PM Meets Two Warring Kerala-Based Syrian Church Groups Over Century-Old Dispute

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PM Meets Two Warring Kerala-Based Syrian Church Groups Over Century-Old Dispute

PM Modi met the 2 warring Church teams over two days (File)

Kochi, Kerala:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately held discussions with representatives of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in New Delhi in an try and resolve the century-old dispute between two Kerala primarily based Syrian church teams.

He met three senior clergymen of the church at his workplace, a day after discussions with representatives of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.

The 2 church teams issued separate statements immediately, hailing their assembly with PM Modi as “cordial and fruitful”.

The feud between the 2 factions intensified following the implementation of a 2017 Supreme Court docket order, granting the Orthodox faction possession of over 1,000 church buildings and properties connected to them.

Following their separate conferences with the PM over two days, representatives of the 2 teams met at Mizoram Bhawan in New Delhi for the lunch hosted by Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai, who organized their conferences with PM Modi.

The Jacobite faction stated their delegates drew the eye of PM Modi to the “denial of spiritual freedom, freedom of worship and justice that the Jacobite Syrian Church is present process” and sought his intervention to finish the dispute.

In its assertion, they described the Orthodox faction as a “dissident group” who separated from them and had been “creating points by misusing” a 2017 prime courtroom order in a church dispute case.

“The devoted of the Jacobite Church are evicted from their church buildings and even denied burial rights of their cemeteries,” they stated. It stated that disputes, particularly associated to religion, can’t be resolved by means of countless litigation and there ought to be different means to search out options to the problems.

“The Hon’ble Prime Minister’s involvement is efficacious”, the Jacobite faction stated within the assertion.

The Church stated their delegation appealed to PM Modi to “intervene to guard” their “constitutional and basic rights”.

“Additionally making certain the democratic rights of believers of this historical church in India, particularly Jacobite Syrian Christian Church, is required”, the assertion stated.

The Jacobite church stated PM Modi fastidiously listened to their grievances and guaranteed he would do his greatest for an amicable answer.


“Hon’ble Prime Minister Modiji himself is an individual who all the time cares for the marginalised. We really feel immediately’s conferences had been a step in the proper course”, the assertion added.

The Orthodox faction stated a key issue introduced earlier than the PM was the July 3 2017 Supreme Court docket choice, which decided that there ought to be a united church, primarily based on the 1934 structure of the Malankara Orthodox Church.

As a public belief, there couldn’t be a division or separation of church buildings inside the church, it stated in a press release.

The Orthodox faction stated the prime minister gave a affected person listening to to numerous points, and whereas conscious of the traditional origins of the Malankara Orthodox Church, expressed hope {that a} reconciliation method ought to be labored out on the idea of the Supreme Court docket judgement.

Hw additionally expressed his honest dedication to make sure that there’s a bigger peace and brotherhood among the many devoted, the Orthodox faction stated.

Earlier, the CPI(M)-led LDF authorities had tried to mediate between the factions to finish their feud over the administration of 1,000- odd parishes.

The hassle by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to cobble collectively a peace method acceptable to either side didn’t yield outcomes because of the raging feud between two factions.

Whereas the Orthodox faction caught to their demand that the 2017 Supreme Court docket order should be carried out, the Jacobite faction alleged that the opposite group was “misinterpreting” the order and “taking up” their church buildings unethically.

The protests by each the teams have usually resulted in regulation order points in a number of parishes within the state.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)


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