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Hindutva group’s flex against non-Hindus triggers controversy in Mangaluru, removed

MANGALURU: A flex banner allegedly put up by a saffron outfit warning non-Hindus against setting up stalls during annual fair at a temple in Surathkal was removed after it stoked controversy.

The notice purportedly put-up by Hindu Jagarana Vedike's local unit at Sri Maha Ganapathy temple, Ganeshpura, Katipalla read: "It will hold its annual fair from April 19 to April 23. During the fair, non-Hindus are prohibited from opening their shops."

According to Ningaiah, temple executive officer, said the HJV activists had not consulted temple authorities before putting up the notice and he was not aware of such a warning. He said participation of non-Hindus in the annual fair is a kind of tradition here and every year, they erect stalls and participate in the fair. "We never opposed it," he said.

After like-minded people alerted temple authorities, a complaint was filed at Surathkal Police Station claiming that such posters trigger communal violence. Ningaiah said based on complaint, police have removed the flex from the temple premises.

Condemning HJV move, a devotee said the vedike has no business to interfere in the temple affairs. "Temple administration has the right to allow or disallow non-Hindus. Why should Vedike interfere," he questioned.

Four years ago a similar controversy was stoked during a saffron outfit organizations convention held in the city. Organisations had organized various games during the event for public but it restrained people participating from 'non-Hindu' communities.

M Chandra Sekhar, City Police Commissioner, said at present temple authorities have filed a complaint but no section have been registered. "We are recourse to legal opinion on how the persons can be booked for stirring enmity and based on experts advise police will go ahead," he pointed out.

Hindu Jagarana Vedike Activists, The Times of India 12 Comments [5/2/2016 5:48:07 PM]
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Admiral Nopants

Idiot extremists are to be found in every religion and philosophy. At least the temple said "no, fuck you", shut them down and reported them.

5/2/2016 6:29:18 PM

Insult to Rocks

I hate it when idiototic fundamentalists think that they can speak for their church or temple better than the actual church or temple.

5/2/2016 7:25:19 PM


I guess many fundamentalists think that deep down everyone is agreeing with them, the others are just too afraid to act on their beliefs. So it falls to the fundies to act on behalf of that “silent majority” that most likely only exists inside their minds.

And then it backfires like in this case…

5/3/2016 12:57:59 AM

Mister Spak

They're persecuting Christians!!! WHAAAAAA!!!!

5/3/2016 5:16:28 AM

Doubting Thomas

Doesn't matter, they're all going to hell for not accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

5/3/2016 6:30:25 AM

In five years they will complain that tourism is down and that they are not shops to open. Never their fault!

5/3/2016 7:09:45 AM

At least this time, the other Hindus did the right thing.

5/3/2016 9:30:56 AM


These idiots completely missed the point of their faith. Hinduism is universalist and tolerant of other faiths since they see all Deities as one Deity and all paths leading to the same goal.

5/3/2016 12:16:49 PM


I'm with SpukiKitty on this.
WTF, Hindus? You guys are supposed to be one of the peaceful, all-accepting religions! First those fundie Buddhists (which should be an oxymoron) pop up in Tibet, and now this.

What the hell, people.

5/3/2016 1:43:53 PM


I'd comment on this but first I would need to look up what the hell "flex banners" and "saffron outfits" (I'm assuming they don't mean in the "clothing" sense, that is) are.

5/3/2016 2:02:59 PM

Admiral Nopants

I've never understood that perception of Hinduism. There's a wealth of stories of religiously motivated stupidity and atrocities to their name. Their religion has as much to do with peace & love as the Abrahamics do.

5/3/2016 4:25:49 PM

@Admiral Nopants

Could you give a me an example of some of those stories?

Hinduism always used to be the polar opposite of the Abrahamics. You're judged on whether or not you did good in your life (karma) rather than whether or not you accepted a god as your savior.

There's no concept of the rapture, religious tolerance is actually advocated, and ancient India was surprisingly liberal.

However, Victorian Britain's conservative Christianity and Pakistan's Muslim fundamentalism seem to have leaked into Hinduism and created a monster.

5/3/2016 5:19:15 PM

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