BLACK DAY observed in CHENNAI (INM)  by Fr. Jeffrey Gladstone SDB
    Chennai, Aug. 12. 2017 August 10, marks a particularly sad day for Dalits. On this day 67 years ago, a presidential order was signed by India`s first president, Rajendra Prasad, that stated, ``no person who professes a religion different from the Hindu religion shall be deemed to be a member of a Scheduled Caste.`` Dalit Christians and Muslims have come to view this day as a ``Black Day`` because of this presidential order.
    The Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore had the Black Day observance at the strategic Kumananchavady Bus junction, Poonamallee between 3 pm to 6 pm wherein a few hundred people, nuns and priests had gathered from various parishes of the diocese. It was organized by the SC/ST commission of the Madras-Mylapore diocese headed by Fr. Maria John Bosco. The Vicar General of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Arulraj, presided over the meeting along with many other prominent speaker representatives from different walks of life. The speakers reiterated the enormous loss in terms of education, life promotion, job procurement and economic development that the Dalit Christians have incurred in these 67 years due to this partisan legislation and demanded a prompt action to reverse the situation. The voices is becoming louder and louder as years go by, hoping that the ruling government will turn these voices into victory hymnals by vetoing the existing dehumanizing paragraph in the constitution that deprives the Dalit Christians of their basic privileges.
    Posted by MATTHEWS Dominic