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Religious experts suggest unusual ideas at Namami Gange conclave

The Namami Gange cleanliness mission, which started at the Dehradun Municipal Corporation's Town Hall on Tuesday, witnessed religious and environmental experts doling out curious ideas on a range of topics.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2015 19:57 IST
Neha Pant

The Namami Gange cleanliness mission, which started at the Dehradun Municipal Corporation's Town Hall on Tuesday, witnessed religious and environmental experts doling out curious ideas on a range of topics.

Adi Shankaracharya Raj Rajeshwaranand -- who claims to be the religious head of Dwarika Peeth -- said Hindus were behind most scams in the country and urged them to shun the path of corruption.

"Almost 90% of terrorism acts involve Muslims but 99% of financial scandals involve Hindus. It is a big cause of concern and being a religious leader it is my job to awaken you," the religious leader, who heads the Jagadguru Ashram in Kankhal (Haridwar), said.

Considered close to Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Rajeshwaranand said the followers of "sanatana dharma" were the descendants of Lord Ram and Krishna and not of apes as "propagated" by scientists. “Hum Ram, Krishna aur rishiyon ki santan hain, bandaron ki santan nahin (we are children of Lord Ram, Krishna and saints. Not of monkeys)," he said adding that it must be the scientists and foreigners (who ruled over India) who had descended from the apes.

He also said it was not possible to preserve River Ganga without "inducing fear" among the culprits. Citing human excreta as the main reason behind Ganga's pollution, he suggested that any ashram's mathadhish (head) be booked under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code for "attempting to murder Maa Ganga".

While many in the audience applauded the leader’s comments, some were left amused. "The scientists may as well start researching under this Swamiji to know more about an alternate breed of humans that we never read of in our school textbooks," said a management student who was among the audience.

Meanwhile, another seer appealed to the audience to "not throw away in dustbins" the wedding cards that have the gods' photos printed on them. He also advised people to gulp a pinch of ash to cure stomach ache. "Contents in the ash help alleviate stomachaches…it was a cure used widely by our forefathers," said Pt. Uday Shankar Bhatt, president of Prabudhdha Samaj, Dehradun, while speaking about management of last remains or ashes after a deceased's funeral.

Acharya Shiv Prasad Mamagain, a kathawachak (a narrator of religious discourses) placed his confidence in holding more katha karyakrams to sensitise their people to adopt the message of Ganga and environment preservation.


Week-long awareness campaign from today

The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) will undertake a weeklong awareness campaign regarding cleanliness in different wards of the city from July 15 onwards. As a part of the campaign, sensitisation activities will be held with the involvement of corporators and community members, besides organizing essay competitions, street plays and seminars.