How to ward off Minority arrogance – A Lesson to learn from this Tamilnadu village

published on April 6, 2012

Hindu-Dominated Local Body Ensures Good Festival Ambience
VSK Chennai

Thousands of devotees throng every year during the famous “kodai festival” at Bhagawathy Amman Temple, Mandaikaadu, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu. Before Darshan of the Amman, it is customary for the devotees to have a holy bath in the sea and return with a pot of holy water to the temple. As lakhs of devotees take bath at the sea, the sea-shore is filled with shops for purchase. These shops are given on tenders to the participants. All these years the shops run along the coast during festivals are dominated by the Catholic dominated Church people giving no chance for Hindus. This annoyed the Hindus there. This has resulted in a historic victory for BJP in all 10 wards during the civic polls for Mandaikaadu Development Block held last year.

Maheswari Murugesan, the Chairman of the Mandaikaadu Development Block, informs that a unanimous resolution was passed to the effect that the shop lease should be allowed to all sections of society. Repeated threats, pressure from Christians and officials do not deter the firmness of the councilors. That resulted in victory for Hindus to run shops at the sea coast. As a result, Kodai festival at Bhagawathy Amman Temple was celebrated in a grand manner without any exploitation by Church backed shop keepers this year.

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