- LETTER 1
(from The Synod of The Church of North India)
- LETTER 2
Text of the letter
Nongpyngrope, Circle III,
Shillong 793 012.
13 April, 2017.
The Honourable Chief Minister,
Subject: Expressing appreciation for your stand with regard to sacredness of Good Friday:
It is with a deep sense of relief and appreciation I have come to learn that you have made your stand unequivocal with regard to the sacredness of Good Friday for Christians not only of the State of Meghalaya but the world over as it is the day observed with all solemnity and introspection on the death of Jesus more than 2000 years ago through and an unjust decision made by Pontius Pilate, as he was swerved by a crowd crying for Jesus’ crucifixion through manoeuvring by religious and political leaders of the day.
Though no one would express reservation on having Digital India Day but the choice of date which falls on Good Friday does not behove well as also Christmas Day has been declared to be Good Governance Day. Here again, everyone wants good governance on a daily basis, in fact, 24 x 7 but to have chosen 25th December, which also happens to be the birthday of former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee is akin to belittling the spiritual sentiment of Christians in India and to marginalise the date observed as the historical date of birth of Jesus.
As the date for observing Digital India has been fixed, we would like to thank you profusely for having stated that in Meghalaya, it’ll be Good Friday on Friday, 14 April, 2017.
It is hoped that through your intervention along with request made by our two Lok Sabha MPs, Church of North India, Meghalaya Youth Federation (MYF) and others for Government of India to defer the date of Digital India, the Union Government will henceforth, consider alternative proposals not hurting religious sentiments of minorities.
As it is, 14 April also happens to be the birthday of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s Constitution who also championed for the Sixth Schedule to become a reality through the efforts of a three member Committee led by (L) Gopinath Bordoloi with (L) Rev. J. M. M. Nichols-Roy and (L) Jaspal Singh as members.
May God bless and guide you and your Government.
Rev. Dr. P. B. M. Basaiawmoit