Communism in Temples

I still marvel that Prachanda has not actually destroyed temples in Nepal, but since when have Communists been known for honesty? If religion is the opium of the masses, Prachanda seems to have added his own footnote to it.

The appointment of Nepali priest, breaking away from centuries-old tradition, at the Pashupatinath temple has fuelled a controversy.

Some local Rajbhandaris, who are deemed as assistants of the traditional Indian priests, and some associated persons have expressed discontent over the selection of Nepali head priest.

Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) on Sunday appointed two new priests at the Hindus’ major and Nepal’s most popular temple after the Indian Bhattas (priests), who had been worshipping the deity from the past few centuries,   resigned from their post.

The tradition that began since 188 BS has been broken after the PADT appointed Nepali priests Bishnu Prasad Dahal and Salikram Dhakal by accepting the resignations of three Indian priests including the head.

While I’d feel sad had Prachanda demolished temples, I’d at least admire at his commitment to the perverse cause. However, he has openly displayed his true hues as a Communist pirate. The singular goal of this open politicization of temples is clear: add the loot to his coffers. As a byproduct, show the middle finger to Indian priests thereby severing another cultural link that keeps the Hindu heritage unified across geographies.

Nepal’s unique status as the only Hindu kingdom was lost the day that idiot King Gyanendra gave in to Maoist marauders. Indian political eminences as is wont were actively asleep…actually, they pretended to doze while their Communist comrades used the state’s intelligence apparatus to help the Maoist hoodlums uproot Gyanendra. In a way, Prachanda’s gang is following the Indian template. Notice how similar this move is vis a vis state control of temples in India?

4 comments for “Communism in Temples

  1. January 6, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    Truly sad…thanks for a pointed post Sandeep.

  2. AG
    January 6, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    > This is payback

    I am overwhelmed with Sonia’s payback for my being a Hindu over the past five years.
    Can we have a regime change please?

    Oh, i forgot, I’m not a vote bank.

  3. Ghostwriter
    January 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Sandeep,
    You are being charitable in suggesting that they dozed or were asleep at the wheel – I suspect something far more sinister. Remember that Pashupatinathji was the temple that did not allow Sonia Gandhi access to the shrine when Antonia and hubby Rajiv G went on the ill-fated Nepal trip. The Gandhi’s took that rather personally – I remember a trade embargo on Nepal by the Indian Rajiv Gandhi government in the late eighties.

    This is not indifference – this is pay-back

  4. Shankar
    January 2, 2009 at 3:30 AM

    Marxism is the OPIUM OF JERKS.

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