An Indian Civilizational Perspective

I am still an Atheist, Thank God!

Any external ideology really messes up a country and society… such that the people start behaving in ways that are downright crazy and hypocritical! Remember Karunanidhi? That DMK joker from TN? He is an “anti-God” guy.. so what does he do? He visits temples at night.. when no one is looking!

This crook is a Maoist leader in Nepal.. so being a communist he is not supposed to be religious. So he went to the Manakamana (Wish) temple to … well.. wish for success for his talks with the Nepalese PM. And why did he come there – he was asked? Please do read his reply (in bold)! He could have as well have said:

“I am still an atheist, Thanks God!”

Ahead of his talks with Nepal’s Prime Minister G P Koirala, Maoist leader Prachanda made a surprise visit to a famous Hindu temple near Kathmandu and expressed hope of a positive outcome.

Prachanda, whose real name is Pushpakamal Dahal, and his wife visited the Manakamana temple, situated some 175 km west of Kathmandu on Thursday.

“I wanted to express my wish for the success of the summit talks to be held between Koirala and me (on Sunday) from this historical place,” he told reporters.

“I am here to express the Nepalese people’s desire for the successful conclusion of the talks,” he said.

The temple visit by Prachanda, who is a Brahmin by birth but is inspired by the philosophy of revolutionary Communist leader Mao Tse Tung, surprised many but the rebel leader was quick to deny that he had come to the temple for a “religious purpose”.

“I came here for a scientific purpose and I want to learn how the cable car operates,” said Prachanda after his maiden ride on the country’s only cable car.

Hindu devotees visit the temple of Manakamana goddess situated on a hilltop in the Gorkha district to seek fulfillment of their wishes.

Prachanda visited the temple on the country’s only cable car ‘Mankamana Cable Car’ and took a round of the temple, but did not enter it for worshipping, sources said.

Prachanda said if his government came to power he would extend the cable car service to other parts of the mountainous country.

The seven-party alliance government and the Maoist leaders are formally meeting in Kathmandu on Sunday for the second time after the ceasefire to settle key issues including arms management, finalising interim Constitution, forming an interim government inclusive of Maoists, deciding modalities of the Constituent Assembly election and to determine the position of the king.


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