Today’s discussion on the Public TV Kannada Channel, over the issue of demolition of temples due to expansion of roads and so on.
Interestingly Pramod Mutallik of Sri Rama Sena and myself agreed on one point.
The points that were made by me:
1) Masjids, Dargahs, Temples, Churches or Gurudwaras, all can be constructed in properties that are purchased or donated for the same. Religious structures in public properties or on the road sides and highways are illegal structures that has to be removed. I will not stand against the order, if the court rules against a masjid that is built in the midst of highway without permit; for we have to follow the law. Wherever we are, we have to follow the law of the land. And the government need not give alternate site for those organizations that have built structures illegally. I’ve seen people keeping fruits and vegetables on the highway and worshipping things there; and over a year they make it into temple. This is not to be allowed for anyone. I’ve seen even dargahs built in this manner. All these structures are illegal in nature.
2) According to records, in 2018, it is established that there are over 5,12,556 properties registered under the Waqf Board of India. Of which, over 16,844 properties are encroached and misappropriated. And the ones who are at the helm of affairs are responsible for this. So, not only the Hindus are being affected, even Muslims and every other community has our problems within. It is time for people to collectively stand and bring solutions to all these problems.
All the properties in the Waqf Board are all properties donated by the Muslims of India, who’ve donated these lands for religious and social welfare activities. And these properties need to be managed and governed well.
-Umar Shariff (President, DIET)