PM meets Bhagwad Gita contest winner Maryam

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Maryam Asif Siddiqui, a 12-year-student from Maharashtra, who had won the Bhagwad Gita Champion League in March.

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A Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) release said Modi congratulated the young student and gifted her five books on different religions.

“He congratulated her for the achievement, and said her interest in various religions is an inspiration for all Indians,” the release said.

Maryam donated Rs.11,000 each to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

She was accompanied by her parents Asif Naseem Siddiqui and Farhan Asif Siddiqui.

Maryam had in March topped a competition testing knowledge of the Bhagwad Gita organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

She had bagged the top honour among 4,000 students from 195 schools in Maharashtra who took part in the competition.


  1. Very interesting. If she is doing it as part of her quest to learn more about human history and culture, I fully support her. Otherwise, spending time on old books is a waste of time. I would rather encourage our youngsters spend more time on science and research.

  2. V1ery interesting. If she is doing it as part of her quest to learn more about human history and culture, I fully support her. -Atheist Mr.Original Pai

    Sir, you will agree with me that Golwalkarji was the most prominent theorist of the RSS and he, like Savarkarji, believed that casteism was a natural, integral part of Hinduism. In fact, Golwalkar went to the extent of declaring that casteism was synonymous with the Hindu nation. According to him, the Hindu people are none but: “The virat purusha, the almighty manifesting himself… [according to the ‘Purusha Sukta’] the sun and moon are his eyes, the stars and the skies are created from his nabhi [navel] and Brahmin is the head, Kshatriya the hands, Vaishya the thighs and Shudra the feet. This means that the people who have this fourfold arrangement, i.e. the Hindu people, is (sic) our god. This supreme vision of godhead is the very core of our concept of ‘nation’ and has permeated our thinking and given rise to various unique concepts of our cultural heritage.”?

    The case system and untouchability, which are merely other forms of inequality”. It is relevant to note here that while both Hedgewar and Golwalkar upheld Manu and thus rationalised the caste system inherent to the Hindu religion, Ambedkar even burnt copies of Manusmruti through a campaign. On December 25, 1927 Ambedkar observed a “Manu Smruti Dahan Din”, and publicly burnt Manusmruti. The struggle was known as the “Maha-Sangharsha” of Mahad Satyagraha, and it is an important milestone in dalit struggle against Brahmanism and Brahminical Hinduism.

    The BJP government which is celebrating 125th birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar this year a commemorative postal stamp is gift to the ‘Father of constitution’ to burning ‘Manusmriti’ or end of casteism?

    The Maharashtra government should employ Ms.Maryam as an official translator of Sanskrit Hindu holy books.She should educate the mobs cow chasers that ‘Sanathan Dharma’ followers are also beef consumers it is very well documented in Hindu relics and concur by Swami Vivekanda.

    Jai Hind

    • Does sharia shaikh have some kind of medical problem? I’m not sure why he responds to my post with unrelated topics. I made a comment on this young girl and stated that there was no point in studying ‘old’ books except for the historical understanding. When I say ‘old’ book, I refer to all the books written many many centuries ago and still followed by people purely based on ‘faith’, not ‘logic’ or ‘reason’. Now, look at Sharia Shaikh’s irrational response!! Why is asking me about caste system and purusha sookta when I don’t even believe in these things? If this is the state of ‘educated’ in his community, no wonder others are getting caught in mangaluru vimaana nildaana! Sad but true.

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