Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, speaking at a symposium on ‘Kabir Sahitya me Samrasta aur Sanchaar’ on Sunday said that the teachings of Sant Kabir should be taught to those who raise “anti-national” slogans. He added that programmes on the poet should be organised at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The symposium was jointly organised by Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and Mass Communication and Kabir Development and Study Centre here.
Last year, the university witnessed protests against 2013 hanging of the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, which generated clashed between students’ groups.
Referring to last year’s controversial slogans at JNU he said, “Those who raise slogans of Azadi-Azadi (independence) and talk about disintegrating the country should be taught, Sant Kabir…Misguided youth should be given the knowledge of Kabir’s thoughts. Such programmes on Kabir should also be held in JNU”.
He also mentioned that the teachings of this poet of 15th Century should also be included in schools and universities as they are relevant in the contemporary period as well.
Haryana Governor, Kaptan Singh Solanki, who was the chief guest of the function, further highlighted the significance of Kabir’s teachings.
“Besides, research should also be undertaken on the literature of Kabir in colleges of Chhattisgarh as well as in the country. Sant Kabir had contributed immensely to both literary and spiritual world. He always stood by humanity and tried to unify all religions. He believed in universal brotherhood and harmony. He fought against blind faiths and superstitions,” he added.
“Sant Kabir preached brotherhood among all religions, treated entire world as one family and humanism as a virtue”.
The Governor, also showcasing the role of media in transforming the society said that the media and press should be ‘Lok-Kalyankkari’ or pro-people as they have a significant role in shaping public opinion.