Giving an indication of the ecosystem at work against the current government of India, a Catholic association has invite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to attend an international peace conference in Rome in October this year. Pope Francis, Syrian refugee-embracing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Alzhar, Ahmad al-Tayyib, among others, are expected to attend the conference scheduled on 6 and 7 October 2021.
The invitation for the meet, titled “World Meeting for Peace People as Brothers, Future Earth” was sent to the chief minister by Macro Impagliazzo, the president of Community of Sant’Egidio, a Catholic association based in Rome.
In his letter dated 22 July, Impagliazzo invited Mamata Banerjee to attend the ‘World Meeting for Peace Peoples as Brothers, Future Earth’ in Rome on 6 and 7October.
“Allow me to tell you that I feel your commitment and your generous battles in favour of the weakest and most disadvantaged, very close to my sensitivity and to the work of the community of Sant’Egidio in Rome and in the world,” Marco Impagliazzo wrote.
The invitation letter congratulated the Trinamool Congress (AITC) chief for her “significant election” victory in the recently held assembly polls and “for the important work for social justice, for the development of your own country, and therefore, for peace, which you have been doing for over ten years now.”
The AITC returned to power in the Indian state of West Bengal for the third time in a row after a thumping victory in the March-April assembly election this year by winning 213 out of the 292 assembly seats.
“I feel your commitment and your generous battles in favour of the weakest and most disadvantaged very close to my sensitivity and the work of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome and in all the world,” the letter states.
This invitation comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress is trying to expand its base to other states and trying to unite all forces opposed to the BJP’s union government.
“This shows how the entire world was watching the Bengal election. It proves that Mamata Banerjee’s stand on protecting peace and upholding human values has been noticed by the entire world,” said a senior AITC leader who refused to be quoted as Banerjee herself is yet to comment on the invitation.