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MAKING A POINT: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Mohan Bhagwat (left) addressing the gathering at the Virat Hindu Samajotsava rally in Mangalore on Sunday.
MAKING A POINT: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader Mohan Bhagwat (left) addressing the gathering at the Virat Hindu Samajotsava rally in Mangalore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Shed internal differences to face external threats: Mohan Bhagwat

  • 'There should be no scope for untouchability'
  • This will ensure society's progress, says Pejawar seer

    MANGALORE: The Hindu society, which is founded on the principle of unity in diversity, should address inherent deficiency of discriminating against its own ilk, Sarakaryavaha of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Mohan Bhagwat has said.

    People of the community should strive to remove such discriminatory attitudes prevalent in society, and a beginning should be made from the homes of every Hindu, he said.

    Addressing the Virat Hindu Samajotsava organised by Sri Guruji Janmashatabdi Samiti at Nehru Maidan, here on Sunday, Mr. Bhagwat said the time has come for the Hindu society to shed its internal differences and rise unitedly to face the external threats in the form of terrorism and conversion. These threats were not specific to India, but faced by the entire world in varying degrees, he said.

    Solution to this global malaise could be found in Indian culture of togetherness. People who try to foment such troubles have long joined pages of history, he said. However, the only reason why India continued to be haunted by the problem was because of the frailty in society, he said, and added that the Hindutva principle of treating everyone as one's own kind without any bias was sufficient to give a befitting reply to such external threats.

    `Respect cow'

    Raghaveshwara Bharathi swamiji of Sri Ramachandrapura Math said that no one could challenge the firm foundation on which the Hindu religion was founded as long as the Hindu community stood as one.

    He also exhorted the large gathering to ensure that they respected and revered cow. The society must take a pledge to end cow slaughter, he said. The seer of Pejawar Math, Udupi, Sri Vishvesha Tirtha swamiji asked people not discriminate others on the basis of their caste, creed or religion. There should be no scope for untouchability in the Hindu society, and this would ensure that the society progressed, he said.

    Damodhar Nisarga, president, Sri Gokarnanateshwara Co-operative Bank and Tulu Koota, Mangalore, presided over the function. M. Mohan Alva, chairman, Alva's Education Foundation and president of the samiti, welcomed the gathering. M.B. Puranik, president, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Mangalore, outlined details of "Sri Guruji Janmashatabdi Vidyanidhi".

    `Shoba yatra'

    Mangalore Special Correspondent reports: The "Shoba yatra" that was organised as part of the Virat Hindu Samajotsava was not just colourful but also was the longest ever.

    The procession started at Ambedkar Jyothi Circle at 3 p.m., covered a distance of 2 km and reached Nehru Maidan, which was named "Brahmashree Narayanaguru Nagar" for the event, at 5 p.m.

    According to the police, about 70,000 people participated in the procession, and about 1.2 lakh people witnessed the event at the maidan.

    The procession was dotted with performances such as "Hulivesha", "Kalladka Gombe Kunitha" and Yakshagana.

    The performers, including fire blowers, drummers and folk dancers, had come from all over the district for the event.

    The entire route of the procession was literally "painted saffron" with flags and banners.

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