Jesuit priest asks Goan Catholics to wake up

 

Fr Cedric Prakash

Margao:

Human rights activist and Jesuit priest Cedric Prakash has warned that Narendra Modi would bring the entire country under the draconian anti-conversion law, curbing freedom of religion, if he becomes the Prime Minister.

In 2003, Narendra Modi passed the draconian anti-conversion law, making it mandatory to seek permission of the district Collector to change one’s religion, he told a meeting of the Catholic Association of Goa in Margao on Wednesday.

“The law has put innumerable hurdles, curbing their right to religious freedom. If Modi becomes the Prime Minister, he would bring the entire country under the draconian law,” he said.

He termed it as “a big lie” the Gujarat Government’s claim on development saying the social indicators points towards dismal performance.

Father Prakash, the director of Prashant, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, said the divisive force talk about the Hindu state and Hindu nation when the people of India through the Indian Constitution has opted for a secular state.

He appealed to Goans not to be carried away by the ideology of those who rule Gujarat, while recalling how beef traders in Goa were forced to close down their shutters.

The priest criticized the media for creating hype around Modi saying the media has compromised on the principles. “The voice of the media has been throttled and muzzled.

People in Gujarat are living in fear. IAS officers are living in fear. The lives of their families have been ruined,” he claimed. “We should not fear anyone and at anytime. Jesus says fear no one. I am not a politician. I don’t subscribe to any politician or the parties. I will go and vote as per my conscience,” he said.

When the media later asked Fr Cedric what message he was giving to Goans when he asked them to be awake before it is too late, he said Goans should join the main stream politics and take active part in what is happening around.

Source: oheraldo

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4 Comments

  1. Isaac Gomes said,

    March 25, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Fr Cedric Prakash must be congratulated by all Christians for his great courage and outspokenness. Like Richard the Lion heart, he is single-handedly carrying on a crusade against Narendra Modi and his ilk! By articulating “Jesus says fear no one”, Fr Prakash is following word for word what Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore composed:

    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
    Where knowledge is free
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
    By narrow domestic walls
    Where words come out from the depth of truth
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
    Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
    Where the mind is led forward by thee
    Into ever-widening thought and action
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

    Regarding his remarks that the media are creating a big hype around Modi and that they have compromised on the principles, Fr Prakash is echoing the views so strongly aired by Arvind Kejriwal who said that certain sections of the media had been “paid” and purchased by certain politicians to orchestrate in unison views on Namo Modi Magic to resurrect India. In this context one should remember BJP’s much hyped “India Shining” campaign which fell flat in 2004 general election. The Atal Behari Vajpayee Government had spent an estimated $20 million USD of government funds on national television advertisements and newspaper ads featuring the “India Shining” slogan.

    Kejriwal was absolutely correct in saying that when all the big news channels quiz him on his every action or inaction, not a single channel has succeeded in getting Modi agree to a one-on-one debate with Kejriwal (who has challenged him several times) or with any electoral opponent. In spite of his “Hoonker” thunder, Modi has shied away from a live interview on any prime news channel.

    Fr Cedric’s call only to Goans to join the main stream politics and to take active part in what is happening around, is a bit surprising. Why is he not making a clarion call to all conscientious Christians to join politics, especially the Laity Leaders who take the escape route when the ship is burning, leaving their followers seek solace in the scriptures?

    Isaac Gomes
    Kolkata

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