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?