Amarnath Yatra and the Art of Hypocrisy

Social Commentary

Amarnath Yatra and the Art of Hypocrisy

Illustration: Shruti Yatam/Arré


elcome to This Week in Hypocrisy, a show where the ideology is fixed and the facts don’t matter. This week we’ll be discussing the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s outburst at the National Green Tribunal, which ordered the Amarnath shrine board to cool it on all the bhajans and bells ringing inside the cave temple, which stands 3,888 metres above sea level in the middle of the Himalayas. The NGT declared the area a “silence zone” because of avalanche fears, and also because it’s generally a pristine place before the worshippers get there. The order explicitly mentioned that religious offerings would only not be allowed within the confines of the temple, and that people were free to light millions of agarbattis outside if they so wished.