Changanacherry: The Nair Service Society (NSS) has decided to observe tomorrow, 2nd August as Faith Protection Day in response to the anti-Hindu remarks made by the Speaker A N Shamseer where he degraded revered Lord Ganapathy of Hindus and pushpaka vimana. He mentioned them as myth. The notification was informed through a press release which was undersigned by the General Secretary of NSS, G Sukumaran Nair.
The press release states thus:
“The remarks made by the speaker of the state assembly regarding our worship idol, Lord Ganesha, hurt us a lot. This was caused by his remark that Ganesha is a ‘myth’ and not a scientific one. We have demanded that this action is not acceptable to anyone who believes in democracy, even the Speaker himself, to withdraw the remark and apologize, otherwise action should be taken by the government. We have a strong objection to the attitude of the concerned people who trivialize it.
Based on that, as a part of protecting our faith, it has been decided to observe 2nd August as Faith Protection Day. On that day NSS Activists and believers should reach the Ganesha Temple near their homes early in the morning and make offerings and pray for blessings to protect the faith. It is specially reminded that there should not be any provocative or religiously hateful action on this account. Necessary steps should be taken by Taluk Unions to convey this message today itself to all homes that comes under respective Karayogams Bhavans.”
There have been widespread criticism against the Speaker’s remarks and many have demanded for immediate action from the government. Speaker who is supposed to be a protector of democracy was criticized for giving anti-religious remarks. Yesterday, the NSS made a demand for Speaker Shamseer to apologize to the Hindu believers and step down from his position. However, the CPI(M) firmly stated that they could not comply with the NSS’s demand. CPI(M) State Secretary MV Govindan justified Shamseer’s statements as being scientifically accurate and without any error. Govindan asserted that there was no requirement for an apology or resignation and emphasized the importance of preserving myths as myths without attempting to rewrite them as historical facts.