SSridhar wrote:Choppers may fly women devotees to Sabarimala - The Hindu
Karthik S wrote:Where will the helicopters land? Don't think those women will do HALO jump, How many sorties will be required to transport 500 women?
Dileep wrote:Actually, the govt contemplated "aerial surveillance" by Helos. Some SFI ejucated intern at Al Chindu misinterpreted it onlee. The idea of Helos is dropped (for obvious reasons) and Drones idea is being raised.
Choppers on hovering on top of the shrine? Fat chance that would happen
. Looks like Chindu's reporter was smoking the same type of weed taken by Che Guevera
. Even a simple move like air-dropping/slithering would have to be done in front of 100s of Ayyappa devotees. Secondly, commies would have to really identify the adventurous and well trained women from the "so called" registered 550+ women. The nearest helipad is at Nilakkal, which is where the base camp is also located. Taking women upto that point is of no use. Because the pilgrims (and earlier the protestors) were all present in large number at the very same location.
What is happening is that GoKL is deliberately spreading these type of news in order to spread panic and confusion among the Ayyappas. Protestors may read all these news and decides to stop the protest. Many genuine devotees may read all this and then decide NOT to make a visit this time. Yesterday there was a grand plan that all vehicles would have to take a pass from the local police station. Then many people reminded the police that pilgrims come from all places, and Behra's writ does not go beyond the state's borders. Now the police changed their stance that these vehicles can get a pass from any PS in Kerala (while coming to the shrine), or in worst case passes would be issued to them at Nilakkal itself
. Which actually defeats the purpose of such a pass.
From what I could glean out from the news reports which talks about the GoKL and K.P plans.
1. GoKL and K.P at present do NOT have any idea on the number of pilgrims who would land up at Nilakkal, Pampa and Sabari Mala shrine at a given point of time.
2. K.P feels that the trouble makers at Sabari Mala are from Kerala itself. The idea of getting passes from PS in Kerala seems to be based on this. K.P feels that since passes are being issued, the vehicle owners would ensure that only pilgrims would come in. The "passes" only provide one benefit, that is to allow parking at Nilakkal base camp, till the pilgrims make the visit and come back. The passes are not like "internal passport" system in China (which given a chance CPI(M) may want to start in KL).
3. K.P feels that with the pass, and the plan to allow pilgrims only via Ke.SRTC buses from Nilakkal to Pampa would help them get advance notice on the crowd coming in. It does not seem to have factored alternate routes or the possibility of pilgrims walking in.
4. The "virtual queue" web site (https://www.sabarimalaq.com/
) has got around 3 lakh registrations so far, including the 550 odd women. What the police says is that only people who have registered at this web site, will be allowed beyond Pampa river point. And there would be multiple check posts to check this. Sabari Mala sees pilgrim footfall from even the remotest parts of South India, where no one would bother to register in such web site. This shrine was accessible without any govt intervention till last year. Denying an Ayyappa
pilgrim coming in with the Irumudi Kettu
entry to the shrine, just because he did not have a bloody token from K.P is going to cause big time problem. Please note, that the web site is only available in "English". Every pilgrim coming here is NOT a B.A English graduate.
5. These news reports also seems to be a deliberate attempt to spread panic among the devotees. Many may just decide to skip the pilgrimage this time around to avoid the hassles. And that is exactly what GoKL wants.
By the way, the campaign asking people NOT to put money in Devaswom Board managed temples is getting traction. The idiot of a board president is now pleading that if money is not deposited lots of Hindus (temple staff) will not get their salaries
. This pathetic attempt to gain sympathies should be thwarted. Hope the message gets spread across in multiple languages.
And there are rumours floating around that GoI may ask Hon.SC for more clarity on the verdict as it has a bigger impact all across India. "Hinduism" as a religion may have unique customs and traditions at each temple, and at each state and region. A temple cannot be considered as a "public place" like a night club, bar or bus stand.