Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Prayer, persuasion to mark renewed Mandir drive - Lucknow - City - The Times of India

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    • Ram Mandir issue rears its head once again, albeit with a high dose of drama. Saffron forces set for a relaunch are eager to hit the road after Congressmen, currently on the roll, park their chariots. However, the parivar has opted for a brand new avatar, that of penitent and polite Munnabhai, to force a change of heart in rivals including MPs and MLAs over long-pending `mandir nirman' in Ayodhya.

      Come August 16, volunteers of Hanumat Shakti Jagran Yatra -- a campaign planned by VHP's Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarta Sammelan at Haridwar early this month, will walk upto MPs and MLAs and request a rethink over the mandir issue. "The combined power of prayer and persuation cannot be undermined and results,'' says central secretary of VHP Purushottam Narain Singh, "could be truly dramatic.''

      "We have instances in past where career politicians like Narasimha Rao abandoned party line to fulfil a commitment dictated by conscience. Moreover, if Parliament could pass legislation for taking over the control of Somnath temple, why can't it clears construction of Ram temple in the Ram Nagri,'' he asked.
    • If the tactic fails, next plan of action entails invoking divine intervention. The Yatra will organise Hanuman Chalisa recital at every khand and shakha. The number of recitals will vary from 11 to 101 depending upon the intensity of the response, a senior prachark told TOI. The recital, he said, would prove to be a major draw and have high degree of public participation. Ninety percent of Hindu adults can recite Hanuman Chalisa and unlike others the recital will last a few minutes, so it will be a sure hit, he said.

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