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How can a Matha be sealed only coz a bottle of cough syrup which is merely suspected to contain illegal substance is found in one of the rooms used by devotees? Was Leela sealed when Sunanda was murdered? Why punish a religious institution coz of the behavior of its consumers?
This actually feels more like an act of vengeance considering the fact that the mahant of the punjabi Matha was one of the 2 mahants who went to SC busting the lies of Odisha govt's "Mahants have given their consent" stmt.
Some localites are telling that the police also took away provisions kept in the Matha for the preparation of bhog to feed the devotees. For centuries devotees coming to Puri from from Punjab, Pakistan and Afghanistan were given free food and shelter in this Matha.
Now apart from disposing the Mahant out of his premises, the act sealing this building has resulted in many hindus and sikhs from Punjab and Pakistan who were accommodated here at the time of the raid being thrown out to the streets.
Just like Bagala Dharmashala the land of this Matha too might be given to a hotel industry after a few months. The secular govt claims that it is doing these things to improve pilgrim facilities in Puri
But in reality, the secular govt is merely interested in generating tourist revenue by killing off traditional institutions which support poor Hindus and Sikhs who come to Puri.
The biggest here is that this act of sealing a matha where Guru Nanak is believed to have stayed during his visit to Puri is happening at a time when @narendramodi govt is celebrating Guru Nanak's 550th birth anniversary at a global level
Biggest irony*
Here comes the real motive. We got cough syrup bottles and hence we will demolish the Matha irrespective of its religious significance. Ironically the article itself speaks abt criminals forcibly occupying the Matha. So why take action on the Matha instead of criminals?
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