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”.