The non-Christian Chief Minister of Maharastra State (Bombay), IS4r. V. P. Naik, has defended the right of Catholics to hold the 38th International Eucharistie Congress in Bombay next month.
He said he was "very unhappy" with the criticism levelled by some people that the Government had shown bias in favour of a religious group by allowing the congress to be held in Bombay. The congress proposal had been welcomed by the late Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru.
Mr, Naik said the congress had the fullest approval of both the Indian Government and State Government."Chauvinistic utterances", he said. did not add to the "prestige of the country'. Any religion of the country could have its own congress because India was secular.
The Eucharistic Congress will be held from November 28 to December 6.