Questions asked by journalists at Press Conference and their answers

Questions asked at the Press Conference held at the conclusion of the Seventh All India Hindu Convention and answers given by the speakers

From left : Shri. Ramesh Shinde, Shri. Chetan Rajhans, Sadguru (Dr.) Charudatta Pingale, Shri. Anil Dhir, Shri. Upananda Brahmachari

The Press Conference held in Panaji on June 7, 2018 was addressed by National guide of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Sadguru (Dr.) Charudatta Pingle, National Spokesperson for the Samiti Shri. Ramesh Shinde, National Spokesperson for Sanatan Sanstha Shri. Chetan Rajhans, National Secretary of Bharat Raksha Manch Shri. Anil Dhir and Shri. Upanand Brahmachari of Hindu Existence. Given further are questions asked by reporters and answers given by the speakers.

Question : In the upcoming elections who will Hindu Janajagruti Samiti and Hindu Activist organisations support, the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress ?

Answer : Hindus have never benefitted and will never benefit from secular parties. Also political parties calling themselves pro-Hindu have not given Hindus any benefits after assuming power. So Hindu activist organisations will come together and put forth demands on behalf of the Hindus. Political parties now need to ponder on these demands. Modi held ‘Mann ki baat’ several times to put forth his views before the people. Now it is time for him to pay some attention to what people have to say.

Question : Religious leaders have given the Government an ultimatum of two months to construct the Ram temple at Ayodhya and have threatened to do it themselves if the Government does not comply. What is your stand on this ?

Answer : Religious leaders have taken a stand the outcome of which we do not know. This will be clear only in the times to come. Construction of the Ram temple is a topic of national and Hindu faith. The Government had promised to build a Ram temple. They have already completed four years in power yet have done nothing about it. The Government should enact a law and build a Ram temple constitutionally, if not the public will be compelled to follow the religious leaders.

Question : A resolution on revoking the ban on Pramod Mutalik’s entering Goa has been passed at the convention. In this connection to whom will you hand over the memorandum ?

Answer : It is all right for them if foreigners coming to Goa commit crimes and indulge in drug trafficking but Shri. Pramod Mutalik, a Hindu activist, is banned from entering Goa. The court has absolved Shri. Pramod Mutalik of the charges of an attack in a pub in which he was implicated so now there is no reason for banning his entry into Goa. Does this imply that the Government does not respect the verdict of the court ?

Question : The Archbishop has spoken of threat to the Constitution. What do you have to say to that ?

Answer : When the Pope visited Chennai he had declared that they would evangelise the whole of India. Is this constitutional talk ? Why does the Archbishop not comment on that ? When a journalist openly questioned activities of the Church the Archbishop spoke of humiliating him by smearing his face with tar and threatened his family. Is this constitutional ? It is because of these very incidents that in reality the constitution is threatened. This is true intolerance. The Archbishop may comment on this.

Question : Sanatan Sanstha is once again being implicated in the Gauri Lankesh murder case. What are your comments on that ?

Answer : In Karnataka there are two conflicting schools of thought – of secularism and Hindu activism. When the murder has occurred during the rule of a secular government instead of questioning the Government Hindu activist organisations are being targetted. Since Sanatan Sanstha is a small organisation in comparison with Bharatiya Janata Party, it is being made the soft target. Just before the Karnataka state assembly elections Navin Kumar, a Hindu activist was arrested. Then during the election period everything was calm and now after the election as the Congress has assumed power once again Hindu activists are being arrested, This clearly proves that investigating agencies function under political pressure.

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