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Thursday, April 20, 2006

 

A massive meeting for preservation of Hinduism in Erode

Mammoth Hindu Resurgence meet in Erode_http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=125&page=35_ (http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=125&page=35) A report by R.S. NarayanaswamiA mammoth gathering of Hindus has called for a total ban on conversions and cow slaughter, enactment of a uniform civil code and crushing of Islamic terrorism. The Hindu Resurgence Conference organised by the Tamil Nadu Vishva Hindu Parishad in association with the Grama Kovil Poojaris Conference at Erode on March 19 demanded a legislation to facilitate the reconstruction of Shri Ram temple at Ayodhya. The conference strongly opposed reservation on religion basis. The conference also demanded the release of Hindu temples from the government control in southern states and autonomous boards to manage them. Over three lakh people, including thousands of Grama Kovil Poojaris, attended the conference, which was presided over by Shri Vishvanath Kakkan, a harijan advocate.The conference exhorted the Hindus to vote only for those parties and leaders who promised protection of Hindu rights. Though we are 85 crore, we are humiliated and neglected since we take pride in our caste identity and not in our Hindu identity. Hindus would be strong only if all think themselves as Hindus and as belonging to the greatest civilisation of the world,” said Shri Ashok Singhal, VHP president while addressing the conference.Shri Singhal said for over 1000 years the Hindus had been invaded, humiliated and ruled, their sacred temples had been destroyed, their women had been molested and properties plundered and sacred cows butchered in lakhs. Because of the weakness of Hindus, a ‘secular’ state have the guts to take over only the Hindu temples. Hindus have to launch a struggle to get their Ram temple back, he added. “Our religious books do not recognise untouchability or discrimination. The time has come for eliminating untouchability by going from village to village and preaching against it. These social evils had crept into our life and weakened Hindus and impaired their unity over the centuries,” he said. Shri Singhal exhorted every Hindu to think, speak and act as Hindus and thereby make the majority strong, powerful and proud and end the humiliation, which is showered on the Hindus by the secularists. “This Erode conference sounded the awakening call to a sleeping Hindu society. Hindus must wake up to know the threats and meet them,” he added.The head of Perur Mutt, Santhalinga Ramaswami Adigal, Kumara Gurupara Swamigal of Kumara Mutt, the head of Tirupanandal Mutt, Kasi Vasi Muthukumara Swamigal, Swami Kamalathmananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Sathyajotha of the Art of Living movement and Narayani Amma of Narayani Amma Siddhar Peetam were the prominent religious leaders who graced the conference by their presence. The massive conference obtained great significance by the presence of RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan and Dr Subramanian Swamy.In his speech, Shri Sudarshan averred that there is no equal to the Hindu civilisation. Our great seers thought and spoke in terms of the soul (atma) while the westerners thought in terms of man’s body only. Body was concerned with materialistic needs and the West started catering to them resulting in great competition between societies and nations. This materialistic competition might also lead to another war, he said. The power of the soul is great and the Hindus must stand untied to meet the challenges and threats, he added.Dr Subramanian Swamy was forceful in condemning the discriminatory policies of the central and state governments in the name of secularism. It is a pity that the majority has to hold conferences for protection. He deplored that every effort is being made to release Madani of Kerala, but not one in Parliament spoke for Shankaracharya. He condemned the distorted teaching of Indian history by a blackout of Muslim atrocities for 700 years. He said a council of religious heads must be formed and its views must be sought by the secular state while changing Hindu laws.Addressing the gathering, Dr Pravin Togadia, VHP general secretary, said that lack of unity among Hindus has weakened the Hindus. He strongly condemned conversions to Christianity. Instead of conversion of Hindus, the Christian world should join hands with the 90 crore Hindus to fight against Islamic jehad, which posed a greater threat to both Hindus and Christians. Dr Togadia said in all other nations the government goes by the interests of the majority but in India, the majority’s interests and rights are ignored and the minorities are appeased. Hindus must decide the destiny of the nation and this could happen only when the Hindus stood united and asserted.Smt Chandraleka, former IAS officer and president, State Janata Party, came down heavily on the minority appeasement policies of the governments and political parties. Earlier S. Vedantam, vice president of VHP, referred to the plight of Hindus and emphasised the need for creation of a Hindu vote-bank. The conference culminated in a mammoth procession through the main roads of Erode, which was witnessed by a large number of people. A sight for godsThe conference began in a very huge tin sheet pandal after homam and yajna. Men and women in colourful costumes came from all parts of the state by all modes of conveyance, unmindful of the hardships.The conference area was well illuminated. The massive dais had wonderful and artistic decoration.The delegates were peaceful and disciplined when many of the speeches were made in Hindi.The greatest significance lay in the Hindu conference taking place in the fountain spring of the atheistic Dravidian ideology, Erode.The venue looked like an Indra Durbar, a sight for gods.

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