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The union president and the vice-president M. E. Menezes and John Dayal, state president and secretary S. Anthony and James Sylvester, along with others told presspersons that the incident might aggravate the communal tension in the country and called for greater vigilance so that no group, no matter what its political and religious affiliations were, could carry out violence in defiance of the law.
The leaders appreciated the "correct and timely steps'' taken by the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, to deal with the situation.
The resolutions adopted by the meeting stated that the National Commission on Review of the Constitution, headed by the former Chief Justice, M. Venkatachaliah, had been silent on minority rights in all the 22 papers released by it so far, and demanded that the report of the commission, being submitted to the Government around March 12, be made public. They wanted an assurance from the Central and State Governments that the Constitutional provisions, especially those relating to educational institutions, not be diluted.
The meeting sought the removal of N. S. Rajaram, author of "Christianity's Scramble for India,'' from the Indian Council of Historical Research through which certain textbooks were being rewritten alleging that he was a known "baiter'' of Christianity and poured his bile on the beliefs of the faith, Mother Mary, Jesus Christ and Mother Teresa. His appointment, they said, would put a seal of approval on his "blasphemous hate-mongering''.
The meeting also demanded SC status to SC Christian converts because an unequal Dalit should not be discriminated against solely on the basis of religion.
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