Speaking at the fifth International Ramayana Festival in New Delhi on Tuesday, Home Minister Amit Shah said that if wars were necessary to protect the honour of women, then they must be fought even though it can be devastating.
The Prime Minister’s most trusted lieutenant, Shah said, “How is a woman’s honour protected… Those who understand the horrors of war and its devastating consequences also say that when a woman’s honour is lost, the state is lost, culture is lost. That’s why if a war is necessary to protect a woman’s honour, it must be fought.”
The Ramayana tells the story of Shri Rama who declared war upon Ravana after the latter abducted Sita Mata, the beloved Queen of Ayodhya. Shri Rama destroyed cities and burned them to the ground to rescue His wife from the clutches of the King of Lanka.
Shah’s statement comes at a time when Hindu girls are being abducted and forced to convert to Islam by radical Muslims in Pakistan. Tensions have been simmering between the countries ever since the abrogation of Article 370. Meanwhile, the Indian government has also upped the ante on Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir with authorities in the highest echelons of the government including MEA Jaishankar saying that India will one day have physical jurisdiction over PoK.
The Home Minister also elucidated upon the virtues of the Ramayana. He asserted that the Hindu Epic has lessons on much more than just culture and ideals. It has also lots to offer on more worldly affairs.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah at International Ramayana Festival in Delhi: There is hardly any language in the world in which translation of Ramayana is not available. It is not just about culture and ideals. It also teaches about politics, administration, war and science. pic.twitter.com/J5rDduj5a0
— ANI (@ANI) September 17, 2019
“Ramayan is the treasure of centuries-old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. It is an unparalleled creation by Maharishi Valmiki on the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life,” Amit Shah added.
The International Ramayana Festival is a three-day annual festival that began on the 17th of September and will end today. The international dignitaries from various countries attending the event will also visit Ayodhya and offer prayers at Ram Janambhoomi.