An open letter to India’s Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji: When you were the Chief Minister of Gujarat, you gave a free hand to the BJP and its associates to commit atrocities against Christians and Muslims.
When the BJP and the Biju Janata Dal parties were ruling in Odisha, over 50,000 Christians were chased out from their homes and their houses were burnt to ashes. Nuns were even raped in Odisha (Orissa then) and elsewhere in the country.
When the BJP was ruling in Madhya Pradesh, Christian priests and pastors were dragged out from their prayer houses and beaten to death.
When the BJP was ruling in Karnataka, the then Chief Minister of the State, Mr Yeddyurappa, gave a free hand to the Hindu right-wing organisations to attack churches in Mangalore and in Udupi.
When you were the Chief Minister of Gujarat, you removed the Good Friday holiday from the list of annual holidays for people of the State.
When you became the Prime Minister of India in May 2014, you removed the Good Friday holiday in two of the Union Territories and the High Court of Madras rejected it saying, Good Friday, a national holiday is mandatory to every citizen of this country.
Also, during your tenure as PM since the last seven years, there is a lot of lynching in the country and Dalits and Muslims are being killed and burnt alive for carrying beef and eating it and you are doing nothing to stop these atrocities from taking place.
Instead, you are saying that those who want to eat beef should go to Pakistan and live there.
What is one man’s food should not be another man’s poison, Mr Modi. Also, during your tenure as PM for the last seven years, you have even made it compulsory for Christians to work on Christmas Day (December 25) in some BJP-ruling States of India.
Also, when the people were standing in long queues for 10 to 14 hours and dying due to tiredness and hunger outside banks during the demonetisation drive in 2015, you did nothing to help the people out.
Instead, you were busy campaigning for the next elections which was to take place in 2019 and travelling abroad.
You also did nothing to save people’s lives when they were dying on the roads during the lockdown last year.
And now, you are doing nothing when people are dying outside hospitals due to lack of beds, oxygen cylinders and vaccines.
As the Prime Minister, you cannot even rule the country with honesty and integrity so it’s high time you went to the Himalayas and lived there forever amongst the hermits.