A 24-hour shutdown, called by the Sabarimala Samrakshna Samiti, began on Thursday morning even as pilgrims continued to make their way to the Lord Ayyappa shrine. Shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed due to the bandh. Pilgrims are stranded at many locations since government vehicles have also kept off roads.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat in his speech on Thursday said that the recent Supreme Court verdict, allowing women of all ages to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple, did not account for traditions accepted and followed by the people for years. He also said that the petitioners were not devotees, and a huge section of women following this tradition were unheard. (Hindustan Times)read more
Commenting on the SC verdict on Sabarimala issue, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the version of heads of religious denominations and faith of crores of devotees were not taken into account. read more
Delivering the annual Vijayadashami speech in Nagpur, Bhagwat said India has always followed a policy of maintaining peace but there are several countries that have taken hostile positions against us. read more
The annual Vijayadashami speech is the most-watched event in the RSS’s almanac; it is on this day that the RSS chief makes a speech outlining the organisation’s focus areas and also comments on topics related to national politics and social issues. read more
The SC judgment on Sabarimala will open the doors for other Hindu places of worship to do away with their exclusionary practices whether it be restrictions on women or certain castes.It would be good for Hinduism, for social cohesion, for our economy... read more