So now, I have an answer for "Is there a point in online petitions?" . The petition was featured and heavily quoted as a main news in Kerala's second leading newspaper - Mathrubhumi- with a circulation of over seven million ( the heading of this post is the exact number of circulation as quoted in Jan 05, in this news item
I wish all u cud read Mallu :-) or there were an english version of the paper . How did Rambler and I do it ? - ha ha thats a secret :-) .. and believe me guys, it was perhaps even featured on Amrita TV and MAY - MAY come in a leading Indian American newspaper as well
And thanks to my friend in UIC and his brother in Kerala, a printed copy of the petition is hopefully on its way to the Temple Devaswom board
Thank You one and all for your support and I think I am most likely going to follow this up...whenever I am done with my exam !!!
On second thoughts, my heart bleeds for my non-Mallu friends who can't read it.. so here goes my translation
The first picture is the front page of the internet version from http://www.mathrubhumi.com
The title reads "American Hindus in support of Meera Jasmine"
The second picture is the internet version of the news. The translation is roughly as follows
"American Hindus have come out in support of Meera Jasmine who has been criticised for worshipping in Taliparamba Raja Rajeshwari temple.
The group calling itself as "NRI Hindus" have called upon Hindus around the world to protest against the incident. Most of those who have responded on the site www.petitiononline.com/4meera are malayalis
Meera may have breached the law. But what logic is there to the law?
It is noticeable that Jasmine Mary Joseph have adopted the name Meera and have repeatedly said she respects hinduism and temple beliefs. A true believer should be welcomed in any temple - the petition says by quoting Swami Vivekanada
Those who say Meera Jasmine should apologize should be the ones apologizing for their narrow mindedness. Boards saying non-hindus are not welcome should be removed from temples. The group says that if need be one can get a written statement saying they believe in temple rituals
Eventhough most people who have responded to the petition are from USA, there is also Anil Damodaran from UK. Anil who is from Taliparamba says he is ashemed of the incident. Some people have protested against Marxist rules as well. Malini Nair has asked that if Marxists can steal money from temples, why can't true devotees like Meera be allowed atleast a darsan.
Anupama Ramachandran, a research student from Maryland University is the one leading the campaign for Meera Jasmine "