Should VIPs get special treatment at temples?

The controversy over the Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Bachchan post-marriage trip to Tirupati reopens an evergreen question: can our temples of worship—sab ka maalik ek and all—really roll out the red carpet to those who drop greenbacks in their wake while keeping His (and Her) less-endowed devotees waiting in the wings tch-tching about the injustice of it all? Can devotees be discriminated between ordinary mortals and not so ordinary VIPs? Or is it a good thing to allow the celebrity businessmen, sportsmen, cinema stars to quickly have their darshan because it won’t create hassles for them and for us? Or is this all much ado over nothing, like so much else in our lives?

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