Bhopal, Sep 26 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today accused the Centre's United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime of ''playing'' with the country's cultural form as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders were issuing statements that lowered the dignity of India's rich cultural heritage.
''This attempt to crush the country's honour and prestige will scarcely be tolerated. During his recent visit to the United Kingdom, the Premier said that India learnt tremendously from Britain. That statement smacked of a colonial slave mentality,'' he told UNI.
Mr Chouhan pointed out that Finance Minister P Chidambaram recently commented that India was never a golden sparrow.
''The manner in which Lord Ram's very existence is being questioned, in the context of the imbroglio relating to the centuries-old Ram Sethu, is extremely objectionable. The Sethu is the focus of Indian faith,'' the Chief Minister claimed.
Wondering what the UPA government desired to achieve through such rhetoric, he added that the UPA might be wanting to convey a message that India never had a prestigious cultural past.