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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

VHP warns: Protests against temple demolition

The Communist-regulated UPA government's anti-Hindu policies seem to have reached at their climax. The glaring example is seen in Orissa where hundreds of Hindu temples are destroyed by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) each day.

Near about 5,000 Hindu temples have allegedly been demolished by the NHAI during the so-called scheme of expansion of national highways in the State. Different temples, which are stood on the side of national highways for a long time, now face the wrath of the UPA government resulting in a massive destruction. But surprisingly the mosques and the churches, which come on the way of the national highways’ construction, are not touched. Moreover, they are reportedly getting protection from the authorities concerned.

“The Union government has adopted a policy of religious discrimination in the name of secularism. While the Hindu temples are massively destroyed, the shrines of minorities are being protected.”

Here is an example. On the National Highway No. 5, which passes along Bhadrak district, one mosque was constructed encroaching the public land. During the expansion of highway, the mosque became the greatest obstruction. But surprisingly, the authorities did not touch it, and the direction of the national highway was ultimately changed in order to protect the mosque. Whereas the Hindu temples are razed to the ground. Protesting against such illegal act of the Union government, the agitated locals have filed a writ petition before the High Court in which both the Central government and the State government have been made parties. The case is still pending.

Coming down heavily on the State and Central governments, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has vehemently protested against the incident and has warned of waging a revolution against the demolition spree.

"The Union government has adopted a policy of religious discrimination in the name of secularism. While the Hindu temples are massively destroyed, the shrines of minorities are being protected. We warn the authorities to forsake this anti-Hindu policy. If not, the Hindus of Orissa will no more tolerate this," said Gouri Prashad Rath, General Secretary of VHP, while talking to Organiser.

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