“Civilizational War” against Hindus in J&K – Destruction of Temples & Talibanization

via THE HINDU JAGRAN FORUM-USA published on February 22, 2008

Letter to Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir State

Subject: Massive destruction of temples in J&K amounts to state sponsored Talibanization of the state: These religious structures must be protected against the predatory & illegal Sales, demolition and Vandalism and a Waqf like Hindu Board be formed for their upkeep and governance.

Hon’ble Chief Minister Azad,.

Through this memo we would like to express our deep disappointment, indignation and out right condemnation on behalf of a billion members strong worldwide Hindu fraternity about the self induced “tactical failure” of the successive J&K governments in protecting the Hindu community of Kashmir. Encouraged by the anti-secular, anti-minority and Mogul like discriminative policies of the state government. Now these Islamists, who drove the non-Muslims out of the Kashmir region, have embarked upon the illegal sale of Hindu temples and their properties..

All these criminal activities by the Islamists represent the extension of their foreign inspired “civilizational war” undertaken to remove all traces of the historical Hindu past in the vale of Kashmir. Massive protests by the remaining less than 5,000 Kashmiri Pandits in the valley against criminally altering the socio-cultural complexion of Kashmir has been of no avail. On the contrary these extremely vulnerable non-Muslim Kashmiris have been exposed to serious threats by a very powerful “Islamic Land Mafia” that if they do not stop protesting they would face dire consequences like the rest of the exiled Pandit community..

We have been given to understand that powerful interests in the Muslim dominated State Legislature including the Islamic Land Mafia, scuttled the legislation that was supposed to stop the illegal sale and/or destruction of Hindu religious structures. Despite the state government’s “verbal assurances” to protect temples & their properties nothing has been done to save them. Even the promise to bring in legislation during the recent assembly session to prevent sale of such properties was not fulfilled and the legislature was allowed to adjourn sine die without the introduction of the promised bill (attachment A). Obviously the assurance by the state authorities has simply proved to be yet another tactic for buying time and doing nothing..

1) Govt. re-built Cherar-e-Shareef why not Hindu temples?.

Chief Minister Azad when the Pakistani and indigenous Islamic terrorists burnt and destroyed the holy shrine at Cherar-e-Shareef responding to the public outcry the Indian as well as Kashmir governments agreed to rebuild the shrine. Thereupon a team of engineering specialists was detailed to visit some of the major Islamic states in Central Asian region for examining their mosques in an attempt to select one of the best of them as a model for building the new shrine at Cherar-e-Shareef. In the final analysis that is exactly what was done. Based on this experience the question that arises now is: if the officials could go to that extent for pleasing and or appeasing the Muslim community why can’t they re-build Hindu temples destroyed in the wake of ethnic cleansing unleashed by the local and foreign Jihadists?.

2) Govt. Talibanizing everything in Kashmir: .

The former J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s public declaration describing Hari Parbat as ‘Koh-i-Maran’ in 2005 could only be termed as a shot in the arm of ‘talibanization’ by the coalition government. It is believed that the misguided Congress party has been extending its tacit and full support to the People’s Democratic Party (of Mehbooba Mufti) – the political outfit that has been aggressively engaged in systematically destroying the symbols of historical importance, cultural pluralism and talibanizing everything in Kashmir,” (attachment B). .

3) Hindu temples being destroyed on at an unprecedented Scale:.

The process of desecration, loot, vandalizing and destruction of temples has continued under the anti-Hindu Islamic rule through generations with intent to wipe out all traces of religious and cultural symbols of Hindus. These targets besides the temples included libraries, universities and ashrams. After India achieved freedom and Kashmir acceded to the Union of India in 1947 the destruction and desecration of temples under the new Islamic regimes wearing secular turbans received added impetus and acceleration. Temple lands, cremation grounds, etc. of Hindus were usurped and utilized for expansion of the Islamic populace. The famous Bhairavnath temple of Chattabal, Srinagar was locked up by the police. The judicial case pending in court concerning this temple was never allowed to be decided. Precious lands around Hari Parbat hill, Durganag temple of Srinagar and lands at several Hindu places of worship in the Valley were slowly and steadily turned into lands under occupation of the Muslim trusts (Maqboozai-Ahali-Islam)..

In 1967, Shivala temple, Chotta Nazar, Srinagar was desecrated. Again in 1984 Shri Hanuman temple at Hari Singh High Street was damaged and in the same year Arya Samaj temple of Wazir Bagh, Srinagar was burnt down. In view of the Islamic fundamentalist conspiracy against Hindus in general and unqualified support for their plans from across the border, the law and order situation in the Valley since 1986 deteriorated progressively and temple desecration became the order of the day. Here are some of the glaring examples that defy and shred into a million pieces the tall claims made by the Muslim leaders of Kashmir about their dedication and adherence to nationalism, multiculturalism, secularism, Kashmiriyat and religious freedom:.

A) In February 1986 some 39 temples were destroyed in Anantnag, Srinagar, Budgam, Kupwara and Baramula districts (attachment C). .

B) From 1987 to 1990 at least fifteen temples were destroyed (attachment C)..

C) Temples desecrated and damaged in Kashmir from 1990 to December 1992 (attachment C).

1. DASHNAMI AKHARA, SRINAGAR 2. GANPATYAR TEMPLE 3. RAGHUNATH MANDIR, SRINAGAR 4. SHIVA TEMPLE, JAWAHAR NAGAR, SRINAGAR 5. HANUMAN MANDIR, SRINAGAR 6. SHIVA TEMPLE, BARBAR SHAH, SRINAGAR 7. JAI DEVI TEMPLE, BIJBEHARA 8. VIJESHWAR TEMPLE, BIJBEHARA 9. SHIVA MANDIR, BIJBEHARA 10. RAGHUNATH TEMPLE, ANANTNAG 11. GAUTAM NAG TEMPLE, ANANTNAG 12. THREE TEMPLES OF LUKHBHAVAN, LARKIPURA, ANANTNAG 13. WANPOH MANDIR, ANANTNAG 14. SHAILPUTRI TEMPLE, BARAMULLA 15. DAYALGAM MANDIR, ANANTNAG 16. BHAIRAVANATH MANDIR, BARAMULLA 17. BHAIRAVANATH MANDIR, SOPORE 18. RUPABHAVANI MANDIR, VASAKURA 19. KHIRBHAVANI MANDIR, GANDERBAL 20. SHIVA TEMPLE, GANDERBAL 21. MATTAN TEMPLE, ANANTNAG.

D) The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri M.M. Jacob disclosed in the Lok Sabha on 12-3-1993 that 38 Hindu places of worship were damaged in J&K state, 13 in 1989, nine in 1990 and 16 in 1991. .

E) There are reports of further destruction of some 39 temples in Kashmir after December 6, 1992 for which FIR were filed (attachment C). Please note that FIRs on all destruction cases were not filed with the authorities in view of the complicity of the administration and warnings of retaliation against the complainants by the Islamic terrorists..

F) According to local eye witnesses accounts there were additional 38 temples that were vandalized after December 6, 1992 (attachment C).

These examples represent only a fraction of the systematic mass destruction of temples in J&K after independence of India when the Islamists assumed the total and unfettered control of the state..

4) The Indian Parliament adopted a law in 1991 specifically requiring that – “the status of religious places, as on August 15, 1947 shall be retained”. This pre-emptive measure was taken by the national legislature anticipating possible dishonorable designs of trouble makers and anti- national elements in various administrations. A faithful implementation of these laws will require assuring the security and restoration of the community based management of Hindu temples and their estates..

Sayeed had on June 20 described Hari Parbat as ‘Koh-i-Maran’ and a ministerial colleague of his had called Shankaracharya Hill ‘Sulaiman Teng’. Have these short sighted Jihadis ever imagined as to what might happen if the Indian nation, which is more than 83% Hindu, was to enforce similar communal, vindictive and religious based punitive policies in India and start undoing what the successive tyrannical Islamic regimes have done to the Hindu nation? From that stand point aren’t these fundamentalist, irresponsible street politicians playing with the lives and welfare of the 140 million Muslims of India?.

5) Mr. Chief Minister, government’s indifference towards the temple security and their functioning has been termed as its support to persecution of Hindus and denial of their freedom of religion: Govt. must realize that the temples and their endowments have been built over the centuries by our forefathers and therefore, it is the community which is their real owner and which must have the final say in the management and utilization of temple resources..

Under the present circumstances it is obligatory upon the Govt. as envisaged by the above referred Act passed by the Indian Parliament to maintain the integrity of religious entities as it stood in 1947. Any deviation from that will clearly be violation of the national law and the will unambiguously expressed by the Indian Parliament. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Govt. to restore all the destroyed, vandalized, looted and desecrated temples and their properties to their glory as it existed in 1947 and hand them over to the Hindu community. Any thing less than that will be unacceptable..

6) Formation of a Waqf like autonomous Hindu Board for temples governance under the Hindu community’s guidance: Mr. Chief Minister, we strongly believe that for social issues, religious affairs, community services and temple administration there must be a representative and an autonomous Hindu Board with full jurisdiction over temple governance and management. Accordingly we suggest that the representatives of shrines, temples, Hindu community and state and national religious leaders, be motivated to convene an assembly where they could be asked to take charge of clearly defining legal and religious framework for the community governance of temples and other religious places in the state. Since the universal right of freedom to manage religious places is available to the Muslim community which constitutes the majority in your state, there is absolutely no justification to deny it to Hindus?.

7) The Govt. must make room for community’s vital role in the interim temple management through Hindu Advisory Councils: Such Councils could play a role in oversight and decision making process of the endowments department and temple Trusts, where Councils elected or nominated by the Community and state and national religious leaders could shoulder these responsibilities. Additionally these Councils could also stop desecration and decimation of the religious infrastructure by bringing these issues to the notice of the Govt. and the public, and till an autonomous Board is constituted for taking over the charge, like the Waqf Board..

8) Hindus as a minority community in J&K need and must get special protection: In view of the internationally recognized ethnic cleansing and genocide of Hindus in Kashmir it would have been most desirable if the J&K Govt. had brought into play a policy of special protection as well as financial support to the Hindus who are in a minority – on the same basis as Muslims are allowed in the rest of India. We regret to say that Hindus have been effectively cleansed out of the Kashmir Valley, disenfranchised and now the focus seems to be on cleansing them out of Jammu as well. The calculated lack of action by the state in this regard seems to effectively contribute to the realization of the Jihadists objectives of the talibanization of the state..

9) Chief Minister Azad, for a starter may we request your urgent attention for protecting Hindu temples and Hindu community properties from illegal sales and encroachment by urgently passing the Kashmiri Hindus shrines and religious places Bill and take other administrative measures like formation of a Waqf- like Hindu Board for their protection, preservation and development. This will be in keeping with: a) high standards of ethics, b) norms and practices in all open and democratic societies; and, c) the secular Constitution of India..

Needless to say that inaction by the state and continuing demolition of Hindu religious infrastructure carries with it a serious potential for a backlash with possibility of horrific consequences. The privileges enjoyed by the Muslims as a minority community in India could also become a subject matter of controversy if Hindus are continually persecuted in the Muslim majority J&K state. It is also relevant to point out that most of the budgetary expenditures in the J&K state are gifted by the Indian Govt. with taxes mostly paid by Hindus. Surely these taxpayers do not fund the Kashmir Govt. so it could destroy Hinduism and achieve forced talibanization of the state..

Thank you Mr. Chief Minister and we are looking forward to your response and prompt action towards resolving this explosive situation. .

Sincerely,.

Dr. Jagan Kaul Krishan

Bhatnagar

Hindu Jagran Forum (USA)

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