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After Mizoram, Kerala?

16 March 2009 71 views 7 Comments

After the not-so-secular elections in Mizoram, we now have the Church recommending candidates for elections in Kerala. 

Brief excerpt from Church recommends candidate to Sonia Gandhi for Ernakulam seat:

…The powerful Latin Catholic Church in Kerala has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi urging the party to consider Hybi Eden, chief of the Congress’ student wing, as party candidate for the Ernakulam Lok Sabha seat.

The letter was written by the Varapuzha Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil, who is also president of the Kerala Regional Latin Catholic Council, the body that looks after the social and other activities of the church.

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7 Comments »

  • 1. KSV SUBRAMANIAN said:

    Secularism of the Congress and Communist variety is thriving in Kerala. They get their orders from Christian and Muslim religious heads for nomination of their men and both the fronts headed these SECULAR (?) fall head over heals to accommodate them.

    Take the instance of Ponnani parliamentary seat in Kerala. The Left front partners CPM and CPI wanted to accommodate persons favourable to either PDP or NDF. It is interesting to note the headlines in today’s The New Indian Express SIT proof with “Express” hints at Madhani’s links with Let ultras “Madhani set to put CPM in a sport” Follow the link: http://haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=8367&SKIN=B

    Remember the Kerala Assembly passed a unanimous resoluation for the release of Madhani from Jail (he was in custody in connection with Coimbatore bomb blasts case). He was subsequently acquited, but the concerned government did not prefer an appeal (you should know why ?).

    Wah ! Secularism !! Secularism ka Jai Ho !!!

  • 2. Sabari said:

    haindavakeralam.com Hahahahahahaha!

  • 3. KSV SUBRAMANIAN said:

    He ! He ! He ! Read today’s New Indian Express ( March 16). They have front paged the story.

  • 4. blogger said:

    The media won’t go into frenzy when Church is recommending politicians but they went crazy when our Seers at Hindu Dharm Raksha Manch called for people to vote in large numbers for those who are nationalist and who stand for Hindu’s rights. Vatican is a country and Pope is like it’s political leader so it ain’t a surprise that Church is interfering in Indian Politics. Also, when Pope came to Bharat and made his communal views public about converting some 10 million Bharatvaasi to Christianity, he came as a diplomat but chose to talk like a religious leader. Govt. didn’t protest and media hailed him for it.

    Shantanu and others please read “Through the biased prism of Indian media”. Vande Mataram!

  • 6. Dr P Mulay said:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the email to my inbox and on this sunny saturday morning I am reading this blog. I find it is a excellent blog.

    To the topic, I feel unless Indians change their mentality, there will be no change in this status quo.

    Dont we love to follow what a white man/woman says…dont we crave their approval. Christianity is exactly the same. We suffer from persecution complex and we feel we are lesser than others…this mentality contributes to the demise of true Indian Identity which is Sanatan Dharma.

  • 7. B Shantanu (author) said:

    Excerpts from a Reuters Blog:

    …The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council has issued a pastoral letter to be read out in Catholic churches from Sunday, urging parishioners to vote for those who uphold secularism and fight terrorism, according to a report in the Indian Express paper.

    The church is also keen that people vote for politicians who will fight against euthanasia and abortion, a direct response to the Left-ruled state’s law reforms commission, which favours legalising euthanasia and floating a public trust to run church properties.

    …Kerala’s Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, an association of Catholic bishops, went one step further, reportedly calling the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party the “lesser evil” to the state’s Marxists.

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