HR&CE Dept. should not behave like owners of Temple
20/05/2012 09:57:24 G Vijayalakshmi
It is a matter of grave concern that the TN Housing Board is contemplating construction of houses on temple lands. These are not Govt lands,but lands donated to temples by devotees for their favourite deities, and as such they were meant to be used only for
religious purposes.How can any Govt misuse the trust of the devotees and use the land for non-religious purposes?
The HR&CE Dept of the Govt is at best only a Trustee and should not try to behave like the owner of the temples. The Govt has no right to sell or transfer the assets of the temples to any third person,which would amount to committing breach of trust. The HR&CE is duty-bound to collect the rents at market values from the people who
are occupying temple lands, and evict encroachers. The funds accrued should be used only for the upkeep/maintenance of the temples and for promoting Hindu Dharma.
It would bode ill for the people who freely enjoy temple lands/properties ,because it amounts to cheating Ishwara Himself,who is the owner of those assets.The TN CM Jayalalitha who had promised to retrieve temple properties must also ensure that those properties are not misused by various departments of the Govt.
In this context, I would also like to state that a secular Govt has no business to administer only Hindu institutions. Hindus have as much right to manage their own institutions, as much as Christians and Muslims have. It is a well-known fact that the Church is the largest owner of properties in India, next only to the Govt of India. Not
withstanding the huge amounts of foreign funds coming into India from abroad for these christian and muslim institutions, Govt is doling out benefits to these so-called minorities, who are in majority all over the world, thus handicapping the Hindus. This is certainly contrary to the principles of Dharma. The Govt is guilty of pursuing adharma for selfish gains.