contentedbloke says “This is the kind of analysis I was expecting from the media all along – better late than never, I suppose” with regard to T V R Shenoy‘s Why Shankaracharya’s arrest was in bad taste published at Rediff.com.
While I have nothing against TVR Shenoy (I have in fact had the good fortune to meet up and try to know the man, and must say that I respect him too!), I must point out that this article is perfectly in line, and consistent, with his other articles, and, of course, his ideology.
Well, let’s look at the first couple of paragraphs, and take it on from there…
I am not a follower of Jayendra Saraswati, the sixty-ninth Shankaracharya of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. There are two reasons.
First, I was brought up in the Madhavacharya tradition, which has philosophical differences with the path established by Adi Shankara. Second, I have always been put off by the manner in which Jayendra Saraswati pursued publicity and dabbled in politics. (His intervention in the Ayodhya issue was spectacularly ill-timed.) While respecting his office, I must admit that I have always tried to avoid the man himself and could never quite give him the esteem offered by right to his immediate predecessor.
That said, I have to say that the manner of his arrest and his treatment thereafter was in rank bad taste. Please understand that I speak only of the behaviour of the authorities, not of the reasons which led them to arrest the Shankaracharya. That does not mean that I believe Tamil Nadu’s case. […]
Having made clear in as many words, that he is NOT “a follower” (thanks to Madhwa) and thus not so fond of the Shankaracharya or his philosophy, TVR goes ahead and builds the ‘perfect’ case against his arrest.
Of course, what better way to build a FOR case, than proving (in as many words) that you are indeed a NEUTRAL (even OPPOSED) party?
Then again, the fact that TVR expresses, in passing, that the Shankaracharya’s ” intervention in the Ayodhya issue was spectacularly ill-timed,” took me by surprise!
Makes me ask: Has there been any instance when Jayendra Saraswati went against the dictates (read agenda) of the Sangh? I really don’t have the answer to this off-hand.