Kummanam Rajasekharan is anti- secular; Protest Erupts on his appointment in Mizoram

A day after former Kerala BJP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan was sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram, People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), the anti-corruption watchdog turned political party on Wednesday asked him to leave Mizoram “as there is apprehension” over his alleged anti-secular activities in his home state Kerala.

PRISM on Wednesday wrote to Mizoram Kohran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 13 major churches in Mizoram, all political parties and civil society organizations appealing them to oppose Rajasekharan, whom PRISM dubbed as an anti-secular governor, “to ensure freedom of religion in the State”. PRISM also asked them to take measures to make the Governor leave Mizoram at the earliest.

In its letter of appeal, PRISM alleged that Rajasekharan is well known for his anti-secularism that goes against the Constitution of India.

The letter stated, “He (Rajasekharan) has been a hard core member of RSS, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Hindu Aikya Vedi, well known for his anti-Christian missionaries and Christians activities”.

PRISM also alleged that Rajasekharan was the general convener of Nilakkal Action Council and was “directly instrumental” in the Nilakkal Hindu-Christian conflict of 1983. The party further claimed that the newly inducted Governor was one of the key accused in the assault case of American Christian missionary Joseph Cooper and was actively involved in an attempt to drive out about 50 Christian missionaries from Kerala in 2003.

“Taking exception to former Kerala chief secretary Thomson’s speech on evangelization on the occasion of bicentenary celebration of Malankara Orthodox Church in 2015, Rajasekharan also asked the State Governor to take action against the Chief Secretary, which clearly shows his ant-Christian feeling,” PRISM alleged.

Rajasekharan was sworn in as the Governor of Mizoram on Tuesday.

The new Governor had earlier told media that he was inspired to come to Mizoram and take a golden opportunity to serve the State as Governor. “I will try my level best for the welfare and well being of the people of Mizoram. My main mission is to develop the State, promote education, trade and commerce besides agriculture,” he had said on Wednesday.

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