Tuesday, December 6, 2022

BoycottDrishtiIAS: Vikas Divyakirti compares Hindu Goddesses Sita to dog-licked food?

A major controversy has broken out over a instructional video excerpt of one of the top IAS tutors in the nation, the managing director of the UPSC tutoring centre based in Delhi named Drishti IAS, wherein he is seen maligning Hinduism by mocking Hindu deities Lord Ram and Sita. In the video, Divyakirti paraphrases a passage from a text in which Lord Rama compares Goddess Sita to “ghee licked by a dog.” The UPSC instructor Vikas Divyakirti was heard saying that in Ramayana after the battle, Lord Ram told Sita that he did not fight the war with Ravana for Sita because Sita was like the ghee licked by a dog and not ‘eligible’ for him.

Boycott Drishti IAS has been trending on social media since the morning. The social media video that went viral that was posted by an Indian doctor named Vikas Divyakriti has been called for to be banned.

Following the outrage on social media, the UPSC professor, Vikas Divyakirti gave an interview to The Lallantop in which he said whatever he claimed in the video is supported by evidence.

Interestingly, while in the video that went viral Divyakirti said that the statement he referred to was mentioned in Srimad Valmiki Ramayan in the interview with the Lallantop, the UPSC professor said had quoted from a book by Purushottam Agarwal.

“He has been a member of the UPSC which means we can quote him in our studies. I have not read Ramayana or Mahabharata in Sanskrit. I came across this in this book which cites Valmiki Ramayan itself,” Dr Divyakriti said.

“I do not speak without evidence. I have spent less time on Twitter and more time on my studies. That’s where I am more comfortable,” Dr Divyakriti said in the interview citing the page numbers where the information can be found.

However, a Sanskrit scholar, author, and editor Nityanand Misra, like author Ami Ganatra, took to YouTube to post a video in which he criticised the UPSC professor for distorting the Sanskrit epic and maligning Hinduism. Misra chastised Divyakirti for misrepresenting the Hindu holy scripture by cherry-picking an ancient Sanskrit metaphor, which he claimed was referenced in several places in the Mahabharata, without understanding the essence of it.

The scholar employs the English metaphor ‘don’t cast pearls before swine’ to describe how the meaning of the entire pharse will be lost if we literally translate this into Hindi or any other language. Similarly, he claims that when a Sanskrit metaphor was translated literally without context, its essence was gone, and it sounded blatantly perverted.

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