Chartered accountant, spiritual leader and RSS think tank S Gurumurthy on Friday said: “Christianity has destroyed the environment in the world.” Quoting research, he said even the United Nations had accepted that Christianity had destroyed environment as it had no reverence for nature. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the fourday fair organised by Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF) at Ahmedabad’s GMDC grounds.

Speaking on the Hindu way of life, he said Hinduism stresses on conservation, saving environment for posterity and even teaches compassion towards wild life. The Hindu civilisation is the only one that teaches mankind to live together despite differences, he stressed. The fair has been organised to showcase how Hindu organisations are involved in the service of humanity.

Over 315 Hindu organisations have come together at a single platform to spread the message of their service towards the society. “Idea of this fair came when one of the political leaders said that India should learn philanthrophy from Bill Gates. The statement came at the time of conferring Indira Gandhi Award to Microsoft founder Bill Gates. After this incident several intellectuals came together to highlight importance or philanthropy in India.

Around 150 people, including me and Ajit Doval, met in Ahmedabad to chalk out the first fair under the aegis of HSSF in Chennai in 2009. Till now 24 such fairs have been organised in 13 states and this is the first one in Gujarat,” Gurumurthy said. Elaborating, he said: “Hinduism never says its Gods are superior.

We have a culture in which even the wildlife is worshipped and importance is given to conservation of nature. In my village, nobody cut the tree when even a single woman was pregnant. It was a way of linking our lives with nature.” Swami Avdheshanandaji, Kathakar Ramesh Oza and Jain monk Jinchandrasagar Surishwarji remained present on the occasion. The Fair will remain open till January 8 and will host seminars and programs highlighting Hindu way of life.