Sunday, June 20, 2021
Home News Reports Catholic priest Fr Francis D'Britto, who is presiding over this year's Marathi Sahitya Sammelan,...

Catholic priest Fr Francis D’Britto, who is presiding over this year’s Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, skips traditional Granth-Dindi

The Dindi this year was also carrying an idol of goddess Tulajabhavani as the goddess hails from Osmanabad where is Sammelan is being held.

In its 93rd edition, Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan is being held in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad from 10th to 12th of January this year.

This year’s Sahitya Sammelan is being presided over by a Catholic priest, Father Francis D’Britto. A religious priest presiding over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan is unprecedented and came as a surprise to many since most of Fr D’Britto’s work relates to Christian religious ideology.

However, amid all criticism and questions, the Sammelan has kick-started today. Following every year’s tradition, there was a ‘Granth-Dindi’ in the morning prior to the inauguration ceremony. This Dindi is a procession with a Palkhi. Dindi is a tradition peculiar to Maharashtra’s bhakti movement and Sant Parampara. The Palkhi in this Dindi (दिंडी) carries Various books and the constitution of India. The Dindi this year was also carrying an idol of goddess Tulajabhavani as the goddess hails from Osmanabad where is Sammelan is being held.

Every year, the president performs a puja and participates in this Dindi. This year breaking this glorious tradition, Fr D’britto declined to participate in the Dindi citing poor health. Questions are being raised over his absence in the Dindi. People are wondering if he was pressurized by the church to skip this Granth-Dindi.

Amid this controversy, one more incident happened at the Sammelan venue. There are bookstalls of various publications and news agencies at the Sammelan venue. One of the stalls was of Mumbai Tarun Bharat, a  well known Marathi media house. 

A police officer suddenly arrived at Mumbai Tarun Bharat’s stall and tried to take Mr Somesh Kolge, the journalist and web sub-editor of MTB in custody. Mr.Kolge and others present there asked why is he being arrested. The officer said that this is by way of preventive measure and they are taking Mr Kolge in custody for enquiry. After everybody asked questions and the officer failed to give any logical justification, the officer backed down. 


Interestingly, Mumbai Tarun Bharat had earlier asked questions to Fr D’Britto about his stand on forced conversions and various other issues. They had also published an ‘open letter’ to the priest asking him to clarify some issues. This attempt to arrest their journalist seems to have been done with the intention to silence those who ask logical questions. People are hoping that Father D’Britto will give answers to all these questions. People are hoping that he will preside over the Sammelan as a free-thinking writer and not as a catholic priest working to further the church’s agenda. 

Maharashtra’s Mahavikas Aghadi govt must answer why the police are trying to silence the journalists. The govt that supports even the violent student protests must stand up for citizens asking questions without disrupting the peace.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Shriya Gune
Advocate. Currently practising in the Bombay High Court at Mumbai.

Related Articles

Trending now

Pinarayi Vijayan is an accused in 1969 RSS worker killing: Kerala Congress chief K Sudhakaran makes stunning allegation

A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said the newly-coronated Kerala PCC President had once planned to kidnap his children, the Lok Sabha MP from Kannur K Sudhakaran has hit back at him saying that Pinarayi Vijayan was an accused in the murder of Vadikkal Ramakrishnan, an RSS worker killed in 1969 at Thalassery.

AAP leader Ratnesh Mishra exposes Sanjay Singh’s lies on ‘Ram Mandir scam’, calls him anti-Lord Ram. Details

AAP leader Ratnesh Mishra also alleged that he was sent from Delhi to Ayodhya to fan tensions between Hindu saints and BJP leaders and the temple Trust.

‘Made in Germany’ Imams to come up as country launches first Islamic training college, Turkish Muslim group upset

Opposing the move, Milli Görüş a Turkish-Muslim group believes that the training of imams should be "free from external influences, especially political ones.”

Google removes ‘Ghazwa e Hind’ app from play store after uproar

Ghazwa-e-Hind that literally translates to 'holy raid of India', is a common term used by Islamic invaders and terrorists. The term finds its origin in Islamic literature named Hadiths.

Those with more than two kids wont get govt benefits, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma announces adoption of two-child policy

Himanta Biswa Sarma pointed out that families of the tea gardeners, Scheduled Castes, and Scheduled Tribes will be exempted from the policy.

Kerala family threatened for criticising Lakshadweep actor Aisha Sultana on her ‘COVID bioweapon’ remark

The couple revealed that all the calls were made from untraceable telephone exchanges, including one from Bangladesh. Their differently-abled son was also attacked on social media.

Recently Popular

Republic TV issues statement over Arnab Goswami’s disappearance from the news network: Here is what they said

Arnab Goswami was last seen on May 2 during a discussion on West Bengal assembly polls. He will make a return on Monday.

OBC benefits for Muslims: How WB Police’s recruitment drive has exposed how parties found a way to make religious reservations

The drive was meant to fill vacancies in the OBC-A category in the state. The list showed that apart from one or two individuals, all of them were Muslims.

Who is Vishal Jood? An Indian national arrested for taking on Khalistani extremists in Australia

Vishal Jood, the 24 yar old from Haryana, has been languishing in a jail in the down in the country for two months now.

TISS research paper calls Kashmir ‘India occupied’, blames Indian Army for domestic violence in Kashmiri society

A dissertation paper by a student at TISS-Hyderabad has come under the scanner for calling Kashmir "India occupied Kashmir".

TV9 Bharatvarsh documentary shows ISIS bride Shamima Begum holding a document with Congress party’s logo: This is how it happened

Instead of using original footage, TV9 Bharatvarsh used a digitally altered the image of Shamima Begum from a satire site

Exclusive details: Here are some of the points that the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by Shashi Tharoor, raised with Twitter

Indian officials of the microblogging site Twitter were questioned by the Parliamentary Panel on Information Technology on various issues.
- Advertisement -


Connect with us