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, April 08, 2005

VHP warns against reservation for converts

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005
By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 6. Ashok Singhal, the international working president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has warned against moves to extend reservation to those Scheduled Castes converted from Hinduism to Christianity.

This was a dangerous move, which would have far-reaching consequences, he said in his address at a convention organised here this evening by the Thiruvananthapuram Mahanagar committee of the VHP. "Such a move was also against the spirit of the Constitution of this country," he added.

The minorities in Kerala were a privileged lot who enjoyed undue benefits. "Irrespective of the political ideologies of the successive governments in Kerala, the minority communities have been reaping rich benefits. It is for the different Hindu communities to unite in the their own greater interest and also to avoid being humiliated any further," Mr. Singhal said.

The practice of untouchability had not existed in ancient India. There was no `smrithi' that advocated such a practice. All smrithis, including that attributed to Manu, were absolutely meaningless as they were the creations of selfish interests, he maintained.

The arrest of the Kanchi seer was communally motivated, Mr. Singhal alleged. He attributed the denial of visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, to the pressure from the evangelists in India.

Among the other speakers were the VHP leaders, Kasiviswanathan, K.V. Madanan, Kummanam Rajasekharan and R. Kumaran Nair.

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