Kerala: The controversy surrounding the Sabarimala Temple refuses to die down. After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Nair Service Society (NSS) on Sunday blamed the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) government for the whole issue and accused it of planning to ‘impose atheism on the people’.
The NSS called upon all religious bodies to make peaceful efforts to protect their faith. It alleged that the state government was responsible for the violence in Kerala after two women of menstruating age entered the Lord Ayyappa temple on Wednesday. NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair issued a statement saying the Sabarimala issue was linked with all religions and communities and hence they were required to step in.
“No one should be allowed to demolish that faith,” he said and urged the faithful and religious organisations to come forward to react peacefully against the government’s move. Accusing the government of unnecessarily jailing the devotees, telling lies, humiliating Hindu acharyas and mocking the devotees, the NSS said that this isn’t something that people expect from a democratically-elected government. (Also Read: Amid Protests in Kerala Over Sabarimala Row, UK Issues Updated Travel Advisory to India)
The government also has the responsibility to protect the faith of the people. If the government fails to protect the faith, the faithful will come forward to do so. They cannot be blamed for it, the NSS general secretary said.
The NSS has filed a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine.
On Saturday, the UK government has updated its travel advisory to India warning British citizens to remain alert and avoid large public gatherings in Kerala. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), said that British citizens planning to travel to Kerala should monitor media reports pertaining to the entry of women devotees in the Lord Ayyappa shrine. In fact, the United Nations too made its stand over the troubled state of affairs regarding the entry of menstruating women in the Sabarimala Temple. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the world body encourages all to respect the rule of law.