PRESS STATEMENT OF VISHVA HINDU PARISHAD INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY-GENERAL DR. PRAVIN BHAI TOGADIYA
Attempts yet again to block Amarnath Yatra
The Amarnath Yatra, as every year, would initiate only on Jyeshth Shukla Purnima, June 15
May 25, 2011, New Delhi – Once again having decided to bar the Amarnath Yatra under signals from the Pakistani separatists of Kashmir, backer of the separatists Mr. Mufti Mohammad Saeed and the central government submissive to the dictates of the separatists, the Jammu & Kashmir Governor Sri Narinder Nath Vohra has humiliated the Dharmic-patriotic sentiments of the Hindus of the country.
For the last several years the Amarnath Yatra has been conducted for two months at a stretch starting from the full-moon day of the bright fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha to the full-moon day of the month of Shravan. The ice Shivalingam (a sign of Shiva – the auspicious one) attains its utmost dimensions on the day of Jyestha Purnima, and after this, it gradually starts melting and by Shraavani Purnima it gets melted considerably. On the day of Jyestha Purnima, the macro size ice Shivalingam is there for the devotees to have its Darshan.
The Yatra continues for two months from Jyestha Purnima to Shravani Purnima that attracts about 400,000 pilgrims to Jammu & Kashmir from all over the country and abroad. They gain in spiritual merits by the Darshan, internalize the divine blessings and return with high spirits. The Yatra is very much a spiritual-patriotic pilgrimage and mountain adventure. It strengthens national unity and territorial integrity and there is ample opportunity for much economic activity and income generation for the local populace and the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
For some years now the Pakistani separatists of Kashmir have been making attempts so that this spiritual-nationalist Yatra discontinues for all times to come for obvious reasons. The terrorists had threatened to jeopardize the Yatra in 1995 and this year also they have issued threats. Once they had even mounted an attack on the Yatra. By mounting a violent movement last year, the separatists of Kashmir had forced the state government to take back the midway Yatra camp land that hosted the pilgrims which the people of Jammu got back for the pilgrims by long-drawn counter-movement. Now again under motions from separatists, their supporter Mufti Mohammad Saeed and the central government the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir has opposed the commencement of the Yatra on Jyestha Shukla Purnima, i.e., falling on June 15, 2011, this year, and declared its commencement from June 29, 2011. Paying deaf ears to the suggestions of the Sant fraternity of Jammu and the whole country and the Hindu organizations to start the Yatra on June 15, 2011, he has instead submitted to the pressure tactics of the separatists.
The two-month-long Yatra mobilizes people from all nooks & corners of the country thereby strengthening national unity. It enhances economic development and job opportunities for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Is the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir against national unity? Is he against enhancement in job opportunities in the state? Is he against the economic development of the state? Does he carry a brief for the Pakistani separatists and carry their agenda? The Dharmic and Social organizations of Jammu and the whole country and all commercial organizations of Jammu have taken a collective decision that like every year the Amarnath Yatra would be commenced from Jyestha Purnima June 15, 2011.
When the prominent citizens of Jammu & Kashmir called on the Chief Minister, he assured them that the Yatra for two months from 15 June would be provided with security cover. On June 15, 2011. the Yatra would be flagged off by Jagadguru Sankaracharya HH Vasudevananda Saraswatiji and former supercop Sardar K.P.S. Gill.
The people of the country are urged upon to assert their Dharmic rights by joining the Yatra from June 15 and have Darshan of Baba Amnarnath. The Jammu & Kashmir Governor is hereby given a clear warning that if he ever tries to bar the two-month long Yatra or create hurdles in its infrastructural arrangements and the streamlining processes, he will have to face with stiff resistance and reaction from the whole country the consequences of which will squarely fall on the Governor who seems to function under pointers received from anti-Hindu elements and separatists.
– Released by Vishva Samvad Kendra : 25May2011
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