I-T department says Hinduism not a religion, Shiva a ‘superpower’


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Niticentral Staff16 Mar 2013

 
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I-T department says Hinduism not a religion, Shiva a 'superpower'An Income Tax Tribunal in Maharashtra has held that neither Hinduism is not a religion nor Hindus form a religious community on technical grounds. The outlandish statement further stated that Shiva, Hanuman or Goddess Durga are regarded as ‘superpowers of the universe’ and do not represent a particular religion.

The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Nagpur, in a recent order, said the expenses on worshipping Hindu deities and maintenance of temple could not be considered as religious activity.

“Technically, Hinduism is neither a religion nor Hindus form a religious community. Therefore, expenses incurred for worshipping Shiva, Hanuman or Durga and for maintenance of temples cannot be regarded to be for religious purposes. They are merely regarded to be the superpower of the universe,” it said.

The order by accountant-member PK Bansal and judicial member DT Garasia came on an appeal filed by ‘Shiv Mandir Devsthan Panch Committee Sanstan’ against an order of Income Tax Commissioner of Nagpur, who had denied the trust an exemption on the ground that more than 5 per cent of its
expenses had been on religious activities, thus rendering it ineligible for such concession.

The case pertains to expenses incurred by the trust in 2008 and the tax benefit sought under Section 80G(5)(vi) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 which says ‘charitable purpose’ does not include a purpose which is of a ‘religious nature’.

The CIT took the view that the expenses for building maintenance, offering free food and festival prayers as also daily expenses, and those for imparting tailoring and yoga training, and free distribution of opticals, totalling Rs 82,977 were religious in nature and expenses of only Rs 6,700 were for non-religious objectives, the ITAT order said.

However, the Sanstan said the temple run by it was open to everyone, irrespective of caste and creed and that “the temple does not belong to a particular religion. Installing idols is not a religious activity”.

The trust claimed that maintenance expenses incurred on the building was a charitable and not religious activity.

“The I-T commissioner must be aware that Hindus are a number of communities having different gods who are being worshipped differently, with different rituals and follow ethical codes. Even worship of god is not essential for a person who has adopted Hinduism as a way of life,” the ITAT said.

In the instant case, the ITAT order said, since nothing had been brought by IT authorities to prove that the activity carried out by the trust was religious in nature, the onus now lay with the Revenue Department to prove that the assesse trust was wholly or substantially for religious purpose.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  • Vikas

    Hinduism is under threat. We Hindus must unite and fight. Its time to finish off anti-hinduism which is going on under this congress govt.

  • Vikas

    If Hindus are not a religious community then why are reservations provided to muslims and christians in the name of religious minority? wah re wah tuchiya congress. Hate for Hindus and Hinduism has gone beyond limits. Shame on such people. We Hindus are being targeted everywhere and persecuted in oue own country. Congress wants to make India mughalistan. We will not tolerate this. NiTi Central I request you to pls compile all the injustices done towards hindus and start a new section.

    • Raju Manthri

      I beleive, the things you said are absolutely correct. If possible I want to fight on “Hindus are being targeted everywhere and persecuted in their own country”.

    • Raju Manthri

      I beleive, The things Vikas said are absolutely correct. If posssible I want fight on “Hindus are being targeted everywhere and persecuted in their own country”.

  • http://2018@rhabbonilove.org Aden John

    When a religious organisation sets up symbols & structures which are expected to enhance the level of spirituallty or closeness to their deity, invariably; they also may expect and possibly gain freewill financial contribution from the religious worshippers. Somehow, that is an acceptable spiritual investment by such an organisation and the government may or may not choose to tax such an organisation.

    But if the same organisation much embarks upon charitable ventures which will benefit soceity irrespective of religious sentiments – that is whether their benefactors (will or will not) take to any semblance of their belief systems & such responses from benefactors never troubles the religios organisation, then to me; that is pure charity and I think it unfair for the government to task such a religious organisation.

  • Raju

    I beleive, The things Vikas said are absolutely correct. If possible I want to fight on “Hindus are being targeted everywhere and persecuted in their own country”.




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