Red-faced CPM defends Christ picture at event

Press Trust of India Posted: Feb 04, 2012 at 0225 hrs
Thiruvananthapuram A Painting of Jesus Christ at a CPM exhibition in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday sparked a controversy, with church leaders calling it an attempt to woo Christians. The party, however, said it only meant to show that Jesus was a voice of the suppressed.

Thrown open to public earlier this week, the exhibition, “Marx is Correct”, shows a wide range of pictures, paintings and clippings of documents that tell the history of the struggle for social and political emancipation.

The exhibits were chosen to especially focus on the history of the Communist movement in India and the world.

The picture of the crucified Christ has an inscription below it, which, after a brief account of his life and death, describes him “as a social reformer who emancipated Jews from slavery”.

Sections of the Catholic Church, however, refused to read noble intentions in the CPM’s move. They said it was an attempt by the party to shore up its support base by winning over Christians.

“This, in a way, exposed the party’s search for new icons as their traditional heroes like Lenin, Stalin and Mao have ceased to inspire the present generation,” a Church spokesperson said.