Dear Hindu Brothers & Sisters,
From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Somnath to Imphal, Govts took over Hindu Temples and their properties completely crippling Hindu society by depriving it of institutional and resource ability to present a unified front to address various existential problems both from within and outside. By denying the right to manage their own temples, Hindus in Bharat fare no better than dhimmis elsewhere. Deprived of institutions and resources, Hindu Dharma has been decaying.
Sadly, political parties of all hues took over and converted Hindu temples into commercial enterprises imposing a kind of religious tax on Hindus reminiscent of Aurangzeb’s jizya. Recent example is take over of 50 Chardham Temples by Uttarakhand Govt in 2019.
Pertinently, for the first time Jagadguru Sri Adi Sankara created an institutional framework for Hindu Dharma some 2500 years ago, which kept it in good stead for a long time. Hindu Dharma is in desperate need of a robust institutional framework without interfering with its core principles, to effectively ward off contemporary existential threats to it. That is, the atma of Hindu Dharma must remain same whereas its sharir which is in disarray has to be refashioned.
Hence, I appeal to all Hindus to organise themselves in their States demanding the Central Govt to enact the Temple Act by repealing all State laws to: (a) #FreeTemples; (b) provide for inclusive management of Temples by Committees consisting of Hindu religious persons and representatives of Hindu devotees of all castes with no Government role; and (c) create an organisational framework to connect all Temples. I will share my draft Bill at appropriate time.
We at the #EqualRightsForHindus campaign launched by the Hindu Charter Trust, will be more than happy to partner with all Hindus committed to work for #FreeTemples.
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