Why do atheists visit temples? The curious case of Mr. Mukundan
After corrupting the minds of at least four generations of Hindus with his poisonous fiction, a French keralite puppet and leftist atheist has returned to Guruvayur to celebrate his eightieth birthday. Although it is commendable that he had a sense of clarity at this mature age, his literature continues to pollute young Hindu minds even today. Another reason for the brusque Ghar Wapsi could be his greed for money and fame. Let us examine the life and history of Maniyambath Mukundan commonly known as Mr. Mukundan.
Mukundan was born in Mayyazhi (Mahé), then a French overseas colony but now attached to Pondicherry, in September 1942. He had a troubled childhood marked by various ailments, and writing came to his rescue. In 1962, a young Mukundan joined the French Embassy in New Delhi.
Following in the footsteps of Jean-Paul Sartre, the initiator of existentialism, Mukandan is one of the writers who initiated “modernism” in Kerala. Existentialism undermines ethics by glorifying individual freedom and denying scientific facts. They claim that everyday existence is “absurd” and promote an “anything goes” mentality by refusing to judge human actions.
Young children should not be exposed to messages about the hopelessness of life. It is also against all the basic principles of Hindu Dharma/Sanathana. Existentialism lacks a moral foundation and makes students feel disconnected from family, peers, and society. Unfortunately, such philosophies emanating from Europe have acquired the aura of being ‘cool’ and are widely disseminated in the English language that most of our urban youth grow up reading.
Although we should never expose young minds to such lawless thinking without first teaching them the Dharmic knowledge systems, this is precisely what many young minds have followed as part of Nehruvian/Marxist socialist propaganda. . Hindu children were the most affected because the others have a different ecosystem. While Hindus lack Gurukuls, thousands of Mosques/Madrassas and Churches/Sunday Schools exist in every village in Kerala. Missionaries run most educational institutions.
Mukundan started publishing in the 1960s. His early novels like Haridwaril Mani Muzhangunnu (Haridwar Bells are Ringing) published in 1972 refers to the holy city as “full of aimless youth raised on Charas and Bhang.” Much of his literature casts Bharat in a bad light, glorifying former communist Russia and making extensive use of Hindu caste fault lines. After an extended stay in Delhi, M Mukandan came to Kerala as the secretary of the infamous Kerala Sahitya Akademi. From there, Mukundan’s life shifted from existentialism to a full-fledged left-wing companion.
Around four o’clock in the morning on September 10, the “storyteller” of Mayyazhi reached the temple city seeking Guruvayurappan’s blessings. He had Prasada Ootu (Annadhanam) as a birthday present to Anna Lakshmi Hall. Communist officials from Guruvayur Devaswom’s board of directors then proceeded to his room. Although his body language suggested otherwise, he praised the food, especially the Palpayasam (sweet kheer). He even added that he came there before the Covid period with his friends.
Earlier, Mukundan refused to enter temples and said he was “scared” when he saw a Hindu wearing sandalwood tilak on his forehead. History tells us that many ultra-revolutionary Naxalites became devotees of Sai Baba and Amritanandamayi Devi. Has Mukundan undergone such a surprising change?
Insiders were quick to point out his past social media positions. Mukandan had previously blurted on the stage of a youth festival that “sandalwood on a Hindu’s forehead scares me”. Of course, all these self-proclaimed atheists and rationalists are never disturbed by seeing a person wearing a skullcap or a cross. Many have asked if he is not afraid now to go to Guruvayur and wear sandalwood tilak?
On August 30, 2007, a group of Islamic terrorists from the National Development Front (NDF) set fire to the Angadippuram Thali temple near Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district at 3 am. The police found several cans of gasoline in the area. The temple’s main gate was completely gutted in the arson attack. The NDF is the forerunner of the People’s Front of India.
After learning of the Malappuram incident, the then Minister of Culture, MA Baby, and Mukundan visited the temple. The author refused to enter the temple but stood outside and when questioned he replied, “I do not enter temples”. This same man came to Guruvayur, bowed down to Bhagwan Krishna and feasted on prasad.
Baby is another atheist (of the Indian type, with a penchant for Abrahamic religions) and currently a member of the political bureau of the CPM. He recently sparked controversy when he compared former communist dictators and tyrants to Islam’s prophet Muhammad. This left the Islamists crying out for his blood. Meanwhile, Baby has returned to the teachings of Marx and hails China, even though our northern neighbor no longer adheres to strict Marxist/Maoist doctrines.
Mukandan is now part of the anti-Pinarayi Vijayan faction. Recently, he said that Vijayan should not operate the Silver Line rail project on ‘people’s tears’. Similarly, the writer reacted against the potholed roads of Kerala and heavily lashed out at Vijayan’s son-in-law and PWD PA Minister Mohammed Riyas. Mukundan said, “We are looking for a pothole-free location to screen one of my films. There are potholes on earth and in space, so where will it be hidden.”
In late 2018, the writer did his best to stir up Hindu passions during the controversy over Sabarimala’s entry. He resorted to an old communist trick and mentioned that Bhagwan Krishna had 16,008 wives. For someone who hated entering temples, he wanted to do the Sabarimala pilgrimage with his wife and daughter!
In June 2019, the same author faced public anger with his statement that people would notice a book if the author was good-looking. Mukundan accused many famous female writers of attracting attention for “non-literary” reasons.
The author has scripted few Malayalam movies. At the age of 80, Mukundan enters the screenplay field. He is preparing the story, script and dialogues for ‘Autorikshakarante Siva’. The movie is set to release later this year and stars Suraj Vasudevan Nair aka Suraj Venjaramoodu.
During a comedy event, Suraj commented on a holy thread worn by his co-host Ashwathy Sreekanth which did not sit well with Hindus. The thread is considered a symbol of protection and devotion in Hindu dharma. Thus, the actor deliberately offended religious feelings. Suraj can be heard commenting on the sacred thread on Ashwathy’s hand.
“Despite wearing a sari, she is well dressed and has a touch of glitter. Everything is fine, except for a few ropes tied on her arm which resemble those of some banyan trees. It is reminiscent of the Saramkuthi banyan tree. , which has ornaments like knots. Aren’t they ugly?” he said. (The Sabarimala banyan tree is called Saramkuthi.)
It soon became apparent that Suraj was a blind pro-left activist who believed in insulting the Hindu Dharma in order to look and sound smart. He pushes Islamist propaganda to thrash Hindu rituals and traditions through Malayalam films. Adv. Mahesh Ram of Pathanamthitta filed a lawsuit against Suraj for hurting Hindu feelings.
By the way, Suraj is a jester who made a name for himself by performing acts of mimicry during temple functions. This incident may explain Mukundan’s sudden urge to visit Guruvayur.
Mukundan’s guru, Sartre, was a self-proclaimed “special” anarchist who chain-smoked amphetamines. After the death of his close friend Che Guevara, the Frenchman Sartre declared him “the most perfect man of the time”. Ironically, Sartre is said to have radically changed his mind about the existence of God and transformed a believer on his deathbed.