We all know that Religion shouldn’t interfere in the policies of the State and Vice versa in a living functioning democracy.
This rule is seldom followed in India as in most countries
The Indian state is seen to generally interfere / intervene in favor of the orthodoxy of the minority religions like Christianity where it is protectionist and Islam which is a state subsidised religion in India and has a separate set of rules. The treatment metted out to Hinduism and likes be it Sikhism, Jainism and likes is sadly quite astounding.
Im not alone in thinking so, even Sri Sri Ravishankar agrees.
The states eying the large revenues, promulgated legislation favoring takeover of temple trusts to prevent mismanagement by existing trusts. Most Profitable temple trusts are now controlled by the govt and are high revenue earners be it Sabarimala or Siddhi Vinayak or Lord Appaya or Tirupati any other big temple.
One thing is clear, the State has consistently shown that it too can mismanage the funds of the devoted . Many decisions as in case of Shirdi and Siddhivinayak are suspect and done on the recommendations of the Politician trustees , and court cases have been filed.
There is no transparency in decision making and everything is kept secret. Public audits and open books should be the way to go but this is easier said than done in a country where religion is one of the biggest businesses.
It is also alarming to note that the state has even used the funds so collected for subsidising their political goals and motives including the funds to Churches and terrorist maker the Haj Subsidy(a lot of young Muslims are targeted and indoctrinated during Huj something done with full knowledge of the Wahabi Saudi govt). Read the sunday debate.
According to Hindujagruti from an Rti they came to know that on 28th of January, 2006 when an International Temple Summit was called for, the government-run trusts only spoke about turning temples into tourist places! And the amount of money it spent on that two-day summit was a whopping Rs. 24 lakh! Was that necessary? Is Cross subsidisation of other religions using temple trust funds ethical or correct or morally acceptable?
Worse, what business does a communist govt have in managing temples – as in Kerala? Fundamentally they are anti religion and more so anti Hinduism as they have shown time and again. Do they have the right to dictate terms to temple trusts on matters of faith? They have filed an affidavit stating that Sabarimala is a Buddhist Shrine.
Now i have no comments to make regarding whether to allow or disallow the entry to Women of a specific age group to Sabrimala, or the right of temples to bar entry of anyone. I think it is the prerogative of the temple trusts and more importantly the faithful and not that of governments as temples are sacred places and each one has its own rule of maintaining its sanctity not some tourist spots to make money. It would be better to have an entry manual on dos and donts as each temple has its own set of customs.
What im for is proper coordination of muth heads and a pan Indian body say something like the Shankaracharyas and the Muth heads getting together and formulating rules and guidelines on many of these rules and issues and unified decision making mainly so that people are educated and the sanctity of the temple is not disturbed, by locals and tourists and foreigners alike.
On entry of people of other religions or of converts to Hinduism into Puri and other such places , i think the Hindu people of Orissa should decide, and a selective permit should be issued to people say on basis of tests or screenings or past record – as it is there is too much money politics in the priesthood of some big temple trusts including Puri and notes decide how long and how much of a darshan u can have. Infact some foreigners have more respect for and knowledge of the Hindu religion than most Indians politicians and communists.
Why only that, i am even opposed to a paid priority quick special darshan or a free priority darsan to politicians and so called eminent people which gives them undue and undeserved advantage just because they throw a few crores at the temple trusts or are decision makers.
To me an abandoned shivling and tiny ganpati temple atop a desolate visapurgad offers a lot more solace and peace and inner well being than the crowded supertemple like siddhivinayak .
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