AN OPEN LETTER TO FATHER AMBROSE PINTO
Dear Father Ambrose Pinto,
It is intriguing that you have been selected by the BJP government in Karnataka as a recipient of this year’s Rajyotsava Award. Hearty congratulations.
But, touch your heart and give me an honest to God answer: Are you worthy of this honour? Can you deny the fact that every time you open your mouth and wield your pen it is only to spew venom on the Hindu community whom you have always termed as Bhraminical? RSS, VHP. Bajarangi Dal and BJP bashing has been your second nature? In addition, you have a soft-corner for anti-national elements, separatists and the Naxalites and their ideologies through your writings and speeches. I am telling you these facts because I have been critically following your writings and activities in the past two decades or more as a freelance journalist.
Needless to add, self-styled Dalit and minority leaders like you have emerged bereft of principles. Our national life has been polluted by the venality of the discredited men like you. You have therefore no moral right to criticize the ‘saffron brigade’.
My only appeal to you, in the name of the Rebel of Nazareth (Jesus of Nazareth), is to refuse to accept the award conferred on you by the ‘Hindu extremist’ BJP government – if you have an iota of that precious quality called self-respect left in you. I pity the ignorance of those who recommended your name for the coveted award.