Notes and Comments: Reaction to Travancore Orders

The Light (Pakistan), 8th February 1937 Issue (Vol. 16, No. 6, p. 1)

Religious prejudices are notoriously hard to die. The Maharaja of Travancore’s orders open­ing State temples to the Depressed Classes have aroused resentment in orthodox Hindu circles who characterise this humane measure as the pollution of the temples and are holding meetings of protest against it. One such meeting took place in Bombay on February 4 [1937] in which two resolutions were passed, one saying that since the State temples had been polluted, no Hindu should worship therein; the second congratulating the Maharajas of Mysore and Cochin [Kochi, India] for refusing to follow the example of Travancore.

And this is orthodoxy! Those who have the humanity to recognize a common humanity in the Harijans are considered irreligious whereas those who treat these creatures of God as a pollution pride themselves on their religiosity. What an abuse of words!