Temples of gloom in god’s own country

Source: – http://www.tehelka.com/2014/11/padmanabhaswamy-temple-gold-treasure-hindu-pilgrims-kerala-politics/

Considering the royal ruckus over the treasure, there are calls for the state government to take over the temple wealth for public use. Atheist leader U Kalanathan argues that because the property was stored in the temple cellars by the erstwhile kings, it cannot be claimed as Hindu property. The fact that such a convoluted argument even gets reported in the media is a result of the legacy of six decades of minority-ism and secularism.

Imagine if the same treasure had been discovered in a church or mosque. No income tax officer, judicial magistrate or government official would have questioned the ownership. Experts would have been flown in from the Vatican or Arabia to somehow link the discovery to the history of those alien lands.

But as it is Hindu property, it is an endless free-for-all. Back in the 1980s, the then chief minister K Karunakaran issued an order that the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple Board withdraw Rs 10 crore from the temple’s bank account and deposit the amount with the state treasury to help the government out of its financial crisis.

It wasn’t the first time that the state was caught with its hand in the hundi. According to Leela Tampi, secretary, Hindu Matru Samiti, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1962 when India was at war with China, the Kerala government asked the Guruvayur temple authorities to transfer a huge quantity of gold to the Central government.

Source: – http://www.tehelka.com/2014/11/padmanabhaswamy-temple-gold-treasure-hindu-pilgrims-kerala-politics/

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