Baseless allegations against ‘Sanatan Sanstha’

Like every year, this year too the elected representatives raised the issue of  “Sanatan Sanstha” and demanded a ban on it, without any basis or a rationale. The issue was raised in the ongoing winter session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Thursday, linking Sanstha with the recent threats received by a minister from some anti-social element.

The demand to ban “Sanatan Sanstha” is by all means a blind and stereotyped demand. While a threat received to the minister has to be condemned and authorities are already investigating it, there is no reason why “Sanatan Sanstha”, which is absolutely harmless, should be dragged into this controversy. These very people who paint the “Sanatan Sanstha” as villain of the peace, keep mum when other outfits indulge into conversions, some others harp on their personal laws, no matter if it leads to social disharmony.

Basically the “Sanatan Sanstha” is an independent organisation without backing of any political parties. It manages its financial activities on its own. No one gives it huge donations.

As usual the anti-Hindu forces have once again tried to target Sanatan this year. A similar attempt was made in 2009 during the Madgaon (Goa) bomb blast. Even before the investigation began, the then Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik (Congress) held “Sanatan Sanstha”  responsible for the small blast. After four years in 2013, the court acquitted 6 Sanatan activists accused in the case.

Narendra Dabholkar, founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti was killed in 2013 and the same story was repeated. Even before the investigations were completed, the then Congress Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the murder was committed by those with ‘Nathuram’ tendencies and “virtually” directed the police investigation!

The recent demand to ban Sanatan Sanstha, is a poignant reminder that the attempts to destroy Sanatan have not been stopped and the so called ‘secular” people have continued to bash the Hindu outfits which are involved in educating people about the religious values and its age old traditions. There is nothing “fundamental” in this.

In 2012, a violent mob incited by the Raza Academy attacked the police, destroyed and burned down OB vans of news channels, molested female police members and defiled martyrs memorial. However till date no compensation for the loss caused has been recovered from Raza Academy. While all “secular” parties kept mum, it was only MNS Chief Raj Thackeray who organised a morcha to protest against the atrocities by the Raza Academy. Why Raza Academy had organised the morcha ? Something went wrong with Rohingya Muslims in far away Myanmar. No “secular” party commented or raised the issue. Why ?

Recently, the same Raza Academy incited riots in Amravati, Nanded and other areas; however, there was no demand to ban the Raza Academy. The ‘Popular Front of India (PFI)’ which is swiftly spreading across the country, has killed more than 27 Hindu leaders, carried out 108 religious riots and converted 5,000 Hindus. Yet there is no demand to ban the PFI.

However, a demand to ban the Sanatan Sanstha is being raised time and again. The Sanatan Santha, is involved in spreading the Sanatan Hindu Dharma through satsangs, discourses, books, etc., which provides education on Dharma to Hindus and teaches moral values to society. All that Sanatan Santha does is to educate and guide people during festivals. They set up stalls near temples and sell their books.

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