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Revisiting Mahabharata Timely Now!

Epics often give us a glaring vision into what happened in the past and what to expect even now. Being a communist, Kanhaiya Kumar may not pay attention to the opposition his name is attracting in Rajasthan and Gujarat, the two BJP-ruled states in the vicinity of Delhi, where JNU is located.

Move over mere a Rajasthan MLA, now a minister by name Vasudev Devnani said that school curriculum and biographies of freedom fighters be included to ensure “no one like Kanhaiya Kumar is born” in the state. Funny, but even Kansa, uncle of Krishna in Mahabharat tried to stop the birth of Krishna and eventually succumbed to death in the hands of his own nephew.

What is happening is similar re-enact of Krishna vs Kansa story and mostly being played in BJP-ruled states where conservatism is still deep-rooted and education is skewed to suit the ruling party interests.

Irony is that the Rashtriya Swayamwevak Sangh (RSS), the parent commander of all Hindu organisations including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is trying to change emerging out of its knickers to begin with. Today, their joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale said, "I don’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it does not affect the lives of others in society. Sexual preferences are private and personal. Why should RSS express its views in a public forum?"

Extrapolating the same argument, religion and food habits are private and personal preferences and RSS should keep them outside its jurisdiction. Now that there are too many Kansas targeting Kanhaiya Kumar, BJP and RSS should know that nationalism is above religion and it should not be confused with petty remarks. The next elections may be three years away but the animosity at BJP is brewing up daily.

If only a party like Aam Aadmi Party makes a strategic move at this time, then the victory of Arvind Kejriwal and his party to victory in the next elections is guaranteed.

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