Friday July 19, 2019

Hindus in Singapore enjoy privileged position, says Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Hindus in Singapore are not only  discriminated against, they in fact enjoy a “privileged” position, said Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam.

The minister was cited saying all this on Facebook. He posted this as a response to many questions asked related to the long-standing bans on religious foot processions as well as the playing of music during religious processions. The ban on religious foot processions has been there since the riots of 1964.

Shanmugam said Hindus are the only ones given an exemption for three processions by foot: namely Thaipusam, Panguni Uthiram and Thimithi.

“When other non-Hindu religious groups apply to hold foot processions, they are usually rejected,” he wrote.

“On rare occasions when exemption is given, stringent conditions are imposed which including much shorter routes, unlike Thaipusam which lasts the whole day and goes through major roads.”

Earlier, Singapore’s second Minister of Home Affairs S. Iswaran had explained that the country’s ban on playing music at processions was implemented because of the fights between rival groups

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Hindus in Ayodhya Donate Land to Muslims for Burial Ground to Pave Way for a Solution to Ram Temple Dispute

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here

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The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. Wikimedia Commons

In a gesture that could ease tension between Hindus and Muslim and, perhaps, pave the way for a solution to the Ram temple dispute, Hindus in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya district have donated land to Muslims for a burial ground.

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. The land had been a bone of contention between the two communities for years until now. Surya Kumar Jhinkan Maharaj, a local seer, and eight other shareholders, signed the registered deed for 1.25 bissas of land on June 20 to bury the dispute forever.

The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey.

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The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey. Wikimedia Commons

“The land belonged to Hindus as per records. It is by the side of a graveyard and some Muslims have buried their dead on the land. There were disputes and tension. But now, we have settled the matter,” said Jhinkan Maharaj.

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The deed is now in favour of the Qabristan Committee, Gosainganj and it will soon be entered in revenue records,” said Vais Ansari, President of the Qabristan Committee. Sub-registrar S.B. Singh confirmed the transfer of land to the Muslims for the graveyard and said: “It’s a gift from the Hindu community through a proper deed and stamp duty.”

Khabbu Tiwari, the local BJP MLA who took the initiative, said: “The tradition of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood here is not new. This was a small token of love from Hindus to Muslims. I hope this amity will continue.” (IANS)