By: V Sundaram
Ahistoric All India Conference of Hindu Acharyas convened by Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha was held in the second week of February 2008 in State of Karnataka.
I view this Conference as a landmark event in the history of the heroic struggle of the battered and shattered Hindus of India who have been constitutionally fighting for their fundamental rights against the Islam-embracing, Christianity-coveting and Hindu-hating Government in India at all levels after our independence on 15th August 1947. Freedom with effect from that date has meant total freedom only for the Muslims and Christians of India and enslavement (in all religious and other vital secular matters) for the majority Hindus of India. Keeping this general background of State enforced slavery of the Hindus of India in view, the Acharya Sabha deliberated on a variety of topics of concern and interest to Hindus world-wide and in India in particular.
A landmark statement was issued by Acharya Sabha after due deliberations. I am presenting below the most important excerpts from this Statement:
‘There is an increasing awareness among the Acharya leadership, of the seriousness of Hindu concerns and causes which are not addressed or insufficiently addressed by authorities and within Indian Society; some of the Acharyas have taken the initiative to project the grievances of Hinduism and Hindus in specific cases; many have lent their hand and support to collective action to highlight Hindu sensitivities and grievances. Awareness of unjust treatment of Hindus in the country under the flawed concept of secularism, has increased considerably overseas; such awareness is providing support to Hindu awareness among the masses in India. The State Government of Tamil Nadu has in callous disregard of Hindu sentiments pursued the ill-considered Sethusamudram project despite repeated representations from numerous experts and members of the public and also from the Acharya Sabha. The Government of India has also not been sensitive to the sacred resonance of ‘Rama Setu’ in the hearts of millions of Hindus all over the world, in persisting with the dredging of the narrow sea between Sri Lanka and India along an alignment that will damage the ‘Rama Setu’ irretrievably. The Acharya Sabha therefore fully supports the country-wide agitation in the matter, appreciates the scholarly documentation that was put together and the legal action mounted.’
‘Several Hindu organizations in the country are becoming active and proactive in the field to counter adverse propaganda against Hindu society and Dharma, to oppose conversion and violence and to highlight Hindu sensitivities. More and more subtle attempts are underway outside the country to ‘appropriate’ Hindu philosophy and practices (such as Yoga, meditation, Sanskrit language and even sacred scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita), detaching them from their Hindu identity.’
‘Global warming resulting in the rapid receding of glaciers that feed the great Indian rivers, is a major threat to the world and particularly to India; sustained efforts are needed by several authorities to stem this adverse tide; the Hindu religious leadership must explain to the devotee masses how Hindu heritage strongly opposes reckless consumption and supports conservation of and respect to all forms of life.’
‘Many ancient Mathas and temples in the country are in need of rejuvenation; these institutions have a major role in sustaining, teaching and strengthening Hindu Dharma. Mathatipatis must nominate their successors before it becomes too late to do so; otherwise another pretext would become available for Government to interfere in these Hindu institutions.’
‘The Acharya Sabha re-pledges itself, in the aforementioned context to speak in a single united voice, act in a concerted manner to implement specific action plans drawn up from time to time, to strengthen Hindu Dharma and Society, and counter the problems and threats they face. In this context, a lot more needs to be done by individual Acharyas in their tours, Pravachans and among their vast devotee populations for raising Hindu self esteem; for resisting and preventing conversion by protagonists of other religions like Christianity and Islam; for refusing to be cowed down by threats of violence from any quarter and above all for taking recourse to legal action in specific cases aimed at protecting Hindu interests at large.’
Against the above general background, the Acharya Sabha took note the following aspects/issues of the problem being faced by the Hindus.
1) Temple Governance Matters.
The Acharya Sabha took note of the fact that
Keeping in view all the aspects of Temple Control, Temple Regulation and Temple Governance and the paramount Hindu public need to permanently free the Hindu temples from the stranglehold of Government, Dr Subramanian Swamy has issued this clarion call: ‘The Union Government must enter into an urgent consultation with the apex Hindu body of sadhus, namely the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha (HDAS) convened by Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, to substantially amend the Hindu Religious Endowments and Charitable Trust Act (1951) to bring it in conformity with Article 25 and 26 of the Constitution. At present the Act provides for total and suffocating control of Hindu temples in the country by the Government at the Centre and States, while exempting Mosques and Churches completely even from Government oversight supervision. This is highly discriminatory against the Hindus who are 83 per cent of India’s population, and thus violates Article 14, 25 and 26 of the Constitution.’