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Tharoor disapproves idea of Gita as national scripture

Joining the chorus of disapproval over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s proposal to have the Bhagwat Gita declared a national scripture, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday questioned how one holy book could be deemed as being “holier” than others in a multi faith country.

“I am also a Hindu, but in our religion there is not one holy book, there are many books. If you take Gita, what about the Vedas? What about Upanishads?... There are many opinions, we cannot just like that say that one book is holier than others,” Shashi Tharoor told reporters outside Parliament House.

He also wondered as to how there could be talk of one national holy book when several religions are practised in the country.

“I am of the opinion that for the government to talk about such things is not correct,” Tharoor added.

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