SHANI SHINGNAPUR TEMPLE

Indian Women Are Reclaiming Religion, And It's About Time

Some may dub Trupti Desai's symbolic entry to the Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai, and her attempt to enter the Shani Shingnapur temple, as a well-thought-out publicity stunt to further her political goals. Yet one has to give her and her organization Bhumata Ranragini Brigade due credit for their gumption to take on religious leaders and organizations, and for challenging regressive traditions that prevent women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of places of worship.