Mumbai, Dec 21: The Indian Christian Voice on Monday protested what it terms “a deliberate insult” to the Christians by apex trade body Assocham that failed to include any speaker from the community for its two-day semir opening in New Delhi on Tuesday.
ICV President Abraham Mathai claimed that the business body invited delegates of all religions — except Christianity — to address its semir on ‘Sach Bharat.’
He pointed out that as per media advertisements, Assocham has invited Home Minister Rajth Singh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and religious leaders from various communities for its meet.
“While Assocham did not consider it prudent to invite any Christian religious leader, ICV reminds them that the world owes a lot to the Christian faith. The messages of speaking the truth always and non-violence, as propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, were first spoken by Jesus Christ,” Mathai observed.
He wondered how Assocham could host the event titled ‘Sach Bharat’ when the faith which stresses on truth at all times is not even invited for the gathering.
The ICV is particularly irked by the fact that several central ministers are attending the event, but none of them bothered to check the guest list and find out that representation of Christians at the semir is nil. (IANS)