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|Major plans to revive Ram temple movement
New Delhi, Wednesday, September 18, 2002: In a major attempt to revive the dormant Ram temple movement, VHP today announced plans to recruit 8,000 full time volunteers besides launching 15,000 'yatras' across the country to create "religious awareness."
The Sangh Parivar outfit has also called an emergency meeting of its central advisory board of over 100 religious leaders in Lucknow on September 28 to discuss the Ayodhya issue.
"With a view to create nation wide religious awareness, full time 'Ram Sadhaks' (people devoted to Lord Ram) would be appointed in the country's 8,000 blocks for one year. Some of them are already undergoing training at Ayodhya," VHP Central Secretary and Spokesman Veereshwar Dwivedi told reporters.
They would operate from their homes and would be engaged in full time religious work at their own expense, he said. Besides, VHP would also organise 'Dharma Jagran Yatras' (Religious awareness campaigns) at 15,000 places across the country for a month beginning November 15 so as to reach one lakh villages, he said.
The temple movement has been lying dormant after the March 15 'shiladaan' programme at Ayodhya, which the outfit's critics alleged was a "flop show."
The meeting of the VHP's Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal would discuss Ayodhya related developments including an opinion sought by the Allahabad High Court for carrying out excavations at the disputed site, which VHP has opposed. The meeting would be followed by a state-level 'Save Religion Conference' at Lucknow on September 29 where religious leaders would administer a vow to volunteers to even die for the cause "come what may", Dwivedi said.(PTI)
Four VHP men arrested for attacking Christians in Orissa village
By Giridhar Gopal in Bhubaneswar: Four activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were arrested and then released on bail in the Kurti village of Deogarh district in Orissa for attacking Christians, District Superintendent of Police Rekha Lohani told rediff.com on Thursday. The four were identified as Santanu Pradhan, Dibya Sankar Giri, Dilip Padhi and Ajaya Mishra. Lohani said the FIR filed against four accused them of attacking the Christians 'without any provocation'. (Rediff-5-9-02)
‘We’ll repeat our Gujarat experiment’
Amritsar, September 3: Vsihwa Hindu Parishad international working president Ashok Singhal today termed Gujarat as a ‘‘successful experiment’’—and warned that it would be repeated all over India.
Singhal, in Amritsar to inaugurate a physiotherapy centre at the Shivala Bhaian temple, said, ‘‘Godhra happened on February 27 and the next day, 50 lakh Hindus were on the streets. We were successful in our experiment of raising Hindu consciousness, which will be repeated all over the country now.’’
Singhal also spoke glowingly of how whole villages had been ‘‘emptied of Islam’’, and how whole communities of Muslims had been dispatched to refugee camps. This was a victory for Hindu society, he added, a first for the religion. ‘‘People say I praise Gujarat. Yes I do,’’ he told an appreciative, but modest, audience.
Singhal also took potshots at the NDA Government, saying it hadn’t helped the Hindu cause. The Ram temple would be built at the same place in Ayodhya, he stated. ‘‘We have been able to raise consciousness within the Hindu community, though it’s unfortunate that the temple hasn’t been built till now.’’
(The Indian Express-4-9-02)
VHP plan: Modi tapes for family planning lessons
AHMEDABAD: Notwithstanding the controversy set off by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's reported anti-minority remarks during the Gaurav Yatra, the VHP state unit on Thursday said it would use the audio tape of the same to create public awareness on family planning.
The VHP will play the audio tape of Modi's speeches in every village in the state to create public awareness on family planning, Parishad State General Secretary Dilip Trivedi said in a statement here, a day after the state government acknowledged the existence of the tape.
The VHP would distribute over 25,000 cassettes of Modi's speech in the villages, he added. Trivedi said everybody should express concern over the population growth among the minorities which was the burning problem of the country.
Describing increase in population of minorities as a "conspiracy" to divide the country, he said that on the basis of population, division of country had taken place and even that of Kashmir. He said Modi's reference to the issue in his speeches at Becharaji town in Mehsana district should be accepted by all. (PTI, Sept. 19)
VHP flays Vajpayee for calling Gujarat riots a shame
Shimla: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday criticised the remarks of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New York that Gujarat riots were a "shame" for the country and said what had happened in the state after the Godhara killings was "not a matter of shame but a matter of pride". There were other more "important" issues like migration of lakhs of Kashmiri Hindus from the valley which the country should be ashamed of and the Prime Minister should have focussed on such issues also, VHP national secretary Surendra Jain told reporters here on Monday. He said to resolve Kashmir issue, the government should have first crushed terrorism and then initiated a dialogue but it was doing exactly the opposite.
The VHP leader alleged that the Vajpayee government had failed to come up to the expectations and aspirations of Hindus and was "continuing with the policy of secularism for votes which meant appeasement of minorities". Jain demanded a white paper on the activities of ISI in the country and ban on 'madarsas' which he alleged were breeding centres of terrorism. He said the number of madrasas had multiplied from 464 in 1947 to one lakh now and alleged that Dev Bandh in Saharahanpur district of Uttar Pradesh was emerging as one of the biggest centres of Islamic fundamentalism. (PTI, Sept 16). q
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