PM Narendra Modis dig at secular friends over gifting Gita to Japanese Emperor Akihito

Written by PTI | Tokyo | Updated: Sep 3 2014, 14:59pm hrs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at his secular friends over his gifting a copy of the holy Hindu text 'Bhagvad Gita' to Japanese Emperor Akihito, saying they could kick up a storm and trigger TV debates back home.

Modi had an audience with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace here on the fourth day of his five-day visit to Japan to strengthen bilateral ties.

Addressing the members of the Indian community at a reception here, Modi spoke of him carrying a copy of the Gita during the Japan visit for gifting it to the Emperor.

For gifting I brought a Gita. I do not know what will happen in India after this. There may be a TV debate on this. Our secular friends will create 'toofan'( storm) that what does Modi think of himself He has taken a Gita with him that means he has made this one also communal, the Prime Minister said.

As his remarks were greeted with a round of applause, Modi hastened to add, Anyway, they should also have their livelihood and if I am not there then how will they earn their livelihood

Modi said he wondered why nowadays small things create controversies.

I don't know why, but people create controversies even with such trivial things nowadays, but I have my own commitment and my own conviction that if I meet some great person of the world, I will give it(Gita) and that is why I brought it, he said.

At this point he referred to his audience with the Emperor and presenting a copy of the Gita.

Today I went to the Maharaja of Japan, I have given one to him, he said, adding, Because I dont think that I have anything more to give and the world also does not have anything more to get than this.. The remark triggered another round of applause from the assembled gathering.