The Madras High Court has questioned whether the government should not treat all religious institutions equally and whether temples should continue to remain under its “thumb”. Judge GR Swaminathan of the HC Bench noted here that Tamil Nadu was a land of temples where shrines played a pivotal role in our culture.

“However, their current state leaves much to be desired. Land endowed for their upkeep has been swallowed up by private interests. Ancient idols were stolen and smuggled overseas. Temple staff are paid a pittance. Thousands of temples face total neglect. Even poojas are not performed. Much remains to be done to revive their glory,” he said.

On Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida leader Munnetra Kazhagam MP Stalin enjoyed the children who acted out a skit about Dravidian icon EV Ramasamy, also known as Periyar, in a popular TV show, which had previously drawn criticism from the BJP for its “hateful comments”. about Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. Stalin, whose Twitter biography says he “belongs to the Dravidian stock”, tweeted a video of his interaction with the children. He wrote that Periyar is a guide for the human race to live with self-respect and rationality. In the video, the chief minister is seen offering children chocolates, books and statuettes of the Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar.