Bangalore: HJS press meet on Temple demolition forces Minister to accept Govt’s Highhandedness

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Mr. Mohan Gowda of HJS addressing in the Press Conference

Mr. Mohan Gowda of HJS addressing in the Press Conference

Bangalore (Karnataka): In the wake of listing of more than 5000 temples termed as unauthorized by the State government, and demolition of a large number of temples, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti held a Press Meet at the Press Club Bangalore on the 27th of December 2010. Mr. Mohan Gowda, Spokesperson, HJS Karnataka; Mr. Chandra Moger, Convener, HJS Bangalore,;Mr. Muddhu Kumar, Secretary, Mahalakshmi Temple, Sudhamnagar and Mr. Athish, Dharmabhimani were present.

Mr. Mohan Gowda explained as to how the State Government is bulldozing the temples, many times without even giving any notice or giving only 4 to 24 hour notice. Even as the Supreme Court is to give its final judgment on the issue, the state Government has given an undertaking to the Court to clear all unauthorized Religious structures before December 31st 2010. Mr. Gowda also mentioned that age old temples most revered by the people of Karnataka and coming under the purview of the Endowments Department were also in the list. He quoted the example of the Kateel Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple in Dakshina Kannada District whose main entrance is marked to be demolished. Further Sri Mukhya Prana temple in Mangalore which is having a history of 200 to 300 years has also been put under the list. Also how can the authorities think of temples where the idols are Swayambhu (appeared from the earth on its own). Mr. Gowda told that the Samiti would hold a Massive Protest against the Government’s over enthusiasm and hurry in this sensitive matter. The protest march would be held on the 9th of January 2011 at 11 a.m. from the Town Hall in Bangalore and terminating at the Mysore Bank circle passing through the Kempe Gowda Road.

Media personals present for the Press Conference by HJS

Media personals present for the Press Conference by HJS

Mr. Gowda concluded by telling that temples are just not structures but they have Spiritual Significance and they emit positivity over a large area around it. So such thoughtless actions will be an irreparable loss to the Society. Later the reporters sought details of the Supreme Court Judgment. There were also questions that many people with a vested interest have built temples in public places. For this Mr. Gowda replied that such instances are negligible. More than 40 reporters were present during the Press Meet.    
Most of the local TV and Cable TV channels including DD Chandana took separate interview of Mr. Mohan Gowda. Later The Programme Manager from Sri Sankara Channel invited Mr. Mohan Gowda to their office to acquire more information and also promised to cover the protest appropriately.

Government Reaction

Later Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Higher Education Endowments Mr. V.S. Acharya in a separate Press Meet said that the Government has asked the Deputy Commissioners of districts and civic authorities to issue show-cause notices before demolishing “unauthorised” shrines. He told press persons in Bangalore that there were instances in which the district authorities were straight away issuing demolition orders without show-cause notices. The authorities were required to demolish illegal shrines which have come up after December 7, 2009 by involving local bodies and local representatives, he explained.

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