Satya Darshini – the reason for attacks?
DH News Service, Mangalore:
As Bajrang Dal claims, the basic reason for its ire against the New Life prayer halls, is a book titled ‘Satya Darshini’ where the Hindu gods and goddesses have been shown in a bad light hurting the religious sentiments…
According to Bajrang Dal state convener Mahendra Kumar, this ‘humiliating literature’ is being circulated among the society encouraging conversion of Hindus.
As per the available pages of ‘Satya Darshini,’ the book has been originally written in Telugu (Ruju Darshini) by one Rev Paravastu Sooryanarayana, which has been translated to Kannada by Sriramreddy of Bangalore, and revised by Rev Samson S Malekar of Davangere. The editor of the book is A G Prakash of Suvarta Sevadal, Bellary.
Rev Paravastu Sooryanarayana published the original book through his Karunamaya Ministries, based in Hyderabad. According to the book, he took his birth in a traditional Brahmin family and was educated in Jagannathamutt Vidyapeeth. He was the chief priest (archak) in Sri Lakshminarayanaswamy Temple, and later embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In his book, Sooryanarayana interprets select verses (shlokas) from various Hindu epics and explains why did he dislike the religion, the gods and goddesses. Analysing one such verse, the books states “Like human beings, the divine people also commit sins. Nara and Narayan did the same….. In fact, Rama and Krishna are not at all divine incarnations. They took birth like humans, committed sins and experienced its after effects. Hence, they are not gods and cannot give salvation (mukthi)…” (page 44).
In another chapter, it is stated “Madigas eat meat. Brahmins eat ghee, produced from cow’s fat. What is the difference between Madigas eating meat and Brahmins eating fat?” (page 48). Another explanation on the same page says, “Seer Vasishta, the mentor of Sri Rama, is the son of a prostitute, Urvashi…. Vashishta made her his own wife… Brahmins are the progeny of this couple… Hence, Brahmins are Shudras.”
“Sri Krishna is not light; he is darkness. One who is not light cannot be a god… If Sri Krishna is not eligible to hold Shamantakamani, how can he relieve you from sins? Himself being in darkness, how can you provide light?” the book asks (page 49, 50) analysing the incident of Shamantakamani from Vishnupurana.
Kumar Uttam and M Madhusudan | New Delhi
Page 48 of Satya Darshini reads: Urvashi, the daughter of Lord Vishnu, is a prostitute. Vashistha is the son of this prostitute. He, in turn, married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is the Guru of the Hindu God Rama.
Page 39 mentions: It was Brahma himself who kidnapped Sita. Since Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were themselves the victims of lust, it is a sin to consider them as Gods. When Krishna himself is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten others? Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need for us to liberate his misled followers.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which along with the VHP and Bajrang Dal, is under attack for inciting violence in Karnataka, lists out the aforementioned paragraphs from the controversial book, allegedly being distributed by Christian missionaries, to claim it led to an “outrage among the Hindus”.
Retaliatory actions subsequently resulted in attacks on more than a dozen churches and prayer halls in the State.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary termed it a state-sponsored terrorism. “The test of a democracy is not how you treat your majority but it is how you treat your minority. Both the Orissa and Karnataka governments are working on pre-conceived RSS ideology and orchestrating state-sponsored terrorism against minorities,” he stated.
But while Tiwary said he wasn’t sure whether the Centre’s advisory to the Karnataka government was under Article 355 or was a general one, it has already attained severe political connotations with the BJP going hammer and tongs against it. To compound matters, Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta too declined to reply as to whether the advisory was under Article 355.
The entire action is not only an abuse of Constitutional provisions but shows rank double standards, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
“Congress-ruled Assam has witnessed killing of large number of Hindi-speaking and other bonafide residents by ULFA and other extremist organizations for the last few years but the State government failed to give any security. Yet there was never any directive given under Article 355,” Prasad added.
“A Supreme Court judgment of 2005 wherein the apex court had while declaring the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983 (IMDT) unconstitutional held that because of large-scale infiltration the State of Assam is facing external aggression and internal disturbance as enjoined in Article 355 of the Constitution. The SC had asked if the Union of India had taken any measure for that purpose,” he pointed out.
He also went on to cite the cases of Nandigram in West Bengal, violence against north Indians in Maharashtra and the knee-jerk actions against the guilty to question the Centre’s move to send in the advisories under Article 355.
While the war of words continues, political observers do not rule out the UPA government’s move as one being timed to deflect attention from the series of blasts by terrorists across the country. Particularly, after the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has come in under severe criticism from even the UPA allies like Lalu Prasad.
“The UPA has realised attack is the best defence. Being assailed for going soft on terror, the ruling coalition’s decision to send in the advisories under Article 355 in NDA-ruled Orissa and Karnataka surely puts its intentions under scanner,” they maintained.
BJP leaders claim both Karnataka and Orissa were putting extra efforts to curb violence that began after the killing of Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati in Orissa and distribution of an “inflammatory” book by missionaries of New Life church – Satya Darshini at different churches in Karnataka.
“Now they have to battle a virtual threat of dismissal from the Centre,” they pointed out adding with Assembly elections in six states due this year and Lok Sabha polls likely to be announced any time, the Congress wants to deflect the country’s attention from terrorism and price rise.
Though senior Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily said that despite the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) being in force, the BJP government failed to invoke it, on the Congress’ front, the party hasn’t come out clearly on the issue of advisories or the Article 355.
“Already having been embarrassed by allies like Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and Mulayam Singh Yadav, who supported SIMI, one expected the Congress to make things clear on the issue before too much is read into its intentions,” observers felt.
More so, since after burning its fingers on the issue of Ram Sethu and Amarnath land allotment row, a section in the Congress believes the party should be more cautious and prompt while dealing with issues related to faith, especially, in an election year.
Article 355 of the Constitution says: It shall be the duty of the Union to protect every State against external aggression and internal disturbance and to ensure that the government of every State is carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution
There was no need for such an action by the Centre. It’s hasty and a politically motivated decisio
n. The state government has already ordered a judicial probe (headed by a retired judge of the High Court) into the attack and violence in parts of the state and directed officials to punish the guilty. We will not allow Bajrang Dal to take law into their hands
— Karnataka Home Minister Dr VS Acharya
It is unfortunate and politically motivated. When there are disturbances in many parts of the country, they (Centre) have chosen two states where Congress is not ruling. The State government has tried its best to maintain peace but the Centre has been very slow in sending security forces to the State. We have not got the adequate number of forces to deal with the situation in Kandhamal and elsewhere
— Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
The particular situation in Orissa and Karnataka invited Central government’s action. These states are keeping silence when minorities are being tortured. Moreover, the violence by Bajrang dal is supported by the state administration. Centre should intervene to protect the minorities
— CPI National Secretary D Raja
The statement issued by the Government of India to Karnataka and Orissa is a part of vote bank politics. Madam (read Sonia Gandhi) ko 355 candles ki aarti utaari gayi hai (It is an act to please Madam). It’s an attempt to target non-Congress governments and deflect attention from the simmering anger across the country against terrorism. I want to ask the Centre why it did not use Article 355 when Hindi-speaking people were massacred in Assam, when blood continued to be spilled in Nandigram and terror attacks continue to take place in Jammu and Kashmir
— Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
An advisory has been issued to the state government asking it to take effective measures to bring the situation under control. The Karnataka situation was being closely monitored by the Home Ministry and that the state government has been told to report back to the Centre on the steps to check attacks on the churches and prayer halls
— Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta
The test of a democracy is not how you treat your majority but it is how you treat your minority. Both the Orissa and Karnataka governments are working on pre-conceived RSS ideology and they are orchestrating state-sponsored terrorism against minorities. I am not sure though whether the Centre’s advisory is under Article 355 or is a general one
— ongress spokesperson Manish Tiwary
The BJP strongly condemns the move. The entire action is politically motivated, highly prejudicial, patently discriminatory and a belated attempt by the UPA government to divert popular attention over its abject failure to take strong and effective measures to contain terrorism
— BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad
The attacks are a national shame. Such incidents should never have taken place. The Karnataka government should have enforced provisions of Karnataka Control of Organized Crimes Act (KCOCA) against the attackers who launched pre-planned attacks on 20 churches at a time. The KCOCA is still in force but the government failed to take advantage of this Act
–Former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily