Mangaluru, January 2: A protest was held here on Thursday, January 1st, against the state government opposing its ‘anti-Hindu’ policies. The protest was led by led by Sri Vishweshatirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and other swamiji’s along with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and other pro-Hindu outfits.
A protest rally was marched from Sharavu Temple to DC’s office, and a protest meet was held there.
Pejawar Swamiji, addressing the protestors damned the ‘anti-Hindu’ policies of the state government and said, “All Hindus should come together without any caste discrimination and fight on this issue. The state government had decided to take control over Maths and temples but after everyone criticized the move, it has remained quiet. The protest will be continued until the government withdraws this Bill.
The real securalists are the saints and sages like us who treat everyone equally. The state government’s policy is a violation of secularism. Let worship centers of all religions be brought under the Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, but the state government does not consent to this.
About the issue of conversion, he said, “When Hindus were converted why did not anyone speak?. Are there different law for Hindus and minorities? When Hindus are converted forcibly no one raises a voice, no one talks. Let us stop conversion altogether and bring the anti-conversion law.
Pejawar Seer, speaking on the issue of cow slaughter said, “Mahatma Gandhiji and Acharya Vinobha also opposed cow slaughtering. The Supreme Court has also spoken against it. Even animals have the right to live. Cow should be declared a national animal, then even terrorism will end.
Sri Rajashekarananda Swamiji of Gurpur Vajradehi Math said, “Today the Congress government has made Swamijis to come on the streets. It has only a few more years to provide good administration to the people. If it fails, the curse of swamijis will bring the Congress government to the streets. The state government is targeting the Hindus. It is clear that the state government is trying to curb the Hindu society. He warned of a mass protest, if this continues.
Sri Gurudevananda Swamiji of Shree Kshetra Odiyoor spoke on this occasion and said, “Hindus are being attacked from all sides. Maths and temples are the roots of Hindu Society. We ought to protect our dharma and fight against the anti-Hindu policies of the government”.
Sri Esha Vittaldasa Swamiji of Kemar Saandeepani Saadana Ashram also spoke on the occasion and pledged his support to the movement.
VHP leader M B Puranik in his keynote address said, “Swamijis are the energy of the nation. The state government is following an anti-Hindu policy intending to curb Hindu Samaj. We should unite to oppose such anti-Hindu attitude”.
During the protest, Sri Mohandas Swamiji of Manila Shree Mahalakshmi Kshetra, Sri Ramananda Swamiji of Kolya Math, MP Naleen Kumar Kateel were present among others.