Vishwa Hindu Parishad International Working President Praveen Togadia called for revival of Vijayanagara empire which upheld the pride of Hindus and declared that the VHP would not allow conversion of even a single Hindu to any other religion.
Addressing a massive rally Bhagyanagar Hindu Shakti Sangamam organized by the VHP as part of its golden jubilee celebrations in Hyderabad last night, he asserted that India is a "Hindu Rashtra".
He assured that the Hindus were ready to embrace all Muslims and Christians who want to "return". "Some got converted during Mughal rule and some during Victoria (British) rule. If they want to come back, we are ready to embrace them," he said. Togadia voiced concern over what he called declining population of Hindus in the country. Claiming that population of Hindus has come down from 100 per cent to 82 per cent, the VHP leader expressed the apprehension that this may come down to 42 per cent.
He vowed not to allow cow slaughter, "love jihad" and "four wives tradition." He called for enforcing common civil code in the country and sending back three crore Bangladeshi intruders.
Taking exception to the TRS government for its admiration to the Nizam's administration, he said that every Hindu child would become a Sardar Patel if the government aspired to bring the Nizam's rule in Telangana.
The VHP leader lashed out at the TRS government accusing it of resorting to appeasement politics such as reservations to Muslim minorities and incentives to Christians to go to Jerusalem. "The government gives Rs 30 crore to Urdu Academy, but Rs 30 lakh to Telugu Academy. People are sent to Jerusalem here. If the government has money, then they should provide money to people from SC community to visit Tirupati," said Togadia.
RSS Sarkaryavaha Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi stressed on the need to remove weakness of casteism and groupism in Hindu religion. He said that if there was any specialty of India in the world then it was the family system and added that because of the western culture, there was threat to the family system. He said that there may be several responsibilities for the governments in Democracy but it has responsibility to do as per the demands of the society.
He called upon the non-Hindu communities to respect the sentiments of Hindu community and cooperate in building an environment of mutual trust and confidence. VHP international president G Raghava Reddy asked the community to safeguard temple properties. Several swamijis including Tridandi Chinna Jiyar Swamy, Kamalananda Bharati and others participated in the Sangamam.