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Overseas Hindu body says Hinduism under threat

Delegates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) overseas affiliate on Friday expressed concern over a threat to Hinduism from other religions outside India.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 15:49 IST

Delegates of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) overseas affiliate on Friday expressed concern over a threat to Hinduism from other religions outside India.

Addressing the media during a workshop here conducted by RSS for its overseas affiliate - the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) - delegates said they have been fighting against defamatory actions against Hinduism.

The seven-day Vishwa Sangh Shibir has seen 512 people from 32 countries participating.

This is the fourth such camp organised by the RSS. The camps are held after every five years with previous ones held at Bangalore, Kayavarohan near Vadodara and Mumbai.

Bhavna Upadhyay, a Norwegian member of HSS, claimed that Hinduism is under threat in Norway as "it is a Christian country and there is a presence of Islam also."

"The media in Norway presents Hinduism in a negative way as it deliberately hides good things about the religion. In textbooks, they teach that Sanskrit is not the most ancient language of the world, Hindus worship animal gods and other incorrect things," said Upadhyay, who studies engineering there.

Darshan Soni from the US informed that the organisation has been struggling there to revise school texts wherein there is often "misleading and incorrect information regarding Hinduism".

He, however, expressed satisfaction over the response from the authority that their plea was heard properly and suggested changes were made.

"There have been attempts to defame our religion all over the world. We raise our voice against that. We also feel it is necessary for us to know the basics of our religion, our culture. This workshop is of great help in this regard," said Nilkesh Mehta, a delegate from Britain.

Narrating their experiences, some delegates said they usually did social work on university campuses but their main objective was to raise awareness about Hinduism.

Pravesh Hardeen from South Africa expressed happiness at the workshop being conducted by the RSS here.

"This is an attempt to search for our roots," said Hardeen, who has been regularly attending Vishwa Sangh Shibir since 1995.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 15:49 IST