PM Narendra Modi today visited Aishbagh Ramlila Ground in Lucknow to celebrate Dussehra festival. He took the opportunity to share how Ramayana lessons can be used to fight against terrorism.
He said that all citizens of the country cannot become Lord Ram but all of them can become ‘Jatayu (the mythological bird king who fought against Ravana in Ramayana) to fight against terrorism.
“Who fought against terrorism first. Was he a soldier? Was he a politician? Ramayan is proof that the first war against terrorism was fought by Jatayu,” PM Modi said, adding, “We 125 crore people can’t become Lord Ram, but we can certainly become Jatayu against terrorism.”
By becoming Jatayu, he explained, people need to be alert at individual level against any form of terrorism. Only then this menace would ever end, he said.
Praising Aishbagh Ramlila Committee for taking up a social issue every year during Ravana Dahan, Modi said we should learn from the tradition of burning Ravana’s effigy every year.
“While burning Ravana, we should make one resolve every year that we will fight against something bad within ourselves and in our social and national life,” he said.
“Dussehra also means we should win over 10 weaknesses inside us. We can’t be successful without defeating weaknesses within us. I know everyone may not win but God must have given everyone the power to fight” he added.
This was the first time when a sitting Prime Minister of India attended a Dussehra event in Lucknow.
Earlier, thanking the PM for attending the event in his Parliamentary constituency, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “PM Modi has succeeded in ending corruption on top. He has brought laurels to the country. You gave a message to the world that we are more weak India but a strong India, so I greet you.”