Modi does not reflect composite culture: Kabir Mutt chief

Chief of Kabirchaura Mutt Trust criticised Modi for trying to "paint" Varanasi as a centre of Hindu religion.

By: Press Trust of India | Varanasi | Published:May 2, 2014 1:51 pm

As the campaign picks up for the high-profile contest, the head of the famous Kabir Mutt here has said Narendra Modi does not reflect the composite culture of this temple town and cautioned that his contesting election from the “sacred place” may “vitiate” its centuries-old unity between Hindus and Muslims.

Sant Vivek Das Acharya, the chief of Kabirchaura Mutt Trust, also severely criticised Modi for trying to “paint” Varanasi as a centre of Hindu religion and said the current political discourse may have a long-term impact on the city’s “soul and identity”.

“It is very unfortunate for people of Varanasi (that Modi is contesting from here). He is divisive. Modi does not reflect the composite culture of the sacred town,” he told PTI.

Kabir Chaura Matt is considered the most sacred place by Kabir Panthis as devotees from across the globe come here, the birthplace of the 15th Century saint -Sant Kabir.

Significantly, two key Hindu religious leaders — Puri Shankaracharya Swami Adhokshjanand Devtirath and Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati — have also came out against Modi contesting from Varanasi.

Modi is pitted against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajay Rai, among others, in the temple town where election will be held on May 12.

Terming Varanasi a confluence of various religious beliefs and symbol of India’s core values, Acharya accused Modi and BJP of trying to exploit electoral gain by taking a “narrow view” of the city that it was a nerve centre of Hindu tradition.

“It is a nerve centre of various religions, traditions and ideologies. Kabir had made the city a centre of Indian civilisation. Buddha had come here 2,500 years ago. It is an important place for people belonging to Jain faith,” Acharya said.

“They (BJP) will disturb the Hindu-Muslim unity. An artificial wave for him (Modi) is being created. I will not explain, but it is well known how it is being done. How people are being bought over,” Acharya said.

The religious leader said if people of Varanasi have not understood the “misinterpretation” of the city’s values, then it will be unfortunate for the whole city.

“The place reflects India’s core values of pluralism, tolerance and intellectual thinking. The current political discourse may have a long-term impact on the city. If people here have not understood the threat, then it is a misfortune for the city,” he said.

Acharya said the incumbent MP Murli Manohar Joshi did not do any work for the city during the last five years. “If one of BJP’s tallest leaders did nothing for city, then how can we expect Modi to do something.”

The Mutt chief also justified his political observation saying, “We are saints, but at the same time we cannot remain oblivious to important issues facing the country. We are not inclined towards or associated with any political party.”

The devotees at the Mutt also felt that the the “peace” and tranquility in the holy city may be affected due to the high-pitched electoral battle.

“Varanasi has a unique identity in the whole world. Everybody must try to protect that. The politicians should not be allowed to exploit the city for their benefit,” said a devotee while offering prayers at Kabir-Hut, from where the saint used to talk to his followers.

The Mutt is involved in various activities and projects to propagate the teachings of Kabir in various parts of the world.

BJP decided to field Modi from this temple town so that it helps the party in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Kejriwal had announced he would contest from Varanasi after BJP decided to field Modi.

The AAP leader, who had led his party to a spectacular victory in the Delhi Assembly polls in December last year, has been trying to replicate the “successful Delhi campaign model” here by holding scores of roadshows and corner meetings across Varanasi.

Hundreds of AAP volunteers are also making door-to-door visits to garner support from people in this holy city where BJP has been running an “aggressive campaign”.

There have been a number of clashes between AAP and BJP workers in the city. Last week, AAP leader and former Delhi Minister Somnath Bharti was assaulted allegedly by a group of BJP supporters.

In 2009 Lok Sabha elections, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had won the seat after defeating Mukhtar Ansari, who is currently in jail in a murder case, by a margin of 17,000 votes.

Quami Ekta Dal’s Ansari, known to have a strong support base among Muslims, has decided not to contest against Modi from the seat “to avoid division of secular votes”.

Also in the fray is Samajwadi Party’s Kailash Chaurasiya, who is the sitting MLA from nearby Mirzapur.

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  1. B
    May 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    And, this Vivek Das Acharya needs to be thrown out of the mutt.
  2. S
    Sanjay Malviya
    May 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm
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IN ORDER TO HIDE THEIR FAILURE CONGRESS IS TRYING CONFUSE & DIVERT PUBLIC BY NAMING MR. MODI AS A COMMUNAL LEADER. WHICH AS PER MY ANALYSIS IS TOTALLY INCORRECTDIA HAVE A LONG HISTORY IF COMMUNAL VIOLENCE & RIOTS & THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT MOST OF THESE COMMUNAL RIOTS TOOK PLACE DURING CONGRESS RULE. SO JUDGING BY NUMBERS CONGRESS IS THE MOST COMMUNAL POLITICAL PARTY IN INDIA - BUT WHY OUR RESPONSIBLE MEDIA IS QUIET ABOUT THIS. NAMING MR. MODI FOR ONLY ONE COMMUNAL RIOT IS UNJUSTIFIED & IRRATIONAL. BECAUSE SINCE 2002 GUJARAT IS VERY PEACEFUL & STATUS OF MUSLIMS IS HIGHEST IN GUJARAT.I AM DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE OUR RESPONSIBLE NEWS & MEDIA COMPANIES ARE NOT PRESENTING THIS TRUTH CORRECTLY IN FRONT OF PUBLIC. 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AND SHARE TOO SHARE THISNow over to the hall-of-shame worst 18 (apart from 2002) using info someone already computed for us:WORST riot: 1947 Communal riots in Bengal | 5000-10000 Killed | Ruling party happened to be CongressRiot 2: 1969 | Communal riots in Ahmedabad | More than 512 Killed in the city. 3000 to 15000 range in the entire state | Riots for 6 months | Ruling party happened to be CongressRiot 3: Oct 1984 | Communal riots in Delhi | 2733 Killed | Ruling party Congress | Almost 100% casualty were Sikhs, which makes this a Rajiv hi led genocide on India's minorities | Followed by �Big Tree falls� justification too from the Prime Minister!Riot 4: Feb 1983 | Communal violence in Nellie, am | 2000-5000 killed | PM � Indira hi (Congress party) - India's worst slaughter of Muslims in any single riot (just 6 HOURS)Riot 5: 1964 Communal riots in Rourkela & Jamshedpur | 2000 Killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 6: August 1980 | Moradabad Communal riots | Approx 2000 Killed | Ruling Party CongressRiot 7: October 1989 | Bhagalpur, Bihar riots | 800 to 2000 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 8: Dec 1992 - Jan 1993 | Mumbai, Maharashtra riots | 800 to 2000 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 9: April 1985 | Communal riots in Ahmedabad, Gujarat | At least 300 Killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 10: Dec 1992 | Aligarh, UP | At least 176 killed | Ruling party Congress (President's rule)Riot 11: December 1992 | Surat, Gujarat | At least 175 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 12: December 1990 | Hyderabad, AP | At least 132 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 13: August 1967 | 200 Killed | Communal riots in Ranchi | Party ruling again CongressRiot 14: April 1979 | Communal riots in Jamshedpur, West Bengal | More than 125 killed | Ruling party CPIM (Communist Party)Riot 15: 1970 | Bhiwandi communal riots in Maharashtra | Around 80 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 16: May 1984 | Communal riots in Bhiwandi | 146 Killed, 611 Inj | Ruling party Congress | CM � Vasandada PatilRiot 17: Apr-May 1987 | Communal violence in Meerut, UP | 81 killed | Ruling party CongressRiot 18: July 1986 | Communal violence in Ahmedabad, Gujarat | 59 Killed | Ruling party CongressAt the end of the day, it�s not just a number game, but human tragedy � reflects badly how fractured our society is/was. 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Some learn from a mistake and turn around � while some other �Bharat Ratnas� just kept on scoring double & triple centuries=============A Short List of Riots under Congress RuleSeptember 21, 2013 by Atanu Dey | 2 Comments1947 Bengal�.5,000 to 10,000 dead �CONGRESS RULE.1967 Ranchi�.200 DEAD���.CONGRESS RULE.1969 Ahmedabad�512 DEAD��..CONGRESS RULE.1970 Bhiwandi�.80 DEAD����.CONGRESS RULE.1979 Jamshedpur..125 DEAD��CPIM RULE (COMMUNIST PARTY)1980 Moradabad�2,000 DEAD�CONGRESS RULE.1983 Nellie am�..5,000 DEAD�CONGRESS RULE.1984 anti-Sikh Delhi�2,733 DEAD�CONGRESS RULE1984 Bhiwandi�.146 DEAD�.CONGRESS RULE1985 Gujarat�..300 DEAD..CONGRESS RULE1986 Ahmedabad��59 DEAD�..CONGRESS RULE1987 Meerut�.81 DEAD�CONGRESS RULE1989 Bhagalpur��1,070 DEAD��CONGRESS RULE1990 Hyderabad��300 PLUS DEAD�.CONGRESS RULE1992 Mumbai�.900 TO 2000 DEAD�.CONGRESS RULE1992 Aligarh�.176 DEAD�..CONGRESS RULE- See more at: :www.deeshaa/2013/09...=============:www.nagarikmancha/i...==:www.firstpost/india...=:www.niticentral/201...=:muslimmirror/eng/wh...=:creative.sulekha/wh...=:wwwformationguru/
  3. S
    May 2, 2014 at 8:34 am
    No one knows till this day who was this man who was heading a mutt. Now by uttering the name of Modi he will be known to everyone in India. Such is the power of the word MODI
  4. J
    Jyoti Prakash
    May 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    These mutt guys dont even know that this so called Hindu - Muslim is artificail...