Church magazine attacks BJP with communal undertones yet again
The BJP-led Goa government’s response to religious desecrations and attempts by right-wing elements to provoke and divide society has been “timid and tepid”, the Goa Church said in an article.
“While the heat over some provocative statements was still on and the response of the local government timid and tepid, came a series of desecrations of religious symbols at sites located in the southern part of Goa,” the article in the latest edition of Renovacao, a Church-run periodical, said.
“These desecrations came in quick succession, leaving little time to cool down any raised tempers and with an obvious intention to provoke a violent reaction,” said Jaime Rangel, a medical professional, who authored the article.
The article comes on the heels of an ongoing confrontation between the state’s influential Roman Catholic Church and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government.
The previous edition of the Renovacao had alleged similarities between contemporary Goa and India to Nazi Germany and had urged voters not to cast ballot in favour of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the August 23 assembly bypoll.
The recent article ‘Preserve Communal Harmony’ by Rangel now calls for a need to be vigilant against attempts to drive a wedge between religious communities in Goa.
“Despite the facts of various parties, groups and individual elements having tried to drive a wedge between various religious religious communities co-existing in Goa, the general populace has shown amazing resilience not to let anyone break the long-existing bonds of communal harmony that has seen this state stand as a shining example to the rest of the nation,” the article says.
The article also urged Goans to speak up against “sinister attempts at putting neighbour against neighbour and brother against brother”.