//Asghar Ali objects to VHP mela

Asghar Ali objects to VHP mela

Wednesday, February 01, 2006  00:50 IST

MUMBAI: The Mumbai-based Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) headed by Asghar Ali Engineer has taken objection to the three-day Shabri Kumbh Mela from February 11 being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in the tribal belt of Dangs in Gujarat.  Engineer has asked the Centre to ensure the protection of minorities. The Sangh, however, claims that local adivasi chiefs have come out in support of the mela.

Releasing the report of the Citizens Inquiry Committee, Engineer said the local administration was hand-in-gloves with the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) and the VHP. He added that the tribals needed to be reassured and provided with local networks to protect them from intimidation, and attacks from the HJM and VHP.

Speaking to DNA, Konkan region Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) general secretary Dilip Pai said it was the democratic right of any organisation to hold such religious functions.
He added that if the CSSS had any grievances, they could lodge their complaint to the relevant authorities.