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Author cautions Dharam against attending Hinn's prayer

Author cautions Dharam against attending Hinn's prayer

Author: Press Trust of India
Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: January 16, 2005
URL: http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1200804,00080002.htm

Renowned Kannada litterateur and Jnanpeeth award winner UR Ananthamurthy on Sunday cautioned Chief Minister N Dharam Singh against associating himself with the three-day prayer meeting of American evangelist Benny Hinn in Bangalore from January 21.

Expressing concern over reports that Singh was expected to attend the 'Prayer for India' meeting, he said in a statement that the chief minister should not identify himself with what he called the "mass hysteria". "We should not encourage this (mass hysteria)," he said.

Ananthamurthy said just as casteism and communalism was against the spirit of Hinduism, "this is also against the spirit of Christianity."

"He (Singh) should not do that (attend the meet). Otherwise, it will appear as minority appeasement and vote bank politics," he said.

The Florida-based pastor, who claims to have the power to heal the sick and dying, is slated to attend the prayer meet at Jakkur airfield in Bangalore, which has been touted by the organisers as a big show, saying lakhs of people from across the country are expected to attend it.

The event has drawn strong opposition from the BJP, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagarana Vedike, who see it as an event intended to promote religious conversion.

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