Chhattisgarh asked to reverse ban on non-Hindu missioners

 

Christian leaders in Chhattisgarh say the move also should be seen as a ploy by iron ore mining barons to clear the area, muffle the dissent and hand it over to the miners.

(Villagers of Sirisguda. Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

New Delhi:A Church group based in New Delhi has launched a campaign urging Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh to act against some 50 village councils that have passed resolutions banning non-Hindu missioners.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India’s (CBCI) Office for Justice Peace and Development that launched the campaign yesterday said media reports show that some 50 villages in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region have passed resolutions banning non-Hindu missioners.

These resolutions passed over a period of last six months banned all non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers and speeches in villages. The ban also has negatively affected rationing of food to local non-Hindu citizens– in violation of their right to food and, consequently, their right to life, said Father Charles Irudayam of the CBCI office in a sample letter he prepared and circulated.

“The ban is in blatant violation of such fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India as the right to freedom of faith, the freedom of movement, expression and association, and the right to right to food,” the letter said.

Chhattisgarh is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian people’s party) that now heads the federal coalition government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

By providing a background of the situation, Father Charles said local Christians consider the ban as an outcome of “aggressive campaign by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (world Hindu council) to curtail the spread of non-Hindu religions, especially Christianity.”

Christian leaders in Chhattisgarh say the move also should be see as a systematic ploy by iron ore mining barons to clear the area, muffle the dissent and hand it over to the miners.

The sample letter appealed to the chief minister to immediately reverse the ban and to restore peace and normalcy in the area. It also wanted his intervention to check “hate campaigns by certain organizations that seek to engineer communal tensions and conflicts by polarising local communities.”

Source: UCAN News

 

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3 Comments

  1. dmelloalex said,

    July 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Corporates who paid money for LS elections are after their pound of flesh. Since BJP is in power, their task has become still easier i.e. raise Hindutva card to target those who oppose and threaten the locals into submission. Corporates like Vedanta & Essar have been kept under check by Greenpeace & other NGOs. Now they pin their hopes on BJP leaders to weaken the opposition and take control over the resources.

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  2. July 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Many of us Christians?Catholics voted for the ” ACCHE DIN ” gimmick, and perhaps rightly so,– we were enticed by the greatest media blitzkreig of all time in India’s history.
    Whilst voting we did not even for a moment, wonder where the money came from for this huge publicity stunt– we just got suckered in by the “Vote for change “— Idiots us — did we not realise that big money spent only came from vested interests– and now the time has come for getting the pound of flesh.
    So as is the norm, just bear the brunt of our stupidity, and suffer in silence or make some inaudible noises in protest.
    The saddest part of all is, that even some of our clergy, who it is hoped would guide us, also believed and advocated this ” CHANGE ”
    I am too old now to give a damn– so suffer you younger stupid lot !!!!

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  3. dmelloalex said,

    July 13, 2014 at 12:48 am

    May be sometimes we become “vighna santoshi”

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