Mangaluru

‘Multi-cultural traditions under attack’

Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swami of Nidumamidi Math speaking at the inauguration of Jana Nudi in Mangaluru. Photo: special arrangement

Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swami of Nidumamidi Math speaking at the inauguration of Jana Nudi in Mangaluru. Photo: special arrangement  

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The BJP should deliver on development first: Veerabhadra Swami

Decrying attacks on multi-cultural traditions for which the country is known, speakers at the inauguration of a two-day parallel literary and cultural meet on Saturday sought to caution people against Hindutva and Islamist forces at regional and national levels.

Nidumamidi Math’s Veerabhadra Channamalla Mahaswami, who inaugurated Jana Nudi, said democracy was in danger as planned conversions announced already were aimed at bringing people out of “inertia” on the one hand and teasing the sensibilities of the intelligentsia.

The goal was to bring a law against conversions to prevent Hindus from converting to other religions. A large number of lower caste Hindus were converting to Buddhism and other religions to escape the “violence” inflicted on them by the upper classes.

The BJP, which came to power promising development was, instead, raking up issues such as declaring the Bhagwad Gita as a national scripture, uniform civil code, etc. The party should deliver its promise first and seek mandate by placing its “open” Hindutva agenda before the people.

On Muslim women

Writer Sara Aboobacker said a “force” meant to protect Muslim women from mingling with people from other religion had come into existence, because parents were not protesting this. She said efforts were made when she was a child by others to prevent her from going to higher primary school, her father had clearly told them he would have the final say about her and asked them to mind the business of their own children. “Thus I was able to complete SSLC, the first woman in our area [Kasaragod district of Kerala].” She also criticised efforts to make a big issue out of “love jihad” though there was not even a single such case.

Writer Vinaya Vakkunda said Dakshina Kannada – the land of literate masses – had emerged as a training ground for communal forces, though communalism was not limited to this region. Speakers including columnist K. Neela and Dalit leader Mavalli Shankar, hoped that such meets were held all over the State.

Ede snana opposed

Mangaluru: Nidumamidi Math’s Veerabhadra Challamalla Mahaswami on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the High Court order that had allowed made snana at Kukke Subrahmanya Temple. But he was not in favour of ede snana either, he said.

Latest order

He told presspersons here that the latest order meant that the ede snana – an alternative suggested by the State government wherein devotees roll on the prasada (food) offered to the deity instead of rolling on banana leaves on which some have partaken food – could be allowed.

He said prasada is sacred and one could not roll over it. Pejawar Math’s Sri Vishvesha Thirtha Swami had accepted this argument. He hoped that the State government would keep its promise of bringing the anti-superstition Bill.

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