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'Hindus, Muslims must protect each other's place of worship'

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Gwalior, Apr 15 (UNI) Dwarka Sharda Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand today criticised terrorist attacks on temples and mosques and said Hindus must protect mosques, while Muslims must protect temples.

Criticising the blasts in Jama Masjid in New Delhi yesterday, the Shankaracharya told reporters here that terrorists aimed at disrupting peace and spreading communal violence in the country.

Citing example of recent attack on the Hanuman temple in Varanasi, he said the terrorists had attempted to disturb communal harmony but failed.

He said terrorists had no religion and worked for their organisation.

On Ram temple issue, Swami Swaroopanand said a place's importance increased if a name was associated with it. For example, Porbandar was recognised with Mahatma Gandhi's name and Ayodhya's recognition was that it is Lord Ram's birthplace.

He said Ram temple must be constructed but for that the dispute in the court must end and the matter must not be politicised.

The Shankaracharya said 'dharamacharyas' were regularly making efforts for the temple's construction.

He criticised the NDA regime saying there were lots of differences on the matter between the constituents and the BJP should have sat in the opposition if it had not got absolute majority.

On the expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti, he said the saffron-clad leader should not be greedy for post. Earlier, 'dharamacharyas' did not involve in politics and only guided rulers.

On reservation, Swami Swaroopanand said reservation prevented a particular section from becoming capable. He alleged that political leaders did not want that particular section to progress.

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