Here’s another unique “secular” news circulating in Kerala’s social media circles. Recently, a dining hall was inaugurated at Vairankottu Bhagavathi Temple in Malappuram district in the Malabar region of Kerala. The temple is managed by the state government-controlled Malabar Devaswom Board.
Attached is an image of the stone plaque that was installed in connection with the dining hall opening. Below is the translation of the image for those who can’t follow Malayalam.
Malappuram District Panchayat
Annual Project 2021–22
Vairangottu Bhagavathi Temple Dining Hall Inauguration
Sunday, 8th January 2023
Welcome: Smt M.K.Rafeeka (Panchayat President)
Chairman: Sri Kurukkoli Moideen MLA
Inauguration: Sri E.T.Mohammed Bashir MP
Presence: Sri Ismail Muthedam (Panchayat Vice President)
Smt Naseeba Azeez Mayyeri
Smt Serena Haseeb
Smt Jameela Alippatta
Smt Kottarathu Suharabi
Sri Faisal Edasseri
Smt Ramshida teacher
Sri Unni Vairangodu
Sri Vettam Alikkoya
Sri Radha Mambatta
Sri Murali Vallathol
Sri Abdu Rasheed Nalakathu
As you can see, the above list has 3 members out of 18, from within the community. While other places of worship are firmly in the control of those religions, our temples have become public property. Was it so difficult to find prominent figures from within the community for this inauguration? Or is it another deliberate attempt by the Kerala communists to mock the entire community, to show us our place?