VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal warned the Government of India if it did not honour the needs of Amarnath Shrine Board according to the wishes of the Sangharsh Samiti and restore the entire 40 hectares of land to the Shrine Board, the entire country would be engulfed by a mass Hindu movement.
In a statement issued from Coimbatore on August 11 he said if the tiny Ramlala could shake the entire country, the Amarnath Shiva, Ram Sethu and the Rameswaram Shiva have the capacity to shake the entire country. ?It is not a matter of superstition, it is a matter of faith of the 100 crore Hindus that the so-called secularists should understand properly,? he added.
He said the Hindu Bharat is behind the people of Jammu in their fight for the restoration of the land to the Amarnath Shrine Board and ensuring autonomy for the Shrine Board to manage the affairs of the Yatra and rituals at the Shrine. The Hindus warn the Government of India not to try to appease the jihadis who are out to partition the country again. The whole country would lay down its life but never allow the re-vivisection of the country.
?The Hindus in the entire country are united on this issue of Amarnath Shrine. They have already exhibited their solidarity through the programme of ?Bharat Bandh? on July 3, 2008. The Government of India cannot take the Hindus for granted and impose their dictates on them. The government should remember that the agitation in Jammu is a mass movement of the Hindus under the guidance of Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti. No political party or group can own the agitation. The mass agitation of the Hindus of Jammu region is a result of long-drawn discrimination against the Hindus of Jammu. The Shrine Board issue came as a breaking-point and took a turn of massive Hindu reaction. Today is the 47th day and there are no signs of ceasing of the movement and it will continue until the demands are met,? the statement said.
Shri Singhal further said the Hindus have absolute rights to safeguard, administer and provide facilities to the pilgrims of Amarnath Shrine. Hindus are a minority in the Jammu & Kashmir State, and as such have rightful claims to the minority rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of the land that have been confirmed by the Supreme Court of India for each State separately. Hindus have to constitute the Shrine Board without the interference of the government.
?The Muslims in the entire length and breadth of Bharat have been enjoying fullest freedom to administer their Waqf property, their institutions, colleges and their pilgrimages without any interference from the government. The Government of India has to answer the country as to why they have been spending hundreds of crores of rupees to subsidise Haj pilgrimages to Mecca, build and maintain Haj Houses all over the country and pay thousands of imams in this country from the Hindu taxpayers? money? They have no explanation to give to Hindus about this blatant discrimination,? the statement added.