hat is secularism? This means that nobody while in office or elsewhere displaying his official identity indicates allegiance to any religion or faith. Religion is a personal matter not connected with office.

But when a minister gets VIP treatment at a religious place- temple or shrine, he does so using his official position. Apart from other objections, this goes against secularism. If his visit to the religious place is personal, he must not be given any privilege like 'special darshan'. Otherwise, his visit is official and he is guilty of breaking the norm of secularism in utter breach of secularism which is basis of our constitution.

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  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    hat is secularism? This means that nobody while in office or elsewhere displaying his official identity indicates allegiance to any religion or faith. Religion is a personal matter not connected with office.

    But when a minister gets VIP treatment at a religious place- temple or shrine, he does so using his official position. Apart from other objections, this goes against secularism. If his visit to the religious place is personal, he must not be given any privilege like 'special darshan'. Otherwise, his visit is official and he is guilty of breaking the norm of secularism in utter breach of secularism which is basis of our constitution.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/stop-vip-darshans-at-religious-shrines-cong-official/1/296756.html


    I agree, when we went to Tirupathy, we had paid Rs 1000 per person for a special darshan in the morning but had to wait for 4 hours because some politicians and celebrities were there, if so, why not let them see the lo9rd along with the others ? I decided then and there never to visit any VIP temples in the future and waste my precious time...

    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


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  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    hat is secularism? This means that nobody while in office or elsewhere displaying his official identity indicates allegiance to any religion or faith. Religion is a personal matter not connected with office.

    But when a minister gets VIP treatment at a religious place- temple or shrine, he does so using his official position. Apart from other objections, this goes against secularism. If his visit to the religious place is personal, he must not be given any privilege like 'special darshan'. Otherwise, his visit is official and he is guilty of breaking the norm of secularism in utter breach of secularism which is basis of our constitution.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/stop-vip-darshans-at-religious-shrines-cong-official/1/296756.html


    I agree, when we went to Tirupathy, we had paid Rs 1000 per person for a special darshan in the morning but had to wait for 4 hours because some politicians and celebrities were there, if so, why not let them see the lo9rd along with the others ? I decided then and there never to visit any VIP temples in the future and waste my precious time...


    Secularism of politician are farce. Today I saw on new channel that flag holder of secularism Laloo Prasad is doing ritual to come back in power.

    Thank you said by: Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Talking about secularism in our country is to show others that they care for others but fact is the louder they speak, more they try to catch votes. In india, secularism means VOTE of a particular section.

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    Thank you said by: Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.

    Thank you said by: Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    I fully support your views. However even the idol or image worshipers have a right to their views and live as they do. B ut the issue is why the VIPs should visit there with VIP tag and get privileged treatment misusing their official position although religion is a personal matter and linking official status with that is grossly nonsecular. I remember that first P.M. Nehru had advised President Rajendra Prasad to avoid all such visits to religious places during the period of his presidential tenure. .

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    Thank you said by: rambabu

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    I fully support your views. However even the idol or image worshipers have a right to their views and live as they do. B ut the issue is why the VIPs should visit there with VIP tag and get privileged treatment misusing their official position although religion is a personal matter and linking official status with that is grossly nonsecular. I remember that first P.M. Nehru had advised President Rajendra Prasad to avoid all such visits to religious places during the period of his presidential tenure. .


    I contribute to your opinion that, a special treatment for a VIP/Politician in pilgrim centers is against secularism. And it’s due to this reason, I never visit a pilgrim center, especially Tirupati. only once I visited Tirupati on my wife’s insistence and that was restricted to the entrance only. My wife went alone into the shrine and I sat at a vantage point and started sketching the surroundings, which gave me more contentment than the so called, “pseudo Daiva Darshan.”

    Thank you said by: Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    We went to this holy place way back when Darshan ('ticket') rates were like 1.25, 5, 11, 101 etc or a general gate. We waited at general gate for almost 5-6 hours but the line did not move. We simply had a stroll in the premises where laddos were available and head shave was full on. That was what and how we managed Trupathi Darshan. The fact is every where is same in big temples, if you have money to pay you can enter through backlines or you have to be big government official, actor or political leader to enjoy priority. Yes big moneyed people included as well in that elite list. In turn priest of these temple given priorities in worldly matters. Give and take mates.

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  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    We went to this holy place way back when Darshan ('ticket') rates were like 1.25, 5, 11, 101 etc or a general gate. We waited at general gate for almost 5-6 hours but the line did not move. We simply had a stroll in the premises where laddos were available and head shave was full on. That was what and how we managed Trupathi Darshan. The fact is every where is same in big temples, if you have money to pay you can enter through backlines or you have to be big government official, actor or political leader to enjoy priority. Yes big moneyed people included as well in that elite list. In turn priests of these temple given priorities in worldly matters. Give and take mates.

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  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    We went to this holy place way back when Darshan ('ticket') rates were like 1.25, 5, 11, 101 etc or a general gate. We waited at general gate for almost 5-6 hours but the line did not move. We simply had a stroll in the premises where laddos were available and head shave was full on. That was what and how we managed Trupathi Darshan. The fact is every where is same in big temples, if you have money to pay you can enter through backlines or you have to be big government official, actor or political leader to enjoy priority. Yes big moneyed people included as well in that elite list. In turn priest of these temple given priorities in worldly matters. Give and take mates.


    The tradition of collecting fees for a Darshan is of recent origin in Tirupati. Earlier it was only during Brahmostavas devotees used to go to Tirupati.And Darshans were free for all.

  • Re: VIP treatment to politicians in shrines- This is anti secularism

    by » 9 years ago


    Tirupati has an income of an average 3 crores per day. All our pilgrim centers are business centers. I’m the last person to pay money just to see and deceive myself an image carved out of stone that was made by a man.


    We went to this holy place way back when Darshan ('ticket') rates were like 1.25, 5, 11, 101 etc or a general gate. We waited at general gate for almost 5-6 hours but the line did not move. We simply had a stroll in the premises where laddos were available and head shave was full on. That was what and how we managed Trupathi Darshan. The fact is every where is same in big temples, if you have money to pay you can enter through backlines or you have to be big government official, actor or political leader to enjoy priority. Yes big moneyed people included as well in that elite list. In turn priest of these temple given priorities in worldly matters. Give and take mates.


    The tradition of collecting fees for a Darshan is of recent origin in Tirupati. Earlier it was only during Brahmostavas devotees used to go to Tirupati.And Darshans were free for all.


    Many disagree with practice of collecting fee for temple visit. But this practice is in most temples. This is an issue between temple management and devotees. I have not much to comment on this practice. But I am opposed to use of VIP status for such temple visit. Using official status for temple visit is definitely a negation of secularism. Besides, it is blatant misuse of power. Also the ordinary devotees are put to extreme inconvenience because of security arrangements and special treatment to these VIPs.

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