VHP and BD Observe Akhanda Bharata Sankalpa Day
Mangaluru: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal held the ‘Akhanda Bharata Sankalpa Day’ and a torch bearing procession (Panjina Meravanige) at the Nehru Maidan here, on August 13.
The ‘Panjina Meravanige’ was flagged off by Prof. M B Puranik from the Sharavu Temple and culminated at the Nehru Maidan.
The ‘Akhanda Bharata Sankalpa’ flag was hoisted by Dr Tejashwini Gowda. District President of VHP, Jagadish Shenava welcomed the gathering.
Prof M B Puranik delivered the keynote address and briefed the gathering about the significance of Akhanda Bharata Sankalpa Day. “On August 15, we celebrate the Independence day. Prior to that, on August 13, we are observing the Akhanda Bharata Sankalpa Day. Gandhi had said that he would not allow the country to be divided, but the then Prime Minister, for his selfish motives, allowed the division of the country,” said Puranik.
He further said that the VHP and BD do not have anything against anyone. “But those who love this country and follow its tradition and culture, should strive hard to make this country ‘Akhand Bharat’ (complete India).”
Speaking on the occasion, the main speaker Dr Tejashwini Gowda said, “We have completed 69 years of independence and are stepping into the 70th year but until today we have not used the word ‘Bharat’ for our country. When we got freedom from the British, the country was named as India.”
She further said, “Nepal used to be the only Hindu nation in the world but later was declared a secular country. In India, Hindus do not produce blue films where a father rapes his own daughter. Those who produce blue films are not Hindus. In the Hindu culture, a husband does not set his wife on fire; that is not our culture. We need to learn how to be a good couple from Rama and Sita.”
“Our country was made handicap by Pakistan 69 years ago. Our country was divided with the creation of East and West Pakistan. Those who sacrificed their life for the country are being called ‘terrorists’ in textbooks. Bhagat Singh was not a terrorist. If we try to correct this wrong done in the textbooks, it is labelled as ‘saffronization’. We will rewrite history.”
Dr Gowda also said that discrimination should be stopped in the country. “There are 52 organizations that work for the betterment of the society. We will teach children about the culture, tradition, and history of our country. If it is possible, let all the people come along and support us. If not, let them mind their own business and we will mind ours. But if they trouble us, then we will respond.”
She also alleged that there are 52 Islamic countries for Muslims where they can go, Christians have hundreds of countries but for Hindus, India is the only country. “Let anyone try to deny this. Hindus are not happy in India. There is unemployment and poverty. Hindus do not have freedom. Conversions of Hindus also take place. But has any Hindu converted anyone? Is there any Hindu who has looted someone else’s assets?” questioned Dr Gowda, adding, “In India, cows have been slaughtered with the excuse that they are old. If such a situation continues, soon the elderly people will also be abandoned by their children as parents will become old and be of no use. Mothers and sisters should not be considered as a commodity, instead they should be respected. Red light areas should be closed and women should be protected.”
Basavaraj, Gopal Kuthar, Bhujang Kulal and others were also present.