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Protest against murder of Swami Lakshmanananda

Special Correspondent

Hindutva organisations come together in anguish


The Hindutva organisations submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister

‘Our gurus are becoming targets of anti-national and anti-Hindu forces’


— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Joint protest: The swamiji of Pejawar Math leading the protest in Mysore on Friday.

MYSORE: Several Hindutva organisations, led by Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of Pejawar Math, staged a dharna in the city against the killing of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi in Orissa in August, and against the “one-sided propaganda” in the media.

Anguish

In a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister, the Hindutva organisations said the entire country was anguished by the ghastly murder of the venerable Hindu saint and four of his disciples.

It said Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi had devoted 42 years of his ascetic life for the uplift of the poor and the backward tribals of the area, by providing them education, better healthcare and knowledge of scientific farming.

Memorandum

The memorandum said, “We are aghast at the one-sided and insensitive propaganda in the last couple of months by a section of the media. The heinous murder of such a prominent Hindu saint and several other religious leaders have been pushed to a corner as if it were a non-event, and a grossly exaggerated portrayal of the subsequent events occupied major space in the media.”

Conspiracy suspected

The organisations said serious issues like involvement of local Christian groups and their collusion with local terrorist groups have been largely brushed under the carpet and there was a sustained effort to protect the real perpetrators of the murder of the Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi. “It is most unfortunate that in this land of Dharma, our Dharma gurus are becoming targets of anti-national and anti-Hindu forces, while the Governments remain spectators,” said the memorandum. The organisations suspected a conspiracy behind the murder.

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