Muslim Clerics Boycott ISKCON’s Mid-day Meals

August 18, 2007 at 10:32 pm 4 comments

BY SUCHANANDA GUPTA

Aug 17, BHOPAL, INDIA (TNN) (FRI) — Madrassas in Ujjain have boycotted the Madhya Pradesh government’s mid-day meal scheme for students on the ground that the food is being prepared by ISKCON, the Hindu religious organisation spreading Krishna consciousness throughout the world.

The madrassas in Ujjain, 200 km from Bhopal, have demanded that raw materials for food, and funds be given directly to them so that they can prepare mid-day meals for students. Muslim clerics argued that food prepared by Iskcon is first offered to Lord Jagannath as ‘bhog’ (offering) before being distributed among the students.

“We can’t accept this as it hurts our religious sentiments,” Ujjain Qazi Khaleeq-ur-Rahman told TOI .

“Minister of state for education Paras Jain came here and lectured us that we needed to change our mentality. We want to specify that the matter is far above mentality. It is our faith. How can our students eat a meal which has been served to a Hindu god?”

ISKCON, however, denied that the food prepared for madrassa students is offered to Lord Jagannath. ISKCON’s spokesman in Ujjain, Raghav Das said, “According to our understanding with the Ujjain Municipal Corporation, we supply prepared food to 22,000 students in town. We make 66,000 ‘chapatis’, 140 kg of vegetables (curry) and 45 kg of lentils (dal) per day. We then take just one ‘thali’ from the kitchen to the temple of Lord Jagannath. The rest of the food is not taken to the temple. It is transported from our kitchens to the schools.”

ISKCON has been preparing midday meals for schools in urban areas since July. “We constructed a kitchen large enough to prepare the mid-day meals for more than 20,000 students. Keeping hygienic conditions in mind, we even got automatic roti makers which prepare 10,000 rotis per hour. We are not in this for profit.”

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  • 1. DR. ARVIND ROY (ARVINDAKSHA GOVIND DAS), CHAIRMAN, ISKCON, BAHRAIN, MIDDLE EAST  |  August 28, 2007 at 1:34 am

    HARE KRISHNA

    Dear All,

    As we pray to lord Sri Krishna so we respect Allah and its messanger Prophet Mohammed (P.B.O.- PEACE BE UPON HIM).

    When our former President of India H.E. Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM visited last year in Nov’2006 to ISKCON TEMPLE AT NANDI HILLS IN

    BANGALORE AND SWA PERSONALLY THE ” AKSHAY PATRA ” – FREE MEAL SERVICE – UTMOST HYGENIC & FRESHLY COOKED WITH BEST OF INGREDIENTS

    TO 1,20,000 PER DAY TO DEPRIVED SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGHOUT BANGALORE CITY AND NEARBY VILLAGES WITHOUT ANY DISCRIMINATION TO CAST & CREED;

    H.E. APPRECIATED SO DEEPLY AND COMMENTED THAT HE WILL SPREAD THIS MESSAGE TO ALL THE STATE GOVTS TO TAKE THE SIMILAR INITIATIVES

    AND INVOLVE SUCH ORGANISATIONS OF REPUTE AND OFFER SUCH HUMANITARIAN SERVICE TO UNDER PR
    iVILAGED CHILDREN. H.E. ATE THE FOOD HIMSELF AND GLORIFIED.

    IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE FIRST CITIZEN, THE HIGHEST OFFICIAL OF THE COUNTRY HAS SET PRECEDENCE HIMSELF AND A FELLOW STAUNCH AND

    HONOURABLE RESPECTED MUSLIM HIMSELF THEN HOW WE CAN TAKE THE COMMENT OF OTHERS.

    I’M SURE IF WE INVITE SUCH SCHOLARS TO OUR ISKCON FACILITY AND SHOW THEM IN REALITY THEN THEY WILL BE SURELY CONVINCED AND

    THE VICES WILL BE REMOVED.

    Reply
  • 2. sv.navin raja  |  October 8, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    im very glad to hear isckon in india running such a wonderful activity..which really need to appreciated.

    Reply
  • 3. Ravi Kumar  |  January 19, 2008 at 9:43 am

    ISKCON PEOPLE YOU ARE DOING GOOD JOB, WE ALL HINDUS ARE WITH YOU. KEEP THIS WAR GOING ON
    UNTIL WE WIN IT

    Reply
  • 4. Krsna Kris  |  March 14, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Hare Krishna Food For Life Ujjain and Worldwide KI JAYA! KI JAYA! KI JAYA!

    Reply

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