The recent decision of Odisha government to sell 35000 acres of land belonging to Lord Jagannath Temple has sparked a row across the nation about the blatant state sponsored constitutional subjugation of Hindu temples and shrines. The footsteps of such deliberate attempts of state control over 4 lac Hindu temples can be traced back to the passing of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act of 1951, which paved the way for administration and management of Hindu temples. Interestingly, the Supreme Court, in at least three landmark judgments, has asked state governments to hand over religious institutions to the community. However, this has not happened till now.
At present, there are two petitions pending before the Supreme Court in this regard. Therefore, the study circle aims at analyzing the Constitutional validity of said act in light of the concepts of secularism, equality and freedom of religion in Indian constitutional framework.
Topic: Constitutional Validity of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1951
Date: 21st March, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 5:00 PM
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