12th August 2017, Saturday
Issued by Jharkhand Solidarity Forum, Religious Organisations and Civil Society Organisations
We the members of Jharkhand Solidarity Forum, Religious Organisations, and Civil Society Organisations, protest and condemn the advertisement issued by the Information and Public Relations department of the Jharkhand government, published on 11th August 2017, on the front pages of Prabhat Khabar, Hindustan, Dainik Bhaskar and other newspapers.
This advertisement is an attempt to disrupt and damage the religious harmony and brotherhood between various communities and the Adivasi community by accusing the Christian community of conversions and using the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, without understanding the context.
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, believed in all religions and was strictly against dividing people on the basis of religion. Using his name to divide people is an insult of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Along with this, it is also a conspiracy by the state government to divide the people on the basis of religion. Together, we warn the state government that we will not let any such attempt by the state, to be successful.
We are against forcible conversions and we believe that the state government should not indulge in the politics of dividing people using forcible conversions as an excuse. We believe that religion is a matter of a person’s individual faith and belief and that the state should not unnecessarily intervene into that domain. Secondly, we also believe that all citizens have the right to profess, practice and propagate their religion according to their conscience as provided by the constitution.
This is a first incident of its kind where a state government is dividing people on the basis of religion especially Christians and minorities. Whereas it is the duty of the state to unite people, this government is misusing government machinery and public money to divide people. We strongly protest and condemn this step taken by the government, which is a hindrance in obtaining a peaceful and democratic society.
Released in Public Interest by Jharkhand Solidarity Forum, Religious Organisations and other Civil Society Organisations.
|Kendriya Sarna Samiti||Jamiatul Ulema e Hind||Jharkhand Alternative Development Forum|
|All Churches Committee||Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas||Adivasi Mahasabha|
|Jharkhand Solidarity Forum||Sikh Fedration Jharkhand||Dahar Womens Front|
|Sajha Kadam||Sajha Manch||Youth Revolution Ulgulan|
|Adivasi Youth organisation||Lok Seva Samiti||United Mili Forum|
|Farmers Struggle Front||Aadivasi Intellectual Forum||Sarv Dharm Samanvay Parishad, Ramgarh|
|Association for Protection of Civil Rights and other religious and social organizations|