Government, priests soften stands on worship in Tamil

March 5th, 2008 - 8:12 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 5 (IANS) In a politically shrewd move Wednesday, the DMK government released over 50 persons arrested Sunday during caste clashes in the famous Nataraja temple in Chidambaram 300 km south of here. Following the release, the priests allowed non-Brahmins to sing Tamil hymns in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

These measures were a follow up to a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi during which a decision to set free all those arrested was taken.

“As the situation was amicable in the temple, it was decided to release those who were in custody for the past three days,” a government communiqu

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