Oppose Communal Violence Bill— Kanchi Acharya
Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham has called upon Hindus to oppose the proposed Communal Violence Bill, vehemently, as it is aimed at splitting the Hindus and creating animosity between Hindus and other religions. He termed it a conspiracy against Hindus and said there is strong opposition for it, even within Congress.
He was inaugurating the VHP-Hindu Aikya Vedi ‘Hindu Gaurav Sammelan on November 11 in Thiruvananthapuram to commemorate 75th anniversary of Temple Entry Proclamation of 1936. Following the Vaikom and Guruvayoor Temple satyagrahas, the then Maharaja of Travancore, had opened up the temples for all Hindus on that day.
The present Maharaja Shri Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma, who presided over the function, remembered that Mahatma Gandhi had come to Thiruvananthapuram on January 12, 1937 and said the purpose of his visit was exclusively to offer congratulations to the Maharaja Chitra Thirunal Balarama Varma, as a humble pilgrim, for this epoch-making proclamation.
In the meeting, attended by 3000 delegates, 110 leaders of 60 Hindu organisations including SNDP participated.
The Kanchi Acharya said the Hindus of Kerala owe a lot to Sri Narayana Guru, because for whose presence whole of Kerala would have got converted into Islam or Christianity. He said Hindus should emulate Sardar Patel as a role-model, who not only united Bharat but also rebuilt the Ghazni destroyed Somnath Temple in Gujarat. He said if the present realisation of unity, which the Hindus have now, had been there 100 years before, there would not have been any Christian or Muslim in India.
VHP leader Shri Kummanam Rajasekharan said Sri Narayana Guru, during the Vaikom satyagraha, asked his followers to take pledge that they are Hindus. He said the aims of both NSS and SNDP is Hindu unity and protection of Vedic dharma. He called for unity of all Hindu organisations saying Congress and CPM regimes are trampling the Hindus like Nair, Ezhava, SC/ST and Vanvasis, just because they are Hindus.
Thuravur Suresh, the stormy dalit voice of Hindu Aikya Vedi, said it was only BJP and RSS which are raising voice against the Ranganath Misra Commission, recommending reservation for dalit Christians and Muslims. He ridiculed the Oommen Chandy regime for spending crores to settle dispute between Orthodox and Syrian Churches, whereas even urinals are not available for the crores of pilgrims coming to Sabarimala. A massive public meet was also addressed by the Swamiji, at Gandhi Park
(From S Chandrasekhar)