Accidental Hindus can’t digest honour given to Gita Press: Yogi

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Without mentioning any names, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday attacked the Congress and its leader and said descendants of ‘Accidental Hindu’ are unable to digest the honour given to Gita Press.

Inaugurating the Tharu Tribal Museum and the Tharu Tribal Exhibition in Balrampur, the CM said, “Gita Press has been serving Sanatan Hindu Dharma for a century. Sanatan Hindu Dharma paves the way for the welfare of humanity and gives the message of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ (happiness and welfare of all) and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (The World Is One Family).”

He said, “It is a matter of pride that Gita Press has received the Gandhi Peace Prize.”

Expressing his displeasure over the statement of Congress leaders against the honour given to Gita Press, Yogi said, “Being so disrespectful towards the country’s heritage is utter shamelessness on the part of Congress. Gita Press has been publishing religious literature for the last 100 years. Without the help of the government and at a low cost, it has served as the centre for the publication of all forms of religious literature, such as the Gita, the Vedas, the Ramayana and the Ram Charit Manas.”

He said the tribal community has a glorious past in India. “Protecting the forests is another duty they have taken on. The tribal community is attached to its roots. The current global warming crisis would not have existed had the world preserved its heritage by taking lessons from our tribal community,” he said.

The CM said in order to show respect for the tribal community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began observing November 15 as Tribal Day, the day of Lord Birsa Munda’s birth. “The objective behind celebrating this day is the glorious past of Lord Birsa Munda and how he gave a befitting reply to foreign invaders. This Tharu museum is the honour of our tribal community,” he said.

He said, “The state’s tribal communities, including the Tharu, God, Baksa, Cheru, and Saharia, will be brought to 100 percent saturation. The task of giving land leases to families without land will be completed. Such amendments have already been made under the Forest Rights Act.”

Yogi said, “The government will construct ‘pucca houses’ for those who do not already have one. Toilets will be built, ration cards will be made available and they will be connected to programmes like the destitute women pension scheme, old age pension scheme and divyangjan pension scheme. Health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh will also be given under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.”

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