...and those who fish in flood waters

Swadeshi ideologue S. Gurumurthy has wondered if there is any connection between the Kerala floods and a case in the Supreme Court on the restriction on the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple located in the state.

By Our Bureau
  • Published 19.08.18
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New Delhi: Swadeshi ideologue S. Gurumurthy has wondered if there is any connection between the Kerala floods and a case in the Supreme Court on the restriction on the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple located in the state.

"Supreme court judges may like to see if there is any connection between the case and what is happening in Sabarimala. Even if there is one in a million chance of a link people would not like the case decided against Ayyappan," Gurumurthy, who was nominated to the RBI board this month by the Narendra Modi government, tweeted on Friday night.

Ayyappan is the deity of Sabarimala, which bars the entry of women in menstruating age. The Supreme Court has reserved the verdict which is expected to be pronounced any day.

Gurumurthy's tweet in the middle of the worst flood crisis in Kerala in a century triggered outrage. One tweeter responded: "Sir, don't you feel ashamed to talk at this moment about this? People are dying, rendered homeless...."

The swadeshi spearhead's tweet coincided with the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the flood-affected areas of Kerala.

Amid the uproar, Gurumurthy "clarified" on Saturday: "What I said is this: If there is even one in a million chance of a link between the case and the rains, people - repeat people - would not like the case decided against Ayyappan. It is about people's belief. For the info of all, I am not an Ayyappa devotee, going to Sabarimala."

The RBI nominee stuck to the theme, tweeting an hour later: "Amazed at the hypocrisy of Indian intellectuals who trash people's faith. 99% Indians believe in God. 100%, including liberals, seculars, intellectuals, believe in astrology.... I am among those who look to God but not astrology!!"

One tweeter paid Gurumurthy back in the same rupee: "So the recent drop in rupee is God's wrath on Gurumurthy's elevation to RBI board?"