20 Jun 2015
Hindustan Times (Mumbai)
HT Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
After objections, NGO changes poster for Yoga Day event
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.”