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Why is govt silent on use of Goan soil for promoting terrorism, asks Church

The Goa Church has questioned BJP-led state government

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa, beach
Palolem beach in Southern Goa

The Church has questioned BJP-led state government's absolute silence over increasing use of Goan soil for social and religious conventions which propagate divisive, anti-and terrorist ideologies.

"We question the absolute silence of the Government of over the increasing use of Goan soil for social and religious conventions which propagate divisive, anti-and terrorist ideologies," Fr Savio Fernandes, executive secretary of Council for Social Justice and Peace, a wing of Church, said in a statement today.


The statement is issued in the backdrop of the just concluded All India Hindu Convention which passed several resolutions including India be declared a Hindu Nation.

"The emboldened rantings from some of the religious leaders and politicians to foist a theocratic state are an open rejection of the secular and democratic ideals of the Constitution of India.

"The advice given to people of a particular faith to store arms in their houses is tantamount to a call to violence and terrorism," the statement said.

Fernandes said "the people of need to know the mind of the government about how such divisive, discriminatory and violent statements as pointed out above are different from the slogans of 'Azaadi' and sympathy to the Jammu and Kashmir or naxaliteissue, in which students and social activists are hauled up and even jailed for sedition and anti-activity."

"The government owes a response to its people in the background of the nationwide growing insecurity and anguish among citizens," he said.

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 01:23 IST
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