Mar Joseph Pamplany | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Kannur: Thalassery Archdiocese Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany has kindled a fresh controversy with his latest remarks over political martyrdom. Pamplany opined that there are political martyrs who died when they went into unnecessary quarrels. They might also include those who have slipped from a bridge while fleeing in fear of the police, he said.
Pamplany claimed that the 12 apostles of Jesus fared better than political martyrs.
He was speaking at an event organised under Kerala Catholic Youth Movement (KCYM) Cherupuzha and Thomapuram Forane on Saturday evening.
Pamplany said that the apostles had dedicated their lives to the welfare of others and they are the real martyrs. Following this only, he compared the apostles to the people who died for political causes.
KCYM Thalassery Archdiocese president Chinju Vattapara presided over the event in which Rajmohan Unnithan MP was the chief guest.
Mar Joseph Pamplany’s statement favouring BJP and the central government had grabbed headlines recently. In March, Pamplany had assured to extend support to BJP if the union government raises the price of rubber to Rs 300.
Many consider Pamplany's remarks on political martyrdom as a veiled attack on political parties in the state.