Bihar verdict defeat of sectarian politics: Church which hosted PM Modi

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A prominent church, which had earlier this year invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the elevation to sainthood of two of its members, has said that the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar is a verdict against “sectarian politics” and a “declaration by Indian conscience that it will not support political parties’ attempts to use caste divisions, religious intolerance and sectarian mindset as campaign tools”.

In his pastoral letter — a communication from the bishop to churchgoers which usually deals with spiritual and administrative matters — the Archbishop of Faridabad-Delhi Syro-Malabar Church Kuriakose Bharanikulangara said there are “apprehensions” that some “ultra-religious fundamentalists have started questioning the very fundamentals of the Indian Constitution”.

This, he said, could “disintegrate” the country and lead to “sectarianism”.

“It cannot be accepted that one is questioned or isolated in the name of his caste, what he eats, or the religious rituals he follows,” he said.

Bharanikulangara and Modi had shared the stage at an event on February 17, which was also attended by Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the four-million strong Syro-Malabar Church.

In the four-page letter, written in Malayalam, Bharanikulangara recalled his experience of serving as a Vatican diplomat in an “Islamic country”, which had imposed a dress code for women. He added that the state should not interfere in an individual’s choice of religion, food habits and attire, which are “fundamental rights”.

“It cannot be accepted that a government imposes a particular ideology on its citizens just because it won a massive majority in the election. If the governments coming to power keep changing the Constitution, no country will have stability. Whatever is the ideology of the government, it should respect the Constitution and serve the country following the values prescribed in the Constitution,” the Archbishop wrote in the letter, read out in churches under Faridabad and Delhi diocese on Sunday.

The letter also referred to recent “incidents of intolerance” such as the Dadri lynching, the return of awards by artistes and writers, the killings of intellectuals such as M M Kalburgi, the murder of two Dalit children in Haryana, the alleged desecration of the Sikh holy book in Punjab, and the “restrictions on Green Peace and (activist) Teesta Setalvad’s organisation following their criticism of some policies of the government”.

The Archbishop said he wanted to enlighten the community about the need for religious tolerance. “Religious tolerance is the hallmark of Indian society. India neither has a concept of one state-one religion, nor the ruling party’s religion,” he said, adding that the Constitution ensures equality for all citizens.

He also sought to draw the community’s attention to reports of religious conversions and “ghar wapsi”, and expressed concern over an RSS resolution seeking to reformulate the population policy to check Muslim and Christian population.

Addressing the Catholic community, he said, “Do not discriminate against anyone in the name of language, religion or caste. Maintain harmony and tolerance with those who are living in your neighbourhood, your gali (street) irrespective of their religion, state. You are dignified when you can mingle with and accept people with different mindsets and lifestyles.”

http://indianexpress.com/article/in...ctarian-politics-church-which-hosted-pm-modi/
Shows what snakes these corpse worshipers are. Such selective outrage and ignoring of facts (Christian convert desecrated holy book in Punjab) is to be expected of such snakes. Modi is falling into Hajpayee's trap.
 

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BJP is doing a piss poor job of media management.
Their current strategy might have worked in Guj but it's not working at national level!
 

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this royal insult should be enough to rattle some heads in the BJP. even if now the BJPians keep on singing the same pigshit song of 'secularism' and crap..................
 

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