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Do you agree with the BJP that Jairam Ramesh's comment on toilets was insulting when he said that toilets are more important than temples. How can U make a mockery of several thousands Hindus of India with a derogatory remark?

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Asked by Farhaan, 08 Oct '12 11:17 am
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Jairam Ramesh has been a good at his work, despite being involved in national politics.
Sometimes, the statements reported in the newspaper do not exactly reflect the intention or actual meaning of it. Nobody in the sane state of mind will say that Temples are less important than toilet.
I take it this way:
In India, the planning for toilets has never taken a priority in public life. Look at the shabbiness around the streets and railway lines, and you can understand what I mean. Forget the aam-aadmi, even the police, especially women police also find it difficult to find one while on duty outside the police station.
The standards of cleanliness of this basic need is vastly overlooked.

Now, forget what BJP is saying about it. They even made big hoo-haa about FDI in retails when UPA government went ahead with it, while conviniently forgetting that during their regime of NDA, they were fine to allow FDI in air-travel industry sector. It only underlines the fact that BJP has lost it ...more
Answered by Aarnika Tiwaari, 08 Oct '12 11:50 am

 
  
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Pl make a survey as how many people go to toilet in a day and how many people go to temple in a day and also frequency of going to toilet/temple. Then u will realise the motive behing Jairam Ramesh's comment!
Answered by P. M. Choudhary, 08 Oct '12 11:23 am

 
  
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He is a politician. It is possible that he was indirectly referring to the Ram Mandir aspirations of BJP at the same time stressing the need for hygiene improvement. Killing two birds with one stone
Answered by Vikram, 08 Oct '12 11:23 am

 
  
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Yes
he over stepped
Answered by anil garg, 28 Oct '12 01:46 am

 
  
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It is meaningless useless loose talk.
Answered by anantharaman, 08 Oct '12 12:59 pm

 
  
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Both are important.!!
All the money collected from rich temples must be used to construct toilets wherever there is shortage of toilets:D
Answered by peeping tom, 08 Oct '12 11:38 am

 
  
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I think that he meant that basic needs of the human being is important than that of their culture or belief.
Answered by Gopakumar, 08 Oct '12 11:28 am

 
  
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The point is that he made that in a certain context and not just referring to temples. When we say temples, it is not specifically a religion but a place of worship for any religion. What he was referring to was that, when it comes to generosity for a social cause or upliftment of society, people hold back their purse strings but don't have any such qualms or hold back when they open up their hearts and purse strings for such ventures. In fact, it is becoming a competition among many influential people, society groups or fringe groups to set up one of their own place of worship. In a way if you look at it, a good investment as Paresh Rawal says in "Oh My God", Recession or no recession, the inflow is continuous and it works in the opposite of economic theories.

What he is talking about is in a country that is surging ahead in the twenty first century, it is a matter of shame that majority of Indians can't afford to have one of their own in their premises or there isn't one in as a c ...more
Answered by Omega, 08 Oct '12 11:27 am

 
  
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I truely Believe that In India Toilets are Important and very Important but no one has the right to compare it with temple ? why ony temple why not church synagogue or mosque ?
Indian Govt spends a fortune in dealing with diseases caused by Improper sanitation and in just 1/4th of that money we spend annually for medication, we can solve the toilet problem of the whole country, If Jairam ramesh is serious he must do that,
Answered by Shatabdi Express, 08 Oct '12 11:27 am

 
  
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Fully agree he is a fool to have made such a statement
Answered by iqbal seth, 08 Oct '12 11:19 am

 
  
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