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'Rashtrabhakti' drove us to help people of all faiths: PM Modi


Ahmedabad, Dec 4 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said "rashtrabhakti" motivated him and his government to help people of various faiths, including Christians, and dubbed as "fatwa" a letter issued by Gandhinagar archbishop.

The prime minister was referring to the letter issued last month by Thomas Macwan, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, in which he had appealed to Christians to pray to save the country from "nationalist forces".

"I was shocked to see a religious person releasing a 'fatwa' (diktat) saying uproot the nationalist forces. It is 'Rashtrabhakti' (nationalism) that guides us to help every Indian in any part of the world," Modi said.

The prime minister was speaking at a gathering after inaugurating a hospital on the campus of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratisthanam (SGVP).

He said it was a "matter of concern" if some people are opposing such values.

The priest had also said that "democratic fabric" of the country was at stake amidst growing "sense of insecurity" among minorities, which was viewed as a jibe at the ruling BJP.

Modi said his government had saved and rescued people of different faiths irrespective of their religion.

He also listed several examples wherein the central government had brought back Christian missionaries as well as nurses stranded in conflict zones across the world.

"Along with Indians, we have rescued citizens of almost 40 countries from Yemen, as they were stranded there due to war. We did not see their religion or language they speak. It was our nationalism and humanitarian values which guided us," the prime minister said.

Modi said he was raising the issue of nationalism because some people have challenged it.

"Our nurses from Kerala, mostly Christians, were stranded in Iraq. They were in the custody of terrorists. Can the prime minister or any citizen of India sleep in such situation, when our daughters are in custody of terrorists?" he asked.

In 2014, a total of 46 Indian nurses, who were held captive by the Islamic State militants in Iraq for about a month, were evacuated after the successful intervention by the Union government.

The prime minister also recalled how his government used "all resources" to bring back Keralite priest Tom Uzhunnalil who was freed after being kept in captivity suspectedly by the ISIS for 18 months in strife-torn Yemen.

"Father Tom (Uzhunnalil), also a Keralite, was abducted by terrorists in Yemen last year. He went there to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Again, we have employed all our resources to bring him back, as he is the son of this country. We successfully brought him back a few months back," the prime minister said.

He also gave the example of Father Alexis Prem Kumar who was rescued from the Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.

"Another Christian, Judith D'Souza of West Bengal, was kidnapped in Afghanistan. We applied every trick in the book and brought her back alive, that too from the clutches of terrorists. We were able to do all these humanitarian work because of our rashtrabhakti," he said.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    It is Rashtrabhakti that made Mr. Modi land in Hardwar in Uttarakhand and fly with 15,000 Gujaratis during the recent natural calamity in the above place of pilgrimage.

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  • Indian, Sharjah

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    What a joke? When the minorities were killed in the name of religion, where his deshbhakti was hiding? Why he was so dumb that he did not utter a word against such goons.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Let me remind blind Modi that Archbishop is a citizen of India first, and has all the right to exercise his fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

    Any one infringes the rights of fellow citizens himself is a traitor in the first place.

    Archbishop didn't say vote for this party or that party. He has cautioned against the nation falling into oblivion, which is tragic.

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Ok, would you be gracious enough to Accord the same fundamental right to speech to Modi? Arch Bishop said what he felt, Modi said what he felt. Leave it at that, because this is all elections gimmick just like our newly crowned janeu dhari who is on temple spree in Gujarat and not uttering a word about 2002 while last 15 all they did was harp on 2002. Time time ki baat. Now, there is nothing wrong in Wondering why nationalists are to be defeated when being nationalistic and putting nation first is a matter of pride.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    stop EVM in voting process and your Rastrabkakti will be exposed !!!

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    How does Bishop's call to uproot nationalist forces is hurting BJP when Archbishop never mentioned any party or organization's name ? Why did not it hurt any other political party ? It means their conscience knows what they are doing. Is it wrong for a leader to guide his followers without mentioning any party's name ? Bishop may be referring to some other party as well. Why BJP has to conclude that Archbishop is referring BJP ? Kallana manssu hullullage ? I would like to ask Modiji to give a single instance how they have helped Christians ? Christians apart, can he give an instance where they have helped dalits (Hindus) ? My dear sir, Rashtrabhakti is not lynching fellow Indian but building akhand bharat taking along every Indian irrespective of their religion and faith.

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  • Aravind, Blr

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Where did he say it is hurting BJP? BJP will win irrespective. He is only saying rashtrabhakti is his guiding force to serve people and that so many Indians irrespective of religion were rescued from conflict regions. Don't put words in his mouth ...he he he

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Who wants to put words in his mouth ? His mouth is full of fake words and fake promises.

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  • Fr Victor Machado, Mangalore/Tanzania

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    It is surprising that such a hue and cry is made about the letter issued by the Archbishop. The Bishops usuallly issue regular ciruculars to their devotees guiding them over various topics including their responsibility towards the nation. The Christians have no objection to this and this does not take away their freedom to vote for any party that they want. The letter issued by the Archbishop creates some confusion with regard to the word "nationalists" which refers to fanatics and not those who belong to any party. Fanatics may be there in any party or they could be even contest polls as independents. The Bishop in his interview has clarified his position saying that he did not refer to any party. The negative reactions to the letter create the impression whether we have lost the right to express our veiews. Let us not meddle in troubled waters but try to see things in proper perspective.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    By the way, any guess how much Congress will win in Himachal?
    Don't forget, people have already cast their votes there.

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mahesh,

    In Ghorakpur, one independent candidate yesterday said she voted for herself but the party registered 0 votes. Where might hers and of those who voted for her may have gone ? Electronic era introduced by BJP has come with some inbuilt default system. Can't be any other explanation.

    Therefore, whether Himachal voting is over, or not, results out or not, you can start celebrating.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mahesh, I am sure Congress will get big zero. As we have seen earlier how the EVMs are tampered and all votes goes to only one 'Rashtrabhakti' party. Google and see 19 EC members along with governor of MP is suspended for tampering EVMs. Kursi ke liye vote chori ?

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    There's talk and there's proof.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Defenetly the FAM is much more proactive in the NDA govt.
    No doubts about it.
    Sikulars may feel ashamed to admit it though.

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Rashtrabhakti party claims it can get all votes from majority religious followers and doesn't even need a single vote from others!!

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Not a single day passes without hearing lies after lies from the man who tries to take credit at the expense of the poor, people of various faiths, political view, freedom of speech and religion in India.

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  • Chetan, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    To prove his point, he can quote many more examples like how he served tea to a Muslim/Christian/dalit without taking money; left his seat to an elderly Muslim/Christian/dalit while travelling ; helped with his umbrella a Muslim/Christian/dalit when it was raining, so on & so forth.
    Wah...PM...wah, great memory....

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    How about we talk this in Dec 18th?

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mahesh, why wait till Dec. 18th ? Let us celebrate now itself. Results are out. BJP won. EVMs are great. Chori....chori aur chori.

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  • Clifford Fernandes, Toronto

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Supporters of Godse who killed the Mahatma are preaching the nation lessons of nationalism!! Narendra Modi and his boss in Nagpur who pull the strings of this government have brought more communalism, more chaos, more blood letting .. All in the name of nationalism! Everyone is not fool as you think !

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    u da prime minister is a shame 2 indians. lynching, cow governance, peeping in my kitchen, making compulsory 2 work on national holidays christmas & good friday. in demonetisation & g.s.t. u looted indians. i am a rastrabhakti man. i don't support u & rss backed bjp.

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  • Vantage Point, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    But Rashtrabakti of BJP is Hindutva bakti....Anyone not subscribing to it is anti national by default
    Time to differentiate between Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism

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  • Zuhair, Udupi/Muscat

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Father Tom was rescued after Oman King sultan Qaboos negotiated with Yemeni officials after the request of Pope from Vatican. If we can remember Father Tom first landed in Muscat after release then left to Vatican to thank Pope. Then he returned to India. Indian govt cannot claim it as their achievement.

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Rashtra bhakti helped him to secure Google certificate in ...... congrats

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  • Jayaram, Kinnigoli

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    But the problem with you that you remember "Rashtra Bhakthi " Only during elections.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Rastrabhakti, temple, church, mosque and dargha visits only during election time...

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    When people of all faiths are in mind, the government doesn't go about imposing nationwide beef ban. It encourages people who believe in gau-worship to buy more cows, look after them. Than sending their unemployed young men after those who transport cattle sold by those in need of doing so.

    Go out and call on unemployed youth to work in gau-shaalas (if they don't want to keep a cow at home) thus serve the gau-maatha. Check how many loyal Hindu unemployed youth will listen to you ! None !

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Everything is happening under his nose still he is acting as protector, playing sentiment games on people ,
    Archbishop never said you vote for this party and that party it is the choice of an individual,

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Can not help it .....the blood is full of lies and cheating wife ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Now we can eat whatever we want ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    No beef haan..

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    I heard someone saying "those who are not with BJP are anti national s" ?
    Those who are not with BJP should go to Pakistan ?

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    joke of the century

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Do you have the guts to say - 'Eat whatever you Want' ...

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