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Legal fraternity backs Justice's Joseph call for religious sensitivity
A number of senior Supreme Court lawyers have come in support of Justice Kurian Joseph who protested against holding of a conference of top judges on Good Friday saying it was "insensitive", and wrong to make it a case of individual versus institutional interest.

"There was no individual interest (in what Justice Joseph said). It was a sacred day for the Christians. One has to be sensitive to their feelings and point of view and can't be insensitive and belligerent about them," said senior counsel Rupinder Singh Sodhi.

Justice Joseph had written to Chief Justice H.L.Dattu protesting against the holding of High Court Chief Justices conference on Good Friday, but Chief Justice Dattu had replied that institutional interests were more important than the individual interests.


Justice Kurian Joseph to skip PM's Easter dinner

New Delhi, Apr 4, 2015 (PTI)
Justice Joseph, who has earlier raised objections with Chief Justice of India H L Dattu over holding of a three-day long judges conference during holy weekend for Christians, has written a letter to the prime minister explaining his stand and also questioning holding such meetings on holy days. PTI file photo
Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph has declined to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dinner for top judges tonight on the ground that the event and the ongoing judges conference clashed with Good Friday and Easter weekend.


Christian MPs hold unprecedented meet to discuss attacks: Here's why PM Modi should care
Hitherto, Christian organisations, or the clergy of that faith often have never really taken a side when it comes to politics, only asking voters to “choose good parties” or “good candidates” who would keep the secular fabric of the country intact.
They had, it would seem, kept the church away from politics.
Things could be undergoing a sea change however, with Christian MPs across party lines, meeting in the office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India in the company of their faith leaders, Ivan Dias and Baselios Cheemas, two of the four Indian cardinals. The MPs have decided to form a joint front, according to The Times of India today. It is not clear if the decision was the MPs alone, or had the blessing of the cardinals.
The MPs included Rajya Sabha MP and its deputy chairman PJ Kurien, apart from several other parties. “The participants were of the view that attacks on Christians had increased since the Narendra Modi government took over and the community needed to get proactive in voicing its concerns and protecting its interests (Emphasis added). One of the MPs is learnt to have said, ‘Christians have been in the news over the last few months only for negative reasons. We need to change the narrative.’"


PM Modi finally speaks out against attacks on churches, promises action

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came out strongly against attacks on churches in Delhi, while speaking at a church event in the capital.

Strongly condemning recent attacks on churches, PM Modi assured the Christian community that the government would 'act strongly' without tolerance for fanaticism of any kind.

"Government will not allow any religious group belonging to majority or minority to incite hatred against others overtly or covertly", said Modi, adding that he believed that religion was a personal choice and that everyone had freedom of religion in the country.