Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, has called for putting the interest of the nation before narrow political considerations.
Inaugurating the public meeting organized as part of the Feast of Nativity of St. Mary (Ettunombu) at St. Mary�s Jacobite Syrian orthodox Cathedral at Manarcadu near Kottayam, Dr. Tharoor said he would like to make an amendment to the call made by Sree Narayana Guru and said �Rashtreeyam Ethayalum Rashtram Nannayaal Mathi.�
In addition to the religious and spiritual role, the church was also fulfilling the duty in the social sector, he pointed out and said it was heartening to note that the church did not bring the issue of faith when it comes to extending assistance to the needy.
Lauding the efforts of Christian community in maintaining social amity, Union Minister said Kerala is at the forefront in promoting religious harmony. Dr. Tharoor said people should live together by avoiding communal rivalry. The state has a unique position in promoting religious harmony, he said.
Various religions have come to the coast of Kerala and thrived here without indulging in violence; he pointed out and said the heritage of the society was still being kept alive.
His Eminence Paulos Mor Irenios of Kozhikode diocese presided. Jose K. Mani MP distributed the keys to the eleven houses constructed by the church for the needy. Kerala legislative assembly speaker Sri. K. Radhakrishnan, opposition leader Sri Oomman Chandy, MLA Mons Joseph, MLA V. Vasavan, E. T. Kuriakose Core Episcopa and others spoke on the occasion.
SOCM News Bureau - Kottayam