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, September 30, 2005

Kanchi cases: Swamy seeks Kalam’s intervention

Thursday, 29 September , 2005, 18:03

New Delhi: Terming the registration of "bogus and fabricated" cases against the Sankaracharyas of Kanchi Mutt as a "gross violation" of the fundamental right of religion, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Thursday met President A P J Abdul Kalam and asked him to intervene so that these were withdrawn.

He submitted a memorandum to the President in which he said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa appeared to have allowed the police to file the cases "on direction from forces which have the capacity to embarrass, threaten or coerce her to do what she otherwise would not have done left to herself."

Criticising the "nonchalance" of the Congress to the "apparent religious persecution," he said it would make Hindus wonder whether their religion was under "an invisible siege."

Swamy asked Kalam to issue directions to the government to have the cases against the Sankaracharyas withdrawn before coming Diwali or "I, as a devout and hurt Hindu and a proud Indian, shall have no alternative left but to internationalise the issue."

The President had assured Swamy that he would study his complaint, a release from the Janata Party leader’s office said.

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