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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Sri Ganesha’s murti goes ‘missing’ in CM Jaganmohan’s constituency

Continuing the series of attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh, a Sri Ganesh murti has gone ‘missing’ from a temple village which falls in Pulivendula assembly constituency represented by YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

Villagers of Chagaleru village in Vemula mandal found the temple vigraha missing on Friday morning, and it is suspected that the temple was desecrated and murti stolen on Thursday night. Police rushed to the spot, but as in all other instances till date, have not found any clues or made any arrests.

Around 120 instances of temple desecration and/or murti vandalism have been reported from Andhra in the last 19 months since Jaganmohan Reddy, from a devout Christian family, came to power. His father YSR was a close confidante of Sonia Gandhi and served as CM of united Andhra from 2004-09, a period during which Christian evangelism really took off in the southern state. Jagan’s brother-in-law Anil Kumar is an influential televangelist with his own missionary ministries.

Detailed analysis by legal rights groups has found that for a long time now, the government of Andhra has been tacitly promoting Christianity by not only giving a free hand to hate-mongering evangelical organisations to carry out mass conversions, but subsidising such conversions using taxpayers’ money and turning a blind eye to fraud done by converted Christians who continue to avail schemes meant for poor Hindus using their prior SC/OBC caste certificates.

However, this spate of attacks on Hindu temples in AP has hardly made a dent in the Hinduphobic national mainstream media discourse, which went ballistic in 2015 after a handful of stray incidents involving churches in Delhi such as fire by short-circuit, window broken by children playing outside etc. became an international outrage with even likes of IPS Julio Ribeiro whipping up narrative of ‘Christians feeling unsafe’.

Even courts have failed to take any suo motu notice of this brazen attack on Hindus, on the contrary passing bizarre comments like “does someone become Christian if they read the Bible or have a crucifix in the house, have a Biblical name or attend Church sermons or Christian gospel conventions? Admittedly, the answer will be negative,” while rejecting a plea against Jagan’s visit to Tirupati temple without signing his faith declaration.

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