October 5th, 2011
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Thiruvambady Devaswom revamped

Thrissur: The Thrissur Principal Munsiff Court issued an order stating that members of all castes of the Hindu community are eligible to be members of the managing committee and general body of the Thiruvambady Devaswom.Thiruvambady Devaswom restricted membership to ‘Savarna Hindus – to Namboodiris, Nairs, and Ambalavasis.’

The petition was  filed by Visala Hindu Samatva Vedi representative and SNDP Thrissur union president K.V. Sadanandan and Kollara Ravindran. The order stating that all Hindus, belonging to the Chirakkal, Angady, and Punkunnam thattakam, should be made members of the Devaswom was issued by Judge N.V. Raju.

The court declared as invalid a bylaw in the Devaswom’s constitution that stipulated only ‘Savarna Hindus’ could be members. Advocate K. Gopinathan, who appeared for the plaintiffs, argued that discrimination based on caste or casteism was out of place in a democratic State. “The Kandanathu Mana, the owners of the temple, had dedicated it to the public with a vision that all Hindus would have equal role in the temple affairs,” he said.

 



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