The ABPS congratulates people and the media for showing courage and resolution in steadfastly opposing the activities of the terrorists and their sponsors and urges that they continue to exert pressure on the Government to take tough measures in tackling this menace.
Policy of religious discrimination dangerous for national integrity
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) considers it highly unfortunate that the policy of Muslim appeasement pursued by the British, which resulted in the vivisection of our motherland, is continuing even after 62 years of our Independence. Sadly, the policymakers, instead of trying to build a cohesive society on just and equitable principles, are engaged in dividing the society for narrow political benefits overlooking the grave implications for our national security and integrity. The discriminatory policies being adopted by the Central Government by showering favours liberally upon Muslims and Christians in the name of minorities, instead of serving the purported claim of empowering them, are fraught with the danger of dividing the society on communal lines.
The ABPS wishes to draw attention to the fact that all the other religious communities in our national society have to suffer and compete in an unequal environment as is the case of various loans where they have to cough up 12-14 per cent interest for education and 15-18 per cent for business while the so-called minorities get it at 3 per cent interest.
It is unfortunate that even the education sector and students couldn'tescape from this communal and discriminatory politics. Controversial Sachar Committee recommendations have been introduced in the NCERT syllabus for the students of Std. VIII thus poisoning their innocent minds with divisive ideas. The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has also fallen prey to this divisive policy. A recent change in its logo from sun and lotus to cross, crescent and star is a testimony to this perverted mindset. In Rajasthan, pre-matric scholarships are being provided to the minorities merely on the affidavit of the parent thus inducing conversions.
It is deplorable that the madrasas that do not fit into any formal educational system have been granted status equivalent to the CBSE institutions. Largesse of Rs. 2000 crores have been granted to the Aligarh Muslim University for opening regional centres at places like Bhopal, Pune, Kishangunj, Murshidabad and Malappuram. States where these centres are being opened are required to provide 500 acres of land free of cost.
Far more serious are the steps being undertaken to institutionalise reservation on religious basis. Government of Andhra Pradesh providing 4 per cent reservation for Muslims and earmarking 12 per cent out of the SC quota in Social Welfare Schools to converts thus depriving the SCs of their seats; government of Tamil Nadu giving 7 per cent to Muslims and Christians ? that too out of the quota for OBCs in educational institutions; provision by the West Bengal government to allocate 30 per cent of the budget of each department and all surplus government land to Muslims ? such incidents clearly betray this blatantly partisan approach.
In a classic case of competitive minoritysm the Government of Bihar has announced fee waiver to all the Muslim students of Std. X and XII in four districts i.e. Purnea, Araria, Katihar and Kishangunj while no such provision has been made for the general students of the flood-affected districts despite repeated pleas. Similarly the monetary gift of Rs. 10,000 being offered by that State to each Std. X pass-out from the minority community is another example of this appeasement policy. The Kerala Government'sdecision to provide pension to madrasa teachers too falls into the same category.
The ABPS reiterates that preferential treatment to a section of our society on the basis of religion is against our Constitution. It is time that the fair-minded Muslims and Christians also should openly come forward to oppose these policies.
The ABPS demands that all reservations, concessions and privileges based exclusively on religion must be abolished. It urges the countrymen to make the society aware of the impending dangers of such policies and exert pressure on policymakers to abandon them.
Resolution No. 3
500th anniversary of Sri Krishnadevaraya'scoronation
The Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha considers the coronation of Sri Krishnadevaraya, the renowned emperor of the Vijayanagar Empire in 1510 CE, as a defining moment in the history of Bharat.
The Vijayanagar Empire was founded in 1336 CE with the avowed objective of protecting Hindu Dharma and culture at a time when the very survial of these seemed to be threatened by the barbaric attack of the Muslim invaders. The founding of the empire was the fruit of the combined efforts of the spiritual powers of sage Vidyaranya and the valour of Harihara and Bukka Raya.
The empire earned a distinct place in world history for a number of reasons such as durable peace, economic prosperity, flourishing art, literature and architecture, international trade and diplomacy and harmonious and joyful social life. It is described by the historians, both within and outside the country, as a golden chapter in the history of Bharat and the unforgettable empire.
Sri Krishnadevaraya ascended the throne on Magha Shukla Chaturdashi in the year 1431 of Shalivahana Shaka coresponding to 24th January, 1510 CE. He was a brave warrior, a visionary statesman, a connoisseur of arts, a profound scholar and above all a benign ruler. He brought about far reaching administrative, judicial and agricultural reforms. The water management system designed during his time is hailed as the most scientific system. Under his rule the empire extended to the whole of Southern Bharat and rose to heights of glory.
If Sri Krishnadevaraya, who donned the title of Hinduraya Suratrana, exemplifies himself as an ideal Hindu king, Vijayanagar empire stands out as an example of an ideal Hindu State. It served as a permanent source of ispiration for all future efforts of Hindu consolidation.
The ABPS believes that celebrating the 500th anniversary of the coronation of emperor Krishnadevaraya will revive the memories of a golden phase in the history of our country and infuse pride and confidence in the minds of the people, the younger generation in particular. Hence, it appeals to the countryman to organise a variety of programmes with a view to throwing light upon the glory of the Vijayanagar Empire.
The ABPS appeals to the state and central governments: