Devotees who were anguished and angered with the frequent attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra staged a massive protest when ministers of the Jagan Mohan Reddy government paid a visit to Antarvedi to take stock of the situation.
After a chariot was burnt at popular Narasimha Swamy temple of this holy town of Andhra , devotees are demanding action on the miscreants pic.twitter.com/lDeKF6NY2m
— Telugu360 (@Telugu360) September 8, 2020
The frequent incidents have pushed the devotees over the edge and beyond tolerance limits. As a result, when the ministers arrived at the temple, angry crowds were seen breaking and climbing over the barricades.
Hindu patience has for long been construed as weakness and the frequency of attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra is too high to be ignored and dismissed as a one-off incident.
Although the government tried to pass off the incident as a result of short circuit, they had to quickly change their stance when the Executive Officer (EO) clarified that the room where the chariot was kept had no electricity connection or any device that could lead to a short-circuit.
When that excuse failed to hold water, the government then tried to blame “honey gatherers” and stated that the fire was set off accidentally when honey collectors entered the room in the dead of the night.
However, rather than calming the devotees this excuse only added fuel to the fire and made it crystal clear that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government was attempting to shield those involved. It is to be noted that as per reports the CCTV of the temple became conveniently dysfunctional just a few days before the incident.
The latest attack at the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple was the final push for the devotees who have demanded accountability from the government. Suspicions are being raised about the involvement of Christian missionaries as well.
Janasena Chief and popular Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan has launched a scathing attack on the government when he said that speaking up for the Hindu cause makes one “communal”. He also pointed out that people would no longer buy theories such as mental patients vandalizing Hindu temples or honey hunters setting temple property on fire.
He has also asked for a probe to be conducted by a retired High Court judge and warned of approaching the central agencies such as the CBI or NIA in case the Reddy government refused to take cognizance of his demands.
He has been vocal against the Christian missionary menace in Andhra and felt the frequent temple attacks could have missionary involvement. Hinting at a possible terrorism angle to these incidents, he said that they would step up the demand for an NIA probe if the need arises.
Ex-CBI Director and IPS officer Shri M Nageswara Rao also seconded Pawan Kalyan when he tweeted “apparently it is the mischief of soul harvesters, not of honey hunters”.
Apparently it is the mischief of SOUL HARVESTERS, not of honey hunters.@PawanKalyan garu, fundamental problem is Govt control of temples.
DM me in case you are interested to know the issue and its civilisational ramifications. https://t.co/KDJYwzMnZS
— M. Nageswara Rao IPS (@MNageswarRaoIPS) September 8, 2020
It is now apparent that Hindus have woken up and won’t take such incidents or explanations given by secular governments.
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