1. In a letter to PM Modi, top Catholic body seeks removal of Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

In a letter to PM Modi, top Catholic body seeks removal of Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

The outfits have planned a rally on September 16, when BJP president Amit Shah will be in the state for a three-day trip.

By: | Updated: September 15, 2017 11:49 AM
CM Raghubar Das, Catholic body, PM Modi,  Amit Shah,  Narendra Modi , Freedom of Religion Bill 201 Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das. (PTI)

Secretary general of the top body of Catholics, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) addressed a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das was unable to control the ‘ideological hatred’ spread in the state and said that it was time for him ‘to go’. The outfits have planned a rally on September 16, when BJP president Amit Shah will be in the state for a three-day trip. The open letter comes at a time when Christian bodies are opposing in the state to Freedom of Religion Bill 2017 and amendments to Land Acquisition Act, 2013.

On one hand where the Freedom of Religion Bill seeks the prevention of conversion through force or allurement, land acquisition Bill, on the other hand, aims to waive the requirement for Social Impact Assessment for 10 kinds of projects taken up in public interest. On Wednesday, Raghubar Das told that many states have implemented the law and it was not against any religion. “Many other states have implemented it. We are not targeting any religion. It’s to be asked why only members of a particular community are aggrieved,” he said.

CBCI secretary general Rev Theodore Mascarenhas attached a photograph of the burning effigy of Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo in the September 13 letter. The effigy was reportedly set ablaze by the supporters of Hindu Jagran Manch, an affiliate of Sangh Parivar on September. It was allegedly burned down to oppose denigration of Hindu and Sarna Gods in literature published by the Church. The letter highlighted the fact that that Christianity was against forcible conversion but Sections 25-28 of the Constitution gave them the right to “preach, practice and propagate”.

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    Jayesh
    Sep 15, 2017 at 10:25 am
    If there is right to propagate the religion then any law which is against the conversions by any means shall be uncons utional. I advise them to take up cons utionality of Freedom Of Religion Act with the courts. Open letter does not make any sense to me. If they want someone to be removed they should do silent lobbying since CM is elected representative and only by decision of MLAs he can be removed. Hence, this is more of publicity stunt since "Modi sells" so connect him to the local matter. Effigy burning is type of dissent which is practiced in India hence this is nothing objectionable and even Modi and Shah's effigy were burnt by so many.
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