Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s plan to open a tantra-mantra academy in Rajasthan has not gone down well with the social media users, with many calling it “regressive” and “unscientific”.
At a vedic conference in the city on Friday, the chief minister said people wrongly associate tantra-mantra with black magic when it is an ancient ritual.
Raje said a school in Kochi, Kerala, taught the art and she would soon visit the institute to learn more about it. She also expressed a desire to open a similar academy in Rajasthan.
Soon after the comment, Twitter and Facebook were flooded with criticism and memes.
A Twitter user Aravind G, with the handle @whtsmytweet, tweeted: “Acche Din for sanskari [cultured] Harry Potters. No need to travel all the way to England to ride the Hogwarts train.” Harry Potter is a character from the fictional book (later adapted into film) series by the same name which follows the boy’s journey in a world of magic.
“Logical. Didn’t Rajasthan CM made Lalit Modi disappear from India with tantra mantra?” tweeted another user Jaykay, using the twitter handle @JayKay074. The user was referring to Raje’s alleged complicity in sports businessman Lalit Modi’s escape from the country last year.
A page on Facebook ‘Unofficial: Subramaniam Swamy’, which has around 3.5 lakh ‘likes’, shared satirical images mocking the CM for her intentions of opening a tantra mantra academy in the state. The Facebook page is a parody page of Subramaniam Swamy, the BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha known for strong right-wing views. Two images ridiculing the CM had more than 200 ‘shares’ on Facebook.
The Congress also did not leave the opportunity to take potshots at the chief minister. Congress state vice-president Archana Sharma said: “These are occult practices and their promotion will give impetus to those who have been duping folks in the state. She (Raje) personally believes in tantra mantra and there are rumours that she went to tantriks in Madhya Pradesh and sought their help when the Lalit Modi controversy happened.”