The obstinate Communist Government in Kerala has been continuously amplifying the intensity of roughshod treatment meted out to those visiting Ayappa temple, whilst the Central Government has only been giving hollow verbal support to the devotees sans any concrete actions; outraged and appalled, devotees visiting Sabrimala are now stuck between Scylla and Charybdis.
After the Supreme court gave its consent to menstruating women, to enter the Sabrimala shrine, news emanating from Kerala has not been so heartening; from lathi charges being showered on them, to being thrown behind the bars for voicing against Supreme court’s ruling, devotees of Ayappa have had to bear it all. Pinnarayi government has decided to impose strict curbs on thousands of devotees, to allow a free passage to few pseudo feminists like Rehana Fatima and Trupti Desai, who by their demeanor have proved that they lack knowledge of Sabrimala’s unique age-old traditions.
Since the temple’s reopening on 16th, it has been nothing less than a nightmare for those visiting the temple, as the Kerala police has been harassing them and forcing atleast some of the devotees to return without a darshan of the deity dear to them. Late in the night on 16th, arrest of Hindu Aikya Vedi President KP Sasikala Teacher, led to a dawn to dusk hartal on 17th, , this further exacerbated the situation in the state.
Emergency-like situation in Kerala. KP Sasikala Teacher, President HinduJagaranManch, has been forcefully taken into police custody. She was on the way to #Sabarimala following traditions. My pinned tweet shows the way activists were received with all honour by CPM police. pic.twitter.com/TJM8rEVtaZ
— J Nandakumar (@kumarnandaj) November 17, 2018
According to the Devaswom minister of Kerala, Sasikala teacher's talks about Hindu pride is something which women should not speak about.
Communist who is hellbent to enforce #GenderEquality in Sabarimala temple using brute force has his own rules for what a woman should speak pic.twitter.com/Kjo5UGIwPa
— Anjali George (@Kuvalayamala) November 17, 2018
Most of the devotees who visit the temple come from afar, and have to travel kilometers on foot, to reach the temple; it is under such circumstances that police has added to their woes by asking the shops in the vicinity of the temple to shut down by 10pm, causing devotees to run helter-skelter for food in the middle of the night; they are also instructed to not be camping in the area. This was one of the reasons that led to Sasikala teacher’s arrest. Add to it the fact that Pinnarayi government has failed to provide the basic amenities for the devotees flocking to the Ayappa temple.
സന്നിധാനത്ത് കർശന നിയന്ത്രണങ്ങളുമായി പോലീസ് : വിരിവെക്കാതിരിക്കാൻ പോലീസ് കാവൽ
Posted by Janam TV on Friday, November 16, 2018
Even to make a simple offering to deity,like the traditional ghee-offering, devotees are asked to report to the police station at Nilakkal; distribution of prasadam too has time limitations. More such ludicrous instructions under the garb of providing security to the devotees and temple, are being executed by IG Vijay Sakhare, incharge of the security arrangements in and around Sabarimala.
Shocking visuals from Kerala of police forcibly detaining @BJP4Keralam Gen Secretary @surendranbjp who was on way to #Sabarimala Temple for Darshan. This is what emergency looks like, but our elitist Leftist media will not even discuss, let alone condemn. pic.twitter.com/yrBMgF7Izq
— Jayashankar (@jaypanicker) November 17, 2018
Ostensibly, this IG doesn’t have a very decorous past. In 2012, he was named in brutal custodial death of Sampath along with another IPS officer. Later the CBI officer investigating the case, PG Haridatt, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. The blue-eyed boy of Pinnarayi, is apparently contacted directly by the Chief minister himself, while other senior officers are not kept in loop, which have led to few embarrassing situations in the last few days.
IG Vijay Sakhare, has also instructed police men to carry their lathi and shield, and to wear belts and caps, something which the policemen at duty, at Sabrimala temple, were exempted from, so far.
With each passing day, communist government is implementing stricter rules for the humble devotees visiting the temple, and this has cost the Devasom board dearly. The income of the temple has reduced by 40% and this has hit the devasom board hard.
Pinnarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister has definitely earned the ire of devotees but central government too has been accused by many for its inaction. In Kerala, politicians are busy baking their bread on the pyre of religious sentiments of devotees. Only time will tell if the devotee’s will can win over the chicanery of unscrupulous politicians.
This article is written by Levina
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