June 15, 2014
Jyeshtha Krushna Paksha Trutiya, Kaliyug Varsha 5116
The All India Hindu Convention will be held in Ponda, Goa from June 20 to 26 for the third time this year. Speaking to The Goan, the national guide of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, H. H. Dr. Charudatta Pingale said that the minorities need not fear of the convention as it was being held for the welfare of the Hindu dharma and the Hindus. He said that it was only in India that the interests of the majority were not safeguarded. Under the pretext of safeguarding the interest of the minorities, atrocities were perpetrated on the majority Hindus. He also said that all political parties were birds of the same feathers and that there were attempts to create a rift amongst the majority to seek political benefit. According to him followers of other sects were free to eat non-vegetarian food but they should treat cow as their mother.
The Goan : What are the elements / programmes at the Hindu Janajagruti Meet that happens in Goa every year? Who all are the participants here?
H. H. Dr. Charudatta Pingale : In the third ‘All India Hindu Convention’, deliberations will be held on various subjects connected with the welfare of Hindu Dharma and Hindus. The subjects include protection of Hindu’s seats of veneration (Ram Setu, Shriram temple, river of God Ganga etc), nourishment and protection of cows, protection and preservation of temple culture, protection of Hindus and rehabilitation of Hindus in danger, remedies on insecurity of Hindus in foreign countries, rehabilitation of Hindus displaced from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, spread of Hindu Dharma, awakening Hindus about Dharma etc.
About 350 representatives of more than 135 Hindu organisations in Bharat, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and USA will participate in the convention. Some of the dignitaries from abroad include ex-royal priest of Nepal King and presently the President of National Dharmasabha of Nepal Madhav Bhattaray along with three Hindu organisations in Nepal, Member of Parliament in Sri Lanka and the leader of Tamil Hindus in Sri Lanka Seenithampy Yoheswaran, President of ‘Bangladesh Minority Watch’ Advocate Rabindra Ghosh, President of Indian-American Intellectuals Forum Dr Babu Sushilan from USA.
Other dignitaries from Hindu organisations from Bharat include Founder President of ‘Panun Kashmir Organisation’ Dr Agnishikhar, who is working at international level for the rehabilitation of Kashmir Hindus, National Convener of ‘Bharat Raksha Manch’ Anil Dhir, who is striving at the national level against infiltration from Bangaladesh, Satishkumar, President of ‘Punjab Goraksha Dal’, Arunkumar of ‘Kerala Hindu Helpline’, President of ‘Shriram Sene of Karnataka Pramod Mutalik, National Secretary of ‘Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad’ Advocate Sanjiv Punalekar (He had filed the petition in Goa High Court for demolition of unauthorised slums in Moti Dongar), Spokesperson of ‘Arya Pratinidhi Sabha’ Acharya Yogesh Shastriji, Swami Pardnyanand Saraswatiji of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Ramarajya Parishad’ Gautam Pal from Assam, Biju S. Pille of ‘Haindav Seva Sanghatan’ Andaman etc.
TG: Is the HJS affiliated to / supported by Rashtrya Swayamsevak Sangh and its allied bodies such as BJP, VHP or Bajrang Dal?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti does not belong to Sangh family. It was established in the year 2002. The main objective of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti is to unite Hindu organisations and sects.
TG: What is the outcome of these Meets? Do you draw concrete proposals religious, social or political?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: The output of the conventions held in the years 2012 and 2013 are positive. The ‘Common action programme’ drawn for joint action by Hindu organisation was finalised in these conventions and its implementation was very encouraging. After the convention, state-level Hindu conventions were successfully held at 30 places in six states. The second convention gave inspiration to all Hindu organisations to take to streets to fight for the problems of Hindus once in a month. Through this activity, National Hindu Agitation was launched at 50 places in 10 states every year against the harm caused to the nation and dharma. This programme is continued regularly on first Sunday of every month. When the deluge occurred in Uttarakhand, in July 2013, the organisations, which participated in the convention implemented ‘Devbhumi Raksha Abiyan’ a project to save the land of God. This is an invaluable work carried out by the concerted strength of Hindu organisations.
Our main resolution is Bharat should be declared as the ‘Hindu Nation’ and Hindus should be treated justly from social and religious viewpoints. Even though, the resolution is a political one, its objective is welfare of Hindu dharma and Hindus.
TG: Why is the annual meet held only in Ponda and not mainstream cities like Panaji or Margao? With the arrest of Sanatan Sansthan operatives involved in Malegaon blast and the murder of the Pune-based anti-superstition Professor, don’t you think that the location is creating sinister views about your organisation and its meet in Goa?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: It becomes easy to arrange for accommodation of delegates attending the convention due to proximity of Ramnath, Shantadurga and Mahalakshmi temple. Similarly, the meeting hall of Ramnathi temple ‘Vidyadhirah Hall’ is suitable for holding the convention due to availability of all essential facilities. Many large conferences are held there. It becomes costly and cumbersome to make above arrangements at the single venue. Last year, we had contemplated holding the convention at Nagpur. However, it was not possible to arrange for staying together, dining together and seeking benefit of sattvik environment of the temple, at Nagpur. Therefore, we selected large area of Ramnathi temple for the second time and this time too for the third convention.
TG: Goa is known for its secular and peaceful coexistence where the church was a dominant force till five decades ago and 450 years prior to that. Don’t you think that the HJS meet makes the Catholic and Muslim communities uncertain and shaky?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: ‘All India Hindu Convention’ is being organised with the objective of the welfare of Hindu dharma and Hindus. As a result, Christian and Muslim brothers need not feel scared because of it. This convention is not against them. The conferences of minorities are common in the world. In fact, we must ponder over why in Bharat, a convention of the majority community is required to be held. Today when all the nations are safeguarding the interests of majority communities, they take due care through specific framework that injustice is not done on the minorities. In Bharat, the picture is just the opposite. The interests of the majority are not safeguarded; on the contrary under the pretext of safeguarding the interest of the minorities, many times injustice is heaped, and atrocities are perpetrated on the majority Hindus. Rifts in majority are created, and political benefit is sought. Hence, organising convention for the interests of the majority Hindus has become necessary.
TG: Most of the times these meets stress on enforcing the Hindu Way of Life especially with regards to cow slaughter, etc. Don’t you feel such issues also bring the State’s hitherto minority communities in direct conflict with the majority Hindus?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: Holy cow, which embodies 33 crore deities is sacred for Hindus. Hindu scriptures have termed cow, Ganga, Gayatri and Geeta as form of mother. Therefore, the activity of protection and nourishment of cow is a protection of religious faith. We treat followers of other sects like our brothers. They should also reciprocate like brothers. They should treat our mother also as their mother. If they did not treat our cow as mother, how can they be our brethren? Followers of other sects are free to eat non-vegetarian food, but why should they possess the desire to eat only beef? While staying in a Hindu majority nation, protection of Hindus’ religious faith is a must.
Every ingredient connected with cow-lineage like milk, cow-dung etc bears unique importance in the life of Bharatiya citizens. Agriculture in Bharat is dependent on cow-lineage, and thus their lives depend on a cow. Under such circumstances, number of animals in cow-lineage, which was 90 crores in 1947 has come down to 1 crore. Out of 128 breeds of cow, only 18 breeds are surviving today. Earlier there was one cow for every citizen. Now, there would be one cow for every 12 citizens. Presently, the Government is providing a large subsidy for the export of beef in order to usher ‘Pink revolution’. Protection of cow-lineage is not only for the protection of dharma, but it is important for the viewpoint of human needs in Bharat. Deliberation on this topic is essential in the convention.
TG: Why doesn’t HJS invite the church or the ulema to these meets? Do they too participate?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: ‘All India Hindu Convention’ is purely for the welfare of Hindu Dharma and Hindus. It is meant for the Hindu organisations and sects. We have not invited even Dharmagurus (High priests) of Hindus. We had organised All Religion Conference (Sarvadharma Sammelan) for the first time in Goa in order to bring Hindu priests, representatives of Church and Muslim Maulanas on a single dais. Nearly 7000 people from all religions attended the conference.
TG: Do you feel that BJP in the State (Goa) and BJP at the Centre makes this the best time for the HJS to push forth its reformist agenda whereby more population will be integrated in the Hindu way of Life?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: We have not contemplated over such a political idea. Everyone has an experience that political parties are birds of same feathers. We used to organise the convention even during the Congress rule and doing same even in BJP rule. We are making efforts whatever is possible for the welfare of Hindu Dharma and Hindus.
TG: Does HJS also look at the possibility of correcting or reversing historical events in Goa such as restoring the 500 demolished temples and conversions?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: In present circumstances, we feel it is important only to protect temples from idol-destroyers, protect the sanctity of temples and re-entry of desirous converts to Hindu Dharma.
TG: Finally, is HJS happy with the Goan way of life which is a rich mix of Hindu and Portuguese culture?
H. H. Dr. Pingale: Goa is the only State in Bharat, where communal harmony is maintained well; there is no doubt over it. The culture preserved by Goa is admirable. However, we expect that it should not harm nationalism. For example, it is wrong to witness that the people in Goa organise victory processions when Portugal wins a football match. We feel that our pride should be connected with Bharat.
Source : The Goan