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Bindu Ammini and Kanaka Durga are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala.(Reuters)

Tension at hilltop temple Sabarimala as pilgrim season begins

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 05:53 AM IST
On September 28, 2018, the Supreme Court opened the Sabarimala temple’s doors to women of all ages and overturned a decades-old ban, in a move that sparked protests by traditionalists who say women of menstruating age cannot enter the temple because the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered celibate.
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The Sabarimala judgment had led to clashes between the faithful and the Kerala state administration when the latter tried to enforce the rule of law. At the time the verdict was first pronounced in 2018, many felt that this was selective as it spoke only about undoing discriminatory practices against women in Hinduism(PTI)
The Sabarimala judgment had led to clashes between the faithful and the Kerala state administration when the latter tried to enforce the rule of law. At the time the verdict was first pronounced in 2018, many felt that this was selective as it spoke only about undoing discriminatory practices against women in Hinduism(PTI)

Seeking equality across faiths | HT editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 08:33 PM IST
The SC’s Sabarimala decision opens the door for reforms
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A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala.(HT PHOTO.)

Sabarimala devotees fear pilgrimage to shrine will not be trouble-free

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 07:30 PM IST
Most residents of Pathanamthitta district where the famous temple is located share the traders’ anxiety that peace will be shattered if women enter Sabarimala again.
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Left leader Sitaram Yechury said some of the top court’s recent verdicts needed to be ‘studied studiously’(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Left leader Sitaram Yechury said some of the top court’s recent verdicts needed to be ‘studied studiously’(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Recent SC orders need to be ‘studied studiously’, says Sitaram Yechury

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2019 01:14 PM IST
Among the recent important cases settled by the top court is the Ayodhya title suit, in which the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-led bench handed over the disputed land to Hindus while asking the government to give Muslims an appropriate 5-acre alternative land.
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A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex(Vivek R Nair / HT photo)
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex(Vivek R Nair / HT photo)

God heard our prayers, says chief priest after Supreme Court’s Sabarimala ruling

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 11:50 AM IST
The five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing 65 petitions seeking review of its September 2018 order that triggered widespread protests in the state after menstruating women were allowed to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.
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A five-judge Supreme Court bench on Thursday decided to refer its ruling on the entry of women to Sabarimala to a larger bench.(HT Photo)
A five-judge Supreme Court bench on Thursday decided to refer its ruling on the entry of women to Sabarimala to a larger bench.(HT Photo)

Sabarimala case goes to larger Supreme Court bench: All you need to know

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 12:33 PM IST
A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will deliver its judgement on petitions seeking review of its September 2018 order that triggered widespread protest in the state after menstruating women were allowed to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.
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Sabarimala temple case verdict: The Supreme Court is delivering its verdict on 65 review petitions filed over its 2018 judgment allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Sabarimala temple case verdict: The Supreme Court is delivering its verdict on 65 review petitions filed over its 2018 judgment allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court refers entry of women to Sabarimala to larger bench

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 02:47 PM IST
Sabarimala Temple Case Verdict: The Supreme Court has decided to set up a 7-judge bench to look at the entire gamut of issues relating to practices specific to various religious communities.
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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad address press conference after the Rafale judgment in New Delhi on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/ HT photo)
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad address press conference after the Rafale judgment in New Delhi on Thursday.(Mohd Zakir/ HT photo)

Live Updates | ‘Rahul Gandhi must apologise to nation’: BJP on Rafale verdict

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 01:56 PM IST
The important cases on which the Supreme Court delivered ruling are the review petitions on entry of women in Sabarimala temple and Rafale jet deal and a contempt case against Rahul Gandhi.
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A view of the Supreme Court of India(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Supreme Court of India(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Larger Supreme Court bench will revisit Sabarimala verdict on women

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 11:25 AM IST
On Sabarimala, the court will decide on a bunch of pleas seeking a review of its September 2018 order allowing the entry of women of all ages into Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple that triggered protests by traditionalists in the state.
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Pilgrims throng the main temple in Sabarimala in 2018 after the a Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to worship at the shrine.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Pilgrims throng the main temple in Sabarimala in 2018 after the a Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to worship at the shrine.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Kerala on high alert ahead of SC verdict on Sabarimala review petitions

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2019 12:05 AM IST
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Devotees from across the country throng the Sabarimala temple during the festival season between November and January every year.(HT File)
Devotees from across the country throng the Sabarimala temple during the festival season between November and January every year.(HT File)

Sabarimala explained: Supreme Court verdict, protests and controversy

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 02:45 PM IST
On September 38, 2018, the Supreme Court lifted the ban on entry of women at the temple and held that the practice illegal and unconstitutional.
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Supreme Court(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Supreme Court(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on plea challenging Sabarimala ruling

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 01:53 PM IST
A five-judge bench of the court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had in Feburary this reserved its verdict on pleas challenging its ruling on Sabarimala.
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Traditionalists have argued that the idol in Sabarimala temple, Lord Ayyappa, is celibate so there are some restrictions on women of child-bearing age entering it.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Traditionalists have argued that the idol in Sabarimala temple, Lord Ayyappa, is celibate so there are some restrictions on women of child-bearing age entering it.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)

After Ayodhya verdict, all eyes on SC ruling on Sabarimala review pleas

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 06:20 AM IST
Kerala had witnessed large-scale violence and five shutdowns last year when the CPI(M)-led state government tried to implement the verdict. At least 50,000 protestors were booked which also affected footfall and revenue of the temple frequented by 20 million devotees.
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Watch | Ayodhya done, Sabarimala verdict next: What’s at stake?

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 03:09 AM IST
Now all eyes are on whether the top court will use the Ayodhya template in its verdict on the Sabarimala row.
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Pinarayi Vijayan said his government cannot bring in a legislation to circumvent the Supreme Court’s verdict on Sabarimala temple.(Twitter @vijayanpinarayi Photo)
Pinarayi Vijayan said his government cannot bring in a legislation to circumvent the Supreme Court’s verdict on Sabarimala temple.(Twitter @vijayanpinarayi Photo)

No legislation on Sabarimala to bypass SC verdict: Kerala CM

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 11:12 PM IST
The chief minister said the government has got a legal opinion that legislation can’t be brought to bypass the verdict. Those who talk big about a legislation were cheating believers, he said adding that the Centre had also made it clear in Parliament.
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Padmanabhaswamy temple, India’s richest, has an estimated annual income of Rs 1 lakh crore(AP)
Padmanabhaswamy temple, India’s richest, has an estimated annual income of Rs 1 lakh crore(AP)

Religious institutions must use resources better

By Pushpa Sundar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2019 09:01 PM IST
Charity is often directed at institutions of faith. Invest in development, and, perhaps even industries and start-ups
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In this file photo, a procession is being taken out at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala(PTI)
In this file photo, a procession is being taken out at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala(PTI)

Nair Society extends support to Congress in Kerala by-polls

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvanathapuram
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2019 11:22 AM IST
Five assembly seats in Kerala are going to polls on October 21. The bypolls are being billed as the semi-final before the assembly elections next year.
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This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)
This week’s HT picks includes a short history of the brahmin colonisation of Kerala, a novel about the run-up to a riot, and a moving diary of a terminal illness.(HT Team)

HT Picks: The most interesting books of the week

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 01:01 PM IST
This week’s good reads include a counter narrative from Kerala, a novel about today’s India, and a cancer diary.
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Kerala’s outgoing governor P Sathasivam speaks on the position of state government on Sabarimala Temple.(HT photo)
Kerala’s outgoing governor P Sathasivam speaks on the position of state government on Sabarimala Temple.(HT photo)

Outgoing governor Sathasivam justifies Kerala government’s stand on Sabarimala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 10:10 AM IST
State BJP leaders were quite critical about his silence over the Sabarimala stir. Kerala had witnessed violent agitation when the state government tried to implement the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court which lifted the bar on women in 10-50 age- group from entering the Sabarimala temple.
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The most keenly awaited one is the Rafale case.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The most keenly awaited one is the Rafale case.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Rafale to Sabarimala, SC to hear key cases as it reopens after 6 weeks today

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 05:56 AM IST
As the Supreme Court reopens on Monday after a six-week summer vacation, there is a likelihood that verdicts reserved in crucial cases such as the Rafale case, the Sabarimala case and bringing the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) under right to information act, would be pronounced soon.
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Sabarimala temple. (PTI file Photo)
Sabarimala temple. (PTI file Photo)

Sabarimala temple issue led to Lok Sabha poll debacle: CPI(M)

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON JUN 26, 2019 05:59 PM IST
This was stated in a post-poll evaluation report, prepared by the party’s central committee and discussed during the two-day state committee meeting here on Sunday and Monday, excerpts of which were published in party mouthpiece “Deshabhimani” on Wednesday.
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In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the CPI(M) drew a blank in its former citadel of Bengal and won just one seat in Kerala, a state it is in power.(HT File Photo)
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the CPI(M) drew a blank in its former citadel of Bengal and won just one seat in Kerala, a state it is in power.(HT File Photo)

CPI(M) blames Lok Sabha polls loss on external factors

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2019 10:35 AM IST
In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Left parties reached its lowest ever tally of six MPs—a pale shadow of their best performance of 61 in 2004.
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Devotees participate in a march 'Walk for Ayyappa' in relation to violence faced by devotees at Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple.(PTI photo)
Devotees participate in a march 'Walk for Ayyappa' in relation to violence faced by devotees at Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple.(PTI photo)

Sabarimala stir boosted UPA, not BJP

By Roshan Kishore and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 07:26 AM IST
The Left parties have recorded their worst ever parliamentary performance, with just five Lok Sabha seats, in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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Congress workers take out a procession to celebrate Rahul Gandhi’s win from Wayanad on Thursday.(PTI)
Congress workers take out a procession to celebrate Rahul Gandhi’s win from Wayanad on Thursday.(PTI)

Kerala: Near sweep for Congress; CPM left with one

By HT Correspondent | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 05:04 AM IST
For the beleaguered Congress, there is some comfort down south. Wayanad has saved the party president from major blushes.
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The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has won 19 out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala.(FILE PHOTO)
The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has won 19 out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala.(FILE PHOTO)

‘Rahul Gandhi’s entry into Wayanad helped Cong sweep state’: Chennithala

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2019 04:41 PM IST
Three factors helped the Congress in Kerala-- their position on Sabarimala, party president’s entry and misrule of the present CPI(M) government. Initially, the party’s central leadership was not willing to support state leaders on Sabarimala but they came around later.
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The BJP is hoping to make inroads into Kerala by exploiting popular sentiment against the Supreme Court order allowing women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala shrine.(Reuters File Photo)
The BJP is hoping to make inroads into Kerala by exploiting popular sentiment against the Supreme Court order allowing women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala shrine.(Reuters File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Did Sabarimala issue affect voter behaviour in Kerala?

By Vineet Sachdev | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 08:48 AM IST
A parliamentary constituency (PC) wise analysis of voter turnout figures shows that Pathanamthitta, the PC where the Sabarimala shrine is located, registered the highest growth in voter turnout.
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At least six persons, many of them senior citizens, died while waiting to cast their votes in different parts of the state.(HT Photo)
At least six persons, many of them senior citizens, died while waiting to cast their votes in different parts of the state.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: A break from bipolar contests in Kerala?

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 10:25 PM IST
It remains to be seen whether the BJP’s attempts to consolidate the Hindu votes, by raising the spectre of a tradition under attack in Sabarimala, will gain much ground in a state that has usually witnessed a bipolar contest between the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to upset equations in Kerala’s bipolar politics dominated by the Left bloc and a Congress-led coalition, focusing on the Sabarimala issue that has been the mainstay of its campaign.(PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to upset equations in Kerala’s bipolar politics dominated by the Left bloc and a Congress-led coalition, focusing on the Sabarimala issue that has been the mainstay of its campaign.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Voting in all 20 seats in Kerala, Sabarimala row may sway polls

By HT Correspondent | Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 09:18 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi’s candidature and the BJP’s Sabarimala campaign shone the spotlight on the southern state in the election season.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves at an election rally in Wayanad district of Kerala. All the 20 seats of the state will vote on April 23.(HT file photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi waves at an election rally in Wayanad district of Kerala. All the 20 seats of the state will vote on April 23.(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha election 2019: Sabarimala, Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad entry change poll math

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 08:35 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s sudden entry in Wayanad, his second constituency besides Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, along with the emotional Sabarimala temple issue have changed the political equations in the state.
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Following months of protests at the temple site, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate K Surendran played a visible and voluble part, he is being feted in a God-like way.(PTI)
Following months of protests at the temple site, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate K Surendran played a visible and voluble part, he is being feted in a God-like way.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: After Sabarimala stir, BJP eyes temple route for votes

By Revati Laul and Ramesh Babu | Kerala
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 04:02 PM IST
Following months of protests at the temple site, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate K Surendran played a visible and voluble part, he is being feted in a God-like way.
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