Friday, April 25, 2008

Vivekananda Illam spared!

Note from Dr S.Kalyanaraman.

It is ok that Hon'ble MuKa has withdrawn the proposed decision on
Vivekananda illam.
But then, equating Vivekananda with EVR Periyar and Anna is a bit jarring.
Someone should present Hon'ble MuKa with Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda
and hope that he reads the works to understand
that Swami Vivekananda is the very embodiment of sanatana dharma
which defines bharatiya culture in Hindusthanam.

Shows that online petitions do work apart from counters issued by
politico-s like
Ms. Jayalalithaa warning Hon'ble MuKa not to touch the Vivekananda memorial.


V House to remain intact

Thu, 24 Apr, 2008 , 03:15 PM (Newstoday)

Tamilnadu Chief Minister has dismissed reports about plans to demolish
Vivekananda House near Marina beach in Chennai.

He said the government had no plans to build a Tamil cultural centre
in its place as reported in the news media.

Replying to a special call attention motion in the Assembly, he said
some were trying to create a conflict between the government and
samiyars by spreading malicious news that the memorial of Swami
Vivekananda would be razed down.

'We don't have any problem with Swami Vivekananda. His preachings were
almost similar to those of our leaders Periyar and Anna,' said the
Chief Minister.

Stating that it was his government which had leased the Vivekananda
House to Ramakrishna Math, Karunanidhi said there was not even an iota
of truth in the reports.

He also said the Palar House, another building on the same Kamaraj
Road, would house the Tamil centre which would be set for the growth
of the language with funds from the Centre.

It may be recalled that the main opposition party AIADMK, BJP and
other political parties opposed the Tamilnadu government's alleged
directive to the Ramakrishna Math to return the Vivekanandar House.

In a statement, AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa said the DMK
government was in no way justified to ask the Math to move out of the
premises, named after Swami Vivekananda, by 24 April.

Instead, the government could find a new premises for setting up the
Tamil centre, she added.

She said the Castle Kernan premises was called Vivekanandar Illam as
the spiritual leader had stayed there for nine days in 1897 after
attending the Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

BJP State president L Ganesan, in a statement, had said that as long
as the Math was using the premises for the purpose for which it was
given on lease to it, the government had no case to get it back.

'While Classical Tamil Centre could be set up anywhere in the city, no
other place could get the status of Vivekanadar Illam, he said,
seeking the intervention of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to drop the
alleged move by extending the lease period till 2010.'

Meanwhile, Swami Gautama-nandaji, who heads the Ramakrishna Math in
Chennai, said he was shocked when he received a 'high-level message'
through an industrialist well- wisher that the government wanted the
premises back by 24 April.

'There is nothing on paper as of now, but word has reached us from the
highest quarters in the government to hand over the house and the
land.' he said.

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