With ‘Draupadi’ and ‘Yudhistir watching over heated debate in the Lok Sabha on no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took the House members through episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata, and ancient Indian history to argue India’s rich tradition of democracy.
BJP MP in Rajya Sabha Roopa Ganguly, who had essayed the character of Draupadi in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat serial, watched over the proceedings of the Lok Sabha from the special gallery box.
In another box reserved for the public gallery, Gajendra Chouhan, who played the character of Yudhistir, kept a hawk’s eye on the proceedings.
When the Kauravs were annihilated, the Pandavs had carried out their cremations,” Singh told the House in a bid to assert that compassion for opponents has been India’s cultural tradition.
“Lord Ram had sent his brother Laxman to seat at the feet of dying Ravan to learn from him,” Singh said, adding that Indian tradition doesn’t shun opponents.
The minister also recalled ancient democratic tradition of the country by mentioning examples like Vaishali and a few from the Chola and Kakatiya kingdoms.