Staff Reporter

Defends his stand on `danger faced by Hinduism'

Calls for anti-conversion lawSays number of Muslims and Christians increasing in country

Bangalore: In a rejoinder to the criticism by the litterateur U.R. Ananthamurthy, the noted scholar M. Chidananda Murthy on Monday defended his stand on "the danger faced by Hinduism" in the country from what he described as the rising population of Muslims and Christians.

During the Rajya Sabha elections, Dr. Ananthamurthy had dubbed Dr. Murthy a "BJP slave."

He told presspersons here that Dr. Ananthamurthy had made snide remarks against him merely because he did not agree with the writer's views on the industrialist Rajiv Chandrashekar who was elected to the Rajya Sabha with the support of the Janata Dal (S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party. (Dr. Ananthamurthy lost the election.)

Dr. Murthy urged the Centre to enact a uniform civil code and an anti-conversion law to stop the conversion of Hindus to Christianity and Islam and prevent them from becoming minorities in their own country. He claimed that the Hindu population was declining because of large-scale conversion to Christianity in many parts of the country, including Karnataka.

On the controversy over teaching Shabdamani Darpana, the first Kannada grammar book authored by Keshiraja in the 13th Century, Dr. Murthy said it should be prescribed as an optional book for BA (Kannada) and MA (Kannada).

It was a tragedy that there was nobody to teach Pampa Bharata, chandhas (prosody) and criticism in colleges. Western linguists had hailed Panini's Astadhyayi in Sanskrit as the world's first work on grammar, but some of our own scholars had failed to recognise his contribution.