All Temple Donations & Rental Income from Temple-Owned Lands Is Controlled By State Govts

All religious institutions in India (being a secular country) are permitted to conduct themselves the way they want! Aren’t they?

Ironically, India is the only country where the majority religious community is being discriminated against.

Religious and cultural freedoms for all religions are recognized in Articles 25–30 in Part III of the Constitution which deals with “Fundamental Rights”. The right is, however, subject to regulatory power of the state under clause (2) (b) of Art. 25. This mean secular activities connected with religious institutions can be regulated by state under law.

Various state governments through their respective Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR & CE) Acts have assumed financial and management control of thousands of Hindu temples across India. They did this under alleged accusations of mismanagement of funds, other than carrying forward the legacy of the British Raj when such acts to control funds of Hindu institutions were enacted.

It is worthy of noting here that no other religious institution (barring Jain institution, as by legal definition Jains are Hindus) — Churches, Mosques, Gurudwaras belonging to Christian, Muslim and Sikh practitioners respectively, despite their scale or similar accusations of mismanagement of funds, have been brought under acts similar to the HR&CE Acts issued by various states all over India.

Here is a graphic chart produced by Swarajya Magazine comparing the legal rights of Hindus in managing their temples with the legal rights of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs:



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