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‘I am shocked at the way the UK government has surrendered to the Islamists’: Sadhvi Ritambhara

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On September 20, Islamists attacked Durga Bhawan Mandir in Smethwick, Birmingham, allegedly against an event of Sadhvi Ritambhara. Notably, those who called for the protests and posted on social media knew full well that Sadhvi Ritambhara’s event had already been postponed. Organizer Sub-Publisher Yatharth Sikka spoke to Sadhvi Ritambhara on the prevailing situation. Excerpts:

Your events were scheduled between 20 and 24 September in different cities across the UK. What is the reason for the cancellation?

The violent crowd that protested my event didn’t bother to tell us why. UK MP Sam Tarry issued a notice to the Home Office and then we found out we couldn’t even transit. Muslim organizations protested even after my event was postponed. They could not see the development of India and tried to stoke fear within the Hindu community. They even pressured the UK government to cancel our program, tried to project me as a Muslim hater and portrayed us all as Hindu terrorists.

“The Indian government must hold talks with the governments of different countries to protect the dignity of Hindus in their country, their sacred places, their culture and their traditions”

Three hundred violent protesters gathered at the Durga Bhawan temple where your event was to be held. He saw chants of Allah-hu-Akbar and an appeal was given by the protesters that they would not allow BJP-RSS members to enter the UK. What is your opinion on this.

I have been visiting Durga Bhawan temple for 20 years. The people who had prevented me from entering the temple were jihadists; they hate Hindus, our ideology, our way of worshiping idols and work for Ghazwa-e-Hind. They had a problem with me and my ideology. Even though my event was postponed, they still attacked Hindu temples and threw bombs. My programs were scheduled at four locations and the violence was happening at all locations. Hindus work hard and pay taxes, but these people are worthless and a burden on the government. RSS and VHP work for the betterment of Hindu society. Thus, their aim is to divide the Hindu society and they work to weaken us. I am shocked at the way the UK government has surrendered to the Islamists.

A deputy wrote a letter against your event, some say that even the ISI is involved in this. Do you think this is all to belittle Sanatan Dharma?

Absolutely. Hindus live in all parts of the world and people know about their culture, the way they lead their lives and their devotion to their homeland. These incidents only occur in places where these fascists are in the majority. Now they also control political power.

“All Hindu organizations must unite and stand up against the atrocities happening in different parts of the world against them. We are tolerant and they only take advantage of that. They are attacking not only us but also our temples, throwing bombs at our sacred places and unfortunately all of this is happening in Britain which is not an Islamic country.

Not only in Britain, Hindus are also mistreated in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Their temples are attacked almost every day, women are kidnapped.

Hindus must remain united by putting aside their differences. This is necessary to make Hindu society strong. There is a section that hates Hindus and to fight them, Hindus must unite. We need to look within ourselves and point out our weaknesses. In Pakistan, there are few Hindus, either killed or converted. In my opinion, all Hindu organizations must unite and stand up against the atrocities that are happening in different parts of the world against them. We are tolerant and they take advantage of it. They are attacking not only us but also our temples, throwing bombs at our sacred places and unfortunately all of this is happening in Britain which is not an Islamic country.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar expressed concern for the safety of the Indian community following the anti-Hindu attacks in Leicester with the British Foreign Secretary. What are your demands vis-à-vis the Indian government?

I am very grateful to the Indian government for raising this issue on the international stage. But the government must work on it with the utmost perseverance wherever Hindus live. The Indian government must hold talks with the governments of different countries to protect the dignity of Hindus in their country, their sacred places, their culture and their traditions.