VHP warns against changing names of historical places

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 24: VHP today strongly warned the State Government against changing the names of some historical and religious places in Kashmir and said that such a move will have serious repercussions.
VHP and other Hindu organizations have taken serious exception to the move of Tourism Department of the State in changing the Sanskrit name of Hari Parbat as Kohi-e-Maran in its advertisement issued recently and has demanded action against the officer responsible for the same, VHP State president, Leela Karan Sharma told reporters here, today along with office bearers of the organization and representatives of other Hindu bodies.
Mr Sharma said a deliberate attempt is being made to change the Sanskrit name of religious and historical places in Valley which are the cultural and religious symbols of Kashmir from times immemorial by certain vested elements under a hatched conspiracy and any one doing this mischief will not be tolerated.
He warned that any organization whosoever will be involved in this game plan has to face serious repercussions as the changing of name of the religious places and Hindu shrines in Valley has hurt the sentiments of the Hindus all over the globe.
Mr Sharma said this is a move towards Islamization of Kashmir slowly by the forces inimical to the unity and integrity of India. He said Hari Parbat, Shankaracharya hillocks and township of Anantnag are linked to ancient history of Kashmir when there was no Islam in Valley so the forces trying to change their name should go through the history of Kashmir and refrain from sowing the seeds of hatred.
Mr Sharma said if Tourism Department goes ahead with such policy it will be put to great disadvantage as this will affect the tourist trade in Valley.
VHP general secretary Shakti Dutt Sharma, Prem Choudhary, Dharam Prasar Parmukh VHP, Ashok Gupta Prant Parmukh Goa Raksha Samiti and Rakesh Sharma co-convener Bajrang Dal were present in the press conference.