Taking over only Hindus’ temples will send wrong message amongst Hindus : Shiv Sena MLA Sunil Shinde
Nagpur : Does the Government interfere in religious matters of non-Hindus? It is secular Government; therefore, by remaining within the perimeter of secularism, it should control temples. It should not target certain class of people. The Government, which is non-interfering in religious matters of non-Hindus, would send wrong message amongst Hindus by taking over only temples, stated MLA Shri. Sunil Shinde of Shiv Sena, elected from Worli (Mumbai) when Shri. Arvind Pansare, the spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) for Maharashtra State called on him at Shiv Sena’s cabinet party office for handing over memorandum. It has been demanded through the memorandum that the Government should withdraw its decision of taking over Shri Shanaishwar Mandir and temples earlier taken over by the Government should be handed over to devotees for managing.
MLA Shri. Shinde said, “Religious rituals and customs followed in temples are for welfare of people. The Government should therefore, preserve Hindus’ faith by maintaining usual customs and traditions followed in temples. Officers appointed by State administration do not maintain sanctity of temples, leading to corruption. The Government should pay attention to improve management of temples, rather than taking over temples’ properties and management. The Government should take over temples only in case of crisis. Does the Government think of doing such things in case of other religions? Government’s secularism would be exhibited only when similar policy is followed in case of non-Hindus.”
Source : Dainik Sanatan Prabhat