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Vikramaditya Tikoo @vtikoo
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Did you know that?
-Hindu Temples have to give Income Tax on all donations received; finances are controlled by the government;
-However, the same is NOT true for minority institutions which are 100% exempt from paying Income Tax
Did you know that?
-The government, by law, if free to interfere in management of educational institutions run by #Hindu religious bodies
-The government is, however, NOT free to interfere in management of educational institutions run by minority religious bodies.
Did you know that?
-Practitioners of #Hinduism in their #temples (you and me) do not have a a say by law in the management of the temple;
-However, practitioners of minority faiths retain the freedom to determine the management of their places of worship
Shocking facts
>Collections from temples in Karnataka have been regularly routed to development of Madrassas & Churches and for offering Haj subsidies.
>In 1997 #Karnataka govt passed an act by to control appointment and salaries of Temple staff
>Govt has control of over 400,000 temples in Karnataka and over 250,000 temples in #Andhra which are under govt control. Several thousands are dying or being shut down because of paucity of funds. Similar situation exists in #TamilNadu
>In the 1980s, the then Kerala chief minister K Karunakaran ordered the #Guruvayur Temple to deposit Rs 10 crore with the state treasury to offset a government deficit. Whether this money was ever returned or not is uncertain.
>In addition, Guruvayur's temple’s land holdings were decimated from 13000 acres to 230 acres by the Land Reforms Act which conveniently excluded non-Hindu institutions.
>In 2010, the #Orissa government sold 500 acres belonging to the Jagannath Puri temple at a throw away price of Rs. 1 lakh per acre to the Vedanta Resources mining conglomerate before finally being stopped by the Supreme Court of India.
>In Tamil Nadu, the HR & CE Department controls over 4.7 lakh acres of agricultural land, 2.6 crore square feet of buildings and 29 crore square feet of urban land of temples. By any reasonable measure, the income from these properties should be in 1000's crores of rupees.
>The TN government, however, collects a mere Rs.36 crore in rent against a ‘demand’ of mere Rs. 304 crore — around 12 per cent realization.
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