Some ideas die hard. Consider the Tantric University our comrades in Kerala are dreaming of. Professors in the university will double as “spirituality inspectors,” taking the licence-raj tradition one step closer to God. Marxists, who until the other day worried about “false consciousness,” are now concerned about a spiritual decline. Taking a cue from an inquiry commission probing alleged corruption in the Devaswom (temple) board, they have concluded that priests are not well-versed in spiritual and ritual practices. In God’s own country, the religious and the secular are coterminous, never mind the rest of India.
Naysayers will say otherwise. The Left is in a dilemma: it wants to control the temple board but is scared of meddling directly with the priests. Hence the idea of a “university” not under the control of the University Grants Commission but run directly by the board. Seems like the Left wants a bit of religious glitter without being seen close to the Creator.