Sabarimala: CPM-backed Kerala’s ‘renaissance’ panel to accommodate Muslim and Christian organizations
New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-backed Committee for Protection of Renaissance Values, an umbrella organization comprising of various Hindu outfits, which recently organized a women’s wall in Kerala to support the entry of women in the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple, has decided to include Muslim and Christian organizations in it. The decision was taken at the meeting of the committee headed by Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, on Thursday.
During the meeting, Vijayan emphasized that continuation of activities for the “protection of the renaissance values” is important. The Kerala chief minister said, “Protection of renaissance values was necessary for the progress of people. Those who opposed the women’s wall tried to weaken the activities meant for protecting renaissance values. Although the wall was termed a communal one, women from all sections participated in it.”
Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, the president of the committee and general secretary of the Vellappally Natesan, amid allegations that the committee has avoided Muslim and Christian organizations, said the committee is will welcome them considering their “contribution for promoting renaissance values”.
Brushing aside allegations of political agenda behind the move, Natesan said, “We are ready to cooperate with anyone for promoting renaissance values, which is the need of hour. It is true that such a campaign started over young women’s entry at Sabarimala. But now we are promoting the committee to ease the communal tension in the state.”
After successfully organizing the women’s wall, in Kerala, in the support of the entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala shrine, the committee now has decided to form its units at district and taluka levels in the state.
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