Atal Bihari Vajpayee: “ SayJai Siyaram not Jai Shree Ram.”
Last night incidentally I listened to Sushil, Organising Secretary, Bajaran Dal,Bihar, on the occasion of Ram Navami akhada.I know him since his early childhood when he used to come RSS shakha at Sukhdeonagar when I was a trainer there being a college student. Turned to a neutral person, I listened his speech from outside. He spoke well with slogans Jai Shree Ram.
I asked him later that one of the Maihtil journalist(Ashsish Jha) had rightly pointed out that Jai Seeta ram had been turned to Jai Shree Ram by Sangh parivar. In fact being Maithil we proud Mother Seeta as our though She is Jagajjani(Mother of the Universe) as being married to Awadhpati Ram,our claim to Her is only emotional.
I had told that journalist and Sushil also that I know Shree itself is a feminine adjective and in Geeta Lord Krishana has counted it as one of His Bibhuti (Chapter 10:Shloka34)”as among women He is Kirti, Shree, Vak, Smriti, Medha, Dhriti and Khasma).
Sushil on this narrated an episode that before becoming Prome Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had visited Ranchi and a programme was at Rani Sati Mandir, Ratu Road. Sushil was there with youth and when Vajapayee’s car passed nearby they shouted, “ Jai Shree Ram.”
Vajapyee’s car stopped. He patted Sushil and said,”Jai Siyaram kahiye, Nahee to Matayen Naraj ho jayengi(Say ‘Jai Siya Ram] lest womenfolk will be angry).
What a great vision Vajpayee had.