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The New ‘The Kerala Story’ of the Left Government’s Takeover of Temples

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Mumbai/Kochi: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) of Kerala has issued a circular warning office-bearers about the establishment or activities of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh branches in 1248 temple premises. The circular dated May 18 said that if this happens, action will be taken against the office bearers of the concerned temple. It may be mentioned that the Travancore Devaswom Board manages the temples of the state. With this circular of the board, a new ‘The Kerala Story’ of the CPM government’s plan to occupy the temples has come to the fore.

In this circular of TDB, its age-old agenda has been exposed. The circular said that social and political activities will not take place in the temple premises except religious events. It may be noted that the first such circular issued by the CPM government in Kerala in 2016 was ineffective. After this, the TDB, working under the control of the state government, issued a circular similar to the new circular on March 30, 2021. However, branches of the Sangha continued to be established in some temple premises.

Officials of the Devaswom Board say that not only the Sangh, no other organization and political party will be allowed to organize any program other than puja rituals in the temple premises. The TDB has appealed to the general public to complain to the board if such incidents continue to occur in the temple premises. There is a lot of resentment among people associated with the temple and local citizens against the CPM targeting TDB with a gun on its shoulder.

According to an official associated with the temple, CPM leader K. Ananthagopan is the President of the Travancore Devaswom Board. As a result, CPM’s will prevails across the board. The TDB Board was constituted under the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act XV of 1950. All the religious rituals of the famous Sabarimala temple also take place under the direction of this board. This is why CPM is monitoring the income of temples. That is why the Left government wants to keep the Sangh volunteers away from the temple premises.

A former office-bearer associated with the Kerala Area Protection Committee has claimed that the Left governments are grabbing the agricultural land of temples by declaring them as waste land. Meanwhile, under the leadership of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the work of renovation of temples started. Later the Kerala Area Conservation Committee was formed for the conservation and maintenance of temples. Now the Left government wants to take advantage of the donations and land received by the temples.

A former TDB office bearer has claimed that the Left government is promoting an anti-Hindu agenda with temple money. In 2020, the CPM government decided to appoint Arabic language teachers in schools under the Travancore Devaswom Board. Its responsibility was given to the board. While the board has not appointed a single teacher for the teaching of Sanskrit language. Sanskrit is the ancient language of the country and is mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Arabic has nothing to do with this country or with the majority population of Kerala.