After objections, NGO changes poster for Yoga Day event

20 Jun 2015
Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
HT Correspondent htmetro@hindustantimes.com

After objections, NGO changes poster for Yoga Day event
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MUMBAI: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has decided to remove photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar from its posters for a Yoga Day programme, after objections by some members of the Catholic community.

The NGO Kripa Foundation’s posters, which were put up a few days ago, featured the photos of the PM and defence minister Parrikar, along with MP Shripad Nair, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and MLA Ashish Shelar.

“We will remove the faces of Modi and Parrikar,” said Fr Joe Pereira, foundation’s promoter.

He, however, maintained that the move came about not because of external pressure, but simply because Modi and Parrikar, who were to attend the event, would not be able to make it.

The yo g a pro g ramme is scheduled for June 23 at St Andrews Auditorium in Bandra.

Last week, some parishioners had written to the Archdiocese of Bombay, objecting to the programme for its alleged political leaning.

Vincy Nazareth, a Mahim church parishioner and Michael Prabhu, who heads a one-man ministry called Metamorphose in Chennai, were among those who objected.

Bishop Agnelo Gracias, vicar-general of the Archdiocese, said, “Although we feel that the opposition to yoga is not justified, we have decided to change the poster.”

Nazareth said,“We will continue our protest against the practice of yoga being nonChristian and promoted by an NGO that works under the Archdiocese.”

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3 Responses to After objections, NGO changes poster for Yoga Day event

  1. The administration of the catholic church is like a weather cock. You may recall May 2014, when our Cardinal oswald Gracias pledged the catholic community support to the UPA. When that Govt fell like a pack of cards, he changed his true and begin to sing the tag line of “good governance”.
    Dont expect much from The church or the church supported NGO. Its all about money and money.

  2. Ralph Coelho says:

    It is scandalous that senior clergymen do not understand that yoga originated in Hinduism as part of an exercise to enable human person to experience a fleeting union with God. Proper participation requires one to incorporate all ones senses into the process (it is not just a physical expression of intent).
    Those Catha’s who are aware of the intention behind the GIRM of 1965 would understand what it means to fully participate. One can of course modify the incorporation of the senses, particularly thought, and run a possible result of doing it wrong and being spiritually harmed.
    Those who have doubts might read the notification about Fr. Tony D’Mello who introduced what were called Eastern Religion Concepts to deepen religious experience of Catholics.

  3. Pingback: Catholic priest plans yoga event, sparks debate | EPHESIANS-511.NET- A Roman Catholic Ministry Exposing Errors in the Indian Church

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