Kanyakumari catholic pastor has shown unbridled hatred for Hindus, Sanatana Dharma and Prime Minister in an event organised by minorities. He not only warned Hindus about their growth, but spoke degradingly of the ruling DMK government as well in a show of strength of the Christian community. He has been arrested for disturbing communal harmony after widespread protests and complaints filed by Hindu organisations.
George Ponnaiah, parish priest of Pannavilai in Kanyakumari, took part in an event held to condemn closure of churches, ban on conducting prayer meetings, denial of permit to build churches and to pay tributes to naxal sympathiser Stanislaus Lourdusamy in Arumanai, Kanyakumari. While speaking in the event Fr.George Ponnaiah, in an attempt to assert the political clout of Christians, degraded Hindu BJP MLAs, Hindu deities and PM Modi.
HRCE minister of the new DMK government Sekar Babu is seen as making moves to protect temples. Mocking him Fr.George said, “Minister Sekar Babu you can do Kudamuzhuku (samprokshanam) of any number of temples, and I’m saying this for minister Mano Thangaraj as well..you can go to any number of temples but Hindus won’t vote for you. Neither Hindus nor the devotees of Mandaikadu Amman cast a single vote for you. Do not forget that your (electoral) victory is alms given by Christians and Muslims”.
He said, “You didn’t get votes for your leaders. I told all the MLAs. It was our bishops who made people vote for you simply by gesturing with their eyes. Our brothers from Pentecostal churches went door by door to seek votes for you. I asked Suresh Rajan(ex-MLA) “shall we go house by house and ask people to vote for you?” He said “no father it might prevent us from getting Hindu votes”..and MR.Gandhi won! We thought “okay let’s not spoil their chances” and didn’t go. But who have they given the victory to? MR.Gandhi”.
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Then he talks about MR.Gandhi, BJP MLA who was recently detained for protesting against construction of an illegal church. Fr.George wondered whether those who voted for Gandhi knew his history and went on to say that Gandhi was the mastermind of the 1982 Mandaikadu communal riots. He alleged that Hindu Nadars who converted to Christianity voted for Gandhi thinking let someone from our own community come to power.
He also alleged that Gandhi MLA sought votes from Christians in Kanyakumari introducing himself as a Nadar but called himself a Hindu in Arumanai where Hindus are in majority. He accused a businessman Balan, who allegedly earned money during DMK rule in the past, of hatching a conspiracy to ensure the success of Gandhi. He made fun of MR.Gandhi’s appearance and attire as well.
Gandhi doesn’t wear footwear as he feels it’s disrespectful to stomp on Bharat Mata with chappals. His simplicity wearing white kurtas only and travelling on foot earned him much respect and paved the way for his victory. The pastor, it appears, couldn’t digest his and BJP’s victory. But to show his hatred toward the party and individual he insulted Bharat which shows where his allegiance lies.
He said, “Gandhi isn’t wearing chappals saying Bharat Mata should not be stomped on. But we wear shoes because we don’t want the impurities in Bharat Mata to stain us. TN government distributes free chappals so that we don’t get scabies from Bhooma Devi. Bhooma Devi is a dangerous person. You’ll get scabies and psoriasis from her. That’s why you should wear chappals.
He spoke of naxal sympathiser Stanislaus Lourdusamy who was arrested by NIA for his anti-national activities and passed away in the jail recently. He said that Lourdusamy will receive the Nobel prize as even the UN has condemned Modi and advised one of his laity to name his son after Stan Samy. He also said that the UN’s condemnation was like other countries spitting on Modi and Amit Shah. He mocked both of them saying “does anyone even name a dog after Modi or Amit Shah? Has any BJP member named his child after Modi or Shah? Has any RSS member done so? They are ugly names”
“But we will name our children after Stan Samy. He will not die but continue to live(through them)”. He didn’t stop at that and dared the Hindu community saying, “You cannot even pluck a single hair from us”. He further talked about how their numbers have grown in Kanyakumari from 42% to 62% and are in majority now. “We’ll grow to 70% in a few days and we will continue to grow. You cannot stop us. I want to issue this as a warning to our Hindu brethren”, he said.
He said that they are not afraid of BJP or RSS and that they cannot do anything to stop them. He expressed his worry about the government officials and said that even though IAS, IPS officers in the district have knowledge they don’t have intelligence. He degraded the officers saying they don’t have any sense as they seal illegal churches based on Hindu outfits’ complaints. He also boasted that he mocked an RTO saying he is more educated than her because he learnt English in America and Canada and insulted the local RSS man for not knowing English as well.
He didn’t leave the much abused Brahmins either. He derided the archakas of Hindu temples saying “Don’t think pastors are just like those pujaris who ring the bell. We are well educated. Stan Samy was a researcher and professor”. He also accused the government of doing injustice to Stan Samy by handcuffing him and cursed Modi and Shah saying, “Modi’s last days will be pitiable. If it is true that the god we worship is alive, then history will see Modi and Shah’s corpses being feasted on by dogs and maggots”.
The speech, even though mainly aimed at Hindus, BJP and RSS, has drawn the ire of Dravidianists as well. Even as the DMK government is trying to change their anti-Hindu image by indulging in symbolism, pastor George’s speech has laid bare DMK’s and minorities’ real nature and agenda. The pastor has now been arrested and booked under 7 sections of IPC for disturbing communal harmony and peace.
After making tall claims about himself and the Christian community he went into hiding in fear of being arrested. However he was arrested by Madurai police while he was trying to flee to Chennai.
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