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BJYM activists protest against evangelist show

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE, JAN. 20. It was a day of protests as activists espousing divergent ideologies took to the streets to press for their respective demands.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha staged a dharna to protest the Government's decision to grant permission to American evangelist Benny Hinn, activists belonging to progressive organisations drew attention to the Kanaka Gopura controversy and the alleged threat received by the former Minister H. Vishwanath.

More than 100 BJP Yuva Morcha activists assembled at the K.R. Circle and raised slogans against the Government for its "double-standards" in according permission to the "Festival of Blessings" of Benny Hinn.

The activists said this amounted to affronting the sentiments of Hindus since as Benny Hinn has allegedly made derogatory remarks against Hinduism and its concept of idol worship. "The faith healer should be arrested immediately for his outbursts against Hinduism," they said.

Expressing misgivings over the faith healer's intention in holding a mass prayer meeting in public, the BJP Yuva Morcha activists alleged that this is an attempt at mass conversion.

Kanaka Gopura

Activists belonging to various "progressive organisations" under the banner of Karnataka Samajika Nyaya Vedike and Karnataka State Backward Castes Jagruthi Vedike protested against the demolition of Kanaka Gopura and described it as an assault on the tradition of social justice in the State.

The activists expressed anguish over the threats received by Mr. Vishwanath who has raised the Kanaka Gopura issue.

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