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Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Need for Hindu offensive stressed

February 20, 05
By R.S. Narayanaswami

It was a sight for gods and no wonder, Lord Kapaleeswarar was a witness to the massive gathering of devout Hindus at Chennai on February 6, 2005, in response to a call by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The huge concourse of people came by all modes of transport from Kanyakumari to Hyderabad.

A call went out from the speakers that the Hindu society was being threatened from all sides and that Hindu consolidation was the need of the hour.

The huge audience responded in chorus to stand united as Hindus to counter the designs of the governments and the fanatics of alien faiths to denigrate and destroy the ancient Hindu culture in their own land.

The occasion was a public meeting, organised at a very short notice after a great many official hurdles, close to the very ancient Kapaleeswarar temple at Mylapore, Chennai. All the three wide roads around the big temple were packed with a sea of humanity estimated at 25,000 people.

That the vast gathering responded at a very short notice was proof of the capacity of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in lighting for demonstration a just cause and also exhibit public anger over the arrest and incarceration, of the Kanchi Shankaracharyas.

The public meeting was organised as part of the continued struggle spearheaded by the VHP against the implication of the Kanchi Acharyas in a murder case by the Tamil Nadu government.

This is the fifth major successful programme of the VHP conducted in support of the Shankaracharyas.

The meeting started with bhajans and invocation and was addressed by Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, former Union Minister, Swami Visveswara Theertha Swamigal, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Dr Subramaniam Swami, Janata Party leader, L. Ganesan, Akhil Bharatiya secretary, BJP, Shri H. Raja, BJP MLA, Shri P. Viswanatha Kakkan, advocate, Shri S. Vedantam, international vice president, VHP, and others.

Shankaracharya issue unites all

Launching an attack on the state government, Shri Raja listed the various cases foisted by the state government on many persons. He condemned the statement of the state government before the Human Rights Commission that the Shankara Mutt was no Mutt at all and that it was a graveyard. He called it defamatory and demanded an apology from the Chief Minister.

Dr Murli Manohar Joshi asserted that India had been a Hindu country since times immemorial possessing a great civilisation. “This noble civilisation is an eyesore to the fundamentalists of other faiths and an international conspiracy is being hatched to destroy the Hindu culture and Hindu institutions,” he said. He urged the Hindus to unite and stand up to defeat this conspiracy against Hinduism.

He said that Kanchi seers were revered all over the Hindu world and the silence of the Central Government over the the arrest and incarceration of the Acharyas was really intriguing.

He warned the Hindus that if they failed to unite now, worse things could happen to them in the future.

Shri L. Ganesan said that the state government must be removed for foisting fake cases on the Acharyas. He said that the Dravidian ideology must be eliminated and that Tamil Nadu must rally behind national and nationalist parties.

Smt. Radha Rajan wanted the Superintendent of Police, who is investigating and is himself under suspicion, to be dismissed.

Pejawar Mutt Acharya, Swami Visveswara Theertha Swamigal regretted that Jayalalithaa, who had done some good things for the Hindus in the past, had now taken this anti-Hindu action. “An Acharya who has been working for all sections of Hindu has been put to suffer indignity and humiliation,” he said and urged the Hindus to consolidate and counter all such wrong measures of secular powers. He said that the Hindus must be fearless and united.

Shri S. Vedantam referred to the fear psychosis created by the state government and said people must come out and rally behind the VHP and strengthen it to counter all such repressive measures of secular governments.

Dr S. Subramaniam Swami alleged that a world Christian conspiracy was afoot to destroy the Hindu culture and institutions. The action against Shankara Mutt was part of that conspiracy and alleged Jayalalithaa had acted under pressure from Sonia for her own reasons.

He asserted that the Dravidian movement which was dividing the Hindu society must be eliminated and regretted that the “law bends according to market place and while criminals roam about freely as leaders, the Acharyas are kept in prison.”

Shri Viswanatha Kakkan spoke on the need for Hindu consolidation and praised the efforts of VHP in uniting the Hindus.

Shri Raghavalu, VHP national secretary, speaking in Telugu, asserted that India was one and Hindus would rally behind any movement to counter threats to Hindu Mutts and institutions.

Shri C. Kanagarajan, proposed a vote of thanks.

Earlier, Shri R.S. Narayanaswami, state general secretary, VHP, welcomed the gathering.

The public meeting was a culmination of the five-day vishwa shanti mahayagna organised by the VHP for the honourable release of the Kanchi Acharyas.

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