ITANAGAR, FEB 10: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today hailed the Christian community of the state for the contributions made in molding the society and professing peace and communal harmony, the basic necessities for all round development of the state.
Attending the 7th General Conference cum Election of the Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) at Christian Revival Church (CRC), Papunallah here, Khandu specifically lauded the Forum for leading from the front and being the torch bearers of the Christian community that forms a major chunk of the state’s population.
“I have personally known and have been following the leaders of ACF and its activities. Over the years I have seen that its leaders are mature, decent and disciplined as true Christians and their active involvement in day to day life of the people in general and the society in particular has been of immense impact. As I congratulate the would-be new leaders of the Forum, I also congratulate the outgoing leaders for their stupendous performance while in chair,” Khandu said.
He expressed optimum faith that the Forum under the new leadership would continue the legacy of their predecessors and spread the message of Christ, which is love, peace, harmony and religious tolerance.
Khandu also praised the Churches of various denominations that have presence in the state saying the role of Churches in evolution of a matured society is immeasurable. He appealed Church leaders as well as all religious leaders to preach good values of life in making a better individual as their followers have utter faith on them and would never go against their teachings. He specifically highlighted the influence of Churches that can be utilized efficiently to defeat corrupt practices in life, governance and politics.
“Churches should take lead in the fight against corruption that roots up from electoral politics based on money culture. If involvement of money in elections can be rooted out, corruption will fade out eventually. If Churches preach believers to desist from money laundering in elections, the first war in the battle against corruption would be won,” Khandu asserted.
Khandu also advised all religious bodies not to confuse between religion and politics, which he asserted should be kept away from each other.The Chief Minister reiterated that the state government is committed to the welfare and development of each and every community of the state irrespective of their religious affiliations. Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was also present on the occasion besides several leaders from the community and Churches.