Khattar should show guts, oppose prayers at public places by every community

Chandigarh, May 7: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar should be hailed by the people for opposing prayers at public places. There is, however, one problem. He expressed his reservations only in case of Muslims offering prayers in open public spaces.

He should have opposed prayers and processions by every sect and community in public spaces.

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh today slammed Khattar for this stand that in his view amounts to polarising the society. That is the view of most of the people who understand the design. That, of course, is the agenda of the Sangh Parivar to which Khattar belongs. After all for the Sangh Parivar, India has to be a regressive society from which Pakistan is now trying to come out.

Here is an example for Khattarji.

The picture here is of a public place that is used by the people to offer prayers, especially in the morning. This is just opposite the Indian Express Society in Sector 48 A of Chandigarh. Some person who wanted to discard some pictures of Hindu gois and goddesses dumped the same under this Peepal tree. Some others too liked the idea.  Yet some others took the initiative to construct a platform around this tree. Some more idols have been placed here.

The morning walkers pluck flowers from the park (Plucking of flowers is otherwise prohibited) and offer these fresh flowers to these gods and goddesses. This is a public place. The encroachment of this place to construct a temple can’t be ruled out.

This is not an isolated example. This happens everywhere in this country where ‘god fearing’ people encroach upon public places to appease their gods and prophets.

Khattar should have also talked of processions taken out by the Sangh Parivar organisations with naked swords in their hands. This is not the age of lathis.

The Sangh Parivar people display even firearms at such processions on Vijay Dashmi.

The Sikhs take out big processions to celebrate events associated with their religions. Muslims take out Tazia.

Few take note of the noise pollution by religious places of virtually every community. These men and women of god try to outcompete by raising the decibel level.

Jagrata is part of the Hindu culture and this is normally performed on public place and at full volume.

Khattar should take a lead now to mobilise people  at least in Haryana against such godly practices that in reality are ungodly.

The rulers in this country are not associated with taking dispassionate view of such situations.

Winning elections is not the end in itself. Of course, the Sangh Parivar has its agenda of Hinduisation of Indian society.

The people have resisted but the country is paying a heavy cost in the process.


Jagtar Singh


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