Ready to Wait Campaign is a Christian Propaganda, says Janam TV Programme Head
"Ready to Wait is an idea of some Christian think tank in Germany. That obscene slogan had been designed to divide the Hindus in Kerala, and they used some educated NRI women to execute this plan", says Manoj Manayil, the programme head at Janam TV, a Malayalam TV channel supporting Sangh Parivar politics.
‘Ready to Wait’ campaign that has gone viral over the issue of the entry of women to Sabarimala Ayyappan shrine is taking a new turn as a section of the Sangh Parivar has unleashed an attack on the campaigners.
Recently, Manoj Manayil, the programme head at Janam TV, a Malayalam TV channel supporting Sangh Parivar politics, has bashed some of the activists involved in the Ready to Wait campaign through a Facebook post. He claims that the campaigners are actually belong to some Christian outfits which are trying to divide the Hindu community and weaken Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“Ready to Wait is an idea originated from some Christian think tank in Germany. That obscene slogan had been designed to divide the Hindus in Kerala, and they used some educated NRI women to execute this plan”, says Manoj in his Facebook post. He rebukes it saying ‘Ready to Waste’ campaign.
Ready to Wait campaign was a response to the demand for abolishing the centuries-old tradition that restricts women in reproductive years (10-50 years) from entering the temple. They consider the demand for women’s temple entry arises from the people who hold hinduphobia, and believe that the hindu traditions have to be reclaimed. They say they are ready to wait till they turn 50 to enter the Sabarimala temple. It began as a social media campaign by Malayali women residing outside India , and soon garnered support from a large section of hindu devotees across the globe.
Manoj Manayil claims that though it looks genuine for a devotee at a first glance, it will have harmful impacts on the harmony within the Hindu community. “Initially, they could even get the support of TG Mohandas, a prominent Sangh intellectual in Kerala. However, later he identified their hidden objectives and argued for the entry of women into Sabarimala”, says Manoj.
What makes people like Manoj angry with the campaigners is their disagreement withthe RSS and BJP leadership over the temple entry issue. Padma Pillai, one of the most active 'Ready to Wait' activists calls RSS as a semitic organisation which tries to obscure the diversity of Hindu culture. She also criticised Modi and Amit Shah for their indifference towards the issues and sensitivity of Hindu believers. The critics of the Ready to Wait campaign are not ready to take this attack on RSS lightly.
The social media war is getting worse as both sides have begun to complain each other for harassment. Some among the Ready to Wait team has already tweeted the RSS leadership to take actions against Manoj for harassing women publicly. But Manoj sticks on to the allegations he raised against the campaign. “They are more dangerous than Trupti Desai. Legally, no one can deny the right of women to enter the temple. Ultimately, The Supreme Court will take a decision favouring the temple entry. No one can disobey the court order and Trupthi will end her protest. But the unnecessary division this campaign is creating will be a problem so that the devotees will fight each other”, says Manoj.