Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone, instead it believes in togetherness. “Religion is culture, religion is unity, religion is love and the religion is making the poor strong. Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone,” Banerjee said at an event organised by religious organisation Bharat Sevashram. Also Read - Felt Bad: Mamata Banerjee on Not Being Invited to East-West Metro Launch
Without naming the BJP, Banerjee made a veiled attack at the saffron outfit, saying, “It pains me when I see there are those trying to spread a strange idea of a new (Hindu) dharma (religion). Also Read - Delhi Assembly Elections 2020: Mamata Banerjee Congratulates Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal
“This peculiar concept about Hinduism not only tries to foist its views on people but also tries to underscore who will stay or who won’t stay (in the country). They want to impose what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. Also Read - 'Focus on Economy, Instead of Doing Politics of Hatred,’ Mamata Banerjee Urges Centre
“I think we should only believe in love and humanity. A dharma (religion) is incomplete if it does not teach us humanity, tolerance and guidance to walk on the right path.”
She further said that Hinduism does not believe in divide and rule but in ”togetherness”.
Refuting the charge that she “appeases Muslims”, Banerjee said that her principle is to “appease humanity”. “Some people say I appease Muslims. No, I don’t. I would like to say today that I appease humanity.”
The Chief Minister said she was prevented from going to Chicago in 2018 to attend a celebration on the 125th anniversary of the speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the World Parliament of Religions. “The organisers withdrew the invite. I didn’t tell them anything as I knew they were under pressure and forced to take that decision.
“But those who did that can they stop me from visiting Ram Krishna Mission or any other missions?” she asked.