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Christians raise questions over controversial book

Written by: Staff

Jaipur, Mar 16 (UNI) The Christians in Rajasthan have raised questions over the state government's odd silence towards another controversial book on the lines of 'Hakikat'.

Addressing a press meet here today, Father Z R Masey, chairman, Jaipur Christian Fellowship and Sohanlal Bhati, state secretary, All India Federation of SC/ST organisations said the book 'Weh Sharm Se Hindu Kehte Hain Kyon?' authored by Mohanlal Singhariya, contains derogatory references about the pantheon of Hindu god and godesses, yet no action is being taken against it.

They said Kota's Emmanuel Mission, which distributed the banned book 'Hakikat' containing derogatory remarks about Hindu gods, has been targeted by the government unnecessarily, although no action has been taken against its author Mathew.

Bhati said the SC/ST has associated itself with the Christain cause as they feel the state government is only targeting minority communities in the state.

Bhati said even though state Social Welfare minister Madan Dilawar had promised any book containing obscene references would be taken care of, he is strangely silent over this particular book.

They alleged neither has the book been banned nor its author been arrested. Writer Singhariya instead is supposed to have challenged that his writings are supported by facts and figures and he would continue writing such books.

Bhati said the state government's hidden agenda is to provoke people against Emmanuel Mission, destabilising it and creating communal tension in the region.

Father Masey said a peace march would be held on March 21 here to protest against the alleged atrocities on Christians in Rajasthan.

The procession would begin from Government Hostel and would wind its way through various areas before ending at Vidhan Sabha.

''We are expecting around 10,000 people to show solidarity with our cause,'' said Father Masey.

Reacting to arrest of Bishop Samuel Thomas of Kota's Emmanuel Mission from Noida near Delhi today by Rajasthan Police, Father Masey said : ''If he is in the wrong, he should be punished for it.'' UNI RRT RP PM1817

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