NYC Hindu and Sikh Groups Protest Arrest of Religious Seer

December 2, 2004


On December 2, 2004 reported, "Expressing 'outrage' over the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, several Hindu religious and political organisations and the Sikh Sangat of America held a demonstration near the Indian consulate in New York demanding the seer's release.

'Hindus believe that the arrest of the Sankaracharya is motivated by a sinister design to demoralise them in general and to frighten and terrorise seers into submission,' the demonstrators told reporters on Tuesday during the two-hour protest.

The demonstration was led by Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America and 'friends of BJP'. In a memorandum addressed to consul general Pramathesh Rath, the demonstrators said Hindus in America are 'deeply disturbed and shocked' at the 'disrespectful and legally suspect' manner in which Jayendra Saraswathi was summarily arrested and remanded to prison."