: Journalist B.R.P.Bhaskar said here on Sunday that wealth should be used for constructive activities and keeping it unutilised was a foolish act.
He was delivering the keynote address at a seminar on ‘Temple treasure and its ownership' organised by the Kollam unit of the Rationalists Association of India.
Mr. Bhaskar said the last Maharaja of Travancore, Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, had utilised the wealth of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple for constructive activities. Those who say that it is a crime to utilise the wealth of the temple for constructive and welfare activities belong to a section that has no social commitment.
There are many examples on what to do with treasure found at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple vaults.
The Tirupati temple administration had set up two universities with the wealth obtained from that temple. Devaswom Board colleges are another similar example.
Many claims are in circulation over the ownership of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple's treasure. Some say it belongs to the “king”, others say it belongs to the Hindus and still others say it belongs to the people. But since the issue is in the Supreme Court, the final word on the ownership has to come from the apex court.