Saturday, August 8, 2009

2009: Temple priest kisses Shilpa Shetty

2009: Temple priest kisses Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty seems to be haunted by controversies, one after the other, knowingly or unknowingly. In 2007, it was the controversy involving Richard Gere. In 2009, it is her kiss controversy with the priest of the Sakhigopal Temple in Orissa.

The media, as well as groups, opposing such public expressions of affection, also seems to be overworked on such frivolous issues. There are many serious issues that deserve the attention of these concerned people and if they spend their energy on such matters it would help solve many serious problems. By no stretch of imagination what happened in the temple can be described as obscene or sacrilegious. As Shilpa asked, “Don't people kiss their daughters or sons?”

By judging from the photo, it can be easily judged that it was simply fatherly affection or grandfatherly affection. Look at the man and judge his age. Moreover, he is not an implant but a regular priest of the temple. If he had any questionable intentions, he would not have done so in front of so many people.

Now let us come to the conclusion that it was a kiss in the sense it is made out. Even then it carries no weight as I have seen many couples doing worse than this in public in many temple premises. Unless they stir up emotions on the spot people simply ignore them and walk away.

And what about the temple sculptures depicting explicit acts of love-making in thousands of temples throughout India? Can the activists and the so called custodians of Hindu culture deny that they do not exist? Or, if they rightfully and judiciously feel that these temple sculptures violate Hindu religious sentiments, are they capable of removing the sculptures or destroying them? If they cannot, what culture are they talking about?

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