Editorial Analysis || God cannot be privatized

• The CJI in the Sabarimala Temple case has observed that the temple draws funds from the Consolidated Fund.

• So, it is a “public place of worship” and that there is no concept of private mandirs in India.

• The final judgment has not yet been delivered yet.

What are the issues?

• Arguments that say temple is a private space:

• There are many public institutions, like scientific institutions and government buildings, which rely on public funds but do not allow everybody the to enter into their premises.

• There are temples which do not take government money.

• Temple is public.

• Temples are allowed to collect money from the public and they collect money in the name of various gods.

• The divine is not a commodity which can be transacted and so the right to privacy in a place of worship will lead to the
privatization of god.

• God is a public entity as by definition it is accessible to all.

• Even rituals cannot be privatized since they are also done for god, a public being.

• The deity of Sabarimala too is worshipped in many temples outside Sabarimala where women can enter and also worshipped by
women their houses.

Conclusion

• Today, private has entered most domains of the public.

• One important idea similar to god and prayer, it of education.

• Like prayer, the right to basic education is also a constitutional right.
Thus schools and colleges are often referred to as temples of education.

• Education, like god, should be accessible to all, irrespective of gender, caste, class or any other obstacle.

• But private temples of education are keeping the underprivileged people out.
The public discussion around entry into Sabarimala may help the temples of
education as well.

• If God should not be privatized, education, water and air, among other public goods, should also not be privatized as well.

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