Sabarimala temple entry- A Political problem with Pre-political roots
The Communist government of Kerala has recently stated in the Supreme Court that about 51-women entered Sabarimala Ayyappa temple as if it was an achievement of some sort. These women were all from their own cadres whose only aim is to ridicule the temple norms and traditions and to provoke the Hindu devotees. Otherwise, why would these women disguise themselves of their identity and claim to be Hijras (eunuchs) or by painting their hair white to appear as old women. This is not devotion. This is a clear case of cheating.
By being adventurous or chivalrous in achieving their objective of reaching the shrine (by hook or crook) they exposed themselves to be liars and cheaters. Had they made this kind of effort for secular cause (a worldly one) there is some meaning. For a religious/spiritual endeavour, the kind of acts the women did, would not augur well. Moreover, the LDF government in Kerala is fudging number of women i.e. so-called devotee-activists entering the temple, in it’s new found enthusiasm to disrupt Hindu practices without impunity as the Apex Court has granted permission to do so.
The Supreme Court has directed the state that the two women activists: Bindu and Kanaka Durga, be given police protection when they appealed for a shield after their adventure of breaking the tradition. The obedient state government immediately responded that it had already provided. Why these women are taking such threatening ordeals which needed police protection? Will they get medals or laurels for that? Or are they doing more for media glare than out of devotion to God? The women are of doubtful credentials as far as devotion is concerned. The secular state has given powers to secular activists to disrupt religious practices and traditions just to provoke the devotees, seemed to be the cause of the whole drama. Why is the communist state making efforts to meddle with devotees lives and beliefs?
Temples in India have been existing in pre-Independence era too. That is even before this liberal democracy, liberal courts came into existence. The institutions like family, religion have been thriving in full glory during the Kings’ rule in this nation. They never meddled so grossly in religious practices. In the name of administering gender justice and to uphold order in the society, the courts and thereby the law- makers want to effect permanent change in the human condition.
There are no political solutions to the pre-political problems. If the state government of Kerala is bent upon such a solution by sending their own women-cadre who are again atheists by nature, it would result in resentment of the devotees who in turn rededicate to defeat them. That would lead to polarization.
Now Sabarimala has turned out to be a biggest political problem that has pre-political roots. The Kerala government has become a substitute religion now to dictate terms to devotees. Who gave the government the status of a secular-God to control the devotees when the devotees believe in their own Ayyappa-a celibate God who, as per their calculations, ordained certain women group not to be in the sanctum sanctorum?
This is atrocious. Minority religious practices are untouched and majority Hindu religious practices are muzzled in India. This lopsided treatment should be corrected by the efforts of right thinking people in the Hindu community.
I am Indira Garimella living in Hyderabad. I hold a Master’s Degree and M. Phil (in English) with M.Ed. I worked as PGT in English in Government run Residential Schools. I have been associated with Pragna Bharati, Hyderabad. I also worked as Associate Editor of Bharatiya Pragna, monthly magazine of Pragna Bharati in the past. I have been a keen observer of National Politics and also write letters and articles to the English and Telugu newspapers from time to time.