No difference between Kerala Govt. & Aurangazeb rule : Dr. Togadia

via HK published on September 16, 2007

KOCHI : Vishwa Hindu Parishad Secretary General Dr. Praveen Togadia today said that the Kerala government’s attitude of controlling the temples in the state was similar to that of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb, who had demolished Hindu Temples across the country.


Dr. Togadia arrived Kochi to inaugurate Kerala’s biggest Hindu Culture Center build by VHP-Kerala at Kaloor, Kochi.

”The government is not controlling any church or mosque in the state. But why are they showing discrimination against the temples,” he asked.

Taking strong exception to the state government’s decision to honour painter M F Hussain with the Raja Ravi Varma Award,  Dr. Togadia said ” the artist has” wounded the sentiments of the Hindus by depicting Hindu Gods and Godesses in a completely unacceptable manner.” He urged the government to revoke its decision to honour  Hussain.

When asked about the state government’s plan to allow entry of non-Hindus into temples, Dr. Togadia said ”anyone can enter the temple, provided the person has faith and belief in the deity”.

Reacting to the Centre’s decision to suspend two ASI officials in connection with the ‘Ram Sethu’ issue, he said the officials were made scapegoats as the Centre was responsible for the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.

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