January 27th, 2010
HYDERABAD, INDIA, January 10, 2010: The Dharma Acharya Sabha’s fourth meeting took place in Hydrabad. When announcing the 2010 meeting date, the organizer of Acharya Sabha, H.H. Swami Dayanand Saraswathi, said “Religious heads recognize that Hindu religion is sacred and ancient. But we still have a long way to go in getting our rights back as a majority religion in India.”
The Sabha is the largest gathering of Dharma Acharyas of the Country concerning all Hindu Sampradayas. It was formed in 2003, to represents many leaders of Hindu religion working together. Since its first meeting in Chennai, the group had met twice more in Mumbai (2005) and Bangalore (2008), bringing together Mathadhipathis, Dharmacharyas, Mahamandaleshwars, Adheenamkartars and leaders of other sampradayas.
The declared topics of the 2010 meeting were, initially:
- How to attain the Right to Religion consistent with the “UN 2008 Faith in Human Rights Resolution.”
- Removing the meddling role of secular government in running Hindu temples
- A Common Civil Code in India, to ensure human rights for all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
- A ban on cow slaughter
These are some of the results of the Sabha, as reported http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=Sabha+resolves+to+abolish+child+marriages&artid=egnwHbeNVIw=&SectionID=e7uPP4%7CpSiw=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=EH8HilNJ2uYAot5nzqumeA==&SEO=
The Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha called upon its members to do away with outdated and harmful practices, such as ill-treatment of women and dowry harassment. On the concluding day of the Sabha, the members have adopted a resolution to abolish child marriage, mass killing of animals and casteist approach in family and social contexts.