Sadhus condemn Rajnath Singh for claiming the government can’t order Ram Temple to be built – Piyush Srivastava

Narendra Giri

Piyush Srivastava“‘It is a lame excuse of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The BJP should first get a Bill on the Ram Temple passed in the Lok Sabha before saying that they will not succeed in the Rajya Sabha,’ said Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri” – Piyush Srivastava

India Home Minister Rajnath SinghWhen it comes to the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, the All India Akhara Parishad doesn’t mince its words.

Even if that means taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, the saints of the Parishad make their point quite bluntly.

And now they are gunning for Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who recently said that the Modi government doesn’t have enough numbers in the Rajya Sabha to make a law in favour of the Ram Temple.

The Parishad has dared the Union home minister to first get a Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on the Ram Temple in Ayodhya before taking refuge to any “excuse”.

“It is a lame excuse of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The BJP should first get a Bill on the Ram Temple passed in the Lok Sabha before saying that they will not succeed in the Rajya Sabha,” said Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri.

Two days ago, the Union home minister had also said in Ayodhya that the government should wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Temple case.

But Giri is in no mood to listen.

“Now it is clear that the BJP is betraying the saints of the country. The vote-bank politics of BJP on Ram Temple had helped it last time during the 2014 parliamentary elections.

“The BJP leaders must understand that they would be dumped once and forever in 2019. The Akhara Parishad will meet in Hardwar on May 25 and 26 to take a final decision on this issue,” Giri said.

Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chairman Nritya Gopal Dal also rejected Rajnath’s statement and said that the BJP government should come out with a solution.

Hashim Ansari“Whatever Rajnath is saying may be his personal view. We don’t accept the excuse because the BJP is in power only to fulfil the wish of the Hindus to build a Ram Temple at the same site in Ayodhya.

“We are hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take a decision in this regard soon,” he said. Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti also slammed the party.

“The BJP will be in majority in the Rajya Sabha in 2016. We hope that they will bring a law and construct the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Or else, they will vanish forever.”

But Hashim Ansari, the oldest plaintiff in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case said: “We want the Babri Masjid back, but we hope that this will be done democratically. PM Modi should also strike a balance.” – Mail Online India, 12 May 2015

Dwarka Shankaracharya Swaroopananda Saraswati

Proposed Ram temple in AyodhyaWill build Ram temple in Ayodhya without political help: Dwarka Shankaracharya Swaroopananda – Times of India

Taking a dig at the BJP government, Hindu religious leaders on Tuesday said they will construct Ram temple at the “Lord’s birthplace” in Ayodhya without any political assistance if the Supreme Court gives order in their favour.

The statement came in the wake of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stating the NDA government can’t bring law on Ram temple without majority in Rajya Sabha.

Addressing the Hindu Dharma Sansad at Ramlila Maidan here on Tuesday, Shankaracharya of Dwarkapeeth Swaroopananda Saraswati asked BJP leaders to stop talking about construction of Ram temple.

“We request you (Singh) with folded hands, don’t talk about Ram Janmabhoomi. We will build Ram temple at the spot,” Shankaracharya said.

Shankaracharya alleged that a section of political class brought in the name of Mughal emperor Babur to gain “political advantage” and said that the court has accepted the fact that Babar had never been to the place. There were remains that proved that it was a place of worship of Hindus, he claimed.

“It is Ram Janmbhoomi and if the Supreme Court gives its verdict soon … because they have agreed it is Ram Janmabhoomi, but some portion has been given to Muslims while their plea has been Sri Ram Lalla Temple, Ayodhyarejected…. If that is decided, then we will … without any political party … the saints, great souls, gentlemen will construct Ram temple at the spot of Lord’s birth.

“And by God’s grace, we won’t need their (politicians) money, people will give us. We will construct temple, you please forgive us. Leave the discussion now,” he added.

The Sansad also passed a resolution in this regard. Amongst other resolutions adopted by the Sansad are for ban on cow slaughter, imparting knowledge of Ramayana and Mahabharata to youngsters at educational institutes, and for imposing ban on alcohol.

Hindu Dharma Sansad is a gathering of various Hindu religious bodies and organizations.

The Sansad also sought to provide relief and help in restoring temples in Nepal which were destroyed in the massive earthquake.

Shankarcharya also said the political class lacked knowledge of Hindu religion.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifting Bhagavad Gita to Japanese emperor Akihito during his visit to the east Asian country in September last year, Shankaracharya quipped that he should rather ensure children across India are taught lessons from the book.

Amongst other demands, the gurus demanded introduction of uniform civil code and abolishing Article 370 of the Constitution which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The two-day meet, which concluded tonight, was attended by heads of 13 akhadas across the country. – Times of India, 13 May 2015

Proposed Ram Temple

Contemporary negationists of the Abrahamic doctrine – Bharavi

Aurangzeb's general order for the demolition of Hindu temples (9th April 1669) included the Somnath Temple in Gujarat.

Man Sitting Under Tree Icon“Now, the newly-created Islamic State has been systematically destroying several historical artefacts, shrines and even entire ancient cities, and has been clearly advertising its Islamic motivation time and again. We would like the eminent historians and other ‘progressive thinkers’ who are able to divine the intentions of long-dead tyrants to suggest economic and political solutions to ensure that the Islamic state spares at least a fraction of the historical artifacts that they are targeting.” – Bharavi

Moses and the Golden CalfFor centuries, the Abrahamic predilection for destroying all places and objects of worship save their own, generally inflicting either their religion on the Pagans and visiting gratuitous cruelty on the more recalcitrant ones was honestly ascribed by Abrahamic practitioners to the promptings of immutable doctrine, duly exemplified by the model conduct of a host of self-professed messengers of the Abrahamic deity.

Ironically, this was also one of the few points of tragically short-lived unanimity between the Abrahamic and the Pagan, before the latter was either dispatched hellward or converted into the former.  However, with the rise of the Enlightenment in Europe, Abrahamic doctrines fell into some disrepute among the more thinking type of European who was often prone to attach some value to his/her pre-Abrahamic legacy.

Abrahamic behaviour towards Pagan places and modes of worship received adverse reviews.  Dialectical materialism, itself an Abrahamic heresy as per Bertrand Russell, also mounted a formidable attack on its senior Abrahamic relatives. Initially, this attack was intellectual and later physical, as exemplified by the erstwhile Soviet Union. Thus, apologists of the Jesus-based Abrahamism have been very busy and even formulated ‘Liberation Theology’ to counter the latest prodigal child who was perplexingly a votary of Almighty History, rather than merely the Almighty.

Karl Marx's Grave Highgate LondonIn contrast to the resolute and unshakable intellectual hostility to all activity and thought deemed ‘religious’ by the neo-Abrahamism of Marxist thought, its watered-down version among its votaries living away from proletarian paradises such as the (former) Soviet Union proclaims that ‘it is good to be rich’ (and famous), even if it entails a bit of collusion with the peddlers of one opiate against the peddlers of another.  The allied (senior) Abrahamics often view such voluntary neo-Abrahamic supporters as ‘useful idiots’ to be tolerated in the battle against a greater evil, like unregenerate and incorrigible Paganism, for instance.

A sterling example such an alliance running its course is that of the extinct Iranian Marxists who supported the Islamic revolution in 1979.  Another telling example of such behaviour on a chronic basis is observed among Indian academics who have consciously received this great Marxist baptism, or have unwittingly endured a thorough soaking in the ideological Jordan of their baptized professors and are unaware of any alternative interpretations of reality.  As Francis Xavier astutely noted, children often make better converts than their parents. Thus, deeply felt ideological conviction matures over intellectual generations into a fashionable habit and eventually establishes itself as a persistent reflex.

Thus, the treatment meted out to the Hindu Pagans, and their places and objects of worship by the prophetic-monotheistic tyrants and invaders in India (both foreign and native) under the influence of their monopolistic and monomaniacal doctrines have come in for some creative treatment by those who claim to be ‘objective’ historians. This sometimes takes the form of the said votaries strenuously attributing solely economic motives to all the religiously motivated cleansings of Pagan sanctuaries that allied Abrahamics indulge in as an expression of piety.

The History of India: As told by its own historiansSo, for instance, if Timur or Aurangzeb or Mahmud Ghaznavi are reported to have destroyed the ‘idolators of Hind’ as part of their Islamic mission by their admirers, or even claim this distinction themselves in their autobiographical notes, it is creatively interpreted as a cover for allegedly more durable and relevant political and economic motives.  Of course, the Hindu Pagans can keep brandishing Eliot and Dowson’s The History of India: As Told by its Own Historians till the final deluge of Pralaya, but one of the qualifications for being an eminent historian is the quality of having dispensed with introspection, perhaps because it is a hated Pagan practice anyway.

Strictly speaking, assuming that we don’t take at face value the ancient authors, who are prone to exaggerate at the drop of a hat, you can insinuate what is termed ‘reasonable doubt’ in the legal sense.  After all, the ancient tyrants are not around to explain themselves as to what exactly their intentions and calculations were, and whether they and their panegyrists were merely dissimulating to provide a research topic that could keep modern Indian historians enmeshed in a semblance of frenetic academic activity that keeps them off the streets.

Now, this is where a major opportunity has arisen for our dialectical materialist historians and assorted “interrogators of complex and nuanced historical narratives” to carry out some experimental work in the social sciences, as it were.

ISIS destroys Assyrian winged bull in MosulNow, the newly-created Islamic State has been systematically destroying several historical artefacts, shrines and even entire ancient cities, and has been clearly advertising its Islamic motivation time and again. We would like the eminent historians and other ‘progressive thinkers’ who are able to divine the intentions of long-dead tyrants to suggest economic and political solutions to ensure that the Islamic State spares at least a fraction of the historical artifacts that they are targeting.  For example, these eminent historians could start by offering to buy some or all of the museum holdings that are imperilled by the ongoing ISIS iconoclasm.  These could then be turned over to one of our own national museums to be held in trust for all of humanity.

With due apologies to Marx (not Groucho), for too long have our historians been content with describing the dead ancients—the point is to change your live contemporaries. – IndiaFacts, 1 May 2015

Following the example of the Prophet, ISIS "assassinates" the priceless heritage of Mesopotamia.

Monetising temple gold: the VHP view – Ashok Chowgule

Ashok Chowgule“An important point in the debate is that there should be a clear recognition that the wealth of the temples is the property of the deity, and not that of the temple management.  It has been provided to the deity out of devotion by the followers, without anyone forcing them to do so.  It has been provided out of the hard-earned money by the followers.”  – Ashok Chowgule

Gold-covering in the Guruvayur Sri Krishna TempleFor the last few years, there has been a talk in the media about monetising the temple gold to help solve some of the economic problems our country is facing.  Such suggestions were made earlier also.  The Vishwa Hindu Parishad would like to provide its views on the subject. 

The debate misses one major issue – namely, a discussion how the country landed itself in the mess it undoubtedly is in.  If we do not do this analysis, then we are not going to find solutions of an enduring nature.  It is also necessary to identify those (whether politicians, the ‘analysts’, etc.) who created the mess.  The objective of this second exercise is to ensure that there is a principle of accountability.  They were entrusted with the task of managing the economy, and the society paid them handsome salaries, well above the average national wage, for it.  Either they should publicly admit their mistake, explain why they made the mistake and ask for forgiveness, or they should be kept outside the system so that they cannot continue to do any more mischief. 

There is the story of a person who was looking for something under the light of an electric post.  When a passer-by asked him what he was looking for, he said it is the keys to the car.  After helping to search for a few minutes, the passer-by asked the other person where he could have lost the keys.  The latter said in the market place.  Surprised, the passer-by asked why is he looking under the electric pole.  The answer was that it is now dark in the market place. 

VishnuAnother important point in the debate is that there should be a clear recognition that the wealth of the temples is the property of the deity, and not that of the temple management.  It has been provided to the deity out of devotion by the followers, without anyone forcing them to do so.  It has been provided out of the hard-earned money by the followers.  

There are some allegations that some of the money is made illegitimately by the follower.  The deity has no way to know this, and it is the task of the concerned government authorities to take suitable action against the follower, by following the due process of the law.  The deity will not put any obstacles in the way of the authorities. 

We will not be letting out a state secret if we state that the economic mess is not the creation of the Hindu Samaj.  In fact, we can clearly state that the mess has been created by those who have an ideological opposition to the Hindu philosophy and civilisation.  They instituted a system of governance and economic management that was alien to the cultural norms of the Hindu civilisation. 

NehruWhat is worse is that when their plans turned out to be a disaster for the nation, they had no qualm of blaming the Hindus.  In the late 1970s, when the planners were asked why India was growing at the rate of 3% from 1947 till then, Prof Raj Krishna, one of the economists who was part of the system that managed the economy, absolved the real culprits and coined the term ‘Hindu Rate of Growth’, so that the blame is apportioned to the Hindus instead.  His ideological colleagues lapped it up, and those occupying the intellectual space, also being of the same ideological disposition, found it to be a rational explanation for the then depressing situation.  If there was even an iota of intellectual honesty amongst these supposed intellectuals, they would have admitted their mistakes.  The Hindus would not have asked them to return the salaries that were paid to them – the Hindus are magnanimous to a fault. 

A letter writer to The Sunday Times of India, R. C. Mody, has nicely put in a few word what Prof Raj Krishna meant.  Shri Mody wrote: “The term was coined … to describe the inability of the Indian economy to grow at more than a modest 3 per cent per annum, through a large part of the planning period, when other economies were growing at a much faster pace. He attributed this to the philosophical temperament of most Indians, their belief in contentment and lack of killer instinct.”  (August 6, 2000) 

No one asked Prof Krishna how did the Hindus who settled abroad, and with minimal financial resources, acquired the necessary killer instinct to do well for themselves.  No one asked him in the 1980s, when there were some feeble attempts to remove the shackles on the Hindu entrepreneurship, how did the same Hindus in India acquire the necessary philosophical temperament to achieve a growth rate of 5%.  

Prof Krishna passed away in early 1990s, so he could not be asked what happened to the Hindus when they decided to grow by 7% and subsequently by 9%.  But then, and importantly, those who accepted the term thoughtlessly never even considered that they should explain to the Hindus, and the nation, why they did not question Prof Krishna’s rationalisation.  Many of them still think that blaming the Hindus for the low growth rate till 1980 is truthful.  

K. R. MalkaniOf course, there were many in the Hindu Right Wing, in particular amongst the activists of many of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh organisations, who did put the issue in the right perspective.  One of them was K. R. Malkani of the BJP.  But, as is happening today, their views were censored by those who controlled the gates of the main stream information flow, for purely ideological reasons.  It would have been most uncomfortable for them to allow the people to know the truth. 

The true spirit of the Hindu entrepreneurship in India has been captured by Paul Johnson when he wrote: ‘Under the socialist regime of Jawaharlal Nehru and his family successors the state was intolerant, restrictive and grotesquely bureaucratic. That has largely changed (though much bureaucracy remains), and the natural tolerance of the Hindu mind-set has replaced quasi-Marxist rigidity.’ (‘Want to Prosper? Then be Tolerant’, Forbes, June 21, 2004.) 

John Kenneth GalbraithA similar observation was made by the late Prof John Kenneth Galbraith in the early 1960s, when he said that India is a functioning anarchy.  Though he was criticised for it, he had actually meant it in a positive way.  When, in 2001, he was asked about this term, the professor said: “I wanted to emphasise the point, which would be widely accepted, that the success of India did not depend on the government. It depended on the energy, ingenuity and other qualifications of the Indian people. And the Indian quality to put ideas into practice. I was urging an obvious point that the progress of India did not depend on the government, as important as that might be, but was enormously dependent on the initiative, individual and group – of the Indian people. I feel the same way now (as I did some forty years ago) but I would even emphasise it more. We’ve seen many years of Indian progress, and that is attributable to the energy and genius of the Indian people and the Indian culture.” (Outlook, August 20, 2001) 

It was this spirit of entrepreneurship that enabled the Hindus to make the best us of the opportunities wherever available.  During the socialist regime, it was not just Jawaharlal Nehru and Prof Krishna who were the offenders.  There were others, including the previous prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.  Those who blamed, and continue to blame, the Hindus for the 3% growth rate till 1980 hail him as a liberaliser.  However, he has never admitted his own role in creating and managing the socialist regime.  And, hence, whatever little he did was not on the basis of conviction but responding to a situation.  Dr Singh was trying to find the keys under the lights of the electric pole and not where they were lost. 

The Hindus have proved their willingness to make sacrifice for the well-being of the nation, and will work hard to utilise the little opportunities to open up the economy.  They will not demand that they should be given the first right over the resources of the nation.  Nor will they blow up even the truly communal attacks against them out of proportion.  The Hindus have the necessary sense of moderation, and know that it is the nation that should come first. 

Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious Charitable Endowments DepartmentBut, if they are continued to be held responsible for the economic mess, the Hindus will speak out – with much politeness but without sacrificing truthfulness.  They will point out that the managements of the temple are in the hands of the politicians who have zero interest of the devotees at heart.  They will point out that even today the cash donations are deposited in government securities, which the state governments are using as a budgetary support, to cover their own financial profligacy.  They will point out that the government control of the temples has been abused by the various political parties, particularly those who wear the badge of secularism proudly on their sleeves, for dispensing favours to their supporters.  They will point out that the politicians have done very little for the temples themselves, barring a few notable examples like what Shri Jagmohan did for the Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu & Kashmir. 

In 1962 when China attacked India, the Hindus made the sacrifice, even to the extent of some Hindu women donating their mangal sutras to help preserve our nation and hence our civilisation.  They did the same in 1971, when India had to help the people of Bangladesh to overthrow the tyranny that was unleashed on the people of that country.  They will do so even now.  But they want to know what is being done for the real problems that exist. 

Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh & Pranab Mukerjee, P. ChidambaramAgain, it is not a state secret that the previous UPA government, over a period of ten years, was responsible for the present state of the Indian economy.  While all this was happening, ‘analysts’ who today make loud proclamations of the mess, did not raise their voices.  Many of these ‘analysts’ are projecting that monetising of the temple gold will solve the problem.  This is absurd.  Even before thinking about monetising the temple gold, there are many small and simple steps that the government can take.  

The VHP would like the government to initiate these steps.  True reforms are not just relating to opening the economy for foreign investment, going even to the extent of disfavouring the Indian investor. True reforms are removing the shackles that are applied in the day-to-day running of the business.  True reform means to trust the Hindus that they will do good for the nation, rather than forcing them to ask permissions, particularly from those politicians who work hard against the interest of the Hindus. 

NGOThe VHP would like the government to control the five-star activists, who work under the label of NGOs, and receive funds from abroad.  There are many NGOs who are working in a silent manner, receiving support from the Hindus in India and abroad, who are doing yeoman service to the society.  But the ones who are publicity-seeking hounds undertake their activities only for their own pecuniary benefit. 

Bias in the Indian mainstream media.The VHP would like the government to ask the newstraders (we would not go to the extent of calling them prestitutes, though it may not be an inappropriate term) if they want to help the government to work towards improving the society.  Or do they think that it is their dharma to use all sorts of means (even if they are grossly unethical and unprofessional) to try and put political obstacles in the way of the NDA government.  They have to be reminded that they are able to maintain their luxurious life style only by the funds provided by the society, either directly or indirectly.  They have to be told that their loyalty should be to the society and not to their ideology. 

In a recent address to the office-bearers of the VHP, Bhayyaji Joshi, the Sarkaryavah of the RSS, said that India does not seek to be a super power. India would like to be a responsible and contributing power.  The VHP knows that there are many in the present government who have the true interests of the society in their heart.  The VHP would like to be a part of the process which will lead to once again realising the greatness of our civilisation. – Hindu Vivek Kendra, 16 April 2015

» Ashok Chowgule is the Working President (External) of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, India.

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India’s rich temples may open gold vaults for Prime Minister Modi – Meenakshi Sharma & Krishna N. Das

Sri Siddhivinayak Ganpati

Reuters “Some Hindu devotees are not happy with the idea that their gold offerings could be melted down. A Mumbai-based gold merchant, who said he and his father had donated around 200 kg of gold to Siddhivinayak and other temples over the years, said it would be a sin for the temples to earn interest on the gold offered to the Gods. ‘I make donations to God; not to any temple trust,’ the 52-year-old merchant said.” – Meenakshi Sharma & Krishna N. Das

Sri Siddhivinayak TempleThe two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai devoted to the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha bristles with close circuit cameras and is guarded by 65 security officers.

It is one of India’s richest temples, having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off-limits.

India is the world’s biggest consumer of gold and its ancient temples have collected billions of dollars in jewellery, bars and coins over the centuries – all hidden securely in vaults, some ancient and some modern.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple GopuramA few years ago a treasure of gold worth an estimated $20 billion was discovered in secret subterranean vaults in the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala state.

Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to get his hands on this temple gold, estimated at about 3,000 tonnes, more than two-thirds of the gold held in the U.S bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to help tackle India’s chronic trade imbalance.

Modi’s government is planning to launch a scheme in May that would encourage temples to deposit their gold with banks in return for interest payments.

The government would melt the gold and loan it to jewellers to meet an insatiable appetite for gold and reduce economically crippling gold imports, which accounted for 28 percent of India’s trade deficit in the year ending March 2013.

India’s annual gold imports of 800 to 1,000 tonnes could be cut by a quarter if temples decided to participate in the scheme, say government and industry sources.

“We would be happy to deposit our gold to nationalised banks if the policy is beneficial, safe and earns good interest,” said Narendra Murari Rane, chairman of the trust for the Siddhivinayak Temple, portions of which are gold-plated.

Gold CoinsBut some Hindu devotees are not happy with the idea that their offerings could be melted down.

A Mumbai-based gold merchant, who said he and his father had donated around 200 kg of gold to Siddhivinayak and other temples over the years, said it would be a sin for the temples to earn interest on the gold offered to the Gods.

“I make donations to God; not to any temple trust,” the 52-year-old merchant said.

Modi would also like to convince Indians to open their family vaults, which hold an estimated 17,000 tonnes of gold in jewellery and other heirlooms.

But it will be much harder to convince Indian families, who sometimes have little faith in financial institutions, to break tradition and hand over gold passed down the generations.

India’s love affair with gold spans centuries is rooted in the Hindu religion. One of the biggest annual buying seasons is the Diwali festival around October to November. Gold marriage dowries are widespread and with 70 percent of the population rural, gold is financial security.

Interest Rate Key

Key to Modi’s plan will be the interest rates offered for gold deposits.

A similar gold monetization plan launched in 1999 proved ineffective, in part because the interest rates offered on gold deposits were regarded by temple officials as too low.

Under that scheme India’s top lender the State Bank of India offers 0.75 percent to 1 percent and only 15 tonnes of gold has been deposited so far.

Sai Baba Temple, ShirdiTemple officials at Siddhivinayak and Shri Saibaba Sansthan in Shirdi, both in the western state of Maharashtra, say they expect interest rates in the new scheme to be much higher and so would consider participating.

The government plans to reveal rate details when it launches the new scheme. Siddhivinayak’s Rane said he expected at least 5 percent interest on gold deposits.

Rajendra Jadhav, executive officer of the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Temple Trust, said rates will also be key to his temple’s decision. He declined to say how much gold the temple, dedicated to a 19th century saint, had in its vaults.

A successful gold monetization programme could go a long way in helping India reduce its trade imbalance.

India raised the import duty on gold, the country’s biggest non-essential import, and imposed other restrictions in 2013 after the current account deficit hit a record $190 billion.

If India can cut imports, that would pressure gold prices that fell to a four-month low last month before recovering. Lower gold prices will help India cut its import bill.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy's TreasureHowever, a successful scheme could also expose the government to potential risks, if gold prices were to take off and depositors decided to withdraw at the same time.

“There is going to be a lock-in period under the new gold monetizing scheme,” said Sudheesh Nambiath, an analyst at precious metals consultancy GFMS. “Banks will have to replenish the stocks with imports later (if temples withdraw gold).” – Reuters, 9 April 2015

» Editing by Paritosh Bansal and Michael Perry.

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We trust that the Modi Sarkar will hit the Churches too, for their gold and silver and jewels, or simply tap their vast commercial real estate holdings. That would only be fair. A truly secular and even-handed government would not want to be seen coveting Hindu gold only—would it? – Admin

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Evangelism abetted by Christian principal in a Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam college – IndiaFacts Staff

Dr M. D. Christopher

SVU College of Arts, Tirupati“Until Hindus take back their temples, it is advisable not to donate to Government-controlled temples. If Hindus really wish to donate, then they will be better served by donating it to a Hindu organization which really cares for Hindu causes and the Hindu community.” – IndiaFacts Staff

The Principal of the Sri Venkateshwara Arts College who goes by the name of Dr M. D. Christopher has been accused by the students of college and various student organizations that he is aiding Christian proselytization. If one looks at the happenings at the SV Arts College in the recent months, there is a strong possibility that this allegation is indeed true.

Evangelist literature is being distributed to students in the college campus. The manner in which the evangelist books are distributed is quite alarming and would not have been possible without the helping hand of the college administration. The students of the hostel are specially targeted for this soul harvest. Evangelical books and other literature arrived in a postal package and were addressed to each student by his name and they were in fact delivered to his room in the hostel. The students say that such distribution of books has happened many times over.

Students allege that complaints about this missionary activity to the Principal  and TTD officials have fallen on deaf ears. The students of the college directly point fingers at the Principal. The Principal has appointed to his staff a person named Rajkumar. Rajkumar is alleged to have given out the names and addresses of the students to the missionary organization distributing the literature. In spite of repeated complaints, no action was taken by the Principal. The Principal is also accused of appointing non-Hindu staff. A complete report (from TV9 Telugu) on this incident can be found here.

SVU College of Arts, TirupatiVandalism at Sri Venkateshwara Arts College

The walls of SV Arts College were painted with portraits of freedom fighters, poets and kings a couple of years back for the World Telugu Conference. The students and the local community over there were maintaining it well and keeping a watch to ensure that there were no posters/bills pasted on them.

However, a couple of days ago, miscreants disfigured these portraits by placing a Christian cross mark on the faces of the luminaries. Even the much celebrated Sri Krishnadeva Raya of the Vijayanagar empire was not spared from this crude expression of superiority of faith.

The College already facing the brunt of missionaries boiled again with student and religious organizations taking up protests. Whether this was done by mischief mongers or by Christians will perhaps be revealed in an investigation but the blame again has to be placed primarily on the shoulders of the college Principal and TTD for not keeping such vandalism in check especially when this very College with same Principal has been in the eye of storm for the past few months for missionary activities. The complete report (from NTV) on the vandalism at SV Arts College can be viewed here.

YSR taking communion from a Christian priest.TTD: Trojan Horse and a symbol of secular Government tyranny

During the YSR and Kiran Kumar Reddy-led Congress rule in Andhra, the state witnessed evangelism on a massive scale. The TTD too was not spared. There were reports in the Telugu media about the employment of Christians in TTD. Due to public outrage, a Government order was also issued directing the TTD to have only Hindus on its payroll. Swami Paripoornananda of Sri Peetam, Kakinanda had to protest again as the order was never implemented.

A Christian pastor was recently apprehended by the police after making a video of him along with his comrades visiting Tirumala and calling the Hindus as devil worshippers. The TTD staff have repeatedly failed miserably to stop such incidents. On many occasions, missionaries used to distribute evangelist material openly but the TTD was utterly inefficient in stopping this vulturesque preying on Hindus.

First, the TTD should not have hired a Christian principal or any staff it a college run by it. After reports and strong evidence of support for evangelism by this Principal, it should have dismissed the Principal. On the contrary it asked the police to lathi-charge the protesting students.

The reason for this incapacity of the TTD is because it is subject to political influence and appointment of people to positions including the Endowment / Executive Officer are appointed by the ruling party. How can the Hindu community be served if the administration is not seen as a service of the Divine but as a career option?

Many Hindus are not aware of the fact that several prominent temples including TTD which gets thousands of crores as revenue are taken over by various state governments and the most of the revenue goes to the state treasurer. This is the reason one sees many hundis placed all over precincts of Government controlled temples. Many mindless rituals are done just to extract money from the devotees worldwide. The TTD has become a master at selling tickets to various redundant rituals and utsavams.

This Government control of temples is a throwback to the colonial past where the Christian British and Muslims Kingdoms used to take over the revenue generated from temples as tax. It was also a mechanism to hurt the Hindus in terms of demography. Donations made by devotees which would have gone to the development of the poorest of the community went to a foreign colonizer. At the same time, the British government planted several Christian missions across the country which targeted the same poorer section of the Hindu demographic that would have gained benefits from the donations made to temples.

State Institute of Temple AdministrationNearly seven decades after Independence, the pattern has not changed. Secular state governments have taken over several Hindu temples, the Community’s money is looted by the government—money, which is supposed to protect the right to practice and propagate the Hinduism, one of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. Hindus live in an independent and secular country but their fundamental right to freedom is severely curtailed. How is the Hindu community supposed to take care of its poorest when the community’s hard earned money is taken away from it?

The Christian community which has a huge proselytizing mission with massive funds backing it, has extensively benefited in Andhra and elsewhere as they have targeted the poor amongst the Hindus for conversions. They have gained massively in demographics due to this tyranny perpetrated on the Hindus. A foreign religion is being given such massive advantage over a native religion which swears by nationalism and deep-rooted philosophical and spiritual traditions spanning thousands of years. How long will it be before India becomes another Philippines or a South Korea, nothing more than a Christian outpost of the West.

Imagine the number of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions Hindus could have built and sustained and how it would have changed the lives of poor Hindus. The secular state governments and the central government have become the biggest roadblocks to the prosperity and safety of Hindus.

Swami Dayananda SaraswatiThe long-term goal for Hindus should be to free Hindu Temples from Government control. There are several organizations working across the country towards this goal.

The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha already has filed a case in the Supreme Court. In a seminar on temples, I had once heard from Swami Dayananda Saraswati that none of the state governments from the south had answered the questions put forth by HDAS in the honorable Supreme Court. Given the rate at which the judiciary functions, one should expect that Hindus are in a for a long grind and by that time, severe damage would have been done.

It would be better to lobby with a supposedly pro-Hindu central government to remove the Hindu Endowments Act completely from the Constitution. Please contact the various BJP Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assembly and ask them to remove this draconian act that is killing the Hindu community.

Narendra Modi & Rajnath SinghThe silence of the Narendra Modi Government in this regard is disheartening. The Government is aware of the problem, it is also aware of the fact that it is the Hindus that voted them to power. It’s been nine months since the NDA came into power and yet it has not taken any concrete steps to provide equality to Hindus. Hindus need to make their collective voices heard and bring pressure on the Modi Government. If it fails to act despite this, the BJP should be shown its place in the sun.

Many times, Hindus complain that Hindu organisations could have better spokespersons to represent them in the media. However, the travesty is that people donate to a government controlled temple like the TTD in crores but not to a Hindu organization that could protect our Dharma. That should tell us something.

In the end, until Hindus take back their temples, it is advisable not to donate to Government-controlled temples. If Hindus really wish to donate, then they will be better served by donating it to a Hindu organization which really cares for Hindu causes and the community.

Tirumala Tirupathi DevasthanamsThe road ahead

The TTD has taken a token action of ordering an investigation and a criminal case has been registered. But that by itself does not guarantee that such incidents will not recur in the future. Readers are requested to call up the official TTD numbers or email them to immediately dismiss the college principal on the grounds that he happens to be a Christian. Please ask the TTD to remove any non-Hindus from its payroll be it from colleges or from temple administration and all institutions run by it. To get a swift response from the TTD, readers should contact the Executive Officer(EO).

E-mail Ids:

Executive Officer: eo@tirumala.org

Joint Executive Officer, Tirumala: jeotml@tirumala.org

Joint Executive Officer, Tirupati: jeotpt@tirumala.org

Chief Vigilance & Security Officer: cvso@tirumala.org

Public Relations Officer: pro@tirumala.org

Phone Numbers of TTD Officials:

Executive Officer: 0877-2264160(c), 4977(o), 4393(o)

JEO Tirupati: 0877-2264877(c), 4231(o)

PA to the Executive Officer: 0877-2264545

Public Relations Officer: 0877-2264392

Central Reception Officer: 0877-2263922

Chief Accounts Officer: 0877-2264752,4213

Chief Vigilance & Security: 0877-2264390

Devasthanam Law officer: 0877-2264317

Dev. Educational Officer: 0877-2264396

Dharma Prachara Parishad: 0877-2264490,92,93,94

Overseas Temple: 0877-2277718

Complaints/Suggestions: 18004254141

Article Source: IndiaFacts, 22 February 2015

 

Our Lady of Madhu Church is built on an ancient Pattini Amma Temple site – Shenali D. Waduge

Madhu Church, Mannar, Sri Lanka

Shenali Waduge“The site where Madhu Church presently stands was the original site of a Pattini Devale (later called Amman Kovil) since 114-136 CE under King Gajabahu. This means that the Pattini Devale has been where the Madhu Church now stands for 1850 years. If the Pattini Devale is no longer in its original site it is because the Portuguese Catholics destroyed every place of worship that was non-Catholic and converted non-Catholics to Catholicism.” –  Shenali D. Waduge

Goddess PattiniWith the recent calls to rewrite history it is no better a time than now to bring out all the hard facts that have got both hidden or buried (pun intended). Every time the topic of colonial atrocities are brought forward for debate the quick response is to claim these as history pushing to the background the crimes committed in the name of peaceful coexistence.

However, when most of the laws in place today were created with the intention of putting past crimes into the background and to ensure the continuance of the reign of white rule over the rest of us. Given that we are all victims, it is time we started to remind these very nations of some of their crimes. The background of the Pattini Devale is important for many reasons – it is where the Madhu Church presently stands, the Pattini Devale has a history beyond 1850 years whereas the Madhu Church is hardly 150 years old. Misappropriation of sacred sites belonging to other religions need to stop. The Church has to apologize and return the site to its original owners.

Of late the media attempts to portray the Madhu Church as being more than 600 years old which is proven an exaggeration for the Portuguese Catholics came to Sri Lanka in 1505 – Catholic history starts after conversion of Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus. In fact a recommendation was to be made under the Ranil Wickremasinghe Government to recommend to the Vatican that the church be sanctified as a National Basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. How historically and morally incorrect this move is to the Pope Francis with Sri Lanka flagHindus who are well aware of the history behind the ‘church’.

If anyone contests this claim they have to only refer to Brief Notice of the Origin and History of the Sanctuary of Madhu by the then Bishop of Jaffna to Mr. E. B. Denham who had tried to conceal that the church was on top of the ancient Pattini Devale as admitted by British civil servant R. W. Levers. They would also need to refer to Manual of the North Central Province by R. W. Levers who says “At the present day the offerings are generally taken to St. Mary’s Church at Madhu, which is considered by the Buddhist and a great many of the Tamil pilgrims, who resort there, as the Temple of Pattini Amma (Amman Kovil).” – these are historically recorded truths by the British themselves.

Chronology:

  • Portuguese Catholics arrive in Sri Lanka – 1505
  • Dutch Christians arrive in Sri Lanka – 1602
  • British arrive in Sri Lanka – 1796
  • Dutch Protestants drove out Portuguese from Mannar – 1670 (344 years ago)
  • Madhu a Catholic shrine only since 1870 (a history of 144 years only)
  • Even though the Bishop of Jaffna initiated the Madhu Festival since 1870, it did not have a church.
  • The foundation stone of the church was laid only in 1876. (so the church itself is only 138 years old and thus the claims made by the late UNP minister that the church is 600 years old is a total fabrication). Moreover, even by 1911 there were no permanent residents at Madhu. The Census of 1911 recorded 320 pilgrims, 230 of whom were Sinhalese from Colombo and the rest from Chilaw.

Gajabahu I also known as Gajabahuka Gamani (c. 114 – 136 CE) of Rajarata in Sri LankaHindus have greater claim

The site where Madhu Church presently stands was the original site of a Pattini Devale (later called Amman Kovil) since 114-136 CE under King Gajabahu. This means that the Pattini Devale has been where the Madhu Church now stands for 1850 years. If the Pattini Devale is no longer in its original site it is because the Portuguese Catholics destroyed every place of worship that was non-Catholic and converted non-Catholics to Catholicism. These conversions were done by force and anyone resisting faced death. We are well aware of the suffering the Catholic Inquisition since 1233 caused for all non-Catholics and heretics, and it was because the Dutch themselves were victims that they avenged the suffering they were put through by the Catholics when they arrived in Sri Lanka. The 1638 Treaty between the Dutch and the Sinhala King provided a clause to expel all Catholics.

The Madhu site is where the Hindu Amman Kovil has stood for at least 1850 years as against 144 years for the Madhu Church. What needs to be reiterated and what the Catholic Church needs to accept is that the Church usurped this ancient Hindu temple, not only that they desecrated the Durgai Amman Silai and built a Catholic church in its place in 1876 though the annual Madhu Festival has been held since 1870.

Cankili II (Cekaracacekaran IX)The usurping of the Hindu kovil is very much part of the inquisition objectives and a continuation of the wanton destruction of scores of temples, kovils and murder of Muslims by the Portuguese Catholics. The Church clergy may not like to be reminded that they ordered the beheading of the last Tamil Hindu ruler Sangili Kumaran and conversion of his family. Tamils should not forget that it was the Sinhalese king who sent his general to rescue the Hindu Tamils and in so doing sacrificed his life. Was it not a repetition of this very same scenario that occurred during the final phase of the war when 5000 military lives was lost to save 300,000 Tamils many of whom were possibly LTTE family members or even LTTE in civilian attire.

Therefore all Catholics in Sri Lanka descend from Sinhalese and Tamils who were forcibly converted by the Portuguese Catholics. 

At this point we need to also remind the Hindus that prior to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 the Sinhalese and Hindus were living amicably. It was the spectre of the arrival of the white man that brought a curse to the country since 1505.

Hindus and Buddhists became united through the efforts to bring about the anti-conversion legislation. We recall the efforts of UNP MP Maheswaran who tried his best to reconvert Tamils to Hinduism but he fell prey to LTTE’s guns.

So did six soldiers who were cleaning the Madhu Church premises on 12 Feb 2008.

Cardinal Malcolm RanjitWhile the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka says sacred places should be kept free of violence and bloodshed we cannot but wonder why they are silent about very prominent Catholic clergy who had been and continue to be very much involved with the LTTE and their sponsors both locally and internationally. The accusation against the Church of connections to the LTTE could have been easily negated by the Church taking action against these Catholic clergy by defrocking them. The golden question is – why has the Church not taken action against these clergy who have been very much aligned to terrorist activity.

Rayappu JosephIf Father Rayappu Joseph opened Eelam House in London, allowed the Madhu Church to be used as an LTTE office. We also recall the arrests of 3 priests on 1 February 2008 carrying suicide jackets and interrogations revealed that these priests had brought down 30 suicide cadres from Mannar to Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. These priests had even transported several suicide kits and weapons. One of the 3 arrested was a pastor of a church in Mannar. The previous year on 20 February security forces also recovered cyanide capsules and equipment from St. Mary’s Church Jaffna. What we can make out is that the Christian clergy had been used to transport weapons and explosives across the country – this is aiding and abetting terrorism.

Fr. S. J. EmmanuelWhat individual priests do using the cover of the religion can be effectively responded to not simply by issuing a statement denouncing the action. Given the innumerable cases of involvement by priests with a banned terrorist movement what the Church and its headquarters in the Vatican should have rightfully done was to defrock those like Father Emmanuel and Father Rayappu Joseph.

Returning to the issue of the ownership of the Madhu site – all that needs to be repeated is that the place is rightfully that of the Pattini Kovil of the Hindus. It is immoral for the site to be usurped and made into a holy site for Catholics totally ignoring the history behind the site. Numerous other sites across the country where churches stand were all formerly sites of Buddhist temples as well. The exact positions of these churches where former Buddhist temples once stood are given in the Portuguese chronicler Queyroz’s works.

Sri Lankan Catholic priests demonstrating in support of LTTE chief PrabhakaranWhat needs to be also said is that the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America were all invaded, occupied and systems put in place to convert the natives, kill those who refused, plunder the wealth of the lands and devise devious ways to play the natives against each other by creating sub-cultures that would create the necessary environment for these white Western nations to prevail over the ‘uncivilized’ world. Has any of this colonial mentality changed at all over the years?

 Be that as it may what needs to be said is that the very countries ignoring their own track records are dictating the rules of law to us the victims and all we can say is to return all that they took by force and level the playing field first. – Express, 25 January 2014

 » Shenali Waduge is a Sri Lankan civil society writer concerned about fair play in all matters that concern citizens of her country as well as the world at large.

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