My fear is that this has the potential to turn into a 1992 repeat. Most of the entities "benefit" from a descent into violence and are girding/revving up for it. No powerful conciliator/ play of good sense seen. A consequence of decades of militant corruption and utter lack of morality/decency. Neither the state or union government can be accused of providing statesmanlike guidance or leadership.
I will add to that at the great risk of trying to talk sense in a (yelling crowd): right now, only the beejaypee/arressess and bhaktas on peearef are articulating this as a civilizational issue, rather than, as M.T, Vasudevan Nair said in the (commie rag) Deshabhimani: "Fools cite yesterday's mistakes as today's tradition". A bunch of bearded yahoos standing around blocking Real Devotees from worshipping. From an outsider's pov, it is the Trupti Desais who are coming to worship and it is the Rahul Easwars and the RSS dude who are merely agitators. The Supreme Court has heard the issue in detail and delivered its verdict. They have not heard/believed/accepted the claim that this is the sharp edge of a huge civilizational struggle. Unless that point can be hammered home in both KL and in neighboring states, this will turn into both a tactical and strategic disaster. Maybe for all sides, but surely for the Bhaktas and Hindu interests in KL.
Let me point out one observation: If the "foreign influx" of Swamis from TN etc were to stop suddenly, don't count on aam malloo yindoos weeping. Enough said.
Apparently, even GoKL claims that they are a net drain on resources, though I am pretty sure the taxes and bribes and hotel/food bijnej all do a roaring trade. Plus on the way back from SM, the GoKL's main source of revenue: the govt. liquor shaaps. But even in broke Italy, they put up banners saying:
Refugees welcome. Tourists stay home!
Many in KL feel that the SM "pilgrimage" has gone way, way out of control. Want to go to Guruvayoor? Plan around when the Pilgrims are likely to be there. Same I am sure for many temples.
So they would welcome some sort of controls being put on. The SC decision threatens to DOUBLE that infux so it is not welcome, but otherwise, it comes across as a case of going from bad to worse: the whole enterprise needs a serious rollback.
This year's floods have turned an ongoing disgrace in poor facilities, into an absolute disaster. I wonder how great the Tata project is going to be - in such a short time in a place where many roads were washed away. I am told for instance that the highway between Palakkad and TCR - one of the main routes for TN-KL contact and commerce, is essentially kaput. So if your strategy hangs on THEIR support/stubbornness, good luck, is all I can say
The Bhaktas are inexorably circling the wagons and deciding that they have only themselves as friends, need to close ranks and minds, shut out all alternative voices and do a jeehaaad. One has to ask: where is the logical evidence that this is what The Deity wants? In 2018/2019? Is it haraam for Sanatana Dharmis to wonder about logical evidence?
Unless you make the point that it is a civilizational conflict you cannot turn the tide. Right now it is Chitor against Alauddin Khilji. Masada against Rome. A mass uprising is needed to kick the besieging forces in the musharraf. Ain't coming from the Center, evidently, nor from the Supreme Court. The Con grej is fence sitting. This is of course why yindoos are in the sad state that they are in KL.
Trupti Desai is not stupid. Read her words: carefully selected. Thoughtful. Far more dangerous than a lakh-strong mob of Marxist yahoos.
So who can counter them? Answer is the matrons of KL. The yindoo middle class. Don't sit around dissing them with RSS terminology of Marx/Mullah/Macaulay: understand that they are knowledgeable, can be thoughtful and for sure they can win arguments.
How do you convince them that this is about the survival of Hinduism, and all the rakshasas are arrayed on the other side?
1) The "all religions" thing is a clear pointer.
2) The CNN invasion is another clear pointer.
3) EJ pointing to Xtian claims to the areas around SM is a clear pointer.
4) Anti-Hindu bias of the "Devaswom Boards" is a HUGE pointer.
The usual argument of WHAT ABOUT XTIAN/MUSLIM WOMEN IN CHURCHES/MOSQUES? is ***NOT*** a winning argument because those bibis are not at all protesting.
BTW, I c that the Sri Padmanabhan Khetram Case is open at the SC. What eej that? Another disaster coming? Any chance of combining/pre-emptive attack?