Move Periyar statue to an appropriate place: Sabha

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, Convenor of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha urged the Government to safeguard the interests of the Hindus and prevent the unveiling of the statue erected in honour of E.V.Ramasamy (Periyar), a rationalist and social reformer, just outside the Srirangam temple.

Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, he echoed the sentiments of the Acharya Sabha, which consists of the heads of maths.

Erecting a statue of Periyar right in front of the `Rajagopuram' of the Srirangam temple was improper. "The Sabha feels that is not the right place even to honour EVR," he said. The Sabha was also making an appeal to the Government to find a more appropriate place for the statue.

"We do not want to precipitate any kind of violent protest. We are only making an appeal to the Government to have the statue in a place that would not affect anybody and at the same time honour Periyar," he said.

At the moment, the statue is placed on the sidewalk right in front of the `Rajagopuram.' Since the Srirangam temple is a pilgrimage spot where believers from all over the country flock, the Government should take extra care in preventing any untoward incident that might disturb harmony.

However, the Sabha might be forced to move the court if the unveiling process proceeds, he added.

The Sabha worked for the cause of Hindu dharma and it raised its voice only when it felt that interests of the Hindus were at stake, he added.