Towards Making Bhaarat a Vedic Desh
Nationalistic Principles and influencing the psyche of the generation.
Responsibilities of HR (Hindu Religious Endowment) and CE (Charitable Endowments) Department
HR & CE Act – A Fraud on Constitution – Cover Story in “Uday India”
By: HARAN BR
Congress created many Strategies for De-Hinduisation of Bhaarat which was intended to stop the reaching of saints and nationalist people out to the masses and conducting a lot of activities which led to the stoppage of conversions.
So, in this kind of a hostile atmosphere, if at all the De-Hinduisation of Bhaarat has to be stopped, the Temple Traditions and the Acharya Parampara have to be protected. It is possible only when the Temples are liberated from government control and administered by the local Hindu communities under the guidance and blessings of Acharyas. In this context, it is very imperative to know why the temples have to be freed from the government control, for there are still a considerable number of people who naively believe that temples would be better under the administration of government. There are many aspects around the temples which need to be preserved and protected. They are Temple properties such as lands, buildings, movable properties such as motor vehicles, etc., bank accounts, Temple Jewels, Temple Murthys (Idols), Kaala Poojas and Periodic Festivals, Prasadam (production and distribution) and Hundies.
Though we have HR and CE Departments in all the Southern states, let us take Tamil Nadu as an example.
A FEW EXAMPLES FOR THE ATTACK ON CULTURAL HERITAGE
– — Creating stories on cultural traditions such as Kumbhmela, Ramlila, etc., and projecting them as barbaric acts.
— Denigrating the places of heritage such as Varanasi, Prayag and Gaya etc.
— Questioning the practice of Ganesh Visarjanam and projecting it as a practice of hatred against a particular community.
— Questioning the Makara Jyothi in Sabarimala thereby denigrating the entire pilgrimage itself.
— Denigration of Village Temples and the traditional practices associated with them.
— Subjecting to question and debate, the activities of socio-cultural organisations like the RSS, VHP, etc and projecting them in a bad light.
Between 1947 and 1990, 31 Acts have been passed with regards to Tenants, Share to the Tenants, protection for tenants, formation of cooperative farming societies on the lands of religious trusts, provision of moratorium, recognition of sub-lessees, inclusion of rent arrears within the ambit of debts, extension of moratoriums, barring eviction of tenants, ex-parte reduction of trusts’ rent, stay of proceedings for collections and eviction, which proved totally detrimental to interests of Temples.
The HR and CE dept enjoins the officials concerned to collect the required data of all the holdings of the temples in time and document the following:
For every religious institution, there shall be prepared and maintained a register in such form as [the Commissioner] may direct showing– the origin and history of the institution and the names of past and present trustees and particulars as to the custom, if any, regarding
succession to the office of truste; particulars of the scheme of administration and of the data of scale of expenditure; the names of all offices to which any salary, emolument or perquisite is attached and the nature, time and conditions of service in each case; the jewels, gold, silver, precious stones, vessels and utensils and other movables belonging to the institution, with their weights and estimated value; particulars of all other endowments of the institution and of all title-deeds and other documents; particulars of the Murthis (idols) and other images in or connected with the institution, whether intended for worship or for being carried in processions; particulars of ancient or historical records with their contents in brief; such other particulars as may be required by [the Commissioner].
No account of Temples under its control
The perennial callousness of the Tamil Nadu government could be gauged from the fact that it doesn’t even know the actual number of temples which fall with the ambit of its own HR and CE Department. For example, from 1961 to 2001, the various government agencies and records have shown the number of temples in Tamil Nadu as ranging from 10,000 to 36,000. The glaring anomaly is that in 1961 the number of temples is shown as10, 532, which came down to 9, 532 the next year (1962). Similarly, in 1992 the then Chief Minister Jayalalitha announced in the assembly that the HR and CE Departments controls 40,000 temples, which came down to 33,700 as announced by her own HR and CE Minister in 1995, whereas in 1989 itself the then minister K.P.Kandaswamy gave the figure as 35,150. Later the number went down to 36,355 in 2002 (DMK period) and at present the number of temples stands at 36,425. If a government doesn’t even know the correct number of temples under its control, how can it be expected to preserve and protect them and their properties?
No wonder the department dodges the RTI queries. And the last DMK government attempted to exclude the department from the ambit of RTI Act! T.R.Ramesh, Chennai based Research Scholar and RTI Activist says, “The Dept. gave a shocking reply to a recent query under the RTI Act that it has no records of the ageing arrears or amount due to the temples. This admission alone is enough to boot out this rogue department from the temples.”
Unconstitutional ACT and Illegal Appointment
India became a Republic in 1950, and in 1951 the Tamilnadu government took control of the temples. With some changes in 1954 and 1956 the government enacted The Tamilnadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 (Tamil Nadu Act 22 of 1959). Between 1950 and 1959 the Madras High Court and Supreme Court heard different cases concerning Chidambaram Temple, Mulkipetta Venkataramana Temple and Shirur Mutt and ruled in all the cases categorically that the HR and CE Act 1951 was ultra vires of the Constitution and struck down the sections of the Act, which sought to appoint Executive Officers to religious institutions, as arbitrary and unconstitutional.
Pointing out the fraud committed by the Tamil Nadu government by enacting the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 (Tamilnadu Act 22 of 1959), Ramesh says, “The Government of Madras introduced a new section [section 45] in the 1959 Act which was even more arbitrary and draconian than Sec. 56 of the 1951 Act. It also retained the Sections 63-68 in the new Act which now carried the numbers 71-76. The only section relating to appointment of Executive Officer that was upheld by the Hon’ble Supreme Court was not carried in the new Act. But this would not seem strange if we understand that the intention of the Government and the Department was that no appeal safeguards should be provided to the Trustees of Hindu Institutions against the Department’s illegal and arbitrary orders. Sec. 58(3),(b) of the 1951 Act had earlier afforded such safeguards—it was therefore removed by the Government.”
TR Ramesh also adds, “More intriguing is the fact that this rogue department continue to appoint Executive Officers under Sec. 64 of the 1959 Act (the equivalent of Sec. 58 in the 1951 Act) without any power to do so. For example, the Deputy Commissioner in 1963 modified the scheme for Shri Kamakshi Amman Temple of Kachipuram, which is under the ownership of the Kanchi Mutt. While proceeding to modify the scheme under Sec. 64 of the Act, the Deputy Commissioner appointed an Executive Officer and this is an illegal act.”
Appalling Administration and Mutual Understanding
Tamil Nadu has been alternately ruled by the two Dravidian parties DMK and the AIADMK since 1967. During every election and the resultant change of government, the state has witnessed trading of charges on crime, corruption, nepotism, etc., etc., between the two parties. They would spell out various charges like lack of governance, abuse of power, misappropriation of funds, favouritism, corruption and many more against each other, in almost all departments of government.
But, there is one and only one department where they do not point the finger at each other, brazenly collude for a combined loot. This department is a treasure trove – the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department, HR and CE. The state had never seen any kind of corruption charges by either party against the other regarding the administration of over 30,000 temples in the state controlled by HR and CE.
Notwithstanding the lack of record about the number of temples under the department’s purview. There has been no proper record of the details of movable and immovable assets of each temple since the inception of HR and CE Department. Many are allegedly looted; many sold at throwaway prices; there is no proper track on collection of rents from the tenants using lands and buildings owned by the temples.
Most importantly, it is not clear if there is a proper account of the huge amount of jewels and ornaments belonging to the deities of these thousands of temples, many of them are more than 1000 and 2000 years old. There seems to be no proper auditing system of accounts, revenue and expenditure in place. Reliable sources say that the external auditing of the department has been done away with since 1985. If the government could question about the accounts of a private and denomination temple like the Sabanayagar Temple, Chidambaram, and take control of it, that too against the verdict of the Supreme Court, by citing maladministration by the concerned trust (in this case Podhu Dikshidar Saba) as reason, the same charge can be leveled against the government and the HR and CE Department also, by the general public, particularly the Hindu Bakthas, who worship and contribute regularly to the protection of Temple and its activities. There is nothing wrong if the general public submit an RTI application asking for the accounts of Jewels pertaining to the temples, say for example, a Mannargudi.
The politics of divide and rule is the motto of politicians. The secularism is there umbrella on the name of the so called religious bifurcation of India.
From: Radha Rajan
HR (Hindu Religious Endowment) and CE (Charitable Endowments) Act – A FRAUD ON CONSTITUTION
Multi-religious unity is impossible and we should learn this lesson lastingly from the foolishness of Gandhi in hunting for the lost grail. RR
Hindus, or the non-communal majority within the majority, “who have taken their individuality permitted in Sanatan Dharma (the eternal faith) to the extreme” — or for not being communal enough should be treated as ‘traitors’.
From: surinder attri
Anthropomorphology of Congress
The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for various groups of animals We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese. However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, aMurder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably, because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.
Now consider a gathering of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.
And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not ……. a Congress!
I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of our present government led by a party by that name, which has ruled our country for most of the 64 years since the British left us in their hands!
1. Quote: And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not ……. a Congress!
2. COMMENT: Around the year 1944, the bulldog-faced Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, referred to Congressites of India, as a bunch of rogues, rascals, and racketeers.
3. The siblings of those Congressic Naked-Apes ( Naked-Baboons ) have not eschewed from similar alliterative-alignment, by being corrupt, crooked, and culprit. It is quite an act of baboonery.
4. To regurgitate a corny-expression:
Letter C in the name Congress, stands for corruption.
Surinder Paul Attri