Kerala CM briefs Governor of Sabarimala violence

Following the incidents of violence in Kerala, Governor P Sathasivam on 3 January sought an urgent report from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The Chief Minister has assured the Governor that strict action would be taken against those involved in the disturbances, the release added. Continue Reading

Travel advisories by US, UK insult to Kerala: Tourism minister

Travel advisories issued by the US and the UK asking their citizens travelling Kerala to be vigilant in the backdrop of the violent protests against women’s entry to Sabarimala temple, was an “insult” to the southern state, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said Sunday. Continue Reading

TDB pulls up Sabarimala head priest over purification rituals

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) Friday decided to seek an explanation from the head priest of Sabarimala temple, for his decision to perform purification rituals after two women of menstrual age entered the shrine. Continue Reading

Kerala CM takes dig at BJP, RSS after one more woman enters Sabarimala

Taking a dig at BJP and the RSS, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday asked why they had not called for a hartal after one more woman offered prayers at Sabarimala. Continue Reading

Another woman ‘enters’ Sabarimala, Sec 144 imposed in Kerala

Confusion prevailed over the entry of a 46-year old Sri Lankan Tamil woman into the Lord Ayyappa temple on Sabarimala late Thursday night with the woman denying it and official sources claiming otherwise. Continue Reading

Sabarimala: Media in Kerala boycott BJP for attacks on scribes

With media personnel being attacked at various districts during the 12 hour hartal by saffron outfits against entry of two women in their 40s into Sabarimala temple, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists Thursday decided to boycott BJP and Sabarimala Karma Samithi. Continue Reading

Not part of any agenda, say women who entered Sabarimala

Bindu and Kanakadurga, the two women in their 40s, who created history by defying threats from saffron organisations and offered prayers at Sabarimala temple, Thursday said they were not tools of anyone and dismissed as “baseless” the allegations that they were playing into the hands of police and the government. Continue Reading

Women’s entry into Sabarimala sparks violent protests across Kerala

Cloaked in black veils and shrouded in early morning darkness, two women of menstruating age group made history on Wednesday when they stepped into the Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, breaking a centuries-old tradition defying dire threats from the Hindu right. Continue Reading