- 1 History
- 2 Objectives
- 3 Activities
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Attacks by Islamic extremists
- 6 Murders of Hindu Munnani leaders
- 7 Other controversies
- 8 See also
- 9 Notes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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Hindu Munnani was founded in 1980 or 1982 by Shri Ramagopalan in the backdrop of the Meenakshipuram conversions. Since then, it has been lobbying for the rights of the Hindus, fighting the Islamic right-wing and radical Islamic political groups and vehemently opposing Christian conversions.
The Hindu Munnani website describes its objectives as follows:
- To wrest Hindu temples from government control and entrust them to the care of a public body.
- To fight for a Common Civil Code.
- To strive for compulsory enforcement of family planning.
- To strive for enaction of Anti-Conversion law.
- Ban on cow slaughter
- Liberation of Hindu shrines at Ayodhya, Kasi and Mathura.
- Repeal of Article 370
- To protect Hindu rights and interests.
The Hindu Munnani first gained public awareness in 1982 when it began to mobilize the Hindu population of Ramanathapuram district in response to the Meenakshipuram conversions by Ishaatul Islam Sabha of South India  Since then, the Hindu Munnani has often espoused the cause of Hindus, the Hindu religion and Hindu culture.
However, the most remarkable achievement of the Hindu Munnani was the organization of Vinayaka Chathurthi processions in Tamil Nadu. On 16 May 2006, the Hindu Munnani organized the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the installation of the shivalinga in the Jalakanteswarar temple in Vellore
Right from its genesis, the Hindu Munnani was involved in a number of controversies. Its genesis was coeval with the Meenakshipuram conversions and the Hindu-Muslim and Hindu-Christian riots which followed. On 19 February 1981, about 200 Dalit families in the village of Meenakshipuram in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu were converted to Islam by a group of Muslims and the name of their village was changed to Rehmatpuram. The Hindu Munnani was active in organizing a mass movement to bring the converted Dalits back into the Hindu fold. In March 1982, when riots broke out between Hindus and Christians at Mandaikadu in Kanyakumari district, the Hindu Munnani played an active role.
In 2017, the union secretary of Hindu Munnai, along with four other men, were booked for allegedly raping a dalit teenaged girl who was in a relationship with the secretary under Goonda Act at Ariyalur district in Tamil Nadu. The partially decomposed cadaver of the girl who was also pregnant for one and half months was recovered by police from an unused well.
Attacks by Islamic extremists
The Vinayaga Chathurthi celebrations organized by the Hindu Munnani were often accompanied by sporadic incidents of communal violence. In 1993, there were bomb attacks made on the R.S.S. state headquarters at Chintadripet, Chennai. Islamic organizations were found guilty for the blasts and a crackdown was launched on extremist Islamic organizations. During the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L. K. Advani and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Coimbatore in 1998, a series of thirteen blasts rocked the city, killing over fifty-eight people.
Recently,[when?] there have been clashes between the Hindu Munnani and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over the remarks made by BJP leader Vedanti on DMK President and Chief Minister Karunanidhi. DMK cadres attacked the Hindu Munnani state headquarters in Chennai on motorbikes.
Murders of Hindu Munnani leaders
A Muslim platform speaker called Abdul Latheef who ridiculed Hinduism in a public speech was murdered. In retaliation, a Hindu Munnani activist named Veera Ganesh was stabbed to death in Coimbatore on 30 August 1989.
Several assassination attempts have been made on the life of Hindu Munnani founder and President Ramagopalan. Another leader of the Hindu Munnani and State President of the organization, Ramagopalan succumbed to stab wounds.
K. P. S. Suresh Kumar
K P Suresh was the president of the Hindu Munnani for Thiruvallur East district. He was originally from Kanyakumari. He was murdered by people from Al Ummah, a Muslim terrorist organisation, in June 2014. Three members, Mohammed Samiuddin, Abdul Shameem and Sadiq, were arrested by the police in August 2014.
C Sasikumar, 36, was returning home on a two-wheeler when a gang chased him on motorcycles and attacked him with sickles. He suffered eleven cut injuries and was struggling for life. The victim was later rushed to a private hospital, where he died. His body was taken to Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) where a postmortem was conducted.
The Hindu Munnani state president said his organisation’s patience was wearing thin, as the state government had failed to prevent a series of attacks on its workers Kadeswara C. Subramaniam, the State president of the Munnani, listed a series of attacks on his cadre including three murders. There was also a speculation that C Sasikumar's father-in-law could also have been responsible for the murder on the basis of his caste difference.
In November 2007, a photo of Tamil actress Kushboo sitting cross-legged with slippers in front of idols of Hindu goddesses landed the actress in the middle of a huge controversy. A complaint was lodged by Gurumurthy a Hindu Munnani leader. The Hindu Munnani President Rama Gopalan said that Kushboo's act was unbecoming of a public figure and demanded a public apology from her. In June 2008, the Hindu Munnani threatened to block Kamal Hassan's film Dasavatharam on the ground that certain scenes in the film affected the sentiments of Hindus.
In December 1993, on the first anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, there was widespread violence in the Kottaimedu area of Coimbatore. Violence also occurred during the fifth anniversary of the demolition in 1997, and also during the aftermath of the Coimbatore bomings in 1998.
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