Yogi Adityanath is a role model for Hindu youths in UP. The heir of the famous Gorakh Nath Peeth in Gorakhpur and BJP MP, Yogi is very vigorous and energetic. He has formed Hindu Yuva Vahini at the state level, which is mobilising the youths towards Hinduism. Islamic terrorists and anti-social elements are afraid of his name and fame. Yogi wants no political interference in religious activities. According to him, politics should be guided by Dharma. In an exclusive interview to Organiser representative, Subhash Singh, he spoke about many issues pertaining to the country and Hinduism. Excerpts:
What is the main danger for Hinduism?
Sanatan Dharma is Hindu Dharma. Hinduism is cultural identity of India. You cannot think about India without Hindus. It is the soul of the country. There are two types of dangers for Hindus: First, external, and second, internal. External dangers are mainly terrorism, madrasas and evangelical activities by churches. Except this, communism and Naxalite activities are the main opponents of Hinduism. The whole country specially Kashmir valley, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Rajasthan are deadly affected from Islamic terrorism. The north-east is affected from terrorism protected by the Church. Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orisa, Telangana of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tripura, West Bengal are in the grip of bloody Naxal activities. So-called secular parties like Congress, communist parties, nearly all state-level parties including SP, BSP are by and large in the favour of these organisations. The central government and states ruled by pseudo-secular parties are in no mood to fight strictly against terrorism because of the vote-bank politics. In these circumstances, a central government with strong will power can only tackle the issues of terrorism and Naxalism.
The second danger for Hinduism is internal. Casteism, untouchability, the gap between the rich and the poor are a menace for Hinduism. Only social reform can eliminate this danger. We are only Hindu, this type of idea should be floated in the society as well as in the country. This is the only solution.
Islamic terrorism is a big menace for the country. What is the solution for this problem?
Already I told you that only a strict central government and strict rule of law can tackle this problem. Neither the UPA government has will power nor any planning to fight against Islamic terrorism. This government has annulled strict laws like POTA. This government has a soft corner for terrorists due to the vote-bank politics. Otherwise, there is no reason for not hanging the terrorist Afzal Guru, who has been awarded death penalty by the Supreme Court in the Parliament attack case. I also want to say that Hindus as a whole should take a stand against terror culture. Hindu society collectively can fight Islamic terrorism and they should be aggressive against Islamic terrorism. The united Hindu society can weed out this curse from the country. Except BJP, all the political parties are responsible for the division of society. If the BJP comes to power, terrorism itself will be finished from the country and the country will be on the path of progress.
What is the role of saints like you in this regard?
The maths and mandirs have a big role in the fight against terrorism. We should start a movement of Hindu awakening to fight against terrorism. I have formed Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is working to awaken Hindu youths to stand for the cause of society. Although this organisation has just been started, the result is positive and overwhelming. This organisation has spread itself in a dozen districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. We are organising jagaran rallies against all types of terrorism. This is the reason, Islamic terrorism is under pressure in UP. In Azamgarh, I had organised a rally against Islamic terrorism. Then some anti-social elements had attacked on my motorcade. This is normal and I am not afraid of this type of terror. That attack was only a sign of their cowardice. I repeatedly want to say that Azamgarh is the factory of terrorists in UP. Villages like Saraymeer, Sanjarpur, Mubarakpur, Bilariaganj, Larganj, Vindwal, Anwak, Bishan and Mohammadpur are providing shelter to the anti-social elements. Abu Bashar, the mastermind of the serial blasts of Ahmedabad is the resident of this district. All the thirteen terrorists involved in the Delhi blasts were also responsible for the blasts in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and UP and they were all the residents of Azamgarh. First time in the two decades, this type of terrorists? racket was unearthed. Thirty-two districts of UP, namely, Allahabad, Lucknow, Aligarh, Meerut, Kanpur, Fatehpur, Bahraich, Varanasi, Sultanpur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Sidharthnagar, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Agra, Hathras, Moradabad, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Mau, Balrampur, Shravasti, Bijnor and Mehrajganj are under the influence of SIMI. In spite of this, neither the police nor the pseudo-secular political parties are ready to eliminate this menace from the state.
Should politics be governed by dharma or dharma be governed by politics?
Political interference in religious activities will be dangerous for the society. I am against any type of political interference in religious activities. The politics should be guided by dharma and culture.