Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj has sent a copy of epic Ramayana to Xi Jinping to remind him that ‘expansionist’ thinking begets bad results. Maharaj, speaking to the media in Dehradun, said, “I am sending this scripture to honourable President of China Xi Jinping. I would request him to study the Ramayana and see what happened to Ravana who has intelligence and power second to none.”
The minister said further that the president of China should bear in mind that the expansionist attitude would bring destruction. The minister said, “Ravana is said to have ten heads which means he was as intelligent and powerful as 10 men but his end was unfortunate due to his expansionist thinking.”
“I would also request him and the Chinese people to spend their money to fight this COVID-19 epidemic and not use in increment of their defence budget yo fight others,” the minister added. Maharaj went on further to add that China under Jingping has escalated border disputes with the Philippines, Russia, India and many other countries.
“The COVID-19 virus which originated in Wuhan of China has spread to almost every corner of the world. I wish he would have helped everybody instead of getting involved in border disputes,” said the BJP MLA from Chaubttakhal assembly constituency of Pauri Garhwal district.
The minister, elaborating on the scripture, said that the Ramayana described in detail the end of a mighty man like Ravana and everyone should learn from this.
Commenting on the findings of his investigation on the involvement on Chinese firms in tourism projects, Satpal Maharaj said that some firms have been found having links with the neighbouring country, but the matter will be sorted out by speaking to those firms.
“We found all the firms involved in Uttarakhand’s tourism projects were Indian. But some were linked with China for certain raw materials. We will speak to them and clear the matter,” the minister added.
Maharaj had made a statement last week about rethinking tourism related projects in Uttarakhand that involve the role of Chinese companies for considering a ban following PM Narendra Modi’s announcement of banning Chinese apps.