03/11/2013, 00.00
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India, images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary photo-shopped to attack "Italian" Gandhis

by Nirmala Carvalho
The faces are those of Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia (President of the Congress), alongside a photo of a group of Hindu nationalists. The image appeared on the Facebook page of a group that glorifies hatred against the ruling party.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Jesus and the Virgin Mary depicted - respectively - with the faces of Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, and a caption that reads "Italian scam". The photo-shopped image appeared on the Facebook page of the "All India Congress Haters Association", alongside a photo of a group of Hindutva supporters (a sectarian ideology that promotes a Hindus state, ed), surmounted by the words "ohm Indians "(The ohm is a sacred mantra in Hinduism, ed.) For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), it is an "act of desecration that wounds, especially at this time of Lent."

According to Sajan George, president of the GCIC, "This is the height of perversion, certainly not becoming the people of this great nation or members of any religion worth its name, using sacred pictures and symbols to settle political scores, whatever the extent of hatred with which they are filled with".

"The whole Christian community - he said - is upset by this gesture and together with the GCIC ask the central government and the state governments to take the necessary measures to stop these unscrupulous gestures, and to find out who is behind them. Similar actions can threaten harmony within the community. "


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