Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (CHRO) complaint to Kerala Chief Minister on threat to well-known Writer, Paul Zacharia, from followers of Mata Amrithanandamayi.
January 08, 2003
To : Mr. A. K. Antony
Chief Minister of Kerala
Dear Mr. Antony :
Sub.: Threat to Writer Paul Zacharia from followers of Mata Amrithanandamayi
We draw your attention to the threat wielded against Paul Zacharia, well-known writer and journalist, by the followers of Matha Amrithanandamayi. A campaign has been launched against him by the inmates of Amrithapuri, the HQ of her operations in Kerala, through their website :
For example, initiating the hate campaign, one of the "Ashram" inmates, Amritswarup, wrote in the website : "The venomous mind of Zackaria has been pouring forth poison through his pen for quite some time now. He has crossed the lines of all decency. It is high time to respond to this evil minded writer befittingly. Amma’s children should spring to action now. He considers our silence as weakness. We should not let this extremely wicked person harass our most Beloved Amma who has offered Herself to the world. COME ON…….LET US DO IT NOW….GATHER AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN…STOP KEEPING QUIET TO THIS ADHARMIC PERSON…"
You can find in the website more such unholy messages from the holy men and women of this holy place!
Not only Zacharia, but also people like Dr. K. N. Panicker, Vice-Chancellor of Sanskrit University, and Ms. Kamala Surayya, whom your Government bestowed the much prestigious Ezhuthachan Award on January 01, 2003, are undergoing various threat perceptions in Kerala, for adopting firm stands much to the dislike and chagrin of Sangh Parivar. Please click the following link to read the article, "A saffron offensive", by R. Krishnakumar in Frontline (Volume 19 – Issue 24, November 23 – December 06, 2002) : http://www.flonnet.com/fl1924/stories/20021206002504900.htm
The very introduction to the article says : "The Sangh Parivar’s media offensive against secular writers and intellectuals in Kerala reflects the growing stridency and influence of communal voices
within the State."
Recently, as ardent devotees of Matha Amrithanandamayi, you and other dignitaries like Union Minister O. Rajagopal, Senior Congress leader K. Karunakaran, your Cabinet Member T. M. Jacob, etc., called upon her to receive her blessings at Thiruvananthapuram on January 04, 2003. Since such a widely publicized high profile "holy" exercise took place amidst the threatening hate campaign launched by her devotees against Zacharia, we are aghast and concerned as to what
message it renders to the general public in Kerala.
However, we wish to remind you being Chief Minister of the State, as well as the Minister controlling Home (police) portfolio, that it is your Constitutional obligation to safeguard the life and property of all citizens of the State. In the present instance of open threat perceptions to Zacharia emanating from the followers of Matha Amrithanandamayi and other powerful Hindutva forces, we urge you that your personal devotion to her should not stand in the way of executing your Constitutional obligations. Similar to your right to remain as a devotee of Matha Amrithanadamayi, people like Zacharia and others also have undeniable, undeterred and unfettered rights to
freely express as well as disseminate their views and opinions. May we also remind that it is you who are duty bound to protect these basic rights of all citizens?
We request you, as Chief Minister, to treat this issue with utmost seriousness it calls for and to initiate stern urgent measures so as to nip the ongoing Sangh Parivar schemes of Gujaratisation of Kerala in its very bud.
Let future history not record that the steady process of Gujaratisation of Kerala by Sangh Parivar was paved during your present ruling period.
Awaiting all positive steps from you,
Mukundan C. Menon
Secretary General (CHRO)
Dr. Abdul Salam
Mukundan C. Menon
3, Rams’ Cottage Ambalathumukku Pettah
Thiruvananthapuram-695 024 (Phone: 0471-476262)