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No such thing as Hindu terrorism, say leaders

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 00:27 IST
Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit

Hindu religious and spiritual leaders who spoke at a rally on Thursday announced a programme to fight terrorism but also said that there was no such thing as Hindu terrorism.

Community and religious leaders such as Sadhvi Ritambara, Pravin Togadia and Asaram Bapu sympathised with Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case.

The rally, called Sankalp Sabha, was organised by Hindu Dharma Raksha Manch, a body of representatives of Hindu religious institutions from across the country at Sion on Thursday.

The religious leaders announced that a countrywide campaign will be undertaken between February 20 and March 20 to “awaken the Hindus to fight against terror’’.

Togadia alleged that the madrasas were imparting Jihadi training and hence they should shut down. He also said that the terror attacks would continue till the terrorists get local support.

While the leaders denounced the terrorism, they were pretty sympathetic of Sadhvi Pragya.

Asaram Bapu said he would stage agitation if Sadhvi Pragya was troubled by the police while Sadhvi Ritambara said that Sadhvi Pragya was a victim of propoganda. She added that Hindus retaliate only when attacked.

Ironically, on Wednesday, the Dharma Raksha Manch had appealed to Muslim religious heads to isolate those who perpetrate terror in the name of Islam. The two-day convention ended on Thursday.