opposed the move saying the Centre should follow pluralistic character and spirit of secularism.
Pressing for the Centre to declare Bhagwad Gita as a 'Rashtriya Granth' (national scripture), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday only a formality remained to be done in this regard, triggering a controversy with Trinamool Congress saying Constitution is the "Holy Book" in a democracy.
Holy Bhagavad Gita is the oldest scripture of the world and guides the lives of people through its incomparable teachings and lessons. Even after so many years, the relevance of this scripture is intact.
Any failure on Indian government`s part to intervene,
supported by in-depth research, scholastic views and analysis,
would cause irretrievable damage to the country`s and rich
culture and heritage, the petition contends.