Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board has appointed 2G fame Hindu hater A Raja’s brother as the head of the Temple Trustee Board. Hindu organisations and BJP have opposed it as A Raja is suspected to be a crypto Christian and a rabid Hindu hater. They have demanded that his appointment be reversed and requested to appoint devoted Hindus from non-political backgrounds as trustees.
The DMK government has been appointing trustees and temple management committees following a PIL which challenged HRCE appointing Executive Officers as trustees. There have been multiple complaints that DMK party men are appointed as trustees, even though they are blatantly anti-Hindu and have no belief in Hindu deities. Hindu outfits went to court against such appointments and the court directed HRCE to add a question on political background/leaning in the application form for trustees.
Yet, HRCE has appointed DMK MP A Raja’s younger brother, A Kaliyaperumal, as the head of the Temple Trustee Board of Perambalur district. Hindu organisations have condemned and opposed this move as A Raja is an anti-Hindu person to the core and misses no chance to abuse and degrade Hindu beliefs. His wife was buried per Christian customs, and he is suspected of being a crypto-Christian.
It appears that Kaliyaperumal could also be a crypto-Christian, as in the photos taken in his home, the picture of EV Ramasamy, and a quote of Jesus are visible. Hindu organisations have pointed this out and demanded that his appointment be reversed. Perambalur district BJP unit’s chief Selvarasu said that all the five persons appointed as trustees of Perambalur temples are from DMK. He said it was illegal and was done by the outgoing HRCE Commissioner in a hurry. He assured that BJP would protest against these appointments and go to court if necessary.
While speaking at a Dravidar Kazhagam event, A Raja had said, “Viduthalai, Murasoli (DMK’s mouthpiece), Theekathir (Communist Party of India’s mouthpiece), and others should start asking, ‘Who is a Hindu?’. We should have the right to assert, ‘we don’t wish to be a Hindu, why are you keeping me as a Hindu?’.”
In another video that went viral on social media, he explained why DMK doesn’t wish for the Hindu festival Deepavali while the party and its leader wish for Abrahamic festivals. He said, “Now you tell me, there is a reason to wish Christians and Muslims on their festivals. What will you wish for Deepavali? Can the earth be rolled like a carpet? Can someone be born as a pig? Can a pig and Bhuma devi have sex and give birth to an Asura? Since these are all against science and don’t align with rational thoughts, I don’t wish for Hindu festivals. That’s it”.
He denigrated the belief of Bhagwan Vishnu taking Varaha avatar as a result of which Naragasur was born. He actually hailed Christians even though they burnt medieval scientist Bruno who said that the earth is spherical. In another instance, he said, “All Hindus who put Kumkum on their foreheads are prostitutes”.
Raja’s brother Kaliaperumal has been accused of usurping a laundryman’s family property in Perambalur. The family tried to self-immolate in the district collector’s office as no action was taken against him despite multiple complaints.