Vivek Oberoi bats for Hindu pilgrims, criticising government

via http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_vivek-oberoi-bats-for-hindu-pilgrims-criticising-government_1587637-all published on September 16, 2011

While sending out a written statement to favour the NGO, Manav Aastha Foundation, which organises pilgrimages for Hindus, actor Vivek Oberoi ended up criticising the government for not providing adequate facilities for Hindu pilgrims.

“…Every religion practised in India has a common belief that pilgrimages to holy mosques, temples and churches hold the route to salvation, bringing us spiritually closer to God,”Oberoi said in the written statement.

“Our government extends its support to the Haj Committee of India. However there is no political body, spiritual guru or NGO in India that has undertaken such an initiative for Hindus…until now,” he added in the statement.

The statement has created a strong reaction among senior government officials. Some government officials also reportedly called up the actor and asked him to withdraw the statement.
But, Oberoi has not issued a fresh statement and his publicists also confirmed that he does not want to withdraw his statement.

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