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Sabarimala: Prasadam embroiled in controversy!

Thursday, January 12, 2023 • Telugu Comments
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Pesticide residues in eatables have been a thorny issue in India for decades. In the early 2000s, the famous Cola controversy hogged national headlines. On the floor of Parliament, the Union Health Minister had to address the issue back then when it was alleged that Cola made in India contains pesticides beyond permissible limits.

In the latest instance, the 'prasadam' distributed to devotees at the famous Sabarimala Temple in Kerala is in the news over a similar controversy. Recently, the Kerala High Court stopped the sale of 'Aravana' '(sweet) after it was discovered that the pesticide content of cardamom used in it was beyond permissible limits.

The Travancore Devaswom Board authorities have already implemented the decision.

The authorities have decided to resume the distribution of 'Aravana' in a few days after duly stopping the use of cardamom in it.

The controversy has assumed political colours as well. It has been alleged by many that officials close to the ruling establishment have been part of the Aravana-making ecosystem and that's why they will be able to get away.

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