Kerala: Christian outfit with anti-Muslim leanings to participate in Hindu conclave

A CHRISTIAN organisation, which has been at the forefront of tapping into anti-Muslim sentiments among Christians in Kerala, will take part in the 10th Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan, which starts here on Wednesday.

The Christian Association and Alliance for Social Action (CASA) will take part in a debate on “Love Jihad, Land Jihad and Halal Food” at the pro-Sangh Parivar event.

President of Hindu Dharma Parishad, M Gopal, said it was the first time that a Christian group would participate in the Hindu Maha Sammelan. “We had Christians attending the event in the past. But this is the first time a Christian outfit has attended the event,” he said. “The current situation in Kerala demands that Hindus and Christians remain united. There are common issues that both communities face, such as the jihad of love and the jihad of land.

“Both communities face the same crisis situations. Islamic terrorism confronts both communities,” Gopal said.

He denied any political agenda behind bringing Christian attire for the Hindu conclave.

CASA State Chairman Kevin Peter has confirmed that he will attend the Hindu Youth Conclave, which will be held as part of the five-day event.

Like Sangh Parivar outfits, CASA campaigned to boycott halal food in Kerala. In addition, he recently mobilized supporters in the village of Kodenchery, Kozhikode district, to protest against the inter-religious marriage of a local CPI(M) leader – a Muslim – with a Catholic nurse.

The Hindu conclave will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, who directed ‘The Kashmir Files’, will be the main guest at the event, which is sponsored by former Mizoram governor and BJP leader Kummanam Rajesekharan. Union Minister V Muraleedharan, RSS Leaders J Nandakumar and Valsan Thillankeri and VHP State Chairman Viji Thampi will participate in various sessions during the event.

“Left and Islamic historians have distorted the history of the state. We want to put the story in the right perspective. The conclave would make efforts in this direction,” Gopal said.

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