Vrindavan, 2018.01.06 (VT) Sants and Local leaders stand united in the fight against the mistreatment of cows, the governmentalization of temples and the rampant disregard of local’s views and interests by Government departments. At a meeting on Friday at Dharam Raksha Sangh’s Krishna Kuti, local leaders and temple Goswamis formed an agreement to work together to oppose government policies that are against the principles of Hinduism.
Radha Raman temple’s Shrivatsa Goswami said that government agencies like the Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad are not considering the interests and desires of Brijwasis when making policies. The Goswami said that disregarding the interests of locals threatens the very existence of Vrindavan. Goswamiji said that locals are not informed about Government policies, so, no one knows if the schemes are being implemented properly.
Baba Madan Bihari Das of Tatia Sthan rose his voice against the governmentalization of temples. Babaji said that it is clear that the government’s attempts to change the darshan timings of Banke Bihari is part of the plan to governmentalize temple management, which will see the Goswamis lose control over their own temples. Dauji temple’s RK Pandey said that the governmentalization of temples is part of the government’s attempt to capture the donations made at temples.
At another meeting in Bhagawat Niwas, Raman Reti, yesterday, leaders spoke about the government’s backwardness in protecting cows and the Yamuna.
Mahant Shukdevdas Maharaj said that the lack of protection of cattle in Braj is an insult to Hinduism and threatens the principles that drive ‘Gopalan culture’. Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma‘s brother, Dr Naresh Sharma, said that religion should unite people and we must stand united to fight for cow protection.
Acharya Badrish, president of Sanatan Sanskar Seva Sansthan, talked about the need to remove the pollution from the Yamuna and the need to release more clean water into the river.