Kerala Temple Board Minister Alleges Caste Discrimination At Temple Event

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Kerala Temple Board Minister Alleges Caste Discrimination At Temple Event

K Radhakrishnan did not stock overmuch details of the incidental oregon wherever it happened (Facebook)

Kottayam, Kerala:

Kerala Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan said that helium faced caste favoritism astatine a temple wherever helium went to be an inaugural function.

Mr Radhakrishnan, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, said 2 priests of the temple refused to manus him the occurrence they had brought to airy the main lamp astatine the venue for the ceremony.

Instead, they lit the main lamp themselves, and aft that, placed the occurrence connected the ground, reasoning that helium would instrumentality it and airy the main lamp, the curate alleged.

Mr Radhakrishnan, a subordinate of the cardinal committee of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), said this astatine a programme organised by the Bharatiya Velan Service Society (BVS) successful Kerala's Kottayam connected Sunday.

"I went to be a relation astatine a temple. On the juncture of the inaugural function, the main clergyman placed a lamp there. He came with the occurrence and I thought that helium was going to springiness it to maine to airy the lamp. But helium did not manus it to me. He lit the lamp himself. I thought that it was portion of a customized and should not beryllium disturbed," helium said.

"After that, helium handed implicit the occurrence to the co-priest who besides lit the lamp. I thought it (the tiny lamp) would beryllium fixed to maine aft that. But it was not. Instead, helium enactment the occurrence connected the ground. Their reasoning was that I would instrumentality it disconnected the crushed and airy the (main) lamp," helium added.

"Should I airy the lamp (which was not personally handed implicit to maine by the priest)? Should I instrumentality it? I said get lost. You don't see the wealth fixed by maine arsenic untouchable, but you see maine arsenic untouchable," helium added.

He, however, did not stock overmuch details of this incidental oregon wherever it happened.

K Radhakrishnan, the Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes and Devaswoms represents Chelakkara constituency of the Thrissur district.

He served arsenic the Minister for the Welfare of Backward and Scheduled Communities and Youth affairs from (1996 - 2001), absorption Chief Whip (2001 to 2006) for the Kerala Legislative Assembly and Speaker of Kerala Legislative Assembly (2006-2011).

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