Kerala, a progressive and liberal society, has been hit by controversy with dangerous portents. Recently, Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt set the cat among the pigeons when he claimed that a new method to convert non-Muslims called “narcotics jihad” was going on in the state. While this statement created a political furore with the BJP supporting the bishop, it is also a social issue that will destroy the harmony of the state.
The Bishop said there were two types of jihad—love jihad and narcotics jihad. “The narcotic jihad is the activity of spoiling the life of non-Muslims, particularly youths, by making them addicted to drugs,” the bishop alleged. “Various types of drugs are being used in ice-cream parlours, hotels and juice corners run by hardcore jihadis. They are using various types of drugs as a weapon to spoil non-Muslims.”
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