Foreign writer opens our eyes: Loot of Hindu Temples by Secular Governments
15/06/2011 12:41:48  http://vicharak1.wordpress.com/

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Act of 1951 allows State Governments and politicians to take over thousands of Hindu Temples and maintain complete control over them and their properties. It is claimed that they can sell the temple assets and properties and use the money in any way they choose A charge has been made not by any Temple authority, but by a foreign writer, Stephen Knapp in a book (Crimes Against India and the Need to Protect Ancient Vedic Tradition) published in the United States that makes shocking reading.
Hundreds of temples in centuries past have been built inIndia by devout rulers and the donations given to them by devotees have been used for the benefit of the (other) people. If, presently, money collected has ever been misused (and that word needs to be defined), it is for the devotees to protest and not for any government to interfere. This latter is what has been happening currently under an intrusive law.

It would seem, for instance, that under a Temple Empowerment Act, about 43,000 temples in Andhra Pradesh have come under government control and only 18 per cent of the revenue of these temples have been returned for temple purposes, the remaining 82 per cent being used for purposes unstated.

Apparently even the world famous TirumalaTirupati Temple has not been spared. According to Knapp, the temple collects over Rs 3,100 crores every year and the State Government has not denied the charge that as much as 85 per cent of this is transferred to the State Exchequer, much of which goes to causes that are not connected with the Hindu community. Is it for this that devotees make their offering to the temples? Another charge that has been made is that the Andhra Government has also allowed the demolition of at least ten temples for the construction of a golf course. Imagine the outcry writes Knapp, if ten mosques had been demolished.

It would seem that in Karanataka, Rs. 79 crores were collected from about two lakh temples and from that, temples received Rs seven crores for their maintenance, Muslim madresas and Haj subsidy were given Rs 59 crores and churches about Rs 13 crores. Very generous of the government.

Because of this, Knapp writes, 25 per cent of the two lakh temples or about 50,000 temples in Karnataka will be closed down for lack of resources, and he adds: The only way the government can continue to do this is because people have not stood up enough to stop it.

Knapp then refers to Kerala where, he says, funds from the Guruvayur Temple are diverted to other government projects denying improvement to 45 Hindu temples. Land belonging to the Ayyappa Temple, apparently has been grabbed and Church encroaches are occupying huge areas of forest land, running into thousands of acres, near Sabarimala.

A charge is made that the Communist state government of Kerala. wants to pass an Ordinance to disband the Travancore & Cochin Autonomous Devaswom Boards (TCDBs) and take over their limited independent authority of 1,800 Hindu temples. If what the author says is true, even the Maharashtra Government wants to take over some 450,000 temples in the state which would supply a huge amount of revenue to correct the states bankrupt conditions.

And to top it all, Knapp says that in Orissa, the state government intends to sell over 70,000 acres of endowment lands from the Jagannath Temple, the proceeds of which would solve a huge financial crunch brought about by its own mismanagement of temple assets.

Says Knapp: Why such occurrences are so often not known is that the Indian media, especially the English television and press, are often anti-Hindu in their approach, and thus not inclined to give much coverage, and certainly no sympathy, for anything that may affect the Hindu community. Therefore, such government actions that play against the Hindu community go on without much or any attention attracted to them.

Knapp obviously is on record. If the facts produced by him are incorrect, it is up to the government to say so. It is quite possible that some individuals might have set up temples to deal with lucrative earnings. But that, surely, is none of the governments business? Instead of taking over all earnings, the government surely can appoint local committees to look into temple affairs so that the amount discovered is fairly used for the public good?

Says Knapp: Nowhere in the free, democratic world are the religious institutions managed, maligned and controlled by the government, thus denying the religious freedom of the people of the country. But it is happening in India. Government officials have taken control of Hindu temples because they smell money in them, they recognize the indifference of Hindus, they are aware of the unlimited patience and tolerance of Hindus, they also know that it is not in the blood of Hindus to go to the streets to demonstrate, destroy property, threaten, loot, harm and kill Many Hindus are sitting and watching the demise of their culture. They need to express their views loud and clear Knapp obviously does not know that should they do so, they would be damned as communalists. But it is time some one asked the Government to lay down all the facts on the table so that the public would know what is happening behind its back. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is not secularism. And temples are not for looting, under any name. One thought that Mohammad of Ghazni has long been dead.

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MUSLIM BHAGAWAT
20/06/2011 23:59:45
HINDUS ARE IMPOTENTS THATS WHY THE ACT
HINDUS ARE IMPOTENTS FOR WHICH NEHRU MADE ACT TO SUPPRESS HINDU TEMPLES.ALL TEMPLES ARE DESTROYED AS THERE IS ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR REPAIR AND UPKEEPS.MANY TEMPLES ARE UNDER ARCHAELOGY DEPTT WHICH SHOULDNOT BE.TEMPLES ARE NOT ARCHAELOGY BUT ARE PLACES OF WORSHIP.WHY SC IS NOT INTERFEREING IN THE MATTER SUO MOTTO AS NO HINDU LAWYERS OR ASSOCIATION COMING TO FILE WRITS TO GET ALL TEMPLES OUT OF THE ARCAHELPGY DEPTT AND KEPT UNDER A SEPARATE HINDU TEMPLES ORG SO THAT ALL THE TEMPLES WOULD BE MADE BEUTIFUL AND WORHISPPERS CAN GO TO TEMPLES.ALL THE DILAPIDATED TEMPLES BE REPAIRED.ARCHAELOGY DEPTT IS FOR PRESERVATION OF ARCHAELOGY TYPES OF BUILDING LIKE FORTS AND HOSUES NOT THE TEMPLES. 5
R.M.Nair
17/06/2011 21:45:44
Supreme Court
Only Supreme court can do anything at the moment. Till then spread message asking people not to donate in cash or gold to temples run by government agencies. I am following this. 5
Ganesh
16/06/2011 20:30:11
hypocriscy
While we lament so much about pseduosecular govts looting temples spare a thought for similar looting by BJP ruled states as well.There are atleast 5 big states ruled by BJP.Have they made even a token gesture of liberating a temple in their states?.I guess if someone like Narendra Modi can make a begining the idea will spread far and wide.in this respect only B.S Yediyurappa is comparitievely a new leader did make few pro temple moves in Karnataka but it has not received wide publicity.The funds from the temple alone can make the Hindu community self supporting and not be thrown to vultures for conversion.In states like kerala the hindus are lining up before minority institutions for education as the community is deprived of any such facility of its own.Yet the asinine idiots have no thought process to correct the situation.I think this is the only community that has taken feudalism as a virtue. 5
nash
16/06/2011 16:29:54
some ideas
fellow hindus

if it is government run temple,
the followinf could be done.

1.give the priest a very small amount instead of putting into hundi.(tell him very explicitly it is for him)

2.if u are giving large amount(depends)the temple could be painted,if there are cracks they could be attended,the surroundings could be cleaned.
the idea is to give in kind.
if the temple is giving prasads,
u could give them good containers
clearly mentioning your name or temples name as u see fit.the name is necessary so that it wont be used for any other purpose

if there are any faults in the above reason better them

but the basic idea would be the temple shuld be visitable but the govermment does not money through hundi or other means

5
Dr.Vijaya Rajiva
16/06/2011 05:41:11
Many thanks to Shri Kapp !
Hindus should not become complacent or indiffferent to these developments. 5
India is my religion, Hinduism my philosophy and Freedom my faith.

Subhash Chandra Bose


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