The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said thatRamayan is accepted as the Adi Kavya and Maharishi Valmiki as Adi Kavi. It is closest to representing Indian culture, vision, values and importance of moral values in public and private lives. Addressing after releasing the “Three volumes of SumerChand’s ‘Valmiki Ramayan’ in Hindi and Persian” brought out by Rampur RazaLibrary, Rampur at a function here today, he said that every social and linguistic group in India has adopted and made Ramayan its own. It has travelled beyond the shores of India and influenced societies and civilizations afar in contexts that are distinct and different from the cultural and religious milieu of India.
Shri Ansari said that the functional quest, to know and understand better the traditions and thought processes of large sections of population, was the rationale for a medieval ruler or ruling group to seek a translation of such texts in their working language.