DyCM Francis says SORRY, but still says he is right

PTI, PANAJI | 28 July 2014 22:06 IST

Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza today apologised for his remarks that he is a "Christian Hindu", after being criticised by the Catholic community.

"I am sorry if I have hurt anyone's sentiments. What I feel I said. According to you my opinion may be wrong, but for me I am right," D'Souza told reporters here. 

Last week, after Goa minister Dipak Dhavalikar ignited a controversy by his remark that India will develop as a Hindu nation under Narendra Modi, D'Souza had stoked it further, saying India is already a Hindu nation and will always remain so. 

"India is a Hindu country. India is Hindustan. All Indians in Hindustan are Hindus including me. I am a Christian Hindu...," he had said. 

D'Souza said while referring the word 'Hindu', he did not mean it as a religion. 

"Hindu is my culture. Christianity is my religion. When I say Hindu, it means culture and not religion," he said. 

Hinduism is 5,000 years old, while my religion is 2,000 years old, he further said. 

 

D'Souza said there is no need to make India a Hindu nation. "As far as Hindu nation is concerned, we need not make it. It is already a Hindu Nation," he said. 

The Christian community in the state had criticised the Deputy Chief Minister's remarks. 

"How can he claim himself as Hindu-Christian? He can call himself Indian-Christian," Fr Eremito Rebello, a leading priest, had said yesterday. 

NCP's state unit spokesman Trojano D'Mello had last week demanded that the Church should outcast D'Souza for his remarks.

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Who made you minister, what is your educational and religion qualification ? Are you a real follower of Christ. If yes, how come you say Christ is 2000 years old. Did you ever read Holy Bible, specially Chapter John, Do you know, who is the creator of this entire universe. Shame on you Francis. Apart from political studies, please focus on Bible study as well.

- Bartholomew DSouza, Dubai | 21 st October 2014 09:04

 

@N.Fernandes , London | 05 th August 2014 14:46 IST

Religion is a matter of personal choice and beliefs. If someone is happy with his beliefs why are you bothered, let him be happy with his beliefs, etc. As long such beliefs are not a direct dangerous to the society, it is all fine.

@Jose Rod , Goa | 05 th August 2014 23:43 IST

Please forward your grievance to the Holy Fathers of Althino, Panajim who have tacitly accepted casteisim in their fold and have helped it spread across the elite and priests in the Christian fold in Goa. BTW, who is State Of Government to forgive anybody. Anyway, too much religion is bad for both health and mind. Take it easy.

- Abdulmia, Valpoi_goa | 06 th August 2014 22:38

 

@Abdulmia. There Is No Caste In Christianity. Those Christians Are Committing Fraud (Cheating) By Putting Themselves In Caste Category. They Are Committing Day Light Robbery. State Of Government May Forgive Them Due To Vote Bank Politics But God Will Never Forgive Them. Caste Divides The People Of One God.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 05 th August 2014 23:43

 

I think Dy CM Francis D'Souza is either turning senile or is at the early stages of acute madness.

In a recent Face to Face programme on a TV News Channel, he claimed that on the date his Catholic Christian Mother gave Birth to him , he was a Hindu. He only became a Christian when he was Baptised in the Christian Faith.



So we should now assume that when his parents both Christians(Catholics) conceived him , he was a Hindu.

His Parents should now be sued, in the Supreme Court for

forcefully Converting our Poor Dy CM Francis to Christianity.

At the same time , would someone kindly tell Francis D'Souza that he is now grown up & he can easily convert back to Hinduism to remain true to his perceived identity .

- N.Fernandes, London | 05 th August 2014 14:46

 

RSS , fringe organizations and individuals who stand by the decadent sangh ideology must immediately declare this newly baptized Christain Hindu as the head priest at Mangeshi, Mardol or Nagueshi.

Similarly, Dhavalilkars who have come to the power with the help of Bhandari and Gauda communities must start brahminization of youth from these communities by appointing some of them as priests and declaring them as brahmins.

It is easy to criticize inquisition carried out by the foreign rulers but so called Hindutva vadi and Sangh cronies openly acknowledge and support atrocities against the lower castes, other wise there would have been no movies like FANDRY and no murders like Kharda in Maharashtra and Badayun in UP.

The upper caste Hindus continue to carry on their own brand of inquisition for centuries. When our own social system fails to accommodate its own people, it is futile to blame others.

- Rajan Kamat, Mapusa | 04 th August 2014 07:39

 

There cannot be Hindu Christian but there can be Brahmin Kiristav, Chaddo Kiristav, SudraKiristav, all these are perfectly acceptable to Kiristav Intelligentsia. Jay Ho!!

BTW, Francis Loureco why there cannot be something life a 'graft' of both the religions? who are you to decide on religious matters? are you the universal authority on religions?

- Abdulmia, Valpoi_goa | 03 rd August 2014 18:56

 

Dy. CM Francis is victimized by modern day inquisitionists. The olden days inquisition was by foreigners on Goans. This time it is by Indian inquisitionists against a Goan. Fundamentalism is same.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 30 th July 2014 21:35

 

There is no use saying 'sorry' and then saying 'I am still right'.

Either he says sorry and he is wrong or he keeps mum.

There is nothing like Hindu Christian. One is either Hindu or Christian. At the most, he could say 'I am Indian Christian'. There cannot be something life a 'graft' of both the religions.

What he needs to clarify is whether he is a Hindu or a Christian.

As an individual, it would be fine to say anything he likes but since he is the Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, from that position, he cannot make funny statements which tend to give confusing signals.

- Francisco Lourenco, Goa | 29 th July 2014 14:18

 

I declare that I am a Catholic Hindu. I am free to proclaim this without any fear from any power under the sun because this freedom is available to a Hindu only. Only exception is a politician Hindu being invariably deceitful and cunning and businesslike may be afraid to declare that he is Hindu. He would avoid this and claim that he is Hindu Christian Muslim etc. etc.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 29 th July 2014 08:07

 

I declare that I am a Catholic Hindu. I am free to proclaim this without any fear from any power under the sun because this freedom is available to a Hindu only. Only exception is a politician Hindu being invariably deceitful and cunning and businesslike may be afraid to declare that he is Hindu. He would avoid this and claim that he is Hindu Christian Muslim etc. etc.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 29 th July 2014 08:06

 

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