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.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Soz's Amarnath suggestion is an assault on Hinduism: BJP

Jammu: The BJP on saturday condemned Union Minister for Water Resources and state Congress committee president Saifuddin Soz's suggestion of slashing the period of Amarnath yatra from two months to one and limiting the annual number of pilgrims to 75,000.

Soz had earlier said in a statement that the Congress is in favour of implementing recommendations of the Nitish Sengupta Committee on Amarnath yatra to facilitate the same.

Terming his suggestion as a direct interference in the religious affairs of Hindus, state BJP president Ashok Khajuria said Sengupta's recommendations "have not been implemented by the government or Shri Amarnath Shrine Board" since their submission in 1997.

"The suggestion by Soz is a deliberate assault on Hinduism, an act designed to accord greater respectability to Kashmir-based religious extremists and separatists," Khajuria said.

The BJP warned Soz and Jammu-based Congress leaders not to "vitiate the atmosphere in the province by poking their nose in the religious affairs of Hindus."

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