A Travesty of Anti – Hindu Politics

What is happening in Andhra Pradesh is a blatant example of anti – Hindu attitude of some people of the political class. There are three burning examples.

Firstly, the AP government is planning to acquire Hindu temple lands for distribution as house sites to the needy. There is nothing wrong per se in the work to be done for the needy. These lands have been donated by the Hindu philanthropists for the maintenance and development of temples. It is the duty of the government to protect the sentiments and the wishes of the donors. The government wants to take the auction route to sell the temple lands. There have been numerous instances in the past where intentionally ill-managed and corrupt sells or auctions have taken place and the temples have not received fair compensation for their lands. The buyers have sold those lands at huge profits at a later stage. It is surprising that the  A.P  Govt. is not acquiring the huge landholdings of the Christian missionary institutions whose lease given by the British Govt. has already expired in 1994. The Govt. should also consider and acquire the huge properties of Waqf boards for the purpose of distribution to the needy. The intention of the A.P Govt. to acquire the Endowment lands is in contravention of the relevant 2006 High court judgment and Supreme Court judgment thereafter. The real solution is that the temple and their properties should be handed over to the Hindu society and institutions for running them. As the Supreme Court has rightly asked recently in the Jagannath Puri Shrine case, why the government should manage temples and other religious places?  The avarice of some people in the political class is also fuelling such actions to appropriate the temple lands.

In a seeming violation of the Article 27 of constitution of India the AP state govt. has decided to pay a salary of Rs.5,000 per month to every Christian pastor, Rs.10,000 per month to mullah of every Mosque, Rs.5,000 per month to Moujans of every mosque. This is preferential treatment to a particular religion, by paying this money through the taxes paid by the unwitting general taxpayers. The missionary institutions as well as the Waqf boards are wealthy enough to pay their own people without taxing the Hindu taxpayer. A limited number of pujaris are being paid through the Endowment department of the temples only and not through the general taxpayer’s money. It seems not only the government is stopping the rampant and illegal conversion activities of the Christian missionaries but also wants the Hindu taxpayer to pay for getting converted by them !!

Then there is the case of employment and involvement of non- Hindus in the temple administration, especially in TTD Tirupati Devasthanam and Shree Mallikarjun Temple at Shri Shailam. People who do not believe in the deity and the Hindu traditions are being involved in the administration of the temple. The courageous stand taken by the Chief Secretary Shree L. V. Subramanian of not allowing such people in employment or administration is commendable. There have been numerous instances of efforts of proselytization by Christian missionaries with help such people in the seven sacred hills of Tirupati. 14 such employees are involved in the administration of the Shri Shailam temple. The honorable courts have also quashed the recent auctions of shops by the Endowment Board of Shree Shailam on the same basis as they were auctioned and went preferentially to Muslims because of the complicity of some elements in the administrations.

With the new political dispensation in the power in AP, many such instances of blatant appeasement of Muslims and Christians to the detriment of the Hindu interests and sensibilities are happening. Already there is widespread concern and reactions from the Hindu society. Many Hindu organizations have vocally protested and threatened agitations.  Representations have been made to the respected Governor of the state. The state government has to be careful that in no way should it willfully act against the Hindu society.

Milind Parande,
Secretary General
Vishva Hindu Parishad.