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Leave religion alone



RAJESH K.C
And finally?.may we all protect lord Pashupatinath?jai Nepal.
Pashupatinath is not the centre of dominance for regressive or progressive forces. It is a place that all Hindus of the world revere. Pashupati depends on the help and support of millions of Hindus from all over the world. If a party talks about revolution and politicises religion by unnecessarily interfering, such a party will be destroyed. The country will be dragged into an endless conflict between religion and the state. Pashupatinath's priests are worshippers of souls and all life forms.

The Maoists attacked culture during the war years. Now they want to transform religion. This move is against universal values. It is obvious that this interference is just a ploy to recruit their cadres. It is strange that a minister controls the priests. How can a priest be expected to hand in his resignation at a ministry? The head priest handed in his resignation at the Ministry of Culture a fortnight ago, but it took the ministry only a day to accept his resignation and hurriedly appoint a new one. Those in power may feel that it is right to force the priest to resign - but what if Nepali priests in Indian Hindu temples are treated the same way? The government is so short-sighted that it hasn't even thought about the cultural relationship between India and Nepal.

Head Priest Tulasiram Pokhrel
Karyabinayak Ganesh Temple



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