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Missionaries must leave: VHP - am temple construction to begin in 2001 - The Asian Age

Posted By Krishnakant Udavant (kkant@bom2.vsnl.net.in)
October 1, 1998

Title: Missionaries must leave: VHP - am temple construction to begin in 2001
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: October 1, 1998

hristian missionaries should leave India if they indulge in
coverting Hindus forcibly, warned the secretary-general of the
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Acharya Giriraj Kishore.

eh missionaries ko desh se hatana chahiye (These missionaries
should be removed from the country), Mr Kishore said at a press
conference in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He said the VHP will first appeal to the missionaries to refrain
>from orcible conversions, and later equest them to leave
the country. Charging them of converting Hindus to Christianity
by force. Acharya Giriraj Kishore added: e do not want Hindus
to be converted against their wishes. You (missionaries) cannot
lure them (Hindus). Citing examples of attacks on Hindus by
Christian missionaries especially in Assam, Nagaland and
Manipur, Acharya Kishore said the National Socialist Council of
Nagaland is a terrorist outfit working against Hindus. indu
temples were destroyed in Manipur.

The Ulfa in Assam is working against Hindus. Besides the
northeastern states, the missionaries were active in Kerala and
in Gujarat, he alleged. ut now the other side is coming
before the people because of retaliation from Hindus, he added.

According to him, attacks on Hindus are still being carried out,
in spite of a change in the government at the Centre. He said he
would meet Union home minister L.K. Advani to apprise him of
their activities.

However, he felt that ocial awareness on the issue is more
important. Answering a question on whether insurgency in the
Northeast was based on religion, he said members of a particular
community were behind it. About Iskcon operating abroad, he said
the International Society for Krisna Consciousness was not
indulging in insurgency. He also condemned the attacks on
Christian missionaries and the rape of the nuns in Jhabua,
Madhya Pradesh. t is an act of criminals, Mr Kishore said,
clarifying that the VHP does not work in the tribal dominated
area. The VHP secretary-general claimed that none of the
Christian organisations held the VHP responsible for the
attacks. In another significant statement, Acharya Kishore said
the construction of the Ram temple at the disputed site in
Ayodhya would begin in 2001, irrespective of the court verdict.
t will start from the Garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum). The
work will begin from Kartik Ekadashi, he said. Asked if the
construction will begin even if the court verdict went against
it, Mr Kishore said: f it (the verdict) goes against us, then
Parliament would have to amend the Act, as it has done in the
case of Shahabano.

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