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Politics has entered every religion

Politics has entered every religion

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15 Apr 2019 No comment 694 hits

Politics have entered every religious institution.

The Goa Church is again in the news as recently, in a video that has gone viral, parish priest of Father D'Silva is heard addressing devotees at a Church in south Goa and alleging that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar died due to cancer as a wrath of God for encouraging pollution and trying to cancel government holidays of the Catholics. D'Silva also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of harassing minorities and urged his parishioners not to vote for it. (Source).

The Church has earlier also taken sides in the political arena, for example, it backed BJP in 2012 thus paving the way for the party to come to power.

In November 2017, At the event in the Vadtal Swaminarayan temple, which belongs to the Lakshmi Narayan Dev diocese of the sect, headed by acting-Acharya Rakesh Prasad Maharaj, the Mukhya Kothari (Chief Administrator) of the temple, Maharaj Ghanshyam Prasad Das made a fervent appeal to the devotees of the sect to vote the BJP government into power in the state.(Source)

In April 2014, Jama Masjid's Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari has announced his support for the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha election. Calling BSP and SP unreliable, he asked Muslims to vote for the ruling party. (Source).

There has been heated debate / arguments between supporters of political parties accusing each other of bringing politics into religion. There are those people who says why not question the politicians when they bring religion into politics.

Although, there is no such law in India which prohibits the religious leaders or priests or imams from taking political sides or even telling their people who to vote or who note to vote, should religious priests or imams use their position to influence voters? Should religious places be used for political canvassing?

Hoping that these differenced don't lead to communal issues between Goans as Goans have also been united.

Pravinee Hurbungs Quote - “We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.”

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