Kerala Minister removes throne intended for Sringeri mutt chief from dais, gets social media praise

According to a report in the Malayalam newspaper Mangalam, Surendran, upon arriving at the function, noticed a big throne on the dais.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 4:47 pm
kerala, kadakampally surendran, surendran throne dais, VS sivakumar, sringeri mutt, sringeri mutt chief, kerala sringeri chief, kerala news Devaswom Minister K Surendran (right) removing the throne from the dais along with MLA VS Sivakumar

Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Cooperatives, Tourism and Devaswom in Kerala, made news recently for removing a throne intended for the chief of the Sringeri mutt at a public function in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

According to a report in the Malayalam newspaper Mangalam, Surendran, upon arriving at the function, noticed a big throne on the dais. When told by the organisers that it was meant for the religious chief, Surendran, assisted by MLA and former minister VS Sivakumar, immediately pushed the throne to the back of the dais and replaced it with ordinary plastic chairs. It is reported that while the Sringeri mutt chief never arrived at the function, another swami came but never sat on the dais. He simply blessed the pool that was to be inaugurated and left the place.

Surendran’s act has been praised by many on social media including Congress MLA VT Balram. Balram said such acts abhorring displays of grandeur and opulence especially accorded to religious heads are welcome.

The ruling CPM and its leaders espouse frugal lifestyle and austerity measures although exceptions have been reported. Recently, a CPI MLA was questioned by her party after photographs of her daughter’s wedding appeared online in which the bride was covered in gold jewellery. The MLA countered saying that she only did the duty of a mother.

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  1. S
    Jun 15, 2017 at 11:12 pm
    Typical commie logic!! These people dont believe in God but turn up at temple functions to eat prasadam.
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      fakruddin gandhi
      Jun 15, 2017 at 7:08 am
      parshuram's keral is slowly turning into jehadiNaxalMao's playgroundDesert. parshu must act brutally to clean the of jehadiNaxalMaoKhangressis.
      1. S
        Jun 14, 2017 at 11:05 pm
        Before praising these Communists,the PRESS utes should know what all they did during election. MLA Sivankutty went to get blessing from a feku christian pastor,n also temples-we know it is to attract vote banks. But post elections they show their real standards by doing everything against hindus.
        1. I
          Jun 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm
          The Sringeri swamigals always sit on asanas which they bring themselves...they never sit on chairs as shown in the picture...hence it needs to be clarified if the Sringeri swamigals had plans to sit on the dais at all.....
          1. S
            Jun 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm
            Communism on secularism will go a long way in Kerala.wrong live comrade! No good can survive this kind of undercurrent.
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              Karthik K M
              Jun 14, 2017 at 5:10 pm
              Lol. Kerala is the only state where every religion co exists? Blind CPM followers have been to Tamil Nadu(Chennai), Vizag(Telengana) etc? These places are much more tolerant and secular. Please don't comment without experience.
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                s Murthy
                Jun 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm
                Adi Shankaracharya born in Kerala only in that, respect to that Shankara parampara ..
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                s Murthy
                Jun 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm
                Shringeri seers have good knowledge of religious and they are honorable swamiji, Even after this incidence also they have not reacted due to their tolerance. They are not equal to we any ordinary persons and politicians. if the politician considers they are supreme than to him .. there is no need of invite them to this type of functions.
                1. S
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                  Everything happens in hindu mutt but thous people never challenge any other religion communism only in one religion others are votebank.
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