Show equal importance to all religious sacred days

At a time, minorities are constantly at the receiving end from the ruling BJP and its right wing groups, citing that Narendra Modi is their Prime Minister, Christians have every right to feel insecure in this secular and democratic nation.
This was not the nation envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our nation; this is not the nation explicated by our Constitution. This is not the nation that has stood by its sons and daughters for over centuries. This is not a democracy envisaged by the Preamble of the Constitution. So how did it come to be defined by some vested interests? Who and how did it get such a deep saffron tinge and communal tone?

It all began after the thumping victory of the communal forces in the 2014 Parliamentary elections. Soon, in 2014 December, Narendra Modi blue eyed woman, who can’t win a Lok Sabha/Lower House election (and lost badly to a novice called Rahul Gandhi), declared that Christmas Day (25th) would be kept as Good Governance Day. The would be a working day – where teachers, school children and youth would be busy submitting an essay on ‘good governance’; and only those essays received on that day would be honoured! This was a softer blow after the much criticism, compared to the heavier blow planned earlier. As if all other 364 days were ‘bad governance days’! Not that anyone refutes this!

The communal tinge has spread even to other organs of the state. Dattu, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court, organised a three-day Conference for the chief justices of High Court. The conference commences on Good Friday and goes on till Easter Sunday.

Not a bad idea – working on a holiday!

But will Dattu arrange a conference on Diwali or Holi or Mahashivarathri or Eid or Ramzan? Dare he! So, what does that speak of? There is every reason for Christians and any minorities to be anxious – what comes next for them! Rightly then, Justice Kurien Joseph, justice of the Supreme Court, wrote a letter to the Chief Justice, expressing his displeasure. Justice Joseph has also decline a dinner invitation given by PM Modi on Saturday.

The fall out of the letter has not been pleasant. Dattu has attacked his colleague in the Apex Court, questioning his dedication to duty. And that is ridiculous. While Justice Kurien Joseph was speaking about the community (Dear Dattu, you must know, Good Friday, Easter etc. are COMMUNITY Celebrations – it is not individuals going to temples and offering arti & returning!) – not just his personal engagements like visiting friends or attending some personal functions!)

Unfortunately, one can’t go beyond this – law is such a harsh thing on common man and woman! Laws are on the side of those who make them and interpret them! Such a shame!
Here is a post from
ew Delhi: Miffed over scheduling of three-day long judges conference during the holy period for Christians, a sitting Supreme Court judge has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and declined a dinner invitation, scheduled for Saturday.

In his letter dated April 1, Justice Kurian Joseph wrote: “Your good self would kindly appreciate that no important programs are held during sacred and auspicious days of Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Eid, Bakrid, etc, though we have holidays during that period as well.”

Underlining that the Indian model of secularism is based on the principle of sarva dharma sambhava, Justice Joseph cautioned that the country needs to safeguard its credentials.

Justice Joseph added that though it is “too late to reschedule the events. But being the guardian of Indian secularism, I request your honor to kindly have in mind these concerns while scheduling events and benevolently show equal importance and respect to the sacred days of all religions which are also declared as national holidays. I have shared these concerns with the honorable Chief Justice of India as well.”

The apex court judge has also written a letter to Chief Justice of India HL Dattu objecting to the holding of the conference of 24 high court chief justices from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, reported Zee News.

“I may with deep anguish bring to your kind notice that such an important conference should not have been held when some of us, otherwise expected to be part of the event, or otherwise committed on account of the holy days when we have religious ceremonies and family get-together as well,” he said in his letter to CJI HL Dattu.

Maintaining that he was not striking a communal note, Justice Joseph said such serious programmes were not held during Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Eid, etc.

However, Justice Dattu hit back, saying the question the justice had to ask himself, as he cannot ask the judge, is “whether it is institutional interest or individual interest that one should preference to”.

Justice Dattu, in a letter to Justice Joseph, said assuming that religious ceremonies and family get-togethers were important, then he could asked his family to join him in Delhi.

“Several other participants are coming from distant places, leaving behind families,” the CJI said.

The CJI got support from a former apex court judge Justice KT Thomas asking why Christians cannot work on Good Friday.

“In America, where 98 percent are Christians, Good Friday is a working day. Christians can attend Church service and go to work. But in India we are obsessed with holiday culture. I am totally opposed to this holiday mania that we suffer from,” Justice Thomas said.

Chief Ministers of various states would join the judges on third day of the conference when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address them and the legal luminaries.

Top judges from across the country led by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu on Friday began brainstorming to find solutions to critical problems like ensuring speedy trials to tackle over three crore pending cases and lack of infrastructure in courts.

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