Mangalore, Jun 18 : Christian NGOs like the Catholic Secular Forum, All India Catholic Union, Christian Yuva Manch of Maharashtra, Maharashtra Christian Youth Forum, Indian Christian Congress, Association of Concerned Catholics, Konkani Sabha have appealed to all political parties to consider a Christian as Vice President of the country.
In an online petition to all political parties, over a thousand persons including Bishops, priests, laity, nuns, NGOs, NRIs etc have appealed to consider a Christian for VP in view of the singular contributions of the community to the nation.
Joseph Dias, general secretary, Catholic Secular Forum, who created the online petition said: Never in the history of independent India has a Christian become Vice President. There are many Christians, who are equally or better qualified, but ignored and the service of the community has not been recognized with constitutional positions.
Pointing out that top Constitutional posts have eluded Christians in the last seven decades, Dias said prominent among Christians, who could be recommended are Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva, former union minister Oscar Fernandes, Justice Michael Saldanha, former top cop HT Sangliana, etc.
He said Christian NGOs plan to represent their case with the heads of all political parties and governments, presenting memorandums, as Indian Christians are increasingly feeling alienated from the national mainstream and seem to be destined to remain on the periphery, unless no corrective action is taken.