The Congress has distanced itself from Shivraj Patil’s remarks about the “Gita jihad,” saying the party does not support them. Patil is a seasoned Congressman and a former Union minister. Patil is the subject of controversy for saying that the Bhagavad Gita discusses jihad because Lord Krishna taught Arjun “jihad lessons,” despite clarifying that he actually meant the exact opposite. The remark created a significant argument, with the BJP attacking the Congress. Milind Parande, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, claimed he was unaware of the Bhagavad Gita Shivraj Patil read.
Shivraj Patil asserted during a book launch event that jihad is addressed elsewhere as well. Jihad is mentioned in the Mahabharata under the Gita, and Arjun receives instruction in jihad from Krishna.
Shivraj Patil stated the next day that he had not mentioned jihad. “Will you refer to Arjun’s learning from Krishna as jihad? No. What I stated was that “Explaining, he said.
According to Shivraj Patil, jihad in the Hindu religion entails the murder of a good person, such as the murder of Mahatma Gandhi.
But he added that combating evil is neither jihad nor immoral. “You can’t just run away if even after explaining everything, someone still doesn’t get it and comes at you with a weapon. And you cannot label it as either jihad or wrong. What one must comprehend is this. Armed with guns, one cannot convince others. It’s incorrect, “in his opening remarks at the book launch ceremony, the Congress leader.
He claimed that the idea of jihad becomes apparent when one can use force even when they have the best of intentions and are acting morally. “This thing is not just in Quran or Gita but also in Christianity,” he said at the occasion. “It is not just in Quran but also in Mahabharata, the part in Gita, Shri Krishna also talks of jihad to Arjun.”
Shivraj Patil’s reported remark on the Bhagavad Gita, according to Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh, is inappropriate. The Bhagavad Gita is regarded by Congress as a crucial tenet of Indian civilization.
Jairam Ramesh wrote on Twitter, “Incidentally, I learned the Bhagavad Gita in my early teens and have had a life-long love with it as a cultural & philosophical classic, with a deep influence on Indian civilization over the centuries.
According to Milind Parande of the VHP, Patil appeased minorities “I am not aware of which Gita Patil has read. The Gita makes no mention of jihad.”
Sudhanshu Trivedi, a BJP representative and Rajya Sabha member, urged that either Sonia Gandhi or Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress respond to Patil’s remark.
On Friday, he said that, like the Quran Sharif, Gita asserts that God has no form. This sparked another controversy.