The Candid Eye

May 5, 2009

temples – an endangered entity?

First of all, the government has put tax on the temple revenues. What has the government done to build a temple, that gives it a right over the personal donations of devotees to the temples? Why this taxation only on Hindu places of worship and not on Mosques and churches?

Second, the government has mindlessly used the collected tax money, without any consideration from the respective temple authorities. When I donate money to a temple, its because of the peace I receive from that temple’s activities, and its with the wish that such activities grow. A part of it could be used for other social welfare projects, which could include benefits of other religions also. However, the so called secular government has disproportionately used the temple revenue for other religions, when no good has been done by those religions to the devotees who have given these donations. Here are few of the facts:-

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Statement of Receipts and disbursements of revenues from Temples

Govt. of Karnataka

Statement of Allocation of Revenue for development purposes

Revenue/Expense  From Temples

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Revenue collected ( Rs. in Crores )

58.63

65.35

69.98

71

72

79

No. of Temples

2,67,073

2,67,000

2,62,035

2,54,038

2,61,012

2,48,196

1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03
Disbursement

( Rs. in Crores )

Madarsas, Mosques, Haj committee*

Compensation for Haj Pilgrim Victims

14.25

27

35

13.21

45.34

50

58

1.15

Christian institutions, churches

5

8

8

10

10

12.75

Temple renovation & maintenance

16.5

15

13.75

11.5

10

7.1

Miscellaneous

22**

17.35

5.1

2

* Disbursement for minority comm. development

**  Women and child welfare programs

Note: These are approx. Figures

Source: Chief Minister’s Office, Vidhan Soudha, Bangalore PH: 2225 3414 / 2225 3424

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When a hindu raises voice for benefit of hindus without causing any harm to other religions, it is considered hindu fundamentalism. When the government does minority appeasement for vote bank politics, harming the interests of hindus, its called secularism?

The ground reality is that in Andra Pradesh alone, 28000 out of 36000 temples have been shut down because of lack of funds.

Read on more:-

+The state wise assault on hindu places of worship:-

http://bharatjagran.com/bharat-jagran-data/2009/170309.htm

+1 Lakh devotees fast for autonomy of temples in Tamilnadu:-

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/1986/12/1986-12-05.shtml

+Demand of autonomy of temples in Kozhikode :-

http://www.hindu.com/2007/05/12/stories/2007051203940300.htm

When the constitution provides equal rights to all citizens irrespective of religion, the control of Governement over Hindu places of worship are totally illegal,  and certainly not secular.

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