Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha letter to Orissa CM

published on September 30, 2008


Dear Chief Minister,

The killing of the venerated Swami Lakshmanananda  has grieved Hindus all over the country. The tribals in Orissa to whom he gave succor for decades, are devastated and angry. The consequential reprisal against innocent Christian families is also unfortunate. Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, the Apex body of Hindus all over the country, comprising all the Sankaracharyas and Heads of all ancient mathas and peethas in the country, numbering more than 125 highly revered Hindu religious leaders, is deeply concerned. Violence between communities is continuing. On the one hand, Missionaries and Christian Organizations have unleashed an one-sided propaganda war against aggrieved Hindus and are pressurizing authorities against the tribals who are yet to get over their great loss; on the other hand the murderers of the swamiji and his associates, have not yet been nabbed. The Acharya Sabha notes with distress that not only Hindus in Kandhamal region where the heinous murders took place but the vast Hindu populace in Orissa believes that the murder of the swamiji and his associates  including a woman, was the handiwork of some powerful local vested interests. There is also a strong belief that the criminals have been identified by the people locally but they are roaming freely because the law and order machinery is not keen to offend the powerful Christian minority leadership, by arresting the murderers.

The Acharya Sabha requests you to take personal interest to get the criminal investigation completed quickly and to bring to book the villains, whoever they may be. It seems that special steps are required to stop the violence between communities without which the wounds will not heal easily. This will greatly help in restoring peace and order in the State. It will bring confidence in the government among the grieving Hindu populace and also  other innocents in the State. Vested interests abroad will also stop vilifying our society, Orissa State and our country.

With good wishes,

Yours sincerely

Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Convenor, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha

Sri Navin. K. Pattnaik
Chief Minister,
Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

cc. Sri Murlidhara. C. Bhandare
Governor of Orissa

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