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Upendra Bharati | HENB | Udupi | Nov 25, 2017:: With the demands of building a Ram Rajya i.e. Hindu Nation where there will be no untouchability, protection of cattle resources, a nationwide legislation banning cow slaughter, building of Ram Mandir at Ram Janmabhoomi and freeing Hindu temples from the clutches of governments, thousand of Seers and leaders of Hindu mutts and organizations assemble together at the three-day 12th ‘Dharma Samsad 2017’ (Hindu Religious Parliament) organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Karanataka’s Udupi from November 24.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad international working president Pravin Togadia has said that all Hindu temples and mutts in the country should be freed from the control of the government.
Speaking at the inaugural of the three-day Dharma Sansad (24 – 26 Nov’17) in Udupi on Friday, Togadia said the Constitution of India emphasized on secularism, but questioned if the Constitution was secular and how a secular government could manage Hindu temples.
“Managing Hindu temples by the government is anti-constitutional. If India is secular, let Hindu societies manage religious institutions. Lakhs of mutts and temples in the country are under government control. Show us a church or mosque that is under government control. Let religious leaders prepare an action plan to free all mutts and temples from the government,” Togadia said.
He said there was no place for untouchability in Hinduism. “Man is creation of Brahma, hence every individual and every caste is divine. I plead all seers to prepare a roadmap to make the society free from untouchability. Every individual is respected and our country’s constitution too is secular,” he said.
Togadia further said, “In our country, 19 crore people suffer from hunger and 10 crore youths are unemployed. Meanwhile, millions of Indian parents cannot afford to send their wards to schools. As many as 3 lakh farmers have committed suicide due to poverty. We need Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and want Ram Rajya in the country. Through Ram Rajya we need to ensure food to every Hindu, education to every child, doctors in every family, job for all yosuths, and a society where farmers have no loans. Religious seers should bless and work to make Hindus wealthy and happy,” he said.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that in the absence of stringent laws to prevent cow slaughter, people defame ‘gau rakshaks who fight to protect the holy animal. He has urged people to come forward to protect cows.
“A majority of Hindus are not aware of the significance of cow and there is need to create awareness in the Hindu society to protect cows,” Bhagwat said on the first day of Dharma Sansad 2017.
“Significance of cow urine has scientific basis. A majority of the Hindus, however, does not agree to this. Cows are being sold and slaughtered, leading to clashes, and gau rakshaks are defamed. Hence, we have to make people aware about the significance of cows. Traditionally, Hindus protect cows, but more awareness is needed,” he said.Calling upon Hindus to uphold the values of their religion and culture, “We have been witnessing a situation where the Hindu society is on a victory path. The society had been facing opposition for a long time earlier, and later there was period of struggle. Now, the door of unity is open for the Hindu society. All Hindus are brothers, the strength of a society is its unity,” he said.
Pejawar seer Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swami also said there was a need for stringent laws to protect cows. “Cow slaughter is an issue pertaining to both state and central governments. Hence, fight for cow protection must continue in all states,” he said.
More than 2,500 seers and sanyasis from across the country have arrived in Udupi to discuss on Hindu agenda along with issues related to the Ayodhya dispute and reach a solution by Sunday.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat said that even after protests, sacrifices and efforts, the dream of Ram mandir in Ayodhya had not materialized. “The case is pending in the court. Only a Ram mandir will come up at Ram Janmabhoomi, and it will be built using the same stones. It is not a populist announcement, but a thought in our mind that will never change. The moment has come to realize this,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Togadia said saints at the Dharma Samsad will give guidance to the VHP on how to go about the issues that concern the Hindu society. To a query on building a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Togadia said it is a congregation of saints who will present their action plans upon which the VHP will take a call.
Togadia said building of Ram temple in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid was razed will be discussed by the saints at the Samsad and “what they suggest will be carried out by the VHP”, he said. “We will tell our stand and the government will tell its stand’’ he said. ‘’This is not a Samsad that would give directions to political leaders or parties. It takes forward Indian culture and ethos’’ he said.
Udupi Pejawar seer Vishwesha Theertha said temple work will begin in 2019 as the current atmosphere in the country was “favourable to us”. “We’ll build a mandir in Ayodhya through dialogue or by law,” he said.
Prominent Hindu Monk and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is likely to join Udupi Dharma Sansad on the concluding day of this Mega Hindu Conclave.