Thrissur, Nov 5 (IVC) An article under the caption “Will not forget Manipur” appeared in the November edition of the Catholicasabha, the mouth piece of the Archdiocese, severely criticizing the Prime Minister of India and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , was disowned by the archdiocese here today.
The November edition of the newsmagazine, Catholicasabha of the Thrissur Archdiocese of the Catholic Syro-Malabar Church has come down heavily on the BJP , the Government at the Centre and the Prime Minister , Narendra Modi and BJP’s likely candidate of the Thrissur Lok Sabha
Constituncy, noted film star Suresh Gopi for their apathy in handling Manipur riots.
In a front page article captioned ‘Will not forget Manipur’, the archdiocese said the people
who believe in democracy can understand the meaning of the Prime Minister’s classical silence on the Manipur issue.
“As the Lok Sabha elections are nearing , there is an effort to hide the Manipur issue. The political party which aspires to come to power at the Centre once again is taking efforts for this”, the article said.
A BJP leader who wants to take Thrissur said “the people ‘ here need not be worry about Uttar Pradesh and Manipur as there are vivacious boys( Chunakuttikal ) to handle issues there” it continued.
Ridiculing the reported statement Mr Suresh Gopi, the article asked him when Manipur was burning what were those vivacious boys doing there .
Responding to the criticism of the Thrissur Archdiocese of his recent remarks about the Manipur issue , Suresh Gopi here said on Nov 4 he does not have any regrets about his comments. “There is no change in my stance. The archdiocese has the freedom to express its opinions”, he added.
The ordinary faithful here are shocked to hear the reported statement of the archdiocese.
Though the monthly news magazine of the archdiocese started recently it has a circulation of well over one lakh, the archdiocese sources said.
The print line of the Catholicasabha read : Printed and Published by Fr Davis Thekkekara, Managing Editor Fr Raphael Akkamattathil , Editor Fr Paul Peramangalam and marketing Director Fr Antony Ammuthan.
Certain senor prelates and priests here described as strange the disowning of the article
passing the buck on to the writer of the article and they said it was tantamount to “plagiarism’.