This was forwarded to me by Reader Manoj, and I think it makes a valid point. The upliftment of Dalits and other backward communities generally takes the wind out of the sails of the missionaries as well as of the Marxists who claim Hindus do nothing for the lower castes. Incidentally, Marxists do nothing for lower castes, either. This is why Marxists say nothing about the genocide of Hindus in Bangladesh, for most of the Bangladeshis being attacked are lower caste people.
Reading the following news item one can very well imagine why Swami
Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamakothi Peetham, is being harassed and
Date: 11/12/2004 08:01:53 -0800
From: Ved Chaudhary
Subject: [HICAD] Build Temples in Dalit Colonies
It is so heartening to see Hindu religious leaders speaking out and
taking steps for the preservation of Dharma in Bharat. Hindu Dharma
Acharya Sabha is providing a much needed platform for Hindu voice.
Build Temples in Dalit Colonies
News Report (Source: HPI)
HYDERABAD, INDIA, November 7, 2004: Swami Jayendra Saraswati of Kanchi
Kamakothi Peetham has asked for the construction of more temples in
Dalit ("untouchable") colonies to promote Hindu dharma. He said this
while taking part in a meeting on governance of temples at the
Endowments Commissionerate on Sunday. A number of Hindu seers took part
in the meet organized by the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. The Kanchi
seer, emphasizing the need to spread Hindu culture among Dalits, said
that small get-togethers should be held in temples in Dalit colonies
regularly to erase differences between various communities.
Village-level committees should be set up to supervise the
administration of such temples and the government should extend
monetary help, he said. The Hindu religion was under threat because of
the conversions which took place since Independence, said the Kanchi
seer. "We cannot expect those who have gone away to come back," he
said. "But we have to take measures to stop further degeneration."
In other proceedings at the meeting, Nrusimha Bharati Swamy of
Pushpagiri Peetham opposed government control in managing temples.
Pejawar Swamy of Pejawar Mutt in Karnataka also suggested that the
government should not interfere in the affairs of Peethams. Acharya
Sabha convenor, Dayananda Saraswati, and Chinna Jeeyar Swamy, who sent
a message, also demanded that the government withdraw from temples