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PTI For centuries, pujari (priest),goor(medium/oracle) All their decisions are ‘spoken’ via theirgoors They own large chunks of land and carry out judicial executive and legislative duties for smooth governance of their subjects despite democratic institutions in place to do the same As late as July 2017 Jamlu Devta of Malana – a region infamous for the production of high-quality charas(hashish) known as Malana Cream – ‘ordered’ the local villagers to close all the guesthouses running in the village Most villagers shut down their units in compliance with the divinedecree Apparently the devta was angered and accused the guesthouses of polluting the local culture Similarly in 2015 despite a high court clearance to the Rs 5000 crore Himalayan Ski Village Project in Manali the construction had to be stalled because of the intervention of the devtas who disapproved of the investments made by Alfred Ford Just like these many precedents have proven the mettle of the devtas over the decisions of the democratically elected governments After years of delay in Jaypee group’s Karchham-Wangtoo hydroelectric project in 2006 after the construction finally resumed people of the affected villages rallied to Wangtoo in Kinnaur district as per the wishes of the devta to set up a symbolic shrine and vowed not to let the work proceed When the electoral process was introduced in Himachal the initial response of its people was to seek advice from the devtas The practice of invoking devtas is common before any important event not just the elections Elected politicians in the state also participate Anurag Thakur member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur invokes the Indra Naag (deity for rain) a day before all IPL matches so that it doesn’t rain "Barring Lahaul-Spiti where Buddhism is predominant and in the plains in the interiors of Kullu Sirmaur Mandi a few regions of Kinnaur and upper reaches of Shimla the practice of seeking advice from devtasis very common" says Shrinivas Joshi former special secretary to the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh "With thespread of education and internet penetration these old practices are now fading. but not entirely" says Shailendra Kalia of MBM News Network For example he says adevta would still make a prediction when asked but a follower of Congress would interpret and retell it as a prediction of his party’s victory while a BJP supporter would tell otherwise "But royalty is a different tale. the royal blood is considered to be related to devtas hence people vote the royalty and there is no dearth of it in Himachal"adds Joshi For example Kasumpty in upper Shimla region has three royals contesting this election According to tradition at least one vote from each family must go to the royalty to avoid dev-dosh(wrath of devtas) "Maheshwar Singh (MLA Himachal Lokhit Party) the chief priest of Raghunath temple Kullu would always win the election no matter which party he joins. people believe that he is related to the devta" says a contestant from Kullu not willing to be named When the Congress government decided to take over Raghunath temple in September 2016 allegedly because Maheshwar Singh was planning to merge his party with the BJP Kullu Devi Devta Kardar Sangh termed the government decision political and called a meeting to oppose it and chalk out a strategy When a contestant doubts the integrity of voters especially from the royal clans he/she asks voters of a particular village through thekardarto take a sip of water mixed with salt Then the kardarrecites a mantra to complete the process It is believed that if the voters betray they would dissolve like the salt dissolves in the water The practice thus helps the royalty politically "The feudal relationships in the guise of devta’s killthe basic spirit of democracy Unfortunately these practices are still common in many parts of Himachal Pradesh" says Tikender Panwar of the Communist Party (Marxist) in Shimla Read live updates on the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 here the actor is in Dubai shooting for a promotional tour video for the city.

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