Bishop speaks for sensible India

By Dr Oscar Rebello
29 November 2017 21:56 IST

I have my disagreements with many of the archaic teachings of the Church, but you must admire its consistent guts to take the bull by its horns and say it as it is.

The recent missive by the Bishop of Gandhinagar, advising the flock to elect humane leaders, who swear by the Constitution, was a genuine beauty and eloquently spoke every sensible Indian (not just Catholic) mind.

To see the BJP frothing at this innocuous appeal with all their motor mouths led by the truly repugnant Arnab Goswami and baying for the Bishop's head if not larynx, is despicable to say the least.

Do the BJP trolls by attacking the Bishop admit they have no one humane who adheres to the Constitution in their electoral ranks??? Truly strange!!!

The bone of contention then seems to be the misguided statement “vote against nationalist forces” that seems to have the BJP goat.

It should have cleverly been rephrased as “anti-national " forces.

Because by any logical deduction, lynchings of Muslim cattle traders is ANTI-NATIONAL, putting a bounty on film stars and makers is ANTI-NATIONAL , giving televised hate speeches and gunning for communities is ANTI-NATIONAL , assassinating dissidents is ANTI-NATIONAL , not allowing any dissent or questioning of government without raids and FIRs is ANTI-DEMOCRATIC AND ANTI-NATIONAL.. Terrorising ideas and a citizen’s right to disagree is ANTI-NATIONAL.

And by any common sense, all this has reached fever pitch over the last few years. And this is what the Aam Aadmi has been protesting about.

The BJP must realise - which of course it never will - that nationalism is not just about flag anthem and land. That of course is sacrosanct and must necessarily be respected even revered.

Nationalism is about much more than that. It is primarily about love and compassion and fellowship of all - repeat all - human beings. Nationalism is more about people than mere real estate.

On this count, of spreading love and compassion the BJP has been a spectacular failure... maybe the Church was alluding to this.

So chill guys, good chance you may win Gujarat, but can you deliver love and compassion to ALL countrymen?

I doubt it seeing how you still froth uncontrollably at the mouth.

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Dr Oscar Rebello

Dr Oscar Rebello is one of the leading social activist of Goa and a practicing doctor. He led the historic peoples’ movement in 2006-07 to get the anti-Goa Regional Plan scrapped and save Goa from total destruction of Goa’s ecology and natural beauty. He is a Goa-based leader of Aam Aadmi Party. He is also a columnist.

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