Yesudas – truly secular or pseudo secular?

published on January 13, 2009



By Synonymous




Keralites
of every kind will agree on one thing – but for the presence of a few
like Yesudas and Yousef Ali Kechery, polarization of Kerala society
into four distinct groups (Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Communists)
would have been complete by now. We still do not have anyone better in
Kerala to write and sing about Lord Krishna.
And both of them have taken exceptional efforts to be seen as the ideal
examples of non-Hindu citizens in India . But are these two Malayali celebrities truly secular?  We will never know unless we are vigilant.
Yesudas is everywhere in the media for the last few days, celebrating his own 69th birthday among other20numerous functions. As usual he went to Mookambika temple for his birthday and sought blessing from the Goddess of Art. Then he was at the concluding ceremony of the School Youth Festival telling every individual to look for the terrorist within them and kill it.  And
then he was at the Kairali function with his god-given unparalleled
voice singing for music against terrorism. Unlike the other hardcore
Communists on the dais he remembered to mention Sandeep Unnikrishnan
while praising the valour of our armed men who made the supreme
sacrifice. Had he not done so the whole function would have gone down
as a cheap attempt to express   Communist appreciation for Kavita Kerkere for not accepting the offer from Narendra Modi.
And above all, Vijay Yesudas
(the son of Yesudas) is now married to a Hindu girl. It is a love
affair and the marriage ceremony was also conducted in a traditional
Hindu manner. So far so good. The acid test of Yesudas family’s
secularism will come in here. Is the girl going to be converted into
Christianity without anyone coming to know of it? If not the girl, will
her children be baptized in a church and hence converted without their
own consents? The whole of Kerala will be watching this. Let us see how
a role model for true Indian secularism will conduct himself within his
own family.

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