Hindu parliament by January

Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Hindu parliament will be formed by January next year to discuss the problems being faced by different sections of the Hindu community.

Sabarimala Tantri Kantararu Maheswararu and Padmanabha Varma, member of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore, told reporters here on Tuesday that the parliament would function as a consultative forum for priests and others on crucial issues concerning the community.

Representatives of 61 Hindu organisations that professed divergent views on various issues attended a meeting here on Monday. Their differences over reservation would not be a stumbling block for joining hands on issues of common interests, like atheists governing devaswom boards and entry of non-Hindus into the Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple, they said.

The participants felt that an alternative system should be evolved for governing temples in the State. They said that Uthradam Tirunal Marthanda Varma, head of royal family of erstwhile Travancore, who would be the patron of the parliament, had said that the Nair and Ezhava communities should function like two arms of the Hindu community while fighting for common causes.

The parliament would have a panel of priests and sanyasins to discuss and decide on crucial issues.