By Calcutta "Old-Timer", 27 November 2013
Due to the length and content of the below commentary, we have posted it as a stand-alone article with the permission of the author, who prefers to be called Calcutta "Old-Timer". To appreciate the references, refer to Thugs, Police at Calcutta Church Elections and the comments that follow.--Ed.
This letter isn’t about whether Max is a “Galstaun” or a “Khachaturian”. Maybe he is officially a Khachaturian, maybe he isn’t. In this instance it is irrelevant, but one thing definitely undeniable is that his son Anthranick most definitely IS a Khachturian.
Anthranick Galstaun, by birth with a perfectly legal and legitimate name, changed it to Khachturian. He was baptized in the Armenian Church of Holy Nazareth, Kolkata. This the very church that locked its gates to him as he attempted to peacefully and LEGITMATELY enter to participate in the elections run by the "moral-less" Susan Ruben and Sunil Sobti. They, in turn, were supported by the gutless, morally corrupt and very un-"celibate" Rev. Father Khoren, who allegedly is engaged in deplorable practices involving minors. The members of the Armenian community did not stand a chance against these exceptionally manipulative and highly skilled con artists.
No one can deny that for many years Max Galstaun was a lone voice banging on about the Kolkata Armenian Church's lack of honesty, integrity and openness. He may, at times, have approached it in the wrong way, but one must agree that these recent elections with church funds used to bring in thugs and bouncers to keep members of the community out of their church and the election process is tantamount to mob rule.
Max’s long-term campaign has very sadly been proved correct: the Church in India is indeed corrupt, and it was a sad day on Nov. 10, 2013. It was proved to be so not just because forlorn Armenians were left standing outside the gates of an active church but because of the blatant religious thuggery and the fact that they were refused entry into a place of worship. Reconcile that with your Maker, dear elected members. It was also a sad day for the thousands of Armenians around the world who have a connection to the Armenian Church in India and who profess their love and support, who deplore what has gone on for years in the City of Joy and who voice their displeasure on social network sites such as Facebook and yet sit back and do nothing. And on this occasion they sat back and did nothing again.
There's a community here which is dying because of Ms. Ruben and Mr. Sobti. Does anybody care?
There's a community here which is being oppressed because of Ms. Ruben and Mr. Sobti. Does anybody care.
There's a community here which is being suppressed, gagged and brow-beaten because of Ms. Ruben and Mr. Sobti. Does anybody care?
There's a community here which is begging to be heard. Does anybody care? Sir Catchik Paul Chater left all his money to these newly-elected committee members. His legacy to the Armenian Church in Kolkata funds their cloak-and-dagger operation in which the only ones who benefit financially are Ms. Ruben, Mr. Sobti and the immoral Rev. Father Khoren.
Margaret Sarkies, daughter of the late Cha Cha Sarkies, who for years was the elder "statesman" of the Kolkata community but treated cruelly and with disdain toward the end of his days by the very church he loved and supported, shed an interesting light on the ongoing Korean-type iron grip that Ms. Ruben and Mr. Sobti are applying to the community: Susan Reuben and Sunil Sobti who have siphoned crores upon crores (10 million) of rupees. They have amended the Church Scheme (Constitution) without the knowledge, consultation or approval of the Armenian community of Kolkata. Two clauses that they have deleted enables these two wardens stay in this capacity forever. That is why they are blocking, barring, intimidating, and threatening persons such as myself, so that they and their cronies can keep getting re-elected and reign supreme, continuing to bribe, and steal from the Armenian church funds.
Margaret Sarkies, Anthranick Khachaturian, Sonia John, and other members of the community didn’t stand a chance against the above kleptomaniacs.
Meantime the community-crushing continues, Ms. Ruben hasn’t got a sympathetic and kind bone in her. While she’s in charge of the money, the community and its livelihood are at risk.
Judgment day will come to Ms. Ruben and Mr. Sobti as well as to the ambiguous clergyman who participated in the locking of the gates of the house of God. The rightful punishments will be meted out to them.
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