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Not promoting Hinduism, says Haryana CM


New Delhi : As Haryana is all set to hold the Rs 100-crore ‘International Gita Mahotsav’, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday denied the state’s BJP government was promoting Hinduism in the garb of the holy book.

“Bhagvad Gita is not confined to any particular religion; it gives a universal message of the essence of life to the mankind. We are not promoting Hinduism in the garb of the Gita. The mahotsav has nothing to do with promotion of Hinduism,” Khattar told the media in New Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the five-day event on December 6 in Kurukshetra.

“Besides Hindus, scholars from other religions — be it Islam or Christianity — have been invited to participate in the event. Writers, poets, scientists and other personalities with keen interest in the Gita also have been invited,” Khattar said.

“Every state has its own identity. The holy land of Kurukshetra, where Lord Krishna delivered the celestial message of Bhagvad Gita, is in Haryana. Bhagavad Gita is a 5,000-year-old holy book which symbolises the art of living,” the Chief Minister said.

Khattar said the earlier political leadership in Haryana neglected the Gita and ‘gau’ or cow during their rule.