For the last five years, NaMo has avoided speaking in public about Ram temple issue, but when he came to Laxman Nagri – now Lucknow, he chanted “Jai Shri Ram” a number of times keeping the issue alive with the election in UP around the corner.
Modi started his speech with Jai Shri Ram and ended it with Jai Shri Ram and in between talked at length about Lord Ram. He even worshipped Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman and, in turn, was presented religious symbols like Sudarshan Chakra, Gada (mace) and bow and arrow.
The Opposition has raised questions about Modi’s visit to Lucknow on Dussehra saying it has been done in view of next year’s assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. When Modi spoke, people chanted Jai Sri Ram but he spoke about terrorism.
Terming terrorism as an enemy of humanity, the Prime Minister appealed for a unity to fight terrorism. “If you think that we are free from terrorism, you are wrong. It is a virus affecting our society.
The whole world is being destroyed by terrorism. For two days, we are looking at a picture of a small girl from Syria which has shaken me,” PM said.
“Jo aatankwaad karte hai unko jadh se khatam karne ki zarurat hai, jo atankwaad ko madad dete hai ab to unko bhi baksha nahi ja sakta ( We have to finish those who are involved in terrorism but we cannot spare those who are giving protection and patronage to these terrorists),” Modi said while making an indirect reference to Pakistan.
“Terrorism is an enemy of humanity. Everyone has to speak in one voice against terrorism,” he claimed. He also described how in 1992-93, he was talking to someone from the US Dept of State on terrorism, and they said terrorism was our “law and order problem”. But it changed after 9/11,” he said adding terrorism is humanity’s enemy, and Lord Ram depicted how to serve humanity. This Vijaydashmi festival is also about the victory of good over evil.”
So when we burn Ravana, we should remember that humanity cannot be saved unless we fight terrorism together, he added. “Even if all of us can’t be Lord Ram, we can all try and be Jatayu, and keep terrorism at bay,” he said.
The Prime Minister said women need to be respected no matter what religion or background one comes from. “Today is Girl Child Day, too. We burn Ravana who tortured one Sita. Why can’t we save the Sitas in our homes? Look at Olympics, daughters of the nation have made us proud, ” he said.