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HE News Bureau | Vadodara | 16 Sept 2019:: It may be a hard task to prevent motivated participation of the Muslims in the Hindu festival to humiliate its rituals or to grab Hindu girls for Love Jihad or to put any Jijadi impact otherwise. But Hindus of Godhra issued notice for a ban of Muslims in the Garba Dance Festival Godhra in the soil of controversy, Gujarat. Barely 10 days before the nine-day dance festival kicks off in Gujarat, a rightwing group that identifies itself as Hindu Asmita Heet Rakshak Samiti (HAHRS) has issued a diktat in Godhra that Muslim youths should not be allowed to enter garba venues in the town to counter ‘love Jihad’.
The samiti claims that it issued the diktat as Muslim youths enter garba venues to lure Hindu girls.
On Saturday , VHP leader Dr Pravin Togadia had called for the same in Amreli and said that identity cards of every person should be checked.”We will contact all garba organizers in Gujarat and across the country to request them to check the identity of all youths. Navratri is a religious festival and Muslims should not be allowed here,” Togadia told Times of India, as appeared the matter in its 17 Sept, Delhi Edition.
TOI captures the news as, “Muslim boys luring Hindu girls at garba venues has always remained a problem in Godhra. If Muslims have problem with everything including singing `Vande Mataram’, why should they be allowed at garba venues?” said Jaimin Shah, one of the leaders of HAHRS.
Some organizers have agreed to allow Muslim youths only if they are accompanied by their family. Accord ing to the samiti, they have also received support from major garba organizers in Godhra and formed a team of volunteers to stop Muslim youth.
“Around 1,500 members will keep a check at the venues,” said Shah, adding that the group, which hasn’t registered itself, is holding awareness meetings since over a fortnight.
“We won’t allow any Muslim youth to our garba to avoid `love Jihad’,” said P B Baria, organizer of Aadhya Shakti Garba Mahotsav, which draws a crowd of 35,000. “If they come with their families, they are disciplined. So, we will allow Muslim families inside the venue,” he said.
“We don’t want any kind of disturbance and hence we have agreed that we will not collect donation from Muslims nor issue passes,” said K T Parikh, organizer of Maa Shakti Garba Group. “We, however have no means to check whether any Muslim or a Hindu is entering the garba venue.”
Actually, such restrictions were imposed in some places in United States in a separate way of action where the Hindu organisers of such Hindu festival installed Hindu deities for worship in the entry so that all the participants were compelled to offer sandal paste, sindoor (vermilion) and flowers to the deities as a compulsion with taking prasadam and amritam. With this arrangements all the Muslim participants compelled to avoid such Hindu religious and cultural programmes.
“Those who have not any respect on Motherland as an identical for of Goddess Aadhya Shakti or Mata Durga (Navratri is a special awareness/ consciousness creating festival dedicated to Mata Durga) and who are not ready to utter Vande Mataram, why they are so interested to come to our Garba festival attached to Navratri?”, said one of the organiser to Hindu Existence.
Shri Upananda Brahmachari, Editor of Hindu Existence appreciated the matter with a tips that if Muslim groups of Gujarat or other places are so interested to join Garba or love so much Garba, they should start Garba in Navratri and they should make effort to unveil their women and girls (from burqa) for getting them in their programme. No problem. This policy maintained in Godhra for Garba must be adopted by Hindus in all other religious and cultural programmes tagged with Hindu Dharma, for the sacntity, safety and security of Hindus.