How a letter by a Catholic archbishop incensed India’s BJP

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A letter the Catholic Archbishop of Delhi sent to all parish priests working in India’s capital city has created a furore in the country’s already charged political scene. In the letter dated May 8, Archbishop Anil Coutorequested parish priests to start a year-long prayer campaign to save India from the “turbulent political atmosphere”, which “poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation”.

The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) immediately jumped to criticise the letter, calling it a “divisive move” and saying it was akin to calling people to vote along communal lines. BJP President Amit Shah also condemned the letter and warned people not to mobilise masses on the basis of religion. Giriraj Singh, a senior minister of the BJP government who is known for his controversial statementsabout India’s minority communities, responded to the letter by saying “every action has a reaction”. If the archbishop asked his people to pray, people from other religions would also start praying in their own way, he said

Read more : AlJazeera, 30.05.2018