Opinion | If Kashi, Mathura temples can reopen, why not in Maharashtra?


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Opinion | If Kashi, Mathura temples can reopen, why not in Maharashtra?

Locations of worship in Maharashtra have remained closed because the final week of March when the lockdown was enforced throughout the nation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Greater than six months have handed and regardless of repeated calls for from political and spiritual outfits, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance authorities in Maharashtra has refused to reopen temples, regardless that bars, liquor retailers and eating places have been reopened. 

 
For the final one week, the primary opposition get together BJP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Bahujan Vanchit Aghadi supporters have staged protests in a number of cities demanding that the locations of worship be reopened. On Tuesday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari despatched a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray during which he identified to repeated calls for from a number of sections of society for reopening of temples. 
 
The latter was laden with sarcasm. The Governor wrote: “I ponder in case you are receiving any divine premonition to maintain suspending reopening of locations of worship repeatedly, or have you ever all of a sudden turned secular yourselves, a time period you hated?… You could have been a powerful votary of Hindutva, you had publicly espoused your devotion to Lord Rama by visiting Ayodhya after taking the cost as Chief Minister, you had visited the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and carried out the pooja on Ashaadi Ekadashi.”
 
A livid Uddhav Thackeray promptly replied to the Governor:  “Why has this query come to your thoughts? Do you’re feeling that merely opening of temples means Hindutva and never opening means secular? As Governor, you took an oath of workplace and secrecy, as per the provisions of the Structure, which relies on secularism. Do you agree with that secularism?…. The Governor will need to have private expertise of divine premonition. I’ve completely no thought. I’m not that large. I’m learning what is occurring in different states and making an attempt to implement what is best for Maharashtra.”
 
Nationalist Congress Get together supremo Sharad Pawar wrote a letter to the Prime Minister taking severe exception to the Governor’s sarcastic letter. He mentioned he was “shocked and shocked with the intemperate language” utilized by the Governor. “I’ve not mentioned this matter both with the Governor nor with Uddhav Thackeray. Nonetheless, I felt that I need to share my ache with you and the general public on the erosion of requirements of conduct by the excessive constitutional workplace of the Governor…..Sadly, the Governor’s letter to the CM invokes the connotation as whether it is written to the chief of a political get together.”  Pawar defended Thackeray’s resolution to not reopen temples, “in view of crowds at outstanding locations of worship, (the place) it’s unattainable to keep up secure distance between folks.”
 
In my opinion, the Governor ought to have maintained decorum and shouldn’t have used such language in his letter, and the Chief Minister, too, ought to have practised restraint whereas replying to the Governor. Each have transgressed the bounds of Constitutional decorum. 
 
The bottom actuality, nonetheless, is sort of totally different. There have been protests demanding the reopening of temples in Maharashtra. It started from Shirdi, the place the world-famous Sai Baba temple attracts 1000’s of devotees every year, however the shrine has remained closed since final six months. This has affected the native financial system which was thriving due to devotees. 1000’s of individuals working in lodges, inns, eating places, and retailers in and round Shirdi have been rendered jobless. Solely the primary priest is allowed to enter the primary shrine day by day and the temple is closed to devotees. 
 
On Tuesday, protesters gathered outdoors Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai, raised slogans and carried out ‘aarati’ of Ganpati Bappa praying to him to instil good sense in Uddhav Thackeray’s thoughts. The protesters have been saying that if bars and eating places can reopen, and if cinema halls may be reopened from October 15, then there isn’t a logic behind closing down locations of worship. The administration of non secular shrines say they’re much acutely aware about the necessity to preserve social distancing they usually intend to implement these guidelines strictly for devotees.  
 
There have been protests in Pune and Nagpur too. A lot of the devotees need the temples to reopen earlier than October 17, when the nine-day Navratri competition begins. In his letter, the Governor had identified that temples have been reopened in Delhi from October eight, and but there was no spike within the variety of Covid circumstances within the nationwide capital. 
 
The issue with Uddhav Thackeray is that the folks of Maharashtra are sad along with his authorities. They’re additionally sad with Shiv Sena. Uddhav Thackeray claims that he didn’t enable the reopening of temples attributable to Corona, however the frequent man in Maharashtra is saying that Uddhav Thackeray has put Maharashtra on prime among the many states the place the Corona pandemic is raging.
 
In Maharashtra alone, there have been 15.four lakh Covid circumstances detected, out of which 12.eight lakh folks recovered and 40,514 folks have died of Covid. The all-India figures are: whole 72.four lakh circumstances detected, 63 lakhs recovered and 1.11 lakh folks died of Covid. Absolutely, Uddhav Thackeray has a lot to reply. 
 
Persons are additionally questioning why the Pandharpur temple was opened for CM Uddhav Thackeray and his household to carry out annual pooja on July 1? Does this imply that the chief minister’s pooja carries weight, and the frequent man’s prayer is of no consequence? My view is that locations of worship in Maharashtra should be allowed to reopen with strict Covid pointers, much like those being enforced for bars and eating places. 
 
Uddhav Thackeray could have his private variations with the Governor, however he should preserve the welfare of his folks in thoughts. He ought to take a leaf out of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s e-book. Yogi allowed the reopening of almost 40,000 temples in UP, together with the well-known Kashi Vishwanath temple and the temples of Mathura, manner again on June eight. Did that trigger a spike in Covid circumstances in UP? The details communicate in any other case: Solely four.39 lakh Covid circumstances and 6,438 deaths in UP. 
 
Uddhav Thackeray shouldn’t make the reopening of temples an ego concern. This can be a matter of religion and sentiment for crores of individuals in Maharashtra. He shouldn’t doubt the intentions behind this demand.

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