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Champat Rai

Compiled on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year (50 Years) of the global body by Ma. Shri Champat Rai, Secretary General, Vishva Hindu Parishad.


 01. A people’s movement initiated at the level of the people by Late Shankar Shivaram (Dadasaheb) Apte – Vishva Hindu Parishad was founded on Sri Krishna Janmastami Day, Vikram Samvat 2021, i.e., August 29, 1964 at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Mumbai as the global platform of Hindus that now form 1/6th of the 7 billion global population. This Cultural, charitable, non-political, non-profit world council of Hindus has now 73,555 branches/units in Bharat; 30 overseas national chapters; 35,900 Educational, Health, Self-Reliance, social service projects; it mobilises mass national consciousness-awakening programmes directed at ensuring national security, national prosperity and national dignity/self-esteem. Over 100 million people joined its Ekaatmataa Yagnas (Countrywide Unity Rallies). Its role for reclamation of national dignity/self-esteem through the Ayodhya, Ram Setu and other movements is well-known. Through its various departments it works for Hindu mobilization, rejuvenation, consolidation and empowerment. It asserts that Bharat being the lone extant Hindu country in the world amidst the crowd of 169 Christian countries and 52 Muslim countries, it must be upheld as the Hindu Rashtra (Hindu Nation) to perpetually serve the cause of holistic, altruistic, syncretic and spiritual Rishi-Krishi values in the world for the happiness, health and blessedness of all.

02. The Niyogi Committee Report on Christian Missionary Activities is a report published by the then Congress Party Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1956. The Report had created a ruction in the country. The Committee recorded that "there was a general complaint from the non-Christian side that the schools and hospitals were being used as means of securing converts." It said that"Reference was also made to the practice of the Roman Catholic priests or preachers visiting newborn babies to give ‘ashish’ (blessings) in the name of Jesus, taking sides in litigation or domestic quarrels, kidnapping of minor children and abduction of women and recruitment of labour for plantations in Assam or Andaman as a means of propagating the Christian faith among the ignorant and illiterate people." The report writes that especially Roman Catholic missions used money-lending as a device for proselytisation. They gave loans which were later written off if the debtor became a Christian. The people knew that Christians used tactics of force, fraud and allurement to effect collective conversion of poor people and especially the tribal people with the aim to shatter the harmony of the indigenous society thereby further partitioning the country and grabbing lands, manpower and the country’s resources to ensure sustenance for the non-indigenous forces. The world knows, the zeal to materialize the following canons of Jesus Christ have been the motivating watchwords of the X’ian missionaries, that is Jesus says in the Bible: ”I came to set the earth on fire. Do you suppose that I came to bring peace to the world? No, not peace but division.  From now on a family of five will be divided, three against two and two against three. Fathers will be against their sons and sons against their fathers; mothers will be against their daughters and daughters against their mothers; mothers-in-law will be against their daughters-in-law and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law.” (The Bible, New Testament, Luke 12. 49-52). Also, Jesus advised his believer followers: “Sell your coat and buy a sword.” (The Bible, New Testament, Luke 22.36). Horizontal religious conversion has been a very grave problem in the country and also a threat to national security, unity and territorial integrity. The 1947 partition of Bharat was the consequence of such conversion to Islam through sword and the black and white Jihadi worldview of Dar-ul-Islam (Islamised part of the world) and Dar-ul-Harab (Zone of War for Islamization).

03. Also the then Param Poojaniya Sarasanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sri Guruji M.S. Golwalkar was concerned as to how the Bhaaratvanshis living abroad could perpetually maintain their affection for and live their Dharma and holistic worldview given by the Rishi-Krishi Tradition and keep up their contacts with the Holy Land of their ancestors! 

04. By virtue of being a member of the media, Dadasaheb Apte used to travel around the world. He had occasions to see how the overseas Hindus were getting cut off from their Dharmic and cultural roots. He painfully noticed the grave challenge of horizontal religious conversion of Hindus abroad and obviously in Bharat. He also felt that the liberty (Swatantrataa) of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship was being misinterpreted and misused as licentiousness (Swecchhachaaritaa) in Bharat that would pollute the socio-cultural environment. He also was deeply thinking as to how to divise a plan to counter the aggressions being made on Hindu existence. The country had got political freedom, but the society was being made to break into pieces. The rise of communism in the country was also a matter of concern. What would be the penalty of an unsustenable model of material expansion – whether it would also prop up licentiousness and anarchy in society – and how to remain unscathed from all these – such were the questions and counter-questions that asked his head, heart and hands to be addressed. Communism had come to rule in many countries of the world. The communist predicament had arrived in East Asia. China had mounted aggressions on Tibet. They destroyed thousands of temples, Gompas, monasteries; killed Sadhu-SantsLamas. His Holiness the Dalai Lama – the spiritual and temporal head of Tibet – had to be in exile in Bharat. China had come to the borders of Nepal. China considered religion and spiritualism as the opium of the people. All these things perhaps kept tossing and churning in the mind of Dadasaheb Apte, and during this period in 1961 three pieces of his writing had appeared in the magazine “Kesari” founded by Late Lokmanya Tilak Ji. In these articles he had articulated the justification for a global Hindu organization that could take care of the interests of Hindus in Bharat and abroad.    

05. By a divine design and not merely by co-incidence, Ven. Swami Chinmayanandaji Maharaj of Chinmaya Mission, as a result of his experiences of world tours for Jnana Yagna purposes, was also thinking on these lines for a global platform for Hindus. In the 1963 CE issue of the “Tapovan Prasad” magazine published by his base Ashram at Sandipani Sadhanalaya, Mumbai his article calling for the necessity of a World Hindu Conference had appeared. 

06. Dr Shambhunath Capildeo – a Member of Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago – was very much worried that the Bhaaratvanshis living for over 150 years in his country and other countries in West Indies were losing touch with their Dharmabhoomi Bharat, an erosion of Hindu ethos and life values was taking place among them as the Sanskar-cultivating and inculcating people were not available in the Caribbeans, and if the Sanskars (training in character formation) completely got eroded, the society would become an insensible body. He came to Bharat with a hope that the then Government of Bharat would help him tide over this socio-cultural problem. But he was disappointed with the response of the Government of India. Someone advised the visiting MP to seek audience with the then Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief M S Golwalkar popularly known as Shri Guruji. Accordingly he met Guruji at Belgaum in Karnataka and shared his concerns with him. It was at this meeting that the seeds for a worldwide organisation of Hindus were planted.

07. Sri Guruji sent for Sri Dadasaheb Apte and reminded him of his articles and asked him to act to materialize the dream. Dadasaheb delegated the responsibility of the Hindustan Samachar to some other Karyakarta and undertook a 10-month long tour all over the country exchanging views and notes with scholars, Sants and socio-cultural leaders. 

08. He has had audiences with Their Holiness Sankaracharyas of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (T.N.) and Sringeri Sharada Peetham (Karnataka). In Mumbai he met Kulpati Dr. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi – Sardar Patel’s Uttarsadhak in the matter of reconstruction of the historic Somnath Temple and founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan. In Vidarbha he met Sant Tukdoji Maharaj. In Rajasthan he met Sri Chandrasekhar Shastriji (who later went on to become the Jagadguru Sankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth, Puri). He also met Dr Sampurnanandji, Ven. Kushak Bakulaji from Ladakh, Former Supreme Court Judge Sri B.P. Sinha, Politician Babu Jagjeevan Ram, Jain Muni Sushil Kumarji, Giani Bhupinder Singhji in Punjab, Dr Hazari Prasad Dwivediji in Chandigarh, Dr Acharya Vishwabandhuji in Hoshiarpur, Sadguru Jagjit Singhji of Namdhari Samaj, Prabhudatt Brahmachariji in Vrindavan, Sir Sitaram Rai Ji, Shri Sriprakashji, Hanuman Prasad Poddarji, Industrialist Sri Jugal Kishore Birlaji, Ven. Guru Yogiraj Maharaj Ji of Swami Narayan Sampraday. Dadasaheb met all of them and had exchange of notes and ideas.  

09. Apteji exchanged letters with about 600 leading figures and organizations in Bharat and 40 abroad. He met about 200 scholars and thinkers in Bharat and invited 150 of them to the maiden meeting. As a result of this hard work, Vishva Hindu Parishad could take shape on Sri Krishna Janmashtami Day on August 29, 1964 at the Sandipani Sadhanalay, Powai, Mumbai – the base Ashram of the Chinmaya Mission movement.  

10. Amongst the founding fathers that witnessed the formation of Vishva Hindu Parishad were Sri Madhavrao Sadashivrao Golwalkar (Parampujya Sri Guruji), Kulpati Dr. K.M. Munshi, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, Swami Shankaranandaji, Brahmachari Dattamurtiji, Master Tara Singhji, Giani Bhupinder Singhji, 151 year old Yog Shiromani Sri Sitaramdasji Maharaj of Ramtek, Secretary General of Hindu Mahasabha Shri V.G. Deshpande, &c. Ven. Swami Chinmayanandaji Maharaj presided over the meeting. 

11. Welcoming the delegates at the outset of the first meeting, Ven. Swami Chinmayanandji Maharaj said, “This is a great occasion for a small institution of mine that we have assembled here to accomplish a very significant task. Let us all make collective efforts for the upliftment of the entire Hindu society in a concerted manner by forsaking all differences of our creed, colour, language etc. as a first oblation in this Yajna.” It reminded the Atharvavedic guidance (1/15/1) "Just as the small rivulets merge to make a sacred river; the breezy winds unite to make a mighty typhoon; the small birds group to make a vast flock; may all the noble souls join the great yajna to realise the power of unity." 

12. While mentioning the plight of the Hindu society at this juncture, Master Tara Sing in his spirited speech stressed the fact that “the Sikhs and Hindus are not two separate communities. Prosperity of Sikhs is possible only so long as the Hindu Dharma is alive. Today in Punjab, they think as though Hindus and Sikhs are two separate communities. Sikhs are an inalienable part of great Hindu society. Guru Govind Singhji had elaborated the knowledge and philosophy in Gurumukhi only by profusely drawing from the Hindu scriptures and Puranas. Are we to forsake these traditions passed on to us from generation to generation?” While wholeheartedly supporting the activities of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Masterji said, “At the fag end of my life, I have an intense desire to see resolution of a couple of problems. Seeing the success of the Parishad and fulfilment of its objects is one among them.” He also prevailed upon the Conveners that “they should find out some immediate remedies for binding all in the string of unity by dispelling all differences amongst us. Nowhere it is so imminently required as it is in Punjab and Bengal as now.” He said, “I am confident that if Hindus and Sikhs embrace each other once, the entire country would be charged with a new life and such a campaign would move the hearts of our brethren abroad.”

13. Just before its conclusion, Param Pujaniya Shri Guruji addressed the convention in words replete with meaning. He said: “We have assembled here with a very great idea in our minds. We all know it very well that many people from our society have gone to different countries of the world for various reasons and are presently living there. If we bring both these pictures—of the past and the present—before our eyes, one thing pricks our heart that we had gone to every nook and corner of the world in ancient times as the victors of Dharma, the victors of Culture and as the direct victors in the mundane life also; but in the last hundred and fifty years we went to serve there as coolies and for similar baser occupations. The comparison of both these periods is certainly painful to our heart. But now it would not be enough merely to recollect the glory of the past and sit yearning over it. Now we all have to make attempts to nourish them in such way that those of our brethren, who are spread all over, would once again be able to establish themselves as the flag bearers of our Dharma and culture in those countries. I feel, the very idea of the Convention has emerged only with this view that—we have a noble idea behind holding this Convention so that the Hindus living in Bharat, which is the very fountain head of Hindu Dharma and also those living in different countries come here; imbibe the holy atmosphere of this land; see the holy pilgrimages; meet the great souls here; be sanctified by taking bath in the Tirthas; cherish in their bosoms the utterances of great personalities here; nourish a feel of utmost piety and pride towards our Dharma, our culture, and our life traditions; so that they will be able to hold aloft the flag of Hindu Dharma and culture all over the world once again. It is to achieve this goal that we have gathered here.” Dadasaheb Apte used to say that our Rishi-Krishi Tradition considers the entire humanity as a big family, it patronizes the non-exclusivistAnekaantvaadi and Syaadvaadi view that humanity experiences and expresses Truth variously, it has given a holistic worldview to the world, it says that the ideal law of social development is the rule of perfect individuality and perfect reciprocity – self-realization is the sense, secret or covert, of the individual and of social development, but the exclusivist desert religions of Christianity and Islam do not even want the existence of other schools of religion and spirituality, let alone leaving any space for them. Communism is also a religion having all its three ingredients, i.e., its Prophet is Karl Marx, Bible is Das Capital and God is Dialectical Materialism. Islam, Christianity and Communism – these three religions have been targeting the Hindus. It is not that they love Hindus, but their eyes are on the land, economics and manpower of Hindus. The Hindus have, therefore, to be eternally vigilant in the age of power games, economics and aggressions and unite and organize for self-preservation and enrichment. In Bharat horizontal conversion to any desert religion invariably equals to conversion of nationality – which is why the Islamic Republic of Pakistan came into existence on the basis of their Two Nation Theory. Pakistan’s standpoint vis-à-vis India has been: Ours is ours, but yours is negotiable. We have always been coming together to remove the social evils and for reformation movements. The Jain conventions and the Buddhist councils have had such goals. The great Sikh Gurus have taught about the importance of Panth conventions. Such conventions in history have taken place many times to scrutinize and review the older systems and formulate new codes as per the demands of the times. All the Holinesses and Excellencies are therefore requested to give a new Code of Conduct for the guidance of the new generation and protect them from evils.              

14. It had been decided in the two-day meeting that any political office-bearer cannot be an office-bearer of Vishva Hindu Parishad. This work is non-political. VHP would represent all schools of indigenous faith. Another decision taken was that a three-day World Hindu Conference (22-24 January, 1966) bringing on one platform Hindu representatives from all across the world would be held at the Holy Sangam banks at Prayagraj on the auspicious occasion of Mauni Amavasya during Maha Kumbh Mela.  

15. Dadasaheb wrote later that it was the duty of the awakened Hindus to mobilize from time to time all the schools of indigenous religion, sect, spiritualism and different dimensions of Bharatiya culture to one platform and put their millions of followers into one string of pearls. Proactive measures should be taken so that they have a sense of glory about and belonging to their Dharma, Traditions, Culture (Kulaachaar) and history. The respect for the Sanskars of Life – all the milestones of one’s life – from the conception to the last rites – should be revived. Our society reached this sorry state of affairs in spite of our liberal character and thinking, tolerance, holistic culture and civilization, and we have to change the sorry state and reclaim and reassert the pinnacle of glory. The Hindus living in Bharat and abroad have to be cultivated as the Trustees of Bhagwan and Mother Earth, they must be made to have devotion and loyalty for and be proud of their unity, Dharma and Culture. Their sense of duty on the basis of Dharma should be revived. The live contact and love with our brethren living abroad should be re-established. They need effective guidance to be able to appreciate the Hindu reites and customs. In order to address these aims and objects the Vishva Hindu Parishad has been established with the blessings of all Philosophers, Acharyas, Gurus, Thinkers and famous sociologists and social workers.       

16. Ven. Swami Chinmayanandaji Maharaj was the founding president. He suggested electing a formal president. Dadasaheb set out on a tour of the country. He met the Mysore Maharaja Sri Jayachamaraja Wadeyar and presented before him the aims & objects of Vishva Hindu Parishad and requested him to lead the Parishad. The Maharaja accepted the request.  The Ex-Vice-Chancellor of Banares Hindu University (BHU), Sir Dr. C.P. Ramaswami Ayyar became the Vice-President and the next meeting was held in Delhi on December 22-23, 1964 at the residence of Acharya Dr. Lokesh Chandraji. This meeting saw a discussion for the Constitution of Vishva Hindu Parishad. This gathering also got messages of blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and HH Sri Kushak Bakulaji (Ladakh). Ven. Sri Guruji specially attended the meet. Here it was decided to solicit cooperation for the First World Hindu Conference (1966) from HH the Dalai Lama and also the Emperor of Mongolia and the Buddhist scholars of Japan. The Parishad meeting on May 27-28, 1965 took place at the royal residence of the Mysore Maharaja and it was decided to establish the national chapters of VHP in those countries where the Hindu presence is considerable. Here Dadasaheb made it clear that the loyalties of the members of those chapters to their respective esteemed countries would remain intact without any outside meddling. The Maharaja Mysore said that he was obliged for having gotten the opportunity to serve the cause of Hindu Dharma. The country and our society were going through destructive situations, and if we rightly practiced our Dharma – the laws and principles of individual and collective sustenance – then we would be able to prove formidable.       

17. It was a challenging task to organize the World Hindu Conference in 1966 at Prayagraj on the occasion of the Magh Mela. There has been a tradition of such Conferences to cogitate on and address social, cultural and spiritual issues. We all are aware of the tradition of “Shaastraath” (debates and discussions). The Rg Veda (1.89.1) says: "Aano bhadraah kratavo yantu vishwatah:" (Let noble thoughts come to us from all over the world). Due to such pro-wisdom disposition, we have always been able to keep the Hindu society refreshed, era-agreeable and updated giving up those outlooks and beliefs that have become out-of-date. The first such conference on the banks of the Holy Sangam was inaugurated by Emperor Harshvardhan of Kannauj in 680 CE. That period saw the launch of foreign offensives and invasions and due to engulfing security problems and political instabilities the tradition of thinking and discussions to settle idealistic and realistic questions got obstructed as the question of survival became the immediate priority. As a measure to insulate itself from these life & death challenges, the society clung to its outlooks and beliefs more tightly. The country had to fight for over 1,000 years to get freedom from foreign serfdom in 1947 CE, but most of the things that the policy-makers had in their mindset were non-Bharatiya and even harmful to the nation. That outlandish mindset had to be purged, the society gotten refreshed, the process of renaissance given a forward push. Dadasaheb put himself to this task with great earnest and again undertook a tour of the entire country.

18. On January 22, 1966, seated on the Vyaspeeth (dais) were 20 Jagadguru Acharyas and Dharmagurus of various Sampradayas (sects). The convention began with the universal Mangalaacharan (Invocation of Divine Blessings) of “Vishwamakhilam-uddhaartumami Nirmitaa Vayam….. (Almighty Lord has given us birth to redeem the entire universe… and ensure World Peace, Happiness, Health and Blessedness). After the Mangalacharan, all the Dharmacharyas present sang the traditional prayers of their respective schools/creeds/sects and gave their blessings for the success of the convention. Vedic scholars from Kashi representing different Vedic branches recited the Vedas in their classical way. His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya of the Paschimaamnaaya Dwaraka Kalika Peetham in his blessings said: “…We have decided to come together at this anxious historic moment. This is the most critical juncture in the annals of Hindu Dharma, which we have to face boldly. It is also an important development that we are coming together under the banner of Vishva Hindu Parishad, so that we can forge ahead to establish unity amongst all the Hindus of the world…”  

19. Thinkers and intellectuals of different countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, England, Germany, France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Japan, South-East Asian Countries, etc., were happy over this development and had sent their goodwill messages. On this occasion, HH the Dalai Lama wrote, “Hindu Dharma is more ancient and eternal than many other religions of the world. Its philosophy is extremely rich. Hence, the followers of Hindu Dharma should remain active always to protect their Hindu Dharma and contribute their mite adequately.”

20. Philosopher President of India Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan underlining the importance of this conference in his message of greetings wrote: “I am glad to know that there will be a Conference on Hindu Religion. Incessant self-renewal from the Vedas to the Upanishads, to the Gita, to the Acharyas and the modern bhaktas has been assuming different emphases. They all stress the aspects, which are regarded by them as relevant to their particular generation. The same process of renewal is happening today and Hinduism is getting modified from within. This does not mean that Hinduism gives up its fundamental features, which are personal encounter with the Supreme as the essence of religion, the spirit of renunciation and the service of humanity. Hinduism has always stressed the open search for truth and never clung to the, defence of the tradition. The spirit of renunciation does not require us to give up our body or life. One need not, give up the world. The Divine is everywhere and we have to take the trouble to discover it. It recognises the great hunger of mind and thirst of soul in every individual. Renunciation is not an end in itself. It makes individual a better man and thus helps to raise the level of society. We can paraphrase the Upanishads verse “Remember Him who is One, Who is indistinguishable through class or colour, and Who, by His varied forces, provides, as is necessary for the needs of each class and of all. Let us pray to Him, Who gives wisdom to unite us all in understanding.”

21. In his goodwill message to the Conference King Mahendra of Nepal said that it was “necessary that Hindus all over the world should be united with cultural ties”. The King’s message called on the “saints, oriental scholars and men of learning and culture” assembled at the Conference to spell cut the basis of the Hindu way of life and frame a “religious code suited to the needs of the time”

22. His Excellency Governor of Uttar Pradesh Sri Vishwanath Das inaugurated the Convention.

23. His Excellency Governor of Bihar Sri Anant Shayanam Iyengar launched the special edition of the bi-lingual “Hindu Vishva”magazine and said that the world was afflicted by many crises, and the crisis of wars could be addressed and prevented with the holistic ideals of Hindu Dharma.

24. Representatives from South-East Asia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, Fiji, Thailand and many other countries presented their views.

25. Swami Naradanandaji, Swami Atmanandaji, Swami Advaitanandaji, HH Jagadguru Shankaracharyaji of Puri, Swami Vishwesh Tirthaji Maharaj, Sadguru Jagjit Singhji, Sri Raghavacharyaji and Sri Ghund Maharaj gave their guidance.

26. HH Jagadguru Madhwacharya Swami Vishvesh Teerthaji Maharaj in his brilliant and inspiring speech in Hindi in the 1966 Convention emphatically dealt with the need for all the Sampradayas coming together to lead the Hindu society. He said, “Today’s world belongs to those that are mighty. Everywhere there is conflict in the world. Under the circumstances, we not only have to live but also be victorious. For formulating a Common Code of Conduct for Hindus as per the times, we need to form a Vidwat Parishad (Council of Scholars). Efforts must be made to carry the message of Hindu unity and consolidation to every Hindu including those of the economically weaker and downtrodden sections.” 

27. On this occasion, Rashtrasant Shri Tukdoji Maharaj said: “I feel so glad seeing how successfully the Vishva Hindu Parishad is exerting to translate the ideas which inspired the setting up of the Bharat Sadhu Samaj!”

28. Presenting the progress report of the Parishad covering the period from its inception upto the Convention, Dadasaheb Apte said that occupation of Tibet by China in 1959 and its aggression on Bharat in 1962 were the critical events of the time. The forces of communism had been mounting aggressions on both Buddhist and Hindu dignity and existence. Therefore, at a global level the Hindu organization has to play its role even in the Buddhist world. Immediately after the establishment of the Parishad, Dadasaheb went to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Dharmasala, Himachal Pradesh to discuss about the work of VHP. Vishva Hindu Parishad, hence, is the commonwealth and common platform for all schools of the the Himalayan Tradition including the Vedic and the Shraman ones to all of whom the main thing is transcendental consciousness and the so-called external differences are secondary factors merely relative to time, place and person. Eleven of the Resolutions were passed by the Conference. 

29. The main concern of the Parishad at that time was to formulate an Era-Agreeable Common Code of Conduct in the new context. The Resolution passed in this respect is still relevant. Resolutions were also passed regarding expansion of facilities for study and teaching of Sanskrit in the country and abroad, and also the development of the sense of mutuality and togetherness amongst the various sects and wings of Hindus. Resolution on the need to consolidate the Hindus living abroad was also passed with greetings and best wishes to them.

30. Hindu Mutt-Mandirs (Monasteries and Temples) have been the backbone and secret codes of the enduring nature/immortality, optimism and buoyancy of the Hindu society in spite of political and socio-economic changes. The British Raj had realized that the Union Jack was unsafe in the presence of such autonomous institutions of Hindu solidity and constancy. In order to weaken and smash these institutions, the Raj tried to end its autonomy by taking these religio-spiritual institutions and its endowments under state control. Towards this end, laws were enacted and the Mutt-Mandirs became a mere Government Department. Acts of appropriating, selling and auctioning the temple lands and other endowments started. It was also an aggression on the Hindu society. Even after the independence, the persons to whom the state power was transferred, remained the committed followers of the policies of the colonial masters. But even the Mutt-Mandirs now have been lagging behind in performing their duties and shouldering responsibilities as per the needs of the present times. Today the capabilities of these institutions to inspire the society are unmanifest. A resolution in this context appealed to all administrators, custodians and trustees of temples, maths and ashrams to co-operate with the public in bringing about a“transformation, restoration or reformation” in these holy places so that they could become vibrant centres for the “dissemination of our Dharma and Sanskriti.”

31. While discussing about protection of cow and its progeny, the scholars said that cow has always been a subject of veneration for the Hindus living all over the world. The Rishi-Krishi Culture had long ago observed a perfect sequence, harmony and compatibility between Mother Nature and Mother Cow so much so that both of them were venerated as “Go”. The society has thus offered even its supreme sacrifices for the cause of Cow & its progeny. Our society believes that Cow is complete ecology and the sustenability of fertility of Earth is dependent on Cow – the altruist and picture of piety. The holistic economy of the agricultural country Bharat has always been cow-centric. But the slaughter of cow by the desert religionists started in the medieval period of slavery and conflicts and the butchery has not stopped even after the independence of the country in spite of the fact that the Part-IV-DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY of the Constitution of Bharat prohibiting cow slaughter reads: “48. Organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry.—The State shall endeavour to organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds, and prohibiting the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle” (vaahak pashuon). The Conference in its Resolution had demanded that the Government of India should pass a central law to impose a uniform ban on cow slaughter throughout the country in deference to the sentiments of the national society of Bharat as also to give proper respect to the reverence and sanctity which the Cow enjoys in national psyche. The decision to demonstrate on November 07, 1966 in front of the Parliament of Bharat at New Delhi for the cause of Cow-Protection and a Central Law Banning Cow Slaughter was taken at this Convention. The Resolution at the same time exhorted Hindus to translate their feelings of piety for the Cow by endeavouring zealously to serve, protect and multiply the cattle-wealth by cultivating ‘Gorakshaa’ as a duty and not stop at merely worshipping her as mother.

32. Reversal of conversion and welcome back home: -  The country would greatly benefit, our leaders felt, if the Hindu society heartily welcomed the home-coming of all those Hindu brethren, who had been forced to desert in the past, due to various reasons, their traditions, Dharma, heritage and great personages, and adopt the ways of Islam or Churchianity. At ground zero level the Hindu society does not get ready to welcome them back home. Perhaps the Hindu society had adopted this hard stance as a measure of insulation to safeguard its identity and dignity that have always been threated and aggressed upon during the 1,000-year period of foreign invasions and rules. But era-agreeable change in it was felt and Ven. Swami Vishwesh Tirthaji Maharaj gave a winning catchphrase “Na Hindu Patito Bhavet” (“the Hindus can never become fallen”/Hindu – The Never Fallen). The Convention hailed it overwhelmingly. This idea got the full support of the Sant Fraternity in the 1966 Hindu Convention held at the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela and removed any obstruction on the path of “Gharwaapsi” (home-coming) programme. This Convention was blessed to witness the said winning slogan. This declaration itself initiated the process of manifestation of a new Smriti (Book of Codes) and it was called “Paraavartan” (Home-Coming). The definition of the word “Hindu” got approval in this winning Convention. (The registration of the Constitution of the Parishad was effected on October 13, 1966 CE!). The Resolution, among other points, read: “This conference of the Vishva Hindu Parishad takes note of the fact that during the past several centuries many Hindus have left the folds of their forefathers due to ignorance helplessness and because of the pressure of violence, coercion and temptations exerted on them by the people of other faiths. The Parishad feels that a pressing need of the present time is assimilation and absorption, through reconversion of all such people who may desire, out of their own free will, to return to the faith of their forefathers.”   

33. For eradication of untouchability, a resolution was passed. It was decided to remove the toxicity of untouchability from the Hindu society and enhance the cause of elixir and ambrosia of fraternity. In the Pandharpur Convention held in Maharashtra in 1970 CE, Dadasaheb had said that the HH Jagadguru Shankaracharyas of Dwarka and Shringeri and the HH Jagadguru Acharyas of the Madhwa and the Vallabh Sampradayas have undeniably disallowed untouchability, and that the afflictions of poverty and inequality have to be removed through reformist social behaviour.  

34. All the participants took due note of the cryptic remark of the President of the Convention Justice Rama Prasad Mukherjee that:“The Parishad’s conference has ended but the Parishad’s work has only started.” It became the Mantra (motto) for Dadasaheb and other Karyakartas. The organizational framework began to be instituted on this basis. Dadasaheb decided to undertake a tour of the whole country. 

35. The need was felt to go immediately to those areas where Islam and the Church had been striking the hardest. In this respect the North-Eastern Bharat was the most sensitive zone, and Dadasaheb first of all undertook a tour of Assam. He felt that the Church was not only converting the people but also sowing the seeds of disaffection, separatism and secessionism. They try to coach the Vanavasis (forest-dwellers) and Girivasis (Hillmen) and other nationals in the remotest areas that you are animists (Nature Worshippers) and not Hindus, therefore, you have nothing in common with the other people of India. In this way they try to cut off those brethren from the national main-stream. Muslim infiltrators from the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) were setting up their illegal bases inside Assam. Dadasaheb studied all these situations and VHP service projects were started in Assam.  

36. Convention in Assam Zone: - Three Convention were held – On October 02, 1966 in Guwahati; In February 1967 a 3-day conference again in Guwahati and On March 27-28-29, 1970 in Jorhat. In order to renovate the famous Indian pilgrimage place Parasuram Kund situated in Arunachal Pradesh on the borders of Tibet and Myanmar, the Parasuram Kund Vikas Samiti was registered in 1967, a temple was constructed and an icon of Bhagwan Parasuram was also installed in it. In the 1966 Convention it was highlighted that animism (Nature Worship) is a basic feature of Hindu worldview as the Rg Veda invokes various forces of Mother Nature to endow man with happiness, health and blessedness. Animism is the worldview that says that non-human entities also possess a spiritual essence. Animism may further attribute souls to abstract concepts such as words, true names or metaphors in mythology. Therefore, the forces with vested interests and evil agendas on Bharat have been deliberately trying to engineer secessionism. All the people indigenous to the land between the HI(malayas) and the (s)INDHUS (oceans) are HINDUS whose worldview is holistic, altruistic and syncretic that is loftier than the Himalayas and deeper than the oceans.

37. South India Convention:- The Dec. 13-14, 1969 Udupi (Karnataka) convention of the VHP proved to be a historic occasion for the revitalization of the Hindu society. 15,000 delegates from 12,000 places of the zone and an equal number of local people participated in it. Leaders of 40 leading schools of religion and spirituality including those from Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Veer-Shaivas, Dharmacharyas and Shakaracharyas (along with the Peethadhish of the Harijans) were on the dais. In the presence of this august gathering of 30,000 delegates, with the unanimous direction of all the spirituo-religious leaders, a far-reaching resolution – moved by the president of the convention Shri R. Bharnaiyya, IAS (Rtd), member of the Karnataka State Public Service Commission – passed a declaration that ‘There is no place for untouchability in Hinduism. So, Hindus should conduct all their socio-cultural activities with a spirit of brotherhood transcending and discarding all feelings of untouchability and high-low.’ At this historic realization of the moment, the entire convention, including Shri Guruji Golwalkar, was ecstatic and thunderously hailed and applauded the Dharmacharyas and one another. Shri Guruji also lent his voice to this hailing. According to Late Shri Yadavaraoji Joshi, it was the moment of greatest joy in Shri Guruji’s life. Jagadguru Madhwacharya Pejawar Swami Sri Vishveshteerthaji Maharaj gave a new Mantra ‘Hindavah Sahodaraa Sarve’ (All Hindus are brethren!). At the end of the convention, Sri Guruji appealed to the people at large that the spirituo-religious Masters have commanded to discard untouchability, therefore, it is the duty of each and every worker that we should practice the command of the Sants in our personal life. Sri Guruji had also said that if our Mathadhipathis (Abbots) start moving amongst the people in society, it could bring about a great transformation in the life of the national society.

38. Western India Convention:- It was held at Pandharpur (Maharashtra) on December 5-6, 1970. In his address Shri Dadasaheb said:“We all are Hindus, neither anyone is untouchable nor Adivasi. Every Hindu should be an ideal Hindu so that Hindutva could be appreciated and internalized by every home.” Conventions were held in October 1972 at Siddhapur in Gujarat and again in Mumbai in 1974.

39. Similar Conventions were held in Odisha in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1973.

40. The then Vice-President of India Shri Gopal Swarup Pathak and the Governor of U.P. Shri Gopal Reddy had attended the 1971 Hindu Convention held in Eastern U.P. The message of greetings was received from the President of India Shri V.V. Giri.

41. These conventions created a sense of self-esteem in the society and promoted the feeling that “We are all Hindus.” Strong organizational units took roots in the places that hosted the conventions. 

42. VHP Work in Foreign Countries:- Even prior to the formation of VHP, Sri Apteji had established regular communication channels with leading overseas Hindu brethren and institutions/organizations. Delegates from abroad had attended the the 1966 World Hindu Convention held at Prayagraj. At some places abroad the Parishad work was taking roots. The VHP work in the USA had started in 1970. In 1971, Dadasaheb undertook a 9-month long overseas tour of 117 cities in 30 countries including Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hongkong, etc., to promote the VHP work. He addressed 140 meetings of Karyakartas. He toured England for about a month and again went there in 1975.   

43. Enshiring the Vedas in the world:- Pragnyachakshu Ven. Swami Gangeswaranandaji Maharaj was a leading Sant of the Udasin Tradition. He had got all the four Vedas published and bound in one volume. He wanted these Vedas to reach all over the world. The Parishad came forward for this work. Apteji accompanied Ven. Swami Gangeswaranandaji in 1974-75 CE to many countries of the world and got constructed small Veda temples at 88 places. Apteji himself addressed the people there on the significance of Bharatiya culture and the Vedas. Dadasaheb Apteji had declared that “Vishva Hindu Parishad would formulate the new Code of Conduct and any system that has become redundant and irrelevant in the flow of time, those will be deleted. This global tour of the Ved Bhagwan symbolizes this determination.” Praising the overseas Hindu organizations and institutions, Apteji had said that “In spite of remaining remote from Bharat those who have maintained their identity with Hindu Dharma, the Parishad will continue to help them in every manner and guide them.” In this way Dadasaheb Apteji gave VHP an international image and his efforts and determination appear to be fructified.

44. In the Governing Council meeting of VHP held on June 12, 1977, Dadasaheb Apte delegated his organizational responsibility to Sanskrit Scholar Sri Rajabhau Degwekar and retired to Pune. 

45. World Hindu Convention-II-1979:- It was held on the holy Sangam banks at Prayagraj on January 25-26-27, 1979. It was presided over by the President of the Parishad Maharana Bhagavat Singhji Mewar and Sri Rajabhau Degwekar was the Secretary General. The Chairman of the Reception Committee was the Delhi industrialist Shri Vishnu Hariji Dalmia. Shri Dalmiaji got attuned to the work of the Parishad so much so that he was later entrusted with the work of its President. His Holiness the Dalai Lama came to inaugurate the Convention. In his address he said, “Someone may feel my presence in this Convention awkward. But when seen liberally, it is not impertinent, because, the Hindus and adherents of all those Bharat-originated religions are participating in this Convention. The Buddhism evolved in Tibet is, in fact, an Indian religion originally propounded by Lord Buddha himself. We have not only kept it secure till today, but developed it further. After having discussions with the intellectuals of Bharat, I felt that there is no difference whatsoever between them and us either on the basis of philosophy or practice. The entire treasure accumulated with us for past millenia originally belongs to Bharat only. The principal aim of all religions is to rid the living beings from their grief, misery and sorrow. Their paths may be different, but their goal is to bestow peace and happiness upon all. Hence, if all adherents of Bharat-based religions come together with the aspiration for working to attain happiness and welfare of all, then it is absolutely relevant and necessary too. That’s why I heartily feel a sense of delight while participating in this Convention.” His Holiness had also visited Kashi where he was felicitated by the Vedic Scholars of Kashi. There was a time when the Scholars of Kashi had barred Lord Buddha from entering into Kashi. This mistake of history was undone under the aegis of VHP in 1979 CE. HH the Dalai Lama had complimented the scholars of Kashi. The then Industry Minister of Mauritius Shri Dayanand Basantraiji had attended the Prayag Convention. It was unanimously declared that “Keeping in mind the contexts of place and time, we would provide dynamic guidance for the social recognition, religious faith and cultural commitments of our Hindu brethren living abroad, on the basis of the essential ideals of Hindutva, as indicated by the standpoints and ideals of the Maharshis,.” Thirteen resolutions were passed in the convention on topics such as eradication of casteism and untouchability, protection of the Mutt-Mandirs, protection of cow and its progeny, awakening of Mother Power, protection of the interests of the Hindus in such areas where they have been reduced to minority, etc. In his concluding speech, Sri Maharanaji said, “I am envisioning the actual morph of the Almighty Lord and his divine powers in this Sammelan. What else should I say, if not call it as the very incarnation of the Almighty Lord and a form of His own power while describing the entire gamut of these programmes that went on here for the last three days with such a peace, equipoise of mind, civilisised way and order in a perfectly natural fashion, without any type of inhibitions or hindrances? I have not seen a single policeman anywhere near here to take charge of this Mahanagar. We have realised our own inner strength, secured knowledge and wisdom and got a definite direction through the thoughts, addresses, speeches and resolutions presented by various Acharyas, Sants, thinkers and the delegates. But it could not be treated as successful till such time as this does not get consolidated further and expanded all over.” In the Matru Sammelan – Women Convention – held on January 26, were present Rani Gaidinliu of Nagaland, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia and Poetess Mahadevi Verma. Dr. Karan Singhji attended the Sant Sammelan. In the Overseas Hindu Convention held on 27th Januaryresolutions were passed on Protection of Overseas Hindus, Overseas Hindu Students Studying in India and Protection of Hindus in Bangladesh. An Exhibition in the name of Dharma Ganga was put up. 

The Minimal Codes of Coduct for Hindus was pronounced:

* The Sun being the gravitating and sustaining Star of the Solar Family, the cause of life and triggering force of consciousness on Earth and the sunlight the Earth's primary source of energy, it is the Presiding Deity in our Family of Planets and Satellites. Therefore, do Sun Salute (Surya Namaskar) every day.

*“OM” being the signature of the Almighty universally recognized through the signature tune of creative cosmic vibrations at the micro and the macro levels and visible forms of galaxies and it also being the common reference point of all the spirituo-religious schools of the Omkar Parivar including the Vedic, Shraman, Sikh traditions, etc., every Hindu should sport an OM locket and begin work with OM chanting and also display it on books, note-books, diary, vehicles, etc.

* Shrimad Bhagavad Gita – that is the Immortal Dialogue Between Soul and Spirit – in other words, the Royal Science of God-Realization –– as given by Lord Krishna is part and parcel of Indian culture coming from generations and is a national heritage book. Hence every Hindu family must keep a copy of the Gita at home.

* Every Hindu family should keep a picture or icon of its respective Ishtadev (Guiding Deity/personal god) and daily prayers should be offered to the deity to the extent possible.

*Tulsi is a well-known medicinal plant and has nevertheless great religious significance. Hence every Hindu Home must have a Tulsi plant as a mark of purity and sanctity.

*As far as possible, regularly register your attendance at your respective Dharma Kendra (centre of faith) for prayers and Darshan (vision) – physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual. 

Although Dadasaheb had retired from the post of Secretary General, he nevertheless came upon the podium at the concluding session and said that the Parishad work had gone global and Ved Temples now dot 88 places in the world. Sri Guruji chose to take a wild flower and put him to the service of the people. I have had that fortune. There is no danger to the holistic, altruistic and syncretic Hindu Dharma! Let others save themselves from the explosions and implosions of their own making. 

46. His dear Mother Mata Umabai had left for her heavenly abode on October 25, 1979. Apteji had become free from both his debts to his biological mother and Mother India. He had once said: “May I take birth again and again in this land of Bharatvarsh, so that every time I can dedicate my entire life and body to fulful the unfinished tasks.” Apteji left his mortal coil at 08.40 P.M. on October 10, 1985.  

47. Dadasaheb’s ancestors were from Navasari in Gujarat. Father Shankar Rao’s resources were meager. But exemplary was his integrity in the eyes of the people. Dadasaheb’s mother’s name was Uma. He was born to this pious couple Uma-Shankar on February 02, 1905 at his maternal grandfather’s place in Baroda, Gujarat. The baby was named Shivaram but in course of time he was lovingly called Dadasaheb and became famous by this society name.

48. Even before his entrance into primary school he was trained by his mother to get by heart stanzas of Marathi verses of Samarth Swami Ramdas and tutored by his father to memorize stanzas of Sanskrit verses. He did his graduation in Dharma and Vedanta from Baroda and law from Mumbai. He also practiced law for some time in Mumbai as an assistant to the famous Kanhaiya Lal Maneklal. Dadasaheb was equally at ease with several languages including English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, etc. He was a litterateur, author, portrait-painter. He authored several books. He also for sometime worked as a Sanskrit Teacher. It was also Apteji who had initiated the idea of and laid the foundation for the famous Amar Chitra Katha series when he himself drew and painted the story of Samarth Ramdas in comic format. When the work of the Subhas Chandra Bose-founded Forward Bloc was started in Mumbai by the famous lawyer Nariman, Apteji became active in the organization. He also sub-edited an English magazine and also worked in the United News of India (UNI) national news agency. It appears that Dadasaheb was eternally vigilant and always on the look out for the summum bonum of his life and work.  

49. Young Shivaram (Dadasaheb) came in contact with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1939 in Mumbai. As a result the direction of his life changed and one day he recorded in his daily diary: “Won’t enter into worldly life, won’t get married, but would dedicate my life to the service of Mother India”. He came in touch with Sri Guruji in the 1940 Nagpur Sangh Shiksha Varg (OTC) and the rapport was to season sooner than later. He fully identified with the work of the Sangh and in 1944 went to Tiruchirapally in Tamil Nadu as a Pracharak.

50. Veer Savarkarji had invited Dadasaheb to stay at his residence in Mumbai. He stayed in his house for four years. It was Savarkarji who had in 1942 inspired Dadasaheb to start a news agency that would present not only the British side of a story but the Bharatiya side also. Probably for this reason when in 1948-49 when the Sangh faced crisis, then Dadasaheb felt that the media of the day were making unbalanced and preposterous propaganda against the Sangh, the role of the media was negative. In 1948 Dadasaheb (S.S.) Apte set up the Hindusthan Samachar – a multilingual news agency in India. Today Hindusthan Samachar provides news in 14 Indian languages. Efforts are on to cover more. The Government also sought his help in making the Devnagri script teleprinter.

51. In July 1988 Shri Ashokji Singhal was given the responsibility of Joint General Secretary of VHP. At that time Maharana Bhagavat Singh Mewar was the President of the Parishad and the Agra Jeweller Shri Har Mohan Lalji was the Secretary General. Acharya Giriraj Kishoreji came to VHP in 1983 as coordinator of All India Ekatmata Yatra. The subsequent presidents of VHP were Justice (Rtd) Shivnath Katju of Allahabad High Court (1985-92), Industrialist Vishnu Hari Dalmia (1992-2005) and Ma. Ashokji Singhal (2005-2011). On untimely passing away of Sri Har Mohan Lalji in 1986, Ma. Ashokji shouldered the task of Secretary General. Acharya Giriraj Kishoreji held the post from 1995 to 1998 and Dr Pravinbhai Togadiya from 1998 to 2011. Numerous friends are still there who have seen and known the post-1982 development story of Vishva Hindu Parishad. The development is well-known and so I’m concluding this compilation here. The VHP today has come a long way in the history of Independent Bharat and in the last 50 years it has carved a niche for itself in the Bharatiya society and Hindus abroad through its multi-faceted activities of social welfare and nation building.

Compiler:  Champat Rai (Secretary General, VHP)

New Delhi

Shravan Shukla Saptami Samvat 2071 Vikrami, i.e., August 03, 2014 CE


Messages of Prominent Persons on Formation of the Parishad

Several spirituo-religious heads, prominent intellectuals, great leaders, thinkers, etc., of Bharat could not attend this meeting due to unavoidable reasons. But they concurred with the aims and objects of this meeting. They considered founding of Vishwa Hindu Parishad as an essential and important step in the right direction and right time and accordingly sent their greeting messages. Some of them are reproduced here below:

* “Founding of Vishwa Hindu Parishad is a timely step. I wish complete success to this great Convention and its lofty objects.” - Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya, Dwaraka Peeth

* “His Holiness is happy that efforts are being made for a Hindu Convention. His Holiness is extremely delighted while sending his blessings for the same. You would get His necessary co- operation in your efforts.” -Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya, Shringeri Peeth

* “His Holiness sends his blessings.” -Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya, Puri

* “I send my best wishes for the success.” -Mahant Digvijayanath

* “I wish you every success.” - Sant Prabhudatt Brahmachari

* “I wish all success for the great cause undertaken by you. I pray God, ‘Hindus should work whole-heartedly for their ideals by forsaking their weaknesses and harmful tendencies…. I assure you that I shall be willing to remain ever active in the service of our country and religion till the last breath.” -H. H. Shankaranand Saraswati Swaminidhi, Karnataka

* “I am extremely happy that you have proposed to hold such a Convention, wherein proper harmony could be brought about between the various forces and tendencies. This has been a big obstacle in our country.” -Shri Shivakumar Swamigalu, Karnataka

* “I shall try to participate in the convention and I shall send the intimation later.” -H. H. Kushak Bakul, Chief Lama of Laddakh

* “The idea is very appreciable. We welcome this proposal.” -H. H. Satradhikari, Goswami Dekhinapat Satra ( Assam)

* “Your object is quite appreciable.” –Shri B. B. Raman

* “You have taken up the responsibility of a very useful task of organizing Vishwa Hindu Parishad. In spite of being an enormous task, all the same it is very essential too. Being in confor- mity with this idea, I am happy to contribute as one of its main Conveners.” -H. E. Mysore Maharaja Shri Jayachamraj Wodeyar

* “You have undertaken useful work of arranging a Vishva Hindu Parishad. It is certainly a stupendous task but a necessary one. I am glad to approve of the idea and to associate myself as one of the convenors.” - H. H. Maharaja of Mysore, Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar

* “As a Hindu, I extend my full support to the principles and objects of the Parishad and I will be happy to help it. I am glad to know that your plans will be progressing only on the appropriate sovereign Hindu background and with the involvement of national attitudes.” –Dr. Sunitikumar Chatterjee

* “The idea of Hindu Parishad is laudable. I wish it complete success.” - Pt. S. D. Satwalekar

* “The object is worthy of being achieved at any sacrifice. The time you have chosen is most suitable to organise such an association” - Shri K. Velayudhan Pillay

* “Highly welcome the step. Taken so thoughtfully in convening a Vishva Hindu Parishad.” - Shri Sita Ram (Meerut)

* “The main objective of the convention is indeed laudable. I do hope that the deliberations at the convention would go a long way towards bringing the peoples of our country closer to one another.” - Shri S. R. Das

* “The idea is laudable and deserves co-operation of everybody interested in organising people of different faiths originating in this ancient land of ours. I shall always extend you co-operation to my best.” - Shri Beniprasad Dalmia

* “Very much pleased with your idea of inviting the Vishva Hindu Parishad. I suggests Bharatiya Dharma Parishad in place of Vishva Hindu Parishad. My best wishes.” - Shri Jugal Kishore Birla

* “I may assure you of my continued association with your endeavour in this good cause.” - Shri Jagjivan Ram

* “I am in receipt of your letter and fully sympathise with your objectives.” - Dr. C. P. Ramaswami Aiyar

* “Proposal is in time and need of the Hindu Society which is disintegrating day by day. Hinduism if it is to live in this land of our forefathers need complete reorganisation in its present position. Convention of the type proposed will really do good.” - Shri V. K. Raja Raja Verma Raja Vaikom

* “The idea is indeed a great need of time and heartily appreciate.” - H. H. Satradhikar Goswami Auniati Satram (Assam)

* “It is a laudable idea and I welcome your step in this direction.” - Shri T. S. Avinashlingam

* “The idea is highly laudable. We welcome the proposal.” - H. H. Satradhikar Goswami of Dekhinpat Satra (Assam)

* “Let me extent my wholehearted support to the proposal of holding the World Hindu Convention at this juncture when India is badly in need of cultural and social solidarity to fight back the foreign intruders in cultural as will as social arena of India” - Shri P. Kunhiraman Nair

* “The idea is very timely and useful. I support it heartily. I offer my name as a convenor.” - Shri Hanumanprasad Poddar

* “His holiness sends his blessings” - Jagatguru Shankaracharya of Puri

* “Wish you success.” - Shri Prabhudatta Brahmachari

* “I wish complete success for the great meeting and its noble cause” - Shri Shankaracharya (Dwarakapith)

* “I send my good wishes for success” - Mahant Digvijaya Nath

* “I wish your deliberations all success.” - Shri Narayan Pillay of Kerala Hindu Mission

* “I will try to find a way for participating in the meeting which I can confirm on my next.” - H. H. Kushak Bakula (Head Lama of Laddakh and Minister for Laddakh Affairs) 


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