Don't vote for anti-Hindu forces: Swami Chidanandapuri

KOZHIKODE: Kolathur Advaita Asharam founder Swami Chidanandapuri has called upon believers to take a decision that they would not vote for "anti-Hindu" forces.

Addressing Haindavam, a conclave of Ayyappa devotees here on Thursday, he said that the trampling of Hindu customs and practices shouldn't be allowed.

"Mata Amruthanandamayi was insulted after she attended the Ayyappa Sanghamam held in Thiruvananthapuram. Hindu leaders are being constantly insulted and Hindu practices are continuously attacked. We have come to a stage where such behavior cannot be tolerated anymore," he said.

Swami Chidanandapuri
Chidanandapuri said that Sabarimala is only a symbol of the aggression against the Hindu faith. "Agasthyarkoodam, which was a pilgrim center, has been converted into a trekking destination," he said adding that it was the obstinacy of the Kerala chief minister that is responsible for the Sabarimala impasse. Sabarimala Karma Samithi national president and former justice N Kumar said that the Kerala government that does not believe in God is trying to destroy the culture of the state.

"The Indian Constitution is a beautiful document that protects the rights of every section of the society. But with people coming up with wrong interpretations, we are finding it difficult to protect our culture," he said.

Justice Kumar said it was foolish to expect a secular government that has no respect for tradition to protect the faith. "Constitution recognizes the richness of our culture and the responsibility to protect it lies with the citizens," he said.

Former DGP T P Senkumar, former PSC chairman K S Radhakrishnan, former Kerala Women's Commission member Prameela Devi and Swami Vivikthananda of the Chinmaya Mission were among those who attended the meeting. __TOI

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