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"Why are BJP leaders going for Shastra Puja on Dussehra?"

01, Oct 2009 By Pagal Patrakar

Dear Pagal,

On this Dussehra, I saw two BJP Chief Ministers, Narendra Modi of Gujarat and Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh, performing Shastra Puja (weapon worship). Although I’m told that this is an age old tradition, though performed with modern weapons these days, I’m a bit confused why BJP leaders are going for weapons over gods and goddesses? Do you have any idea why is it so?

Bihari from Lucknow.

Dear Bihari,

It’s a very different kind of question from the ones we normally receive such as tips on how to propose to the neighbor’s daughter. This one is different, so let’s try to find out an answer to your question.

We keep on hearing from BJP supporters and opponents that the party has forgotten Lord Rama. So what we did was that we took a picture of Lord Rama and removed the lord himself. And look for yourself what is left with you when you ignore Lord Rama.

Learning without the lord
Learning without the lord

Gold Crown – without the lord, it’s just a desire for wealth and political power

Garland – without the lord, it’s just a desire for victory and fame

Saffron Cloth – without the lord, it’s just a symbol of a lifeless culture.

Bow & Arrow – without the lord, they are just weapons.

I hope it answers your question “why BJP leaders are going for weapons over gods”, and it’s not just about weapons you see.

Pagal Patrakar