New Delhi, Nov 21: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal on Friday said it was after 800 years that Delhi is being governed by Hindus.
Addressing the first of the three-day World Hindu Congress, the VHP chief said: “We, in Vishwa Hindu Parishad, want to raise fearless Hindus. Hindus lost power in Delhi 800 years ago with the defeat of the last Hindu king Prithviraj Chauhan. Today, power is back in those hands who take pride in Hinduism.”
The VHP supremo said that he wanted “an indomitable Hinduism for the welfare of the whole world”.
Singhal referred to Narendra Modi leading the BJP to victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and said power had returned to a “Hindu swabhimani (proud Hindu)” in Delhi after eight centuries.
Singhal said the VHP was founded in 1964 with the objective of creating “a fearless Hindu, an invincible Hindu”.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat called for ridding Hindu society of its shortcomings and make India a world leader.
There would always be a need to realise “sameness of humanity” in the world and the Hindu society can deliver the message, Bhagwat said, adding “A Hindu means a human being who seeks unity in all diversity.”
Bhagwat also referred to Swami Vivekananda’s words “arise, awake and not stop till the goal is reached.” He further added: “let us start our work in all walks of life – media, academia…leadership based on our values is required. Let us demonstrate that capability. We have to work on values of sameness of humanity.”
India had a tradition and task of teaching the world, he said, adding “The task given has to be done. For that we have to improve ourselves.”
Addressing the gathering, C.V. Wigneswaran, chief minister of Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, said difficulties faced by the Hindu community in the island nation did not come to an end with the Sri Lankan government’s war with the LTTE coming to end in 2009.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said there was a need to develop “knowledge of mind” and to remember “sameness of humanity”.
The theme of the World Hindu Congress 2014 is visioned on the Hindu principle of ‘Sangachchhadhwam Samvadadhwam’ (Step Together, Express Together).
Around 1,500 delegates from over 40 countries are expected to participate in the event. The World Hindu Congress will provide a global platform for Hindu society to deliberate and formulate solutions to the myriad challenges faced by Hindus worldwide and to devise workable and tangible solutions that can be implemented.
The conference will see discussions on several subjects including World Hindu Economic Forum on the theme of Thriving Economy, Prospering Society; Hindu Educational Conference on the theme of Creating and Networking Educational Resources for Civilisational Re-emergence.
(With Agency Inputs)