Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M state secretary
Pinarayi Vijayan today came down heavily on the management of
the Church-run Newman College in Thodupuzha for dismissal of
lecturer T J Joseph, whose hand was chopped allegedly by PFI
activists in the wake of a question paper controversy.
The stand of the Church on the issue amounted to giving
credence to the brutal attack on the lecturer by the radical
outfit, Vijayan said at a seminar organised by Students
Federation of India here.
"The Church`s position in the case is extremely
dangerous. By taking action against the lecturer, the Church
has virtually elevated radicals as the representative of
Islamic faith," Vijayan said.
This also appeared to be part of the Church`s move to
interfere in politics which would only create divisions in the
society, he said.
The CPI-M leader said the attack on the lecturer was
condemned by all. Despite this, he was removed from service by
the management, which was highly deplorable.
When religious establishments meddle in politics, its
consequences would be dangerous, he added.