People should stand united to dislodge NDA Government: Church of South India

Even as the BJP is trying woo the Christian communities to get a base in Kerala and Northeast states, the Church of South India (CSI) has taken strong exception to various policies of the NDA.

Published: 08th April 2018 03:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2018 07:23 PM   |  A+A-

Bishop Thomas K Oommen, moderator, Church of South India, leading the dedication service of the elevation of CSI Immanuel Church, Broadway, on Sunday. (EPS | Albin Mathew)

By Express News Service

KOTTAYAM: Even as the BJP is trying woo the Christian communities to get a base in Kerala and Northeast states, the Church of South India (CSI) has taken strong exception to various policies of the NDA Government at the Centre, including its alleged pro-corporate and anti-poor policies, atrocities against Dalits and the tribals and the hard-line Hindutva agendas.

CSI Moderator Bishop Thomas K Oommen, the supreme head of the church, has published an open letter to the people of the country, asking them to stand united to bring down the government.

The letter quoting Gandhiji’s words on ‘salt march’ that “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire,” appeared as a symbolic call against the NDA Government.

The CSI which is the second largest Christian denomination in India has a strong presence in South Indian states including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
According to him, over the past few years, especially during the last four years, people are extremely alarmed at the way the nation is being ruled by the government at the Centre.

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“As a citizen of India and as the head of an Indian Church, which belongs to a minority religion, with the majority of its members belonging to the minority communities, I hereby share the fear my people have under the rule of a government that has become a nightmare to the poor and the minorities in India,” he said.

The bishop, who termed the government as a regime of ‘right-wing fundamentalist forces’, said the it has become a danger to the very fabric of the great Sovereign, Socialist, Secular and Democratic Republic. “The Central Government that follows the Hindutva supremacist ideology seems to have consciously discounted all the rights stated in the Preamble of the Constitution,” he said.

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“In nexus with the corporates and the multi-national companies, the poor are being plundered. The cry of millions of poor farmers to waive their loans off falls upon the deaf ears of a government that happily waives off loans owed by 50 rich people. The government policies like ‘Demonetisation’ and GST have ruthlessly affected the poor. There is no doubt that the government is pro-corporate and unkind to the poor,” he said.

The head of the church said the chain of recent agitations indicated a new Dalit awakening and the CSI Church not only stands in solidarity with the Dalits fighting for justice and equality, but also condemns all atrocities against them. The Church also demanded the implementation of recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Sachar Committee for reservation to Dalits of Christian and Muslim minority communities.

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  • Subbu

    Congress chor hai.
    7 months ago reply
  • VIVEK

    Section 153(A) Section 153A of the Indian penal code says
    7 months ago reply
  • Nemesis

    People should stand united to dislodge Church of South India
    7 months ago reply
  • Surajit Chakraborty

    This is no surprise....Organised religions have destroyed all civilisations & cultures across the world...Now
    7 months ago reply
  • l narasimhamurthy

    The church and the christians want unfettered freedom to convert india to christ and to wipe out hinduism.the muslims want to make india a caliphate and islamise the entire country.the leftists want to make india a hot bed of left extremism .the meccalay educated english brown sahibs want to portray themselves as intellectuals and wage war on hindhu dharma and hindhu values.the church missionaries muslim fundamentalists naxalites etc have all joined hands since they see
    7 months ago reply
    • muthaiyan krishnan

      What is Hindu dharma and Hindu value?
      7 months ago reply
  • Kapil sharma

    Kejriwal is also a cristian and he was baptized by mother teresa ...(froud) And he is working on converting hindu to cristian .
    7 months ago reply
  • Ananth

    If you want to preach
    7 months ago reply
  • silverfox

    The Bishop doesn't give a damn about dalits and tribals (It is not true; dalits and tribals have fared much better under NDA than the Congress rule); he is worried about not being able to convert suckers to his religion.
    7 months ago reply
  • Bharath

    This is what happens when we appease minorities.This man should be kicked out
    7 months ago reply
  • Vinay K Thota

    This is how our so called secularism is
    7 months ago reply
  • Sreeja

    Isn't it because they can't convert people as easily as did in the past??
    7 months ago reply
  • sugumaran

    Not all Christians will buy this idea. Not all Christians will be allowed to be brainwashed. Not Christians will tolerate Politics in Church. It is meant to propagate and preach the Bible and Jesus. Not hate Modi Campaign. Christians
    7 months ago reply
  • Bhaskar M K

    This is atrocious and totally against the very basis of Democracy. There is nothing more ridiculous than this.
    7 months ago reply
  • Jyothir

    This is the issue-christians and muslims are told to vote against BJP for no other reason other than religion and they regard themselves as secular and are portrayed so by the crooked liberals and media. This whole business is the core of congress ideology and vote bank. Unless Hindus recognize this crookedness and vote en mass for BJP
    7 months ago reply
  • Aalok

    If he wants to play politics he should stop masquerading as a man of God. In any event
    7 months ago reply
  • Spq

    Christianity has destroyed so many cultures and civilizations one loses count.India should not allow any more conversions and reverse all conversions after 1947.
    7 months ago reply
  • Nagesh

    Is he a mullah giving out fatwas? Deobandi? Barelvi? Warren Anderson's brother? He can contest the elections if he wants to be politically active. Jesus will not forgive him for misusing the pulpit!
    7 months ago reply
  • nathan

    If somebody files a police complaint
    7 months ago reply
  • G YAGNESWARAN

    The church has no business to advocate what its members should do in politics.
    7 months ago reply
    • rmg

      Why not..the priests and purohits of Hindu organizations also do the same.???????
      7 months ago reply
  • Isaac Samraj

    Greetings.Biblical Christians give the tithe to the missionary work in India. Also
    1 year ago reply
  • Esiah

    Very well said. These Hindutva fanatics wants to shove their fascism and RSS belief system on to others.
    1 year ago reply
    • Sriram

      and you converted beggars want to shove western beliefs onto indians???
      7 months ago reply
  • Kpgk

    These christian bidhops whose aim is to convert by money have to becthrown out. They are worse than leeches. They are B Tards.
    1 year ago reply
    • Sreekanth Sreedharamenon

      YOU are right
      7 months ago reply
    • Vamshi

      You foolish! If Christians change their religion to Hinduism that means "they've come to know the truth"
      1 year ago reply
  • SK

    And look at the comments below..still they want to support their ideologies..all Minorities should openly express their feelings like this..
    1 year ago reply
  • indiewater

    Yes agree we must dislodge the NDA government and be ruled by Taliban ISIS Lashkar a toiba and Jammat a ulema a hind so that the christians suffer the same fate in India that they do in Pakistan and Bangladesh and other muslim countrieslike Egypt Syria Afghanistan Turkey and ..40 more. The christians in India are being misled by the church for petty foreign money....They have completely lost perspective and are unable to realise who there REAL friends are they are the hindus...and the conversion agendas of church benifits only the Priests of the church who get and enjoy foreign money and not the common christian at all. But the common christian is so much misled by church propoganda that he cannot realise this.
    1 year ago reply
  • indiewater

    Yes agree we must dislodge the NDA government and be ruled by Taliban ISIS Lashkar a toiba and Jammat a ulema a hind so that the christians suffer the same fate in India that they do in Pakistan and Bangladesh and other muslim countrieslike Egypt Syria Afghanistan Turkey and ..40 more. The christians in India are being misled by the church for petty foreign money....They have completely lost perspective and are unable to realise who there REAL friends are they are the hindus...and the conversion agendas of church benifits only the Priests of the church who get and enjoy foreign money and not the common christian at all. But the common christian is so much misled by church propoganda that he cannot realise this.
    1 year ago reply
  • Vishwas

    European Christians who are open minded and realised depth of Hinduism and support it; even becoming Hindus. The local converts are dumb and easily shepherd by the Church. Hindus need to show their teeth to them once and for all. Humanity is useless for such fools. No need of getting kicked by donkeys all the time. Use the stick.
    1 year ago reply
    • Secular man

      Don't go overboard you dumb chap. If christians are killed in India then Christians from Canada to Australia will show their teeth several times which will show terrorists like you their true place .
      1 year ago reply
      • indian

        Change your title to pseudo-secular man. Nobody talked about killing any minorities. Stop shitting around..
        7 months ago reply
    • Dr. R.K. Sharma

      Very right. They are converts lured by money and falsehood of christian missioneries. They should remember their forefathers were Hindus. Do they desires christian rule in India. Their hatred against Hindus is very shocking.
      1 year ago reply
  • Riji

    Christ himself said
    1 year ago reply
  • Venod

    How many thousands do the poor earn, if I as a teacher earned 30000/- per month. I drew my 2500/- per week and managed. True all the rich made the poor stand in lines for a little commission, to convert there black into new notes!! Any large scale change for the better will bring in hardships for all for a while, and we do not have to crib or cry throughout our lives for that. We face worse trials of no food, no jobs, no education, no family, no shelter, which has to be addressed. So stop waving the distress flag of demonitisation and GST. We all know how much of foriegn funds from back door entries, enter your churches who buy large plots or acres of land to continue your appeasement and conversation. Please spare the Hindus from your clutches.
    1 year ago reply
    • Nikita

      Thats rich coming from someone in the majority (hindu) and working middle class. This is the problem with India. Hindus are fine with atrocities committed as long as they are not against them. Our country desperately needs compassion. I see hope in the younger generations.
      1 year ago reply
    • KASHIPATHI ALSE A S

      Correct
      1 year ago reply
  • K V Ramesh Babu

    This fellow wants to run Church or the Govt ? He is talking about Sachar committee ! What about Church caught in Kudankulam with its pants down ? The fellow is pissed off as Modi drive has cancelled FCRA permits of his Proselytising tribe. Unearth funds flow from CSI and Kudankulam and shut down CSI. This kind of idiotic interference by Church made Henry VIII to cut off English Church from Rome and assume divine powers. Whether it's that Gujarat ricebag Bishop or Karnataka Rice bag or This CSI Rice bag there's a trend in these. They are trying to blackmail Govt so that their Proselytising goes unchecked. This rice bag urgently needs a hard slap.
    1 year ago reply
  • Varadarajan Sehamani

    UNIMAGINABLE BIAS FROM A MAN SUPPOSEDLY OF GOD Before making accusations the person speaking should examine the basis of his statements forst and bring himself into a position to prove every one of his statements. Otherwise it is an excercise in rumormongering. The facts are as follows: - This Government has done more for Women, Farmers, the Poor and the disadvantaged than any Government in the past - This Governmemnt has taken the maximum steps to bring down corruption, bring back black money, make agreements with foreign Governments for this, not interfere in prosecutions - than any Government in the past - This Government has been the most dispassionate in dealing with Corporates than any other Government - the corporates bthat are accused of connection with this Governmemt highly prospered during past Governments and have not done so in this regime - This Government is simply unavailable for any one-to-one tet-a-tetes with individual businessmen - very different from the previous Government - This Government has done the maximum to rationalize taxes, simplify procedures for statutory work, reduce compliance costs, reduce the basis for corruption. - This Government has shown no bias for or against any religious group, caste group, area of the country, any state - they have been totally dispassionate - This Government has done more for infrastructure than any Government of the past and done in 4 years whay other Governments have not done in triple that time. - This Governmemnt has done more for the Image of India than Governments have done in the last 7 decades
    1 year ago reply
    • Biju

      Varadarajan Sehamani
      1 year ago reply
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