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Sorabjee hurt Hindu feelings: Togadiya

Sorabjee hurt Hindu feelings: Togadiya

Publication: www.indiaexpress.com
Date: July 8, 2000
URL: http://www.indiaexpress.com/news/national/20000708-2.html

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) International General Secretary Pravin Togadiya has described as 'shocking' Attorney General Soli Sorabjee's statement that ''hindu fundamentalists should be sent to a lunatic asylum."

In an open letter to Mr.  Sorabjee, which was released to the media, Dr Togadiya said it was shocking to read such a sweeping statement made by him on the basis of junior Bajrang Dal worker's statement.  He said the Bajrang Dal worker had been wrongly quoted.

Dr Togadiya regretted that the leading Constitutional expert had fallen prey to a systematic campaign against the RSS and its affiliate bodies by politically motivated sections in the country.

Referring to allegations of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh's hand in attacks on Christians and missionaries, he said investigations made by the law enforcing agencies into several such incidents in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) and Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh) had shown that neither the RSS nor any of its sister organizations were involved.

While stating that his organization was opposed to conversions, he said so far as Christian missionaries were concerned there was little doubt that conversions were ''the primary motive behind the social service they render."

Referring to the Rega Committee Report and the 1956 Niyogi Commission Report, which studied the activities of missionaries in tribal areas, Dr Togadiya said that the reports described how the missionaries used force, fraud and allurement to convert the poor, hapless tribals.  He also noted that the Reports described how they pursued their anti-national designs besides denigrating Hindu religion.

Dr Togadiya said, ''Forty years after that report, there is little change in tactics or motives of the missionaries.  The only difference is now they do it surreptitiously in urban centers for fear of being exposed and do it openly in rural areas, where they are not monitored.''

The VHP leader said Mr.  Sorabjee's uncharitable comments had hurt the feelings of the Hindus.


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