Swamiji criticised the report by Justice (retd) Rama Jois
Bhattaraka Charukirti Panditacharyavarya Swamiji of Moodbidri
Jain Math has criticised the report by Justice (retd) Rama Jois
recommending bringing Jainism within the ambit of Hindu Endowment Act on February 21, 2011.
Jainism, although like a brother to Hindu faith, has retained
its distinct language, literature and culture, differently from
Hinduism. The then-government had agreed to the representation
made in 1997 not to included the Jain faith under the umbrella of
Hindu faith. Hence, the community would condemn the proposal before
the government to include it in accordance with the Rama Jois
report, the Swamiji has said.
He further points out that the report, prepared by a non-Jain
like Jois, contained many factual inaccuracies. The Hindu and Jain
faiths have co-existed in harmony for centturies and it is not right
to drive any wedge between them, he says. He also affirms that the
Jain community is the one which has been paying highest amount in
taxes to the government and justice should be done to it.
"We are not Hindus and our temples do not have Hindu
deities, there is no need to bring Jain temples under the Act. We
understand Acharya's statement had clarified that it is only
for keeping an inventory of religious places under one
umbrella, but I feel even that was not needed as we have a
perfect inventory of our own," said Bhattarka Charukiriti
Panditacharyavarya of Jain mutt, Moodbidri.
Jitendra Kumar, president of the Karnataka Jaina Association,
said: "Ethnically, historically, architecturally and
scripturally, Jainism has been one of the oldest religions in the
world. It's separate, distinct, and is not an offshoot; neither is
it a reformist school of thought nor is it a quintessence of Hindu
religion." Jains have always claimed for themselves a degree of
antiquity greater than that of any other religion. Various
judgements of high courts and the apex court have clearly enunciated
that Jains must be recognised as a religious minority distinct and
separate from the Hindus.