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The cultural history of contemporary Kerala is constantly marred by controversies on cultural icons and quibbling over whether they belong to any religious identity. With the furtive silence maintained by the intelligentsia, including historians and academicians, such controversies tend to degenerate into petty and shallow communal-casteist bickering completely negating their potential to creatively pave the foundations for a more harmonious social fabric. The recent lamp lighting row involving superstar Mammootty and P K Abdu Rabb, minister of education, at a function held in the state capital is another case in point; another opportunity missed in furthering the discourses on the existing concepts and practices of secularism.

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