“In Judging of those ancient religions, we must not take the standpoint to which we are inclined, but must put ourselves into the position of thought and life of those early times” Swami Vivekananda
The relatively peaceful state of Kerala is grappling with a situation that it has never before encountered. The Supreme Court verdict allowing the entry of women belonging to all age groups to the Sabarimala temple is threatening to divide a society that stood united just two months ago when the state was hit by the devastating floods. The debates and deliberations surrounding the consequences of this verdict will reverberate through the nation for a long time to come. But at a time like this when the secular fabric of a society remains threatened, it becomes important to go deeper to understand the sinister ploy of the Left government.
At the stroke of midnight on August 15 when the nation erupted in joy to celebrate its 71st Independence Day, the bleakness of the day didn’t escape me. I couldn’t help but reminiscence the historical wrongs that have been systematically erased from our country’s collective memory by a party that has ruled India for the longest time. The horrors of partition continue to haunt me, and I abhor the concerted efforts to present history through rose-tinted glasses.