Not just Hindus, minorities too abandoned the Left in Kerala

While the Left Front was expected to lose Hindu votes due to the Sabarimala issue, a closer look at voting numbers from Kerala reveals that Sabarimala hit both LDF and UDF, but the UDF was able to sail through with increased support from minorities. Even as Hindu voters shifted their votes to the BJP to […]

Prepoll survey predicts sweep for Congress in Kerala as Sabarimala hurts Left

One of the biggest and first pre-election surveys held in Kerala has pointed to strong gains made by the United Democratic Alliance led by the Congress, and the National Democratic Alliance led by BJP due to the Sabarimala controversy. Even as the Left Front was riding high on a wave of popularity before the Sabarimala […]

Swaminarayan City Dombivali starts booking, price Rs 45 lakhs

Booking has started for the 550 flats at Swaminarayan City, a 148-acre complex built around the upcoming Swaminarayan temple in the Mumbai suburb of Dombivali, real estate consultant ANAROCK said. Built by the Swaminarayan religious group via Swaminarayan Life Space LLP, the project will primarily cater to devotees of Swaminarayan, the 19th century ascetic with […]

Togadia’s AHP lodges case against Pinarayi Vijayan over Sabarimala episode

A court in Kerala has agreed to hear a case filed by Praveen Togadia-led Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and others for facilitating the entry of what the organization called non-believers into the Sabarimala temple two weeks ago. The case, filed by AHP National Secretary Pratheesh Vishvanath — the man behind the […]

Priests arrested after stone-throwing between Orthodox, Jacobite Christians in Kerala

The fight between the Orthodox and Jacobite sects of the Malankara Church of Kerala continued to be on the boil, with the latest clashes reported from Mandamangalam near Thrissur. The fight over the control of St Mary’s Church last night resulted in a stone-throwing incident last night, injuries to 17 people and the arrest of […]

Justice UU Lalit steps down from Ram Temple bench, new bench on Jan 29

Justice UU Lalit, who was part of a constitutional bench that was set up to hear the controversial Ram Temple Babri Masjid matter today, today recused himself from the bench hearing the matter. The judge withdrew himself after one of the advocates RK Dhawan pointed out that Justice Lalit had represented one of the implicated […]

PInarayi says no devotee was offended by women’s entry

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan today said no devotee of Ayyappa feels offended by the way two women were ‘facilitated’ to enter the Sabarimala temple and that the protests being seen on the streets are politically motivated. “When news came out about entry of women into the shrine (yesterday), there was no spontaneous protests,” Vijayan […]

Sabarimala women’s entry re-opens BJP’s ‘golden chance’ in Kerala

After waiting patiently for a breakthrough, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prayers in Kerala seem to have been finally answered in the form of a crucial development in the Sabarimala temple standoff with two women entering the temple at night under police protection. The BJP has already kicked off a massive campaign to exploit the emotional […]

Controversy erupts after girls in Kerala shame moral police on FB

An apparent incident of moral policing, in which young men allegedly tried to harass college girls wearing hijab for posing for photos with their male classmates has now ended with the police registering a case against the ‘guardians of cultural values’. The incident took place over in Kilinakode village in Malappuram, a conservative district in […]

BJP suspends protests at Sabarimala as pilgrims stay away

The Kerala unit of the BJP has decided to suspend its ongoing protests and demonstrations at Sabarimala temple, even as these seem to have resulted in an unusual decline in the number of pilgrims who undertook the annual pilgrimage this year. As part of the decision, Yuva Morcha, the youth front of the BJP, canceled […]

Trupti Desai unable to exit Cochin Airport as protesters swell

Bhumata Brigade head and women’s rights activist Trupti Desai has been blocked by protesters at the Cochin International Airport by protesters. The activist reached Cochin at around 4:40 AM, and quickly drew protesters. The number of protesters outside the airport has been increasing as news about Desai’s entry spread and currently number in the hundreds. […]

Kerala Govt says status quo will be maintained, after SC agrees to re-examine Sabarimala order

Supreme Court of India of India has agreed to hear the Sabarimala age-restriction matter once again, prompting the Kerala law minister to say that the state government will maintain status quo at the site. It will take up the matter on January 22, after the current pilgrimage season, for detailed hearing. It is not yet […]

Trupti Desai adds to the Sabarimala woes of Left Front govt in Kerala

Adding to the headache of the Kerala state government in the Sabarimala matter, Pune-based women’s rights activist Trupti Desai said today that the she is planning to visit the shrine later this month. “The temple will open on 17 November. I will soon write a letter to the SP [of police] and the CM [chief […]

Leaked tape shows Kerala BJP chief taking credit for Sabarimala protests

Kerala BJP state president Sreedharan Pillai has been shown bragging in a leaked video that the recent agitation by Ayyappa devotees in the temple courtyard was set off by a BJP worker, and that he considers the issue the ‘golden opportunity’ that the party has been waiting for in Kerala. Speaking at a convention of […]

Wanted to know more about Ayyappa: Rehana Fathima

Rehana Fathima, the women’s rights activist who came closer than anyone else towards entering the Dharma Shastha temple Sabarmala has said she was motivated to undertake the controversial pilgrimage by her desire to know more about the worship of Ayyappa. “I am extremely interested in knowing the essence of all religions. That is how I […]

Hindus feel insulted by SC stand on Ram Temple hearing – RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, today came out strongly against the Supreme Court’s decision four days ago not to conduct an expedited hearing into the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had resisted pressure from pro-temple activists on Tuesday to complete the hearing before general elections […]