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Bishop of Pala, Joseph Kallarangat

NDCW-National Dalit Christian Watch- expresses it deep anguish and displeasure against the recent unwarranted, unethical and un-Christian remark made by the Bishop of Pala, Mar Joseph Kallarangat of the Syro Malabar Church that ‘Narcotics Jihad is being used to lure Christian Youth’.  This disparaging remark has caused, not only an unprecedented controversy in the socio – religio- political spheres of Kerala and across India, but also has an adverse element of instigating all Religious Fundamentalist outfits, to take advantage of their Islamophobiac perception and position.  The damage caused could have been averted, provided the Church leadership has a proper perception on ‘religious freedom, hate speech, patriarchy, Casteism, Indian Constitution and also Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.

Indian Churches-the Roman Catholics, Mainline Protestants and the Independent-Charismatics, mainly in Kerala, have a unique heritage with distinct history and communities drawn from various cultural, caste and denominational backgrounds. In such a back-drop, the remark made by a Church leader, however he is an intellect or naïve, not only disturbs the sentiments of Christians mainly the Dalit Christians, who form majority within in Indian Christians, but also is detrimental to the very secular fabric of this great nation, which is known for its laudable Constitutional values.

Since NDCW stands for ‘Caste Free Church, Ecumenism and Communal Harmony among all Faith based Communities’, it does not advocate the terms “Love Jihad and Narcotic Jihad” etc., which go against to a particular religious sect, accusing it as the main reason for all what happens in this soil and elsewhere in the world in the name of religion. It equally condemns those, who safeguard the remark of the Clergy, with a justification that ‘The Bishop voiced this statement for protecting the Youth of Christian Community’, which is still worse, as it trespasses into the very liberty and freedom of youth, who have a ‘mind and choice’ to look for their life partner and life style. In addition to this, such remarks and also the supportive voices, affirm the ‘Patriarchal and Casteist’ mindset of the Clergy and also the Lay, who go against to the Christian Teaching and Faith that ‘All are Created in the Image of God’; There is ‘neither Jew, nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female-but all are ONE’. Protecting the Church and the Christian Community should be based on how the Clergy and the Lay inherit Christian insights and follow the Scriptural values and see that their ‘preaching and practicing go together’ and not through other means like making derogatory remarks.

On the Legal side, such remark–‘Narcotic Jihad’, goes against to the very Secular spirit of Indian Constitution that upholds religious harmony among its citizens. The argument “Protecting our own Youth with such remarks” goes against to the very principles that were enshrined in the preamble of the Constitution – ‘Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’ and also the Fundamental Rights ensured to its Citizen, ‘the Freedom of Choice’. On the Political side, such remarks may have direct or indirect ramification to ‘fillip’ the political religiosity to marginalise and oppress the religious minorities and other vulnerable.

NDCW urges Indian Church leadership to restrain from making such scathing attacks in the name of protecting their own community. Instead, it should exercise its ‘mind and heart’ to address the issue of ‘Caste based discrimination’ that exists in all its domain and also ‘protect Women from all Patriarchal values and designs of Church’ to prove that ‘ALL are one’  in the Church.  Protecting Youth could be taken up through ‘practicing of what they preach’ and not through such statements which are detrimental and derogatory to the very insights and values of Christ and Church ! NDCW stands with those who raised their voice against this undesirable episode and look forward to a ‘Church and Society without Caste and Patriarchy ‘!

Rev Dr Vincent Manoharan

Chairperson

NDCW – New Delhi 

 


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  1. samir sardana says:

    IN THE WHIRLWIND OF THE TALIBAN SWEEP AND THE EVERGRANDE DISASTER, CHINESE POWER CRISIS AND THE CHINESE JETS OVER TAIWAN – A CRITICAL NEWS WAS MISSED OUT

    A USD 3 BILLION COKE SHIPMENT WAS SEIZED IN 2 CONTAINERS IN MUNDRA PORT ! IT WAS A TIP OFF !

    CAN U IMAGINE THAT ?

    Chaiwala (THE INDIAN PM – MODI) lost 3 Billion USD in its MARGINAL COST,based investment in Afghanistan – to the Taliban !

    In return, an angel shipped 3 Billion USD of coke from Bander Abbas (Which is FAR away from Chahabar) to Mundra (a port owned by a scion of Chaiwala)

    To ensure that the consignee DOES NOT EAT UP THE COKE – the good Taliban tipped off the DRI – which otherwise had NO CLUE ! dindooohindoo

    It was also a message to the Chaiwala and RAW that – that the next container could be 21 tons of RDX (FCL CARGO IN HC 40 FEET CONTAINER) – like in Beirut/Lebanon – and in JNPT or any other port !

    The Coke container was in BOND,in a CWC warehouse,in a PRIVATE PORT – and no one had a clue. Taliban HOPED that it would be caught – but when it was NOT – then they tipped off the Indian Duds !

    Now the question is, WHAT WAS IN THE CONTAINER ? What is the purity and grade ?

    Talcum Powder with COO of Afghanistan,consignor is Afghan, and it is shipped from BANDAR ABBAS (not Chabahar- which is closer!) – and TALCUM POWDER IS IMPORTED INTO MUNDRA – WHEN THE CONSIGNEE IS IN SOUTH INDIA (WHY NOT SHIP IT TO CHENNAI PORT TRUST ?)

    AND NO ONE CHECKED THE TALCUM POWDER !

    EVERYONE LOVES MUNDRA PORT – FOR OBVIOUS REASONS – EVERYTHING HAPPENS FAST – AS THE LUBE OIL,IS THE FACE OF GANDHI,ON A RS 2000 NOTE ! In Indian Private Ports,the entire CUSTOMS AND DRI AND ECO INT IS OUTSOURCED TO THE PRIVATE PORT (DE FACTO) ALTHOUGH, IN LAW, IT IS NOT ! THE OSTENSIBLE AIM IS PORT EFFICIENCY,MAXIMUM THROUGHPUT AND FASTEST SHIP TURNAROUND.

    IT IS A WIN-WIN-WIN !

    TALIBAN HAS PAID ITS DEBT,TO CHAIWALA !
    TAIBAN HAS SOLD DRUGS WITH A MARGINAL COST OF 200 MILLION,FOR 3 BILLION USD
    INDIANS WILL RECOUP SOME MONEY,AND RAW WILL DIVERT THESE DRUGS TO PUNJAB

    THIS IS THE GENIUS OF THE TALIBAN !

    Will the Indian Dodos be able to revive their nation, with the Rama Temple ?

    Of course,If RAW has to sell these drugs in Punjab – it will have to downgrade the coke – and then claim it was destroyed and sell the pure coke (after blending) in Punjab.The strategem of RAW and IB,is to destroy the DNA of Sikhs,and the entire North East – via drugs – which then leads to crime,terror and trafficking !

    Let us all set up Talcum powder factories in Afghanistan ! It must be very cheap, to make it viable,for an Indian Importer – located in South India !

    The Indian Police are corrupt,liars and thieves ! The DEA in India is abysmal – they have no INT ! The DRI discovers drugs by accident ! The Indian SME pharma units are MOSTLY INTO DRUGS INTERMEDIATES – WHICH ARE EXPORTED AND FOR WHICH THE GOI GIVES INCENTIVES ! THE DRUGS ARE MAKE FROM INDIAN INTERMEDIATES IN EAST ASIA – AND THEN EXPORTED TO INDIA AND USA – ALL WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE INDIAN POLITY AND STATE !

    THE INDIAN DEA SHARES NO INT WITH THE POLICE (AS THE POLICE ARE CORRUPT) AND THE POLICE INT HAS NO VALUE ! SO PARTY FOR DRUG DEALERS !

    THAT IS Y TO DATE NO SEIZURE OF ANY VALUE HAS MADE IN INDIA OF DRUGS STOCKS AT KEY STOCKING POINTS ! ONLY THE USERS ARE CAUGHT – WHO ARE HAPLESS FOOLS ! THE LAW IS DESIGNED THAT WAY BY THE POLITY TO ENSURE THAT THE MAKERS AND IMPORTERS AND STOCKISTS ARE NOT CAUGHT