Archbishop: Kudankulam concern not baseless *Kerala: Marxists bat for minorities

April 9, 2012 by  
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Concerns over Kudankulam not baseless, says archbishopTamil Nadu, April 08, 2012: He said that the authorities should address these concerns before going ahead with the project.

Archbishop Susai Pakam of Trivandrum has said that concerns of people regarding the Kudankulam nuclear power plant are not baseless.

He said that the authorities should address these concerns before going ahead with the project.

“Although experts repeatedly claim that the project is safe, incidents such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster only reaffirm the fact that the concerns aired by the local people about Kudankulam are not baseless,” the prelate said after the ‘Way of the Cross’ procession for the Good Friday observance on April 6 in Thiruvananthapuram.

He lamented that instead of addressing the fears of the people of this small fishing hamlet, their agitation is now being suppressed.

Earlier, delivering the opening message ahead of the ceremony, head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Baselios Cleemis said that human life was more precious than development and growth.

The procession began from St. Joseph Metropolitan Cathedral, Palayam.

It was led by Archbishop Susai Pakiam, Archbishop Cleemis and Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum Samuel Mar Irenios.

Also called the ‘Nagarikanickal’ ritual, the ceremony is a re-enactment of the Christ’s final journey to Mount Calvary along 14 Stations of the Cross.

– the hindu

Marxists bat for minorities

 

Kerala, April 09, 2012: They criticized delay in implementation of Ranganath Misra Commission report.

Criticizing the federal government’s delay in implementing a report on minorities, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said that Christians and Muslims of dalit origin should be included in the Scheduled Caste list.

The party also demanded 10 percent reservation for Muslims and additional reservation for other minorities in education and employment sector.

A resolution adopted at the party’s ongoing congress in Kozhikode, Kerala, protested the “deliberate” delay in the implementation of the Ranganath Misra Commission.

It drew attention to the Commission’s two recommendations — reservation of jobs for Muslims on grounds of social and economic backwardness and including Dalit Christians and Muslims in the Scheduled Caste list.

The party said the job reservation recommendation would require a law to end the present 50 percent limit on total reservation “arbitrarily imposed” by the Supreme Court.

The commission’s report had recommended an amendment to the 1950 Presidential Order which, it said, was discriminatory against schedule castes who had converted to either Islam or Christianity.

The CPI(M) meeting condemned the communal campaign of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (national volunteers corps)-BJP combine against this “legitimate right of the minorities for reservation in jobs and education and against the legitimate claims of Dalit Muslims and Christians.”

– the hindu

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