BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has sensationally said that Ravana was born in Noida unlike late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s belief that the Lankan king was a Dravidian like him.
Speaking at an event in South Goa, reported IANS, Swamy claimed that contrary to popular notions, Ravana, the villain in Indian mythology Ramayana, was born in the village of Bisrakh in Noida near Delhi.
He said, “And Rama was a hate figure for these people because he was from the north and he killed Ravana who was from Lanka and therefore Dravidian. Well, Ravana was not from Lanka. He was born in a village near Delhi, it is called Bisrakh. You can still go and see it. There are big billboards. The area is called Noida.”
He reportedly added that Ravana performed tapas (penance) at Manasarovar, after which Lord Shiva bestowed a boon upon him, following which Ravana went to Lanka and defeated his cousin Kuber to eventually become the ‘Lanka Naresh’.
He added, “And he was a Brahmin, incidentally… He practiced, he was a scholar of Sama Veda and Karunanidhi thought he is like him. And so, Karunanidhi was against anything I did which didn’t suit the Dravidian concocted notions.”
His comments left Twitterati in splits as they began to troll him. One user Rohit Tiwari asked, “is this why no one in BJP leadership helping #Homebuyers in #Noida?” Another user, Krishna Pachegonker wrote, “Uniquely absurd and moronic gem of Bjp.”
Thousands of home buyers in Noida have been pleading for the government’s help as builders refused to hand over the possessions of their flats.
Many were also quick to point out that Bisrakh was a village in Greater Noida and, according to some legends, this was the birth place of Ravana’s wife Mandodhri.
Swamy accused the schools, Bishops and the Christian clergy of spreading the lies on Ravana’s birth place. He said, “It was taught to us through schools, through Bishops, the Christian clergy and soon enough it became an accepted gospel.”