Amma: Mistress Of The Hindu Right
File under: Amma All-Over-The-Planet and Backroom Gurudom
Based on what's come out of discussions in the comments of the last few posts, it's becoming clear that Ammachi is the favorite daughter of the radical Hindu fundamentalist right in India even while she feigns the peaceful Goddess of Hugs in the U.S.
From last week's Tehelka piece:
Mata Amritanandamayi Devi née Ms Radhamani fits Malayali decadence to a T. She is reckoned to be one of the country’s richest gurus. She is a handmaiden of the Sangh Parivar, especially the VHP, with its global fund-flows.We dug a little deeper [Ed.note: We know it's very uncharacteristic of us.] and discovered just who the VHP are:
On December 6, 1992 the Babri Mosque was demolished by a large group of Hindus, who had been camped out at the site for weeks. Members of the VHP were allegedly part of this large group, as reported by the Human Rights Watch...Imagine the most radical Christian fundamentalist politicians in the States and you've got an idea about the goals of the BJP. Imagine a group more radical even than that and you know something about the VHP.
The demolition of the mosque in 1992 led to violence. Muslim mobs took to rioting in various parts of the country leading to communal violence and resultant police action. Over 900 people were killed across the country in riots and police action. The Liberhan Commission headed by Justice Liberhan was constituted to investigate the whole episode. A large number of VHP workers testified before the commission.
The incident at the disputed structure came as a shock to many Indians, who had known the VHP as a peaceful organization...
Continually criticizing its political ally the BJP for acting too slowly on the Ram temple issue, conversions and a uniform civil code, the VHP demands legislation from Parliament authorizing the temple construction, and the proclamation of a Hindu Rashtra, literally the "Hindu Nation," in Bharat and explains it as a statement of cultural nationalism
And now you know who their queen is...
Amma, in all sense of the word, is as sweet as Amritham (honey).
-VHP leader Ashok Singal