Yogi’s attempt to bring ‘Ram Rajya’ in UP with fake Ram-Sita looks comical
Lucknow, Oct 19: Our beliefs at times make for 'comical situations'. Imagine, Lord Ram, instead of his usual chariot from the mythological days, decides to board a chopper and lands in Ayodhya, considered his birthplace.
Yes, that actually happened on Wednesday when chief minister Yogi Adityanath hosted a grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
The UP government made it a point that Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman joined Adityanath's Diwali celebrations in an attempt to recreate the festival of lights as described in the Ramayana.
According to the epic, when Lord Ram after completing 14 years of exile arrived in Ayodhya, accompanied by his wife and brother, people of his kingdom celebrated the day as Diwali.
So, on Wednesday, Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman, too came to Ayodhya once again to mark Diwali. They made a perfect landing on their hometown in a chopper decorated as the mythological "Pushpak Viman".
In reality, the 'gods and goddess' who arrived in Ayodhya to join Adityanath's mammoth celebrations were not actual Ram, Sita and Laxman (do we even need to tell our readers that), but artistes dressed like the mythological characters.
Everything was picture perfect as CM Adityanath and UP governor Ram Naik posed in front of cameras with artistes donning the roles of popular Hindu deities.
But take a deep look at the pictures of CM with Ram, Sita and Laxman, one can't miss the fake and comical side of official celebrations, especially at a time when the state is grappling with multiple problems, including crisis in the healthcare sector and rise in crime graph.
On Wednesday, the CM while attacking the opposition for criticising Diwali celebrations stated that he plans to bring "Ram Rajya" in Ayodhya by "eradicating poverty, grief and discrimination".
Adityanath also announced that his government is going to spend Rs 133 crore for various schemes to develop the temple town which also hosts the controversial Ram Janmabhoomi--the battle of possession for which has left communal divisions between the Hindus and the Muslims in the country.
Almost seven months after Adityanath took over the charge of the state after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the UP Assembly elections with a huge mandate early this year, the failure of the government can be seen in various spheres.
It is true that seven months is too short to judge Adityanath's efficiency as an administrator, but the problems encountered by the state in this period also can't be ignored.
Be it the deaths of more than a hundred children (including several newborns) at BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur in August due to lack of supply of oxygen or more than 800 rapes and 730 murders reported in the state in just two months of Adityanath's regime, UP has nothing much to cheer about.
While the BJP government is yet to come up with concrete steps to tackle health crisis in the state which continues to witness a large number of deaths of children due to diseases like encephalitis, diarrhoea and malaria, Adityanath administration has resorted to police encounters to control rise in crime rate.
As many as 15 persons had been gunned down in police encounters in UP since the BJP government came to power in the State.
If in such a scenario, the CM of UP decides to brush aside all the allegations of misgovernance levelled by the opposition and continue to host flashy functions to carry forward the Hindutva ideology of the saffron party, it definitely makes a mockery of democracy which first rule of thumb is good governance and not celebrations of religious festivals.