From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Mar 25: “After all the twists and turns of events in the country and the rise of disruptive and secessionist forces, it is high time Hindus should unite and come under one umbrella to defeat their evil design,” asserted Dr. Surendra Kumar Jain, assistant general secretary, Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP), and Bajrang Dal, while addressing an impressive gathering at India Club and Town Club ground here on Sunday on the occasion of the Ram vami. There was no heat and dust unlike West Bengal when rival political parties came forward to beat the grand celebration of Ram vami by VHP and sister saffron organizations.
Since yesterday, an ambiance for the holy occasion was created when women, young and not so young, brought out a colourful procession to fetch water from river Barak to the ground of celebration for grand yag. The morning of this day started with the hymns and vedic mantras centring round the yag witnessed by the devotees and people in general. As it was mid noon, Dr. Surendra Kumar Jain gave a historical background of the dispute over Ram Temple at Ayodhya, converted into a mosque by the marauding Mughal Babar.
If Ram Temple could have been built in 1946, the dispute could subside and even the spectre of cow slaughter ended by then. In the given circumstances of today, a message has gone out that there should be an end to cow slaughter which he said is also prohibited in the holy book of Quran. He was confident and hopeful that by next Ram vami, the Ram Temple at Ayodhya would be built if everything went on well. A serious problem plaguing the country as a whole, the VHP leader said, is the influx of illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. Both of them have become a threat to the interl security of the country. Hindus have to be alert and vigilant against their activities which are detrimental to the interest of the country.
He called upon the Muslims in general not to idolize Pakistan or Babar which brings them into conflict with their Hindu brethren. Rather, former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam should be their idol and ideal. This will remove the mental differences between Hindus and Muslims, Dr. Jain stated. VHP and other saffron organizations welcome the Cabinet decision of Sarbanda Sonowal Government to impose restrictions on those citizens of this state for qualifying for any government job with more than two children. This should be strictly implemented.
On the question of NRC update and the apprehension about large number of Hindu Bengali refugees being dropped from the lists and subsequently their disfranchisement, Dr. Surendra Kumar Jain said such victims of partition have to be given all protection and shelter. There can be no two opinions on it. It was also the assurance held out by the great leaders during the partition of the country. If Hindus cannot get shelter in India, where will they get?, he asked. He recalled how the bold and daring fight given by Lachit Barphukan and his soldiers repulsed the attacks by Mughals and pushed them back. The battle of Saraighat has become not only a historical moment of pride and glory but also symbolic to keep the integrity and solidarity of Assam.
It is most unfortute that Bangladeshi Muslims as well as the Rohingyas from Myanmar are now dictating terms and ruling the roost. He said, “This is ominous and spells danger for the state of Assam.” The only way to fight against such forces is unity and solidarity among the Hindus, he concluded. Mulchand Baid, who presided over the meeting, said looking at the saffron surge in Barak Valley, decision has been taken to build an office complex of VHP at Silchar. At this Hindu Sammelan, ISKCON, Gauriya Math, Shankar Math, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Ram Thakur, Ajajak Ashram and other Hindu organizations made the holy congregation quite mammoth and memorable.