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Wednesday, March 08, 2006
  Karnataka Govt Misuse Of Temple Funds

Posted by: Pradeep Jul 31 2005, 07:53 PM

There has been, since 2002 or so, a news item that the Karnataka govt 'took' funds from Hindu temples and 'gave' them to Xtians and muslims. The probable truth is that Hindu temples were taxed, monies collected and while a small amount was given back to the temples, most of it went into the state exchequer. OTOH, churches and mosques and Hajj pilgrims were given a lot of money, much more than they ever gave the govt. (if at all). So in a way, temple money was given to churches etc. Problem is, I have not been able to find definite proof of this anywhere. Most references end up attributed to Sri Sri Ravi Shanker and he is quoted by everyone, including Arvind Lavakare of rediff and Sandhya Jain. I did an extensive google search, but could only come up with 'right wing' blogs and similar sites with this info. There is an interesting blog which has a table showing various amounts, but is hardly credible. Here are the links I could find for this info. the blog with the table - scroll down to the bottom of the page. Sandhya Jains article Arvind Lavakare's viewpoint. The point I am trying to make is if we mention such news without an absolute reference, we end up scoring an own goal, as happened to me. In our fight for equal rights for the Hindus in our own land, we need to be as credible as we can. Can anybody shed more light on this issue?

Posted by: k.ram Aug 1 2005, 02:36 AM

From the Red Rag... Is it credible enough? Seriously does one expect to the beneficiaries of temple funds to come out and admit it openly in "secular" country? Facts can be cross checked even if they are from "right wing" "hardly credible" sources, eh?

Posted by: Pradeep Aug 1 2005, 05:58 AM

Ram, thanks for the info and the link, certainly useful. You and I understand the machinations at work here and that nobody will openly confirm this, since it could shake the foundations of 'secularism'. However, in a discussion with 'reasonable' people - I am having one on another forum - one needs sources that are not biased in themselves. I wish there was a way to access the Karnataka govt records directly, that would be the clincher.

Posted by: k.ram Aug 1 2005, 06:38 AM

Have you checked "Disbursement for Minority Community Development" of Karnataka? Call CM's office wink.gif

Posted by: k.ram Aug 1 2005, 06:42 AM

Posted by: k.ram Aug 1 2005, 06:48 AM

Get hold of "Privilege and resentment: Religious conflict in India. The Christian Century; 4/14/1999; Vedantam, Vatsala". There are references from "Secular" sources laugh.gif

From Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Kerala, cases have been reported of Christian missionaries grabbing land from Hindu religious places, desecrating Hindu temples/gods and using forcible methods to convert poor tribals and plantation workers. Vigilantism is unacceptable. Hinduism has never believed in the creed of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Posted by: Pradeep Aug 1 2005, 08:18 PM

Ram, thanks again. Will keep trying to get it from the 'source'. Hard to call the CM's office from NY, but no harm trying, right? wink.gif 

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