Opting for more toilets than temples?


A man is known by the type of the choices he has, and this equally applies to Jairam Ramesh, Union Rural Development Minister, when he expresses more of his preference for toilets than temples in the country. For him, there is nothing unusual if he passes rigidly coarse a remark on some point or the other. He wanted to emphasize his mission on sanitation, but he lacked better words to say that there is much felt need of bigger number of toilets in the country from sanitary angle, instead his choice fell on temples for a comparison. It looks derogatory, not just from any religious angle alone, but more so from a descency point of view. Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal protested the remark by staging an hour long dharna at his New Delhi residence the other day. Long back, the then another political stalwart, Kanshi Ram of Bahujan Samaj Party, passed the similar remarks eliciting a large scale protest throughout the country, not only from certain religious parties but by the people in general. An inference can well be drawn here from what Vivekanand, then an Indian missionary abroad, spoke. He said that what the world needs more is supply of food to  those who are hungry leading a life of misery and not the construction of temples, churches or mosques at a massive scale. He was correct in highlighting the help for the poor without ridiculing the religious places of worship. People in the current scenario occupying positions at the top in the country find it more feasible to promote themselves as messiahs of a particular mission to appease certain sections by ridiculing others than doing the same thing in a graceful order. As a responsible Minister in the Central set up of India, Jairam Ramesh, must withdraw the tone and tenor of his remarks failing which he deserves nothing but the wrath of the people in the country as a whole.

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11 thoughts on “Opting for more toilets than temples?”

  1. I feel that writer of the Blog,in a most beautifully, has tried to save to Mr. Union Minister – Jairam Ramesh but if I go into history of present ruling party of the country I find that entire their politics is based on anti Hinduism.Why he could not mention any other place in lieu Temple.May be but I am not prepare to accept hisinnocent comment.

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  2. YES, THE MINISTER SHOULD HAVE AVOIDED COMPARING TOILETS WITH TEMPLES, WHICH HAS GIVEN RISE TO ANOTHER CONTROVERSY. HIS STATEMENT IS DEFINITELY NOT IN GOOD TASTE AND , AS YOU HAVE RIGHTLY SAID, HE MUST WITHDRAW HIS REMARKS WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY.

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  3. Good evening Sir. A man is known by the company he keeps, so nothing unusual,. It should have been in some other form. Equating temples, churches, mosques or any place of worship with toilets is not only offending but crude too……

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    1. My sincere thanks to you, Prakash, for your nice and meaningful comments. It is good that you are taking interest in blog(s). Why don’t you write your own blog using your so rich an experience in industrial matters besides a better command you have in English. I shall be too happy to see you as a blogger. My good wishes as always.

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  4. Such comments are powerful branding strategy in management parlance. They advice to take a controversial position, offend the people and attract the target market. Jairam is a smart guy who knows to pick up his position intelligently and carefully. He will not refer anything like mosques or churches as this will offend his fans or best customers.

    Good going Jairam. Sonia may recruit you for the position of Azam Khan in her kitchen cabinet.

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  5. Sir It is very nice to welcome Sri Prakash Gangal and his comments. I am fully agreed with him. Further Sri Jai Ram Ramesh is a politician. He has commented intentionally to attract the focus of media and masses to meet his banausic ends and also to appease a section of people. Today’s politicians may go up to any extent in their interest. Sri Jai Ram Ramesh shall always be remembered for his toilet culture.

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