Government practicing religous discrimination-Kummanam

via HK published on February 12, 2007

KOCHI: Kerala Government is practicing religious discrimination in the state by taking over Hindu Temples said Hindu Aikyavedi State general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan on Sunday while speaking at Vishlala Hindu Sammelan, organised as part of the Sree Guruji Birth Centenary celebrations

With the introduction of new Devaswom ordinance, nearly 1,800 temples had come under the control of the Government. He challenged the Government to take over the administration and management of churches and mosques in the State.Churches and Mosques also have several issues but the Government had not dared to take over their administrative control.

108 churches that had been closed down in Kerala due to factional disputes, But this Government won’t interfere in the internal matters of Minorities in fear of lossing the vote bank.This is nothing else other than religious discrimination, he said.

If corruption in the affairs of the temples was what had prompted the Government to act, it should have made use of the existing anti-corruption laws and the services of agencies such as the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to check corruption, he said.

The Government took over the temple administration because it belonged to Hindus and its easy for them to toy with the sentiments of Hindus in the state. The main motive behind this ordinance is to appoint Atheist communists at important posts related to temple administration.

As per this ordinance now the Temples has to get permission from CPM party office whether to conduct festivals or not,Now it’s the responsibility of this secular Government to conduct Sivarathri and Ramnavami in Temples!

A secular Government should think whether it was advisable for it to act in such a manner, he said.

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