Quite a few "intellectual" types including many Bongs have refused to see the #SabarimalaVerdict for what it is - a clear interference by the elitist Delhi based #SupreemeCourt in religious customs of Hindus without understanding the customs in a single temple in far away Kerala.
The best way to explain the #Sabarimala case to Bengalis at least is like this. Tomorrow on #VijayDashamai married women indulge in #SindoorKhela where they apply sindoor on each other as they bid farewell to #Durga
Now common sense dictates that since it is for married women - unmarried women and widows are not allowed. And more obviously men are not allowed. That is the nature of the ritual.
But imagine tomorrow some Muslim lawyers group from Delhi files a petition in Supreme Court that Sindoor Khela is a case of "gender discrimination" and all males and females must be allowed. That it is also a case of discrimination against lesbian couples, gay couples, unwed mothers and couples living together.
Supreme Court has an urgent hearing and a 5 member bench sitting in Delhi decides the fate of Bengali Hindus in West Bengal - yes it is a clear case of gender discrimination and everybody should be allowed to play sindoor khela - including males, trans-genders, unwed mothers, gay/ lesbian couples and so on. Even Muslims and Christians.
Now married women will protest: "Why are unmarried women being asked to play sindoor khela? Why should men play sindoor khela? Who is Supreme Court to dictate our rituals?"
Intelligent people will ask: "Why should a Muslim lawyer bother about gender discrimination in Sindoor Khela when Bengalis themselves have no problem? And especially when #Islam itself is riddled with all sorts of social evils"
Intellectuals will reply: "We have won. After evils like Sati, we have solved one more gender issue."
Then West Bengal government deploys police force/ CRPF to enforce all-gender sindoor khela and lathi charges and beats up women protesters.