Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar stated that Lord Ram and Sita transcend being solely Hindu deities, emphasizing their role as the “cultural heritage of India.” Speaking at the Deepotsav program organized by MNS President Raj Thackeray, Akhtar expressed pride in being born in the land of Rama and Sita, highlighting Ramayana as an integral part of India’s cultural legacy.
Akhtar, despite being an atheist, acknowledged the significance of Rama and Sita as national treasures. During his speech, he encouraged the chanting of “Jai Siya Ram” slogans, emphasizing the unity and love symbolized by these words. He reminisced about his childhood in Lucknow, where common greetings included “Jai Siya Ram,” underscoring its role as a symbol of affection and togetherness.
As preparations unfold for the inauguration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akhtar’s sentiments align with the cultural importance of Rama and Sita in India. The lyrical artist encouraged embracing the unity represented by “Jai Siya Ram” and reflected on the communal spirit associated with these revered figures.