VHP Helpline launched in Pune

published on April 5, 2011

VHP launches ‘Hindu helpline’ in city

PUNE: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chose Pune as its base to launch a 24×7 ‘Hindu helpline’ on Monday. The helpline aims to assist Hindus in distress.

VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia and actor Sharad Ponkshe, known for depicting Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse in Marathi play ‘Mi Nathuram Godse Boltoy’, inaugurated the helpline at the Balgandharva Rangmandir.

“From protecting cows to helping Hindus in getting a ‘pandit’ or accommodation in Kashi, the helpline promises to reach people in as early as 10 minutes. In case of a natural calamity, personal health problem or an accident, the helpline will play a role of a reliable friend,” said Togadia.

The numbers of the helpline are 020-66803300 or 07588682181. Once the call is received by the centre the message will be passed on to a volunteer, who will in turn help the needy.

“We have chosen Pune as the base for the helpline and gradually we will increase the network all over India. But the main functioning will take place from Pune,” Togadia said.

After launching the helpline, Sharad Ponkshe and Vinod Koushik were awarded with the ‘Hindu Ratna’ award.

“Ponkshe had to face unnecessary opposition while performing the role of Nathuram Godse and those who called themselves followers of a nonviolent leader resorted to violence. Still Ponkshe performed the role,” said Ranjeet Natu of the VHP. Koushik was awarded for his work with adivasis in Gujarat. tnn

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