//NSS clarifies stand on priest's appointment

NSS clarifies stand on priest's appointment

KOTTAYAM: The Nair Service Society (NSS) in a statement has said that the call to stop appointment of non-brahmin priests to the temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) was made on the basis of the general thinking among the believers as temples were the common places of worship by the different sections of the Hindu faith.

The NSS has taken the interests of the believers and the temples into consideration while taking the decision and "we still stand by our decision," general secretary P.K. Narayana Panicker said in the press note. While agreeing that everything old and conventional need not be right, Mr. Panicker said this holds true to new things also. He maintained that the issue raised by the NSS was not a communal issue, but an issue that was the concern of all believers cutting across their caste. Mannathu Padmanabhan had led the Savarna Jatha during the Vaikom Satyagraha. This was in the interest of Hindu dharma and advancement of the interests of the temples. His concern was the interests of the Hindu community as a whole and not of the Nair community alone. In the present case, too, the NSS taken the interests of the wider Hindu community and not of the Nair community, into consideration, he pointed out.

Hindu, Jan5, 2006 http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/05/stories/2006010503200400.htm