While RJD, which is the main partner of Bihar Grand Alliance, was in the forefront of commenting on Ramcharita Manas and Ramayanam, recently senior leader of the party and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi spoke on the matter and brought this controversy to the fore again. He described Ramayana as speculative and Ravana was greater than Rama.
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Manjhi spoke to the media on Friday at the Bihar Vidhan Sabha premises. “Ravana’s role is much bigger than that of Rama. Ravana’s deeds are bigger than Rama’s. Instead of speculating about Rama and Ravana, it is better for BJP leaders to talk about the poor,” he said. He raised questions on legendary poets Valmiki and Goswami Tulsidas.
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Jitan Ram Manjhi said that he has always been saying that Ramayana is fictitious. Both Rama and Ravana are fictional. But he said that he believed that Ravana was older than Rama according to the story based on assumptions. It is said that when Rama was in trouble, supernatural services helped him, but nothing came for Ravana.
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The former CM of Bihar reminded that Rama was an imaginary character in Discovery of India. Lokamanya Tilak and Rahul Sankrityayan also said that Rama is imaginary. He then explained the similarities between Tulsidas and Valmiki. Valmiki wrote the Ramayana, but he was asked why he is not worshipped. He said why only Tulsi Dasa is worshipped. Manjhi said that this happened because of the humanistic system. Tulsidas said Ramcharit Manas has many good things as well as many faults. He recalled that Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Lohia had also said that garbage should be removed from it.
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Jitan Ram Manjhi has also made controversial statements on Hinduism and Sri Ram in the past. The existence of Ramayana and Lord Ram was questioned. He said that Dalits should not perform Satya Narayana Puja. He also made a controversial statement against Brahmins. But due to strong opposition to this, a Brahmin feast was organized on the occasion of Sankranti.