ROW OVER KERALA BISHOP’S NARCOTIC JIHAD STATEMENT, MUSLIM BODIES UPSET
21 September 2021
The ‘Love Jihad- Narcotic Jihad’ statement by Pala Bishop Fr. Joseph Kalarangatt has yet not been apologized for and Muslim political and social representatives are upset over ongoing negotiations. The CPI(M) President A Vijayaraghavan, and Cabinet Minister V N Vasavan has said the ‘chapter has been closed’, and the minister also said those who criticise the priest are ‘communalists’ and ‘terrorists’. The statement by the minister has been received with great dismay by various Muslim bodies. Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam General Secretary Vellapalli Natesan said that Fr. Roy Kannanchira who made similar comments on the Ezhava community should account for his statements, and that apology is not sufficient. The two priests that made derogatory comments on the communities have brought out the potential religious exclusionary politics the state is facing.
All India Sunni Jamaathul Ulama General Secretary Kanthapuram A P Abubaker Musliyar has demanded that the Bishop withdraw the statements. He also said, in a press conference, that the statement does not become correct even if it was said without any divisive intension, replying to a question regarding Minister Vasavan’s claim.
V D Satheeshan, the Leader of Opposition in the state has attacked the left government for avoiding any possible solutions in resolving the matter. Meanwhile, an outreach event was organized in Trivandrum by the Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, Major Archbishop of the Syro Malankara Catholic church. The event saw participation of almost all prominent religious leaders of the state. However the Samastha Kerala Jammiyathul Ulema and Kerala Muslim Jamaath were absent in the event inspite of the invitation extended to them.
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