After the speech of Mr. Wagh, the issue of Sanatan Sanstha took a flight into the media sky with everybody coming out and sharing their expression on this issue. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar was the first to come out and grant his support to this organization saying that “If a person is made an accused in a case and he is related to an organization, it is not right to ban the organization because organizations consist of thousands of people.” and he also ruled out the banning of Sanstha in Goa all together. It may be recalled that Sanstha came in the ambit of an investigation after the murder of leftist leader Govind Pansare.
The mistakes of few supporters of an organization should not reflect on the ideology of the entire organization, said Parsekar adding that it is his point of view “If an organization as such planned (a conspiracy) only then can the organization be at fault and in such a condition, the organization should be held responsible.” According to Parsekar the incident did not take place in Goa, he said “The incident that took place in Maharashtra and they should investigate the matter and based on their findings Goa will decide what is needed to be done”.
Following the footprints of the CM the PWD minister of Goa Sudin Dhavalikar came ahead in the support of the Sanstha saying that, his family members are associated with the Sanstha and that there is nothing wrong in following it, as they are promoting the Hindu dharma and culture only by doing this. According to the available information, Sudin’s wife Jyoti Dhavalikar along with his brother and MGP party president Deepak Dhavalikar and his sister in law Lata Dhavalikar had been associated with the Sanatan Santha since 2000. “Sanatan’s name has always been dragged into a controversy because they are pro-Hindu and if they would have belonged to any other religion then their name would not have come into the picture.” He also pointed out that Sanatan Sanstha never approached him or his government for financial help anytime. Although they do come for the sponsorship of Puja or magazine advertisements once in a while just like other publications, which is justified. “We never fund such (Sanatan) institutions. We always help educational institutions, old age homes, and others related to specific persons who want to go for higher education particularly engineering, medical, nursing, and such professional colleges,” he added.
According to another source, Sudin told the media that his family does not have any long relationship with Sanatan Sanstha. The Sanatan Sanstha came to being in his (Assembly) constituency from 2004, which was contradictory to his earlier statement where he said that his family is associated with the Sanstha since 2000. “As far as my family is concerned my wife is a sadhak of that Sanatan Sanstha. We are basically from a priestly family. We always help our Hindu dharma and culture to come up. We have seen that they are after dharma and are helping in promoting culture and that is the reason our family and we are associated with them, just to have good work relationship with them,” he added.
Following the supporters of the Sanatan Sanstha it was the time of opposition party to come ahead and express his ideas about this Sanstha and according to letter written to the Prime Minister by the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, they have called for the unilateral ban on the Sanstha and its activities in Goa. The state Congress unit has pointed out to the Sanatan Sanstha’s members’ involvement in the 2009 Margao bomb blast and the murder of Govind Pansare. “It should be noted that Hindus have not given any contract to the Sanatanis, who are self-proclaimed protectors of Hinduism, to protect the religion. It is high time the national government and the state government declare Sanatan Sanstha as a terrorist organization and impose a complete ban on its operations,” mentions the content in the letter. The GPCC went one step ahead by calling the Sanstha “Anti National and Sick” who are involved into the criminal activities.
Meanwhile Surendra Furtado, former mayor of the corporation of the city of Panaji, did not remain behind in the race, according to him the ideologies of the Sanstha is highly dangerous. In his press not he has expressed that, “The murderers of leftist Govind Pansare and academician M M Kalburgi are examples of the organized crime against the intellectuals. Nobody in India has been given the rights to taking the law in their own hands. The office bearers and the masterminds of the Sanstha should be immediately arrested and the license of the organization should be revoked”.
In India, all Individuals, as well as the organizations, have right to express their ideologies to others provided it is not enforced on anybody. They need to respect the expression of others too. Killing someone just because they do not respect their ideology is not the solution but it is the barbarian philosophy. Please do leave your valuable comments and suggestions on this article.
Source: Various Sources
Edited by Goa Prism News Desk