Thali, a renowned temple city, is witnessing an escalating wave of protest against the controversial decision to destroy its historical identity through Islamization. Recently, a Nama Japa (chanting protest) was organized in opposition to the name change of the Thali Kandamkulam Jubilee Hall, a prominent structure erected in honor of freedom fighters on the occasion of the nation’s 50th anniversary of independence.
The event took place in front of the hall, with Rajesh Nadapuram, the Convener of Sanatana Dharma Pathshala, inaugurating the Nama Japa gathering. K.P. Gurudas, Chairman of the Tali-Chalapuram Heritage Trust, presided over the event, which featured speeches by R. Ramachandran and K.V. Raghavan.
During the protest, Rajesh Nadapuram demanded the restoration of the original name, Thali Kandamkulam Jubilee Hall, as a tribute to all freedom fighters. He warned that the agitation would gain momentum in the coming days, vowing to defeat the authorities who disregard the sacrifices of the nation’s heroes.
The event garnered significant public support, with hundreds of people, including women, participating in the protest. In anticipation of the Nama Japa gathering, a strong police force was deployed, and barricades were set up at the entrance of the Kandamkulam Jubilee Hall.
The controversy stemmed from the recent decision of the left government, which renamed the Independence Golden Jubilee Hall—a structure constructed in 1997 with central government assistance. In a disconcerting move, the Corporation assigned Islamic names to key areas within the Thali Shiva temple vicinity, including the Kandamkulam Jubilee Hall and Park. Notably, even Google Maps reflects the altered names, with “Markasuddava” appearing in place of the Tali temple area.
Meanwhile, Minister M.B. Rajesh, amidst the uproar, inaugurated the renamed hall. The move only served to further inflame the dissenting voices and deepen the divide within the community.
As the agitation gains momentum, the residents of Thali are standing united in defense of their cultural heritage and identity. The issue has ignited a broader debate about the preservation of historical sites and the significance of commemorating the sacrifices made by freedom fighters. The coming days are likely to witness further demonstrations and a resolute effort to reclaim the original names of the cherished landmarks within Thali.
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