Mangaluru: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal held a press meet at Hotel Woodlands here, on December 12.
Addressing the mediapersons, M V Puranik said that day-by-day the situation in the district is deteriorating. “We have met police officers and the DC and handed over a memorandum to ban Dr Zakir Naik from coming to Mangaluru. Recently, when the Tipu Jayanti was celebrated, there was communal disturbance in the state. Now, the district minister in-charge is ready to welcome Dr Zakir Naik to Mangaluru.” He further said that an Islamic preacher is coming to Mangaluru which the VHP and BD strongly oppose. “Dr Zakir is a controversial figure and he insults Hindu gods.”
He further said that a memorandum had been already submitted to the Deputy Commissioner requesting to ban Dr Zakir Naik from entering Mangaluru. “There are a number of cases against him in connection with derogatory speeches on Hindu gods, which the Hindu community will not tolerate. If the district administration and the state government want peace and harmony in the society, the DC should immediately impose a ban on Dr Zakir Naik from entering the city.”
Puranik further said that the state government has succeeded in inviting Dr Zakir Naik to Mangaluru. The organizers say that Dr Zakir is coming to promote communal harmony but the same person speaks very low of Hindu gods. He even said that there is no permission to sing “Vande Matharam” in Islam. “All the countries have one law for all, but in India there are different laws for the minority and majority communities. Dr Zakir speaks lowly about Rama and Krishna and makes the people react by insulting Hindu gods. He incites people to create communal violence in the country. If the government wants peace in the society, such persons should not be encouraged. Dr Thogadia in his speech says not to insult any religion, but Dr Zakir compares Hindus to third standard students and Muslims to 10th standard students, and says that due to this, Hindus should listen to Muslims. When there is a question about Islam and our country, Dr Zakir says Islam gets first preference and the country next. If Dr Zakir comes to Mangaluru and hurts the sentiments of Hindus, there will be violence in the district. To avoid any untoward incidents in the district, the concerned authorities should take our request seriously. Inspite of our demands, if Zakir Naik comes to Mangaluru and if any untoward incident takes place, the district administration and the government will be directly responsible,” he said.
Convener of HJV Satyajith Suratkal said that in this country, everyone has the right to preach his/her religion but if anyone demeans another religion, people will not tolerate it. “Through Peace TV, he is delivering hate speeches and insulting other religions. Recently, the Tipu Jayanti was celebrated. It was less government and more of a KFD and PFI sponsored event which created communal violence in the state. Few days ago, when a police officer arrested the accused in the Ulaibettu case, MLA Moideen Bava said that the arrested was innocent and pressurised the police to release him. The police are hesitant to work because politicians are not allowing them to do their duty with transparency,” said Satyajith.
“On January 6, Thogadia is coming to Sringeri to take part in a programme. From there, he will be coming to visit Mangaluru and Udupi. If the district administration will not ban Dr Zakir Naik from coming to Mangaluru, we will intensify our protest,” he added.
When asked about their reaction on the Dharmadhikari attending Dr Zakir’s programme, Satyajith replied that they would meet the Dharmadhikari and convince him not to attend the programme. “We will not allow any of our leaders to attend Dr Zakir’s programme. If the organizers will bring Dr Zakir to Mangaluru, we will intensify our protest,” he reiterated.
When asked why all the leaders do not sit together and try to bring peace in the society instead of fighting, Satyajith replied, “We are ready to come for peace talks and we want to maintain peace in the society.”
When asked whether the Hindu leaders can deliver derogatory speeches, Satyajith said, “Our leaders did not deliver any derogatory speeches.”
Sharan Pumpwell, Tejashwi S N and Kishor Kumar were also present.