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Know Your Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma!

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 10: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma arrives to attend Cabinet meeting at PMO office on June 10, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The government has decided to import pulses in large quantities to check rising prices of the commodity. The cabinet also approved Rs.6,000 crore interest free loan to sugar mills to make payments to sugarcane farmers. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism & MoS, Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma has been making one controversial statement after another, many of them with a communal tinge to them. He needs to be shown the door for persisting with such comments.

If he continues to remain a minister and make such statements, the Prime Minister’s signals that he does not want a divisive agenda and instead would like ‘sabka saath’ will clearly get diluted.

Here’re the controversial statements that Mahesh Sharma has made since he was appointed the minister in November last year:

1. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was an ideal nationalist, despite being a Muslim.

2. Night-outs by girls is not a part of the Indian culture

3. Bible and Quran are not part of the soul of India

4. Epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Gita be made compulsory in schools

5. Central to the controversy surrounding Mahesh Rangarajan’s resignation as director of Nehru Museum and Memorial Library

6. First time, he triggered a debate by suggesting ‘no work, no pay’ policy on MPs

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