Have nothing to do with rationalists or Leftists: Amish

Bangalore:Amish Tripathi, celebrated author of just released ‘Scion Of Ikshvaku’, says he has “nothing to do” with either rationalists or Leftists who raise questions on the very existence of Lord Ram, nor would he force them to believe in His existence.

“There are people (Leftists and Rationalists). I tell myself boss I have nothing to do with you all, but have something to do with Lord Rama. If you don’t believe in Him, it is okay but I wouldn’t force them to believe in Lord Rama’s existence,” Tripathi told PTI.

‘The Scion of Ikshvaku’ is a mythological book based on Rama, the legendary Indian king regarded as an incarnation of Vishnu.

Tripathi said there is no point getting angry with Leftists either, because he doesn’t believe in speaking ill of anyone, but focuses on good work lying before him. “There is no point getting angry because my outlook is why should we get affected by what others are saying. Even if somebody speaks ill of my father, I would still love and worship him or her. That’s exactly the feelings I have for Lord Rama,” said Tripathi who was here at the launch of ‘Scion Of Ikshvaku’ organised by Sapna Book House Private Limited. Tripathi said there has been politics over Lord Rama’s existence for the last 30 years, but His philosophy is timeless. “There has been politics for the last 30 years over Lord Rama’s existence, but I would say His philosophy comes to us from thousands of years, and it’s timeless, of course.” Asked how relevant are Lord Shiva and Rama in these times, Tripathi said his characters are relevant for all eras. “Our Gods have always been relevant to us. What Lord Shiva teaches us is balance. He is very detached, but also a very wonderful husband and father. This character of Lord Shiva teaches us how to lead a balanced life, of being detached from worldly pleasures and yet be a wonderful father or a husband,” he said.