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Christian groups back away from activist
Anna Hazare castigated for apparent support of politician thought to be one of the most corruptAnna Hazare (sitting left)
- ucanews.com reporter, Ahmedabad
- April 14, 2011
Church leaders, who had extended their support to Hazare n his campaign for special legislation to fight corruption, criticized him after he praised Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for development work in the state and urged other chief ministers to emulate him.
Modi is largely held responsible for the anti-Muslim riots of 2002 in which around 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.
â€śHazare has defocused the whole battle of corruption by highlighting Modiâ€™s Gujarat where corruption has become endemic,â€ť said Jesuit human rights activist Father Cedric Prakash.
Father Prakash, who directs the NGO Prashant (tranquility), was the only Christian leader from Gujarat to have participated in Hazareâ€™s fast and sit-in at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
He said: â€śIt is very disappointing for Hazare to have praised Modi."
Father Joseph Appavoo, who directs Kheda Social Service Society, said â€śHazareâ€™s interest in checking corruption seems doubtful with his praise of Modi, a non-believer in democracy and involved in violation of human rightsâ€™â€™.
Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao of Delhi, said â€śBeing one of the founders of the movement against corruption, I reiterate my commitment to fight against it but in the same breath I would also like to alert the masses against the poison of communism tooâ€ť
Well-known dancer and human rights activist Mallika Sarabhai, who also supported Hazareâ€™s campaign, threatened to distance herself from him.
She said there has been little rural development under Modi and the state witnessed maximum corruption under him, such as million dollar scams in projects related to water conservation, dam construction and fisheries.