Yagnasri wrote:Even after the judgement there is no major effort from any large number of female devotees to visit the temple in violation of the rules of the temple. That alone shows a lot about the what the female devotees think about this.
It was sheer desperation of GoKL which made the police literally trying to beg any young woman found in Sabari Mala to go trekking up the hill. It was also this move which also made many "unbothered" indviduals sit up and take notice. Even the supreme court did not say that GoKL had to take young woman up the hill shrine
chetak wrote:Anjali George fights more for Hindu issues than a majority of Hindus themselves.
She also knows more about Hinduism and Hindu women's customs more than many of the Hindu women in KL today.
habal wrote:I find all of them fairly shady characters though I rather not sit in judgement over someone's motivations. Apart from one confirmed naxal ie manju or something, rest have different levels of women's lib and eccentricities on their character.
GoKL made a big mistake of allowing the "activists" the last time around. This only convinced the Ayyappa devotees that GoKL wants to hurt their religious faith. Instead of the the respect to a Supreme Court verdict it was the "missionary zeal"
of GoKL which got exposed.
They will not accept being branded as polluting influence etc esp the english medium educated westernized types.
I do agree with you, if GoKL had waited out for another 10-15 years may be women who were NOT activists might also have made an attempt. You are right that many Hindu belief system is slowly undergoing a change, with the "convent english medium" style education system now prevalent in Kerala. For example my SHQ is not as religious as how my mother used to be. My neices (and nephews) do not take Hinduism as the way their mothers accepted it. But at least I have not seen an "open rebellion", which is the speciality of activists.
Rehana Fatima: married to hindu.
But neccessarily not married to "Hinduism". The husband and wife duo are activists. She tried the trek with an Irumudi kettu
an item which no Guru Swamy would actually prepare and give it to her. She was here to prove a point; even if it hurt the sentiments of millions of others.
Kavitha jakala: no idea
Malayalam media initially gave her name as Kavitha Koshy (Koshy is a X'ian surname in Kerala). She was a journalist perhaps encouraged by the police to make the trek. She never claimed to be a devotee, but may have loved the police escort being arranged. Some thing which she cannot get at Hyderabad.
mary sweety: what a joke, she has mental problems, could have climbed and jumped down, not stable.
She would have been coached and sent in by some other shady groups. If I were the SB CID of Kerala, a cursory check on her may have been done. She may be cranky, but her handlers may have been smart people.
manju: attention seeker.
She claimed to be a Dalit activist (who also had lots pending cases, and one pending warrant on her). Add to this another woman Libi, who said she was an aethiest and then two days before the event started believing in Thatwamasi
etc. (by her own words). Another attention seeker.
radha/someone: dalit activist, perhaps naxal.
That should be Bindu Thankam (also said to be Bindu Zacharia), who again made the most unplanned attempt. Again did not really had reasons on why she decided to goto Sabari Mala. Her parents have now said that, they want to do penance for the daughter's action and would trek up Sabari Mala.
andhra lady who was with family pretending not knowing rule: she didn't give a damn, she just wants to do trekking of 5k.
By now, I had lost track of the attempts. There were around 3 ladies from Andhra who were turned back. They had accompanied the old women from their families.