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Fr. Pius Fernandes Writes from Orissa : Christians in Deep Trouble


Fr. Pius Fernandes Writes from Orissa : Christians in Deep Trouble

Fr. Pius Fernandes SJ
Bhubaneshwar


Fr Pius Fernandes from Bhubaneshwar writing on authentic incidents at  Khandamahal Dist.  Orissa. The burning and looting is continuing even as he writes this article (Aug 26, 10.00pm).  

Bhubaneshawr: Aug 26: Violence re-erupted within the Indian state of Orissa today.  The attacks performed by Hindu extremist groups are just one link in a long chain of events that have continued to strain Hindu-Christian relations within the state. 

Today's attacks were triggered by the killing of a prominent Hindu leader this past weekend.  On Saturday, August 23rd, Swami Laxanananda Saraswati along with five other people was shot dead in his Jalaspeta Ashram near Tumudibandha (Kandhamal District, Orissa).  Naxalite groups, especially prominent in this region, have taken credit for the attacks. The Swami was 84 years old and was especially known for violently opposing cow slaughter and conversion to Christianity. He is also believed to have orchestrated the Christmas 2007 riot against Christians in the Kandhamal district of Orissa which has left thousands of Christians homeless to this day.  Since the December attacks Hindu-Christian relations have remained tense within Kandhamal.  In retaliation for the August 23rd killings the VHP and its allied political families called for a bandh (road blockade) for the 25th of August. In the meantime a judicial enquiry is ordered into the incident, though many opposition parties have called for the resignation of Naveen Patnaik's for failing to maintain law and order.

In retaliation for the Swami's death, the extremist wing of the VHP has engaged in a series of attacks against Christians which started on 23 rd and are expected to continue.

On 23rd evening immediately after the news of  murder of Swami Laxmanaadada Saraswati spread in the district, two sisters of Precious Blood congregation at Kothaguda who were on their way to Berhampur were stopped near G. Udayagiri, pulled out from the vehicle. Vehicle was then set on fire and the driver was severely beaten up. Almost at the same time a vehicle carrying HM sisters near Ainthapally in Sambalpur, a prayer chapel at Tentuliapadar in Sundargarh was also burned and destroyed. With these incidents, the stories of violence, abuse and attacks continue with several churches, church institutions, priests, Nuns, Christian people and their houses being attacked, abused, ransacked, and torched. 

As the impact of the news started getting visible across the state, government got into action by announcing prohibitory orders (144 Section) in Kandhamal district. This was also a preparatory action by the state government ahead of the 12-hour bandh called by the VHP and other affiliates of the Sangh Parivar on 25th august to protest the killing.

On Sunday morning 24th August 2008, prayers in many churches were disrupted with very few participants attending the mass fearing attacks. 

From the same day attacks in Kandhamal district intensified. It was the turn of Janvikas office like many other offices which were burnt to ashes during the violence in December 2007. Jan Vikas is a social wing of the Archdiocese of Cuttack Bhubaneswar and works towards empowerment of the most marginalised in the districts. A mob attacked, ransacked the office and set fire burning down three four wheelers, six motor cycles, all the important records and documentation of the organisation and office equipment. This incident took place at 5.30 in the evening. 

After this, the mob continued their assaults at Divya Jyoti Pastoral Centre by gutting, burning and looting the same at about 6 p.m. The same group entered the Baliguda presbytery, convent and hostel damaging the properties.  

In similar attacks, the Roman Catholic Church at Kanjamedi was attacked and vandalized at 6.30 p.m. The Diocesan Church at Kanjamedi was ransacked and other three Pentecostals churches were destroyed in the same way at 6.45 p.m. by the same group. In the late evening, about 12 Dalit Christian shops were burnt to ashes in Raikia. 

On 25th August 2008 as the Bandh lead to many protests, rastha rokos, tyre burning etc., the following incidents of violence shook the whole state and the Christian community. At 7.00 a.m, Phulbani Church and presbytery were vandalized and ransacked. Srasanda MC Brother's residence was attacked and the patients who came there to get treatment were beaten up and the VHP activists continued to burn houses and household articles of Christian families in the area. Eight houses were completely destroyed in this incident.  

On the same day at 10.30 a.m houses of Christian families in Christiansahi in Balliguda were destroyed and ransacked. The details of damage and the numbers are not available as yet. In a similar incident houses in Nuasahi were set on fire destroying the whole street where Christian families lived. This incident took place at 11.30 a.m. 

Two boys studying in the church run hostel were caught in Baliguda and their heads were tonsured. 

In the afternoon at about 1.00 pm Jamaj Parichha's house was attacked and his vehicles were set ablaze, doors were cut into pieces and he was beaten up by the mob. He sustained severe head injury and is hospitalised (place is not disclosed because of the security reasons). It is said that he is one of the primary targets of the hindutva forces in the area. His wife being a Hindu pleaded the mob to spare him and even showed that she practices Hinduism but they showed no mercy continued beating him up and said "he is a Christian and we will kill him".

As this incident happened, houses of the staffs of Jan Vikas (Diocesan organisation under the Arch Diocese of Cuttack- Bhubaneswar) were also burnt. Five staffs are directly affected by this violence and all of them fled their villages and went into hiding.

In a very similar way, at 2 pm the house of Puren Nayak resident of Bhudansahi was attacked and burnt into ashes. All his assets were removed from the house and were set on fire in a pile. . As the violence continued in the village, mob ransacked the Christian houses burnt all their belongings. The women (Hindu) in the community were identifying the houses to be burnt down as the mob followed their instructions. Women also supplied kerosene to encourage the mob. 

The strategy used by the mob is very similar. The household articles and assets are brought outside the house and are set on fire. This is because under Indian Penal code section 436, the person/persons involved in burning the house are punishable with 7 years+ of rigorous imprisonment and this falls under the category of a non bailable offence. And when the assets/belonging are brought outside the house and burnt, it's a bailable offense and the punishment is limited to 6 months to one year of imprisonment. This offense falls under IPC 435.  

Fr. Challan, Director of Pastoral centre, Kanjamendi and Sr. Meena, administrator of the centre which was burnt and ransacked on 24th escaped from the centre to hide in Jashawanta Pradhan's house. On 25th, mob having the information about this forcefully entered the house dragging both of them outside. They were beaten up badly and taken to the police fundi (smaller unit of police station) in the area. It is reported that they were tied up in the fundi and were threatened of being burnt alive. There is no update about their condition since then. 

Paul Pradhan who runs an NGO in the district and works for the rights of dalits and adivasis was also attacked in his house, office was destroyed completely.

It is also reported that most of the Christian houses in Tikkabali block were attacked and set fire. Numbers are still unknown.

One person called Vikram Nayak was cut into pieces at Tiagian under G Udaygiri police station. Other two sustained injuries while no medication facilities have been made available and it is reported that both two persons were died. In Tiangia village under the same police station limits, houses of Christian families were set on fire and people have fled to jungle. It was reported that the miscreants have been following them and were attacking.

On 25th late night, Sankrakhol Parish church and presbytery were set fire and ransacked, the parish priest Fr. Alexandar Chandi left to the nearest forest and he was saved. It is reported that his most of the assets are set fire and church is completely destroyed.

Fr. Bernard Digal who had gone to visit Fr. Alexandar Chandi was held up in Sankrakhol parish when the mob attacked the church. His Marshal Jeep was set fire. While narrating the incident Fr.Bernard said that when the mob enters the church premise they left to the forest and hid themselves. They were safe but the vehicle was set fire. He walked around 10.K.M to reach one of his relations house. As he was walking the attackers were use to see him but could not recognise. 

  • On 25th August late night the Convent of St.Joseph's at Sankrakhole was attacked and ransacked.  Sisters also left to the forest and have saved their life.
  • On 25th August 2008, Abenswar Digal's house is set fire, under Tikabali Police station. 

In Raikia, attacks are on as of 11.30 p.m. and the nature of damage is yet to be known. As per the   first information report reveals that  on 25th August late evening at Raikia 17 Christian houses were ransacked. Most of the house articles and assets were removed from the house and gather outside and set fire.  As per the first hand report the victims identified were Mr. Bijay Parichha, Mr. R.K.Nayak, Mr. Joseph Nayak, Mr. Susant Dal Behera, Mr. Santosh Nayak, Mr. Santun Nayak, Mr. Harihar Das, Mr. Mosesh Nayak, Mr. Prakash Nayak, Mr. Raju Parichha and others. 

  • On 25th August 2008 late night The Ambasodar Vehicle of Mr. Sukant Nayak, Director Shahara (NGO), was set fire.
  • On 25 th August 2008 late night The Office of Karuna (NGO), under Raikia Police station were ransacked.  
  • On 25th afternoon the Pentecostal church at Budamaha, under Raikia Polic station was vandalized and ransacked.
  • On 25th August 2008, Masadkia church was vandalized and ransacked.
  • On 25th August 2008, two Pentecostal churches were vandalized and ransacked.
  • On 25th August 2008, Pisermaha Church, under Raikia Police station was vandalized and ransacked.
  • On 25th August 2008, Baptist church and R.C Church at Mondakia under Raikia Police station was vandalized and ransacked.
  • On 25th August 2008, Mdahupanga Church, under Raikia Police station was vandalized and ransacked.

As the violence continues, most of the parish priests and sisters are still not reachable and their conditions are not known. The houses are being burnt in several places in Phulbani, Srasanada, Pobingia, Balliguda and Konjamendi.

In Bhubaneswar, the impact of the Bandh was also felt severely by people with most of the office being closed, shops stayed closed as well. Transportation was totally disrupted and tyres were burnt in many places across the city. There were huge rallies by the supporters of VHP and Bajrangdal on the main roads and junctions.  

There were also some cases of attacks reported within the city and most of these attacks were on churches and church related institutions. From early morning of 25th onwards violent mobs made several attempts to enter the compound of Catholic Church and Archbishop's house in the city with a view to attack. Policemen deployed at the scene disbursed the mob and stopped them from entering the campus. Angry mob threw stones at the guest house of Archbishop's House, damaging some windows panes. 

Another group of fundamentalists entered presbytery in Duburi parish, managed by the SVDs and destroyed and damaged property. Two priests of the said parish Fr. Xavier and Fr. Simon are missing and they were about are yet to be found. Institutions like XIMB, St. Arnold's School and   NISWASS have suffered some damages while one Baptist Church in Akamra Jila in the city was also damaged.  

Situation seems to be very serious and worsening by every hour with violence being intensified. From across the districts, people are trying to flee to the safer places. But nothing seems be safe as of now. The violence can turn more intense as the people return after Swami's cremation.

Other events that took place in Rayagada, Gajapati, Koraput and other south Orissa districts left Christians and Christian institutions throughout the state fearful.  Father Obed Khura of Sunebeda received three threatening calls. While he approached the Sunebeda OIC, has was refused police protection and was sent back with assurance that the school he runs will not be attacked and was instructed to stay away from the school. 

In Muniguda (closer to Tumudibandha, Rayagada district), as the mass was coming to an end two jeep loads of youth from the town entered the compound and started shouting slogans. The police arrived on time and prevented the situation from escalating. Three policemen have been deployed at the gate which has been destroyed. The Church and Convent at Muniguda could not be saved. Around 80 inmates under the leadership of Fr. Pius Ekka and Sr. Marina Chacko have taken refuge in the forest. This happened inspite of the fact that Fr. Marshal Mihir Upasi was constantly in touch with the State Control Office of the Orissa Police and the SP of Rayagada. The mob first torched the police Jeep in Muniguda and then proceeded to the Convent and Church. On the previous day (24th of August) the mob threatened the Fathers after Sunday Mass. The mob sought out the houses holding Christian families and managed to destroy some of them.  As a consequence allowing refuge to families has placed others at risk.

As the mob moved on from Bhairaguda, 3 km away from Muniguda to seek shelter in a school while raining, the villagers from the hindu community fed them. This took place at 7.20 pm.

Expecting an attack Fr. Manickthan, Bhawanipatna asked for protection, the SP expressed his inability to do anything due to the size of the mob. When Father suggested the SP on announcing curfew in the area and stop the mob's movement, the angry SP retorted saying that Fr. need not give orders to him.  Later in the forenoon both the ADM and the SP visited the Church compound and inspected the law and order situation. The Malankara hostel was attacked in Bhawanipatna, not far from the Catholic Church, and many children have been badly hurt. 

Missionaries of Charity from Dharmagarh, unaware of the events from the previous night, were travelling to Bhawanipatna for Sunday Mass.  Near the jail in Bhawanipatna town their ambulance was intercepted and pelted with stones.  All the sisters sustained minor injuries from the stones and broken glass.  The police arrived and sent them back in the same damaged vehicle to Dharmagarh.  Sr. Suma and Sr. Nirmala have been informed of this and the district administration has assured them of protection.  

A group of police are guarding the Church in Jeypore after the threat of oncoming attacks. The police informed Fr. Bimol Nayak that some 200 people are preparing to attack the Church.  Fr. Bimol Nayak and another Brother have taken shelter with nearby friends.  Around 24 policemen are guarding the church compound in Mohana after road blocks started on Sunday evening.  Additionally, a group of 9 police men are safeguarding the Church in Goudogotho and the Cathedral.

It is also reported that the Lutheran Church in Malkangiri, Padua, and Gunupur were destroyed. Fathers and Sisters along with the children in Gumuda have left the mission stations fearing attacks.  On the 24th as the Congregation was coming out of the Church in Malkangiri, a group of angry youth harassed them and forced them to recite Bande Mataram. 22 Christian Families of Shanti Nagar (Givindapur) at the foothill of Taptapani Hot Spring were also assaulted and forced to leave the village.

In Boudh also, a group of protestors entered the parish and destroyed things and property. Communal tension was high also in other districts across the state with several incidents of attacks against the people as well as property. In Balasore, Balsore Social Service Society (official social wing of the Balasore diocese) was attacked three times during the day on 25th august. The mob shouting slogans broke all the window panes and destroyed a statue of Mother Mary which was installed in the BSSS office campus. Badrak also had few incidents of attacks but the details are not known. 

Hindu protestors attacked Jyoti Niketan of Baipariguda in Koraput district in the afternoon of 25th August. Father Joy Areeckal had to run into the forest and the hostel children and his social workers are subjected to insults and intimidation. The Mission has been destroyed along with all that it contained. A sad twist to the story is that the police along with the people seized wooden planks in spite of the fact that the carpenters who are building a new hostel building in the campus there claimed that it was bought by them. Consequently, a criminal case may be filed against Fr. Areeckal under the Forest Act.  

Mr. Routo Desinayak and Ms. Kalyani, who works for an agro-entrepreneurship program for SWAD at Boipariguda were also arrested under the forest protection act. Though the Police Officer and the Block Development Officer was not willing, the mob forced the police to tie Mr. Desinayak with a rope and drag him through the street up to the Forest Office. Miss Kalyani being a woman was spared of this ordeal. Fr. Thomas Chelan and a Sister (name could not be obtained) who were manhandled and humiliated by the mob have been kept in police custody in the pretext of giving security since the morning of August 25th.

In Govindapally, close to Boipariguda, protestors entered the Convent and damaged the grotto of Our Lady and the Cross of the Church yard. In the same district Fathers and Sisters in Koraput, Jeypore and Semiliguda are in hiding.

In Bargarh district, a mob of about 2000 people went around ransacking many church institutions and there were serious attacks on priests and nuns. In Padampur, Fr. Edward Sequira was attacked and was beaten up brutally. He survived with serious head injury and still unconscious. "His life is under critical still" said Fr. Alphonse Toppo, Vicar Gerneral of Sambalpur diocese.  The institution which caters to children affected by Leprosy was attacked and burnt. While the institution burnt to ashes, along with it also burnt was the auxiliary nurse Rajani Majhi 20 year old, who took care of the children in the institute and was studying in Padampur Women's College.  

Sundargarh also saw many such incidents of church burning and attacks on church properties damages are yet to be ascertained. 

In Sambalpur district, HM Sister's residence of Ainthapalli has suffered damage while priests are given warnings of attacks in Madhupur, Badibahal area. Stone pelting and breaking of window panes of churches and related institutions was a common scene across the state. 

In continuation to all this violence across the state, Dibyasingh Pariccha, PRO and Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission (Arch Diocese of Cuttak Bhubaneswar) has condemned the killing of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and appealed for a CBI enquiry into the incident. He requested that culprits responsible for the incident be punished instead of attacking the whole Christian community. 

He appealed to the government to deploy adequate forces to safeguard life and property of Christian people.

It is reported that people are suffering from with out food, cloth and shelter. Last night, there was heavy rain and people were in the forest with the wet cloth.  However, the condition of the children and women were indescribable. School children are deprived of their studies.


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  • Thomas D'Mello, Kundapura, Piusnagar Hanglur

    Mon, Oct 6 2008

    Fr. Pius, (Who is honored by President Abdul Kalam for his dedicated work in education) We also are mentally disturbed and worried about your welfare. Have courage and we are all praying for you from this end.

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  • wilson Pinto, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 6 2008

    Its shameful & drastadly... Right now our egos are hurt as the media is constantly feeding our imaginations with the reports of atrocities across Orissa & Karnataka. But what will happen tomorrow? All of us will be busy with our own lives putting all these issues to back burner. I request all christians to help these victims to rebuild their life fearlessly.

    And show the world with what stuff we are made of. Let us continue doing what we have been doing for centuries, that is serving the humanity, the most under priviledged once with the only motto of service.

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  • wilson Pinto, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 6 2008

    Dear Kiran Crasta, why are you in sheeps clothing? Why are you projecting yourself as christian when you are not? By changing your name you dont become christian. You become one only by leading a life of values & virtues.

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  • Fr.Ivo da C.Souza, Margao, Goa, India

    Sun, Sep 7 2008

    It is a shame for our secular country. India is 'shining' under VHP for shooting, burning, rioting, stealing, raping, violating human rights... The Government is passive. Where is the freedom of Religion. People should open their eyes and see that India needs Christian transformation. Missionaries have done their best and will be doing it. Slavery should vanish. Our missionaries should be respected. let us pray for those who do not know what they are doing... Fr.Dr.Ivo da C.Souza (Holy Spirit Church, Margao, Goa, India)

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  • Rajkumar Prabhu, Cochin

    Thu, Sep 4 2008

    The real problem in Orissa are the foreign missionaries, mainly the American and Australian. Graham Staines was known for His virulent comments on Hinduism and Hindus. Same goes with the multitude of Christian denominations in Orissa. It is the new converts to the Born -Again and other churches which does not show regard for hinduism and hindus which are part the problem in Orissa.. The pope also needs to recognize hinduism as a religion and a way of life. As far as I know he has not recognized hindiusm as a religion or a way of life. By the way, I feel ashamed such things have happenned in our punya bhoomi.. I personally condemn all sort of violence in the name of religion.

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  • Smitha, Trivandrum

    Wed, Sep 3 2008

    Persecutions are not uncommon to Christians..For Jesus Christ himself was tortured and killed because HE challenged the religious traditions and political system of those days.Later his apostles too were persecuted.And recently Graham Staines and other missionary died for the same reasons..Obviously ,how can the world that hated the Master love HIs disciples????

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  • Sujith, Kerala

    Wed, Sep 3 2008

    This incidents are very shameful for we Indians. This Kaliyug.May God help our Country

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  • Christopher, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 2 2008

    Very well said Mr. Kishore Watson, At least some readers may open a Bible and enlighten themselves...

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  • Kishore Watson, Mangalore/AUH

    Tue, Sep 2 2008

    Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Bible has something for us all, Below given verses are taken from Gospel of Luke, read, understand and you shall realise the responsibility of a Christian Lu 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Lu 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. Lu 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. Lu 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Lu 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: Lu 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. Lu 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Lu 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

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  • Ron Sequeira, Moodbidri/ Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 31 2008

    To all those who suggested means to raise awareness such atrocities, including Anita, Don and Martis - a big thank you. These are small but important steps to fight such fascist behaviour, and surely is the way forward. I think it is high time we alerted the State Department and the FBI (and local groups) to the active and huge presence of these groups in the US and UK, through their front organisations (there are quite a few, some obvious, some not-so-obvious, such as VHPA, HSS, IDRF, etc - you can view the info on some of the sites mentioned, such as coalition against genocide and stop funding hate).

    I think it is time we actively petition the authorities to categorize them as terrorist organisations (there's no shortage of proof). We can also point out the fact that hate websites are being run in the US with impunity . In fact, one of the founders of these hate sites gleefully gave an interview to the New York times recently.

    Lastly, I am sure a lot of people are now aware enough of the reality around them. Folks in the US and the UK can also create awareness among local communities and Senators/ MPs about what's going on here. There are also active christian sites like persecution.org that monitor persecution across the globe

    Lastly, Let us let people know that this about the future of our country and our way of life, not about christians alone - in fact, quite a lot of those who have been active members of the anti-fascist campaign are decent, peace loving Hindus and Muslims who love their country too much to let it go into the hands of fanatics.

    It was heartening to see Modi being denied a visa. The time should come when all members of these fanatical organisations and their fund raisers are kept under active surveillance for supporting terrorism. They should not only be denied visas but are also be prosecuted for propagating hate.

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  • Helen, Mumbai/Neeruda/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 31 2008

    Dear Bro & Sister in Christ, let us all together prayer, that the Holy Spirit will guide and always empower us with his knowledge, wisdom and strength to face whatever obstacle come in our to overcome. As Jesus prayed at the time of his suffering. We all been one body and one soul in Christ Church Prayer that by the Precious Blood of JESUS CHRIST encircle each and every mankind on this earth till the last AMEN.

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  • Mohammed, Mangalore/KSA

    Sun, Aug 31 2008

    Dear friends tell me who is real terrorist..What RSS people going to achieve..shame on them..

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  • MOHAMED MUDASSAR, HOSANAGAR/ABUD DHABI

    Sat, Aug 30 2008

    This is very sad, How the peoples are, Indian government should  take serious action against the culprits and shold  put a ban against them.

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  • Jacintha Pinto, Shirthady / Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 30 2008

    Really sad to read this...Christians don't lose hopes. Keep praying and keep same spirit to serve people. God loves us more and more. Only God's loved once experiencing all this in their life. Be faithful in him and one day ...HE WILL COME................

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  • Shanti Fernandes, Pune/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 30 2008

    Let's pray for all those who are injured, and lost thier innocent lives. May almighty God Bless those who are responsible for these incidents.

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  • Henry Sequeira, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 30 2008

    time comes to unit Christian and muslim to fight with terroriost party like Vhp,rss b.d

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  • Fr.Sylvester, mangalore

    Fri, Aug 29 2008

    Fr. Pius and all our christian brotheren, we are deeply disturbed by the happenings in orissa.We condemn the inhuman attitude.here we are praying for all of you that peace may prevail.may God give you the necessary streangth.

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  • Tina D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 30 2008

    We are all human beings first irrespective of our caste ,creed ,religion whatever. It is the same blood that flows through our veins. It is the same air we breath then why violence? . However the intolerace & violence between different communities one day will ruin ourselves so as our country.We should worship only one religion that is HUMANITY. So that the world will be a better place to live in.

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  • Naveen, Abu Dhabi

    Fri, Aug 29 2008

    I felt very sad to read the report written by Fr Pius. May all christians wake up against this evil forces by uniting themselves in prayers .Let central govt interfere in this matter. all christians organisations should protest from all over world. I condemn this act strongly,pray to god to GIVE US PEACE in India.

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  • Roshan Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Venkat You are asking a very good question but to a wrong person! I wish I knew the answer. Sitting there - you can only guess or take sides. Stop guessing. If the story is very long - then dont read it . does is matter? Cast system is a boon or bane? are we going to medevial times and want to compete with taleban?

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  • Anita D'Souza, Udupi

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Well said Mr. Don Frank. I call upon all Christians to wake up from their deep slumber. Mr. Martis has provided some useful email ids, please wake up and send emails. I found one more email id which I think would be useful for us. email: research@awaazsaw.org / contact@awaazsaw.org. Mr. Ron Sequeira, I agree with you fully. I too have browsed/read some of the hate sites. These sites show how much hatred they have against minorities. What these fundamentalist groups do is whenever a natural calamity strikes or terrorist attack, in the name of helping the victims, they invite MPs (UK), senators/representatives (USA) for their fund collection campaign/meetings and collect funds from people of all religions (including the much hated Christians & Muslims!!!) and transfer the funds to their sister concerns in India.

    Log on to www.awaazsaw.org, www.stopfundinghate.org/compaign. Mr. Sequeira you rightly said, ‘all we need is the will’. Do you have any information/details of any US/UK/Canada government organizations where we can register our complaints? Catholics living in the USA/UK/Canada, please help. I would suggest all like minded people, join together to start a group and let us expose these fundamentalist groups. Wake up Mangaloreans.

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  • Naveen Cotha, Anagally

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    This attack is not only on the Christians or any one religion. We all should condemn this with one voice.

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  • Gurubaliga, Bantwal/New Delhi

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Peace loving Hindus are surely with christians and condemn strongly the acts against the humanity.

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  • Sr.Flevy D'Souza, Kulur, Mangalore/ Tanzania, East Africa

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Thanks Fr, for the detailed news about what is happening in Orissa to our dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We are with them in our Prayers. May God grant them the strength and the courage to face these trails with love and patience.

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  • Fr.J.B.Crasta, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Praying for  all

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  • Fr. Lancy Lewis OCD, Kuppepadav/Prague

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Thank you Fr. Pius for the report of what was happening in Orissa. hope things are better??? i dont't know. i pray to Jesus, only he can save his people from this evil called communal riot. I am totally upset these days.

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  • Fr. Lancy Lewis OCD, Kuppepadav

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Thank you Fr. Pius for the report of what was happening in Orissa. hope things are better??? Ii dont't know.  I pray to Jesus, only he can save his people from this evil called communal riot. i am totally upset these days.

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  • Roshan Pinto, Bangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    The centre govt is a mute spectator to these atocrocities!. Todays TOI reports the orissa govt is worried about 'retaliatory' attacks by christians!! rather than stopping the sangh parivar from butchering the innocent unarmed priests nuns and social worker.

    Why cant the army be called to protect is the state or center cannot?. Let us pray for the lives of all innocent to be saved and let better sense prevail in this state.

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  • Fr.MaxCapuchin,, Magalore.

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Dear Fr. Pius Fernandes, thank you so much for your very very informative Article,May God bless you and protect you all. We are with you in our prayers. Your article gives the real picture of the inhuman activities of fundamentalists in Orissa. Though we were worried and anxious to know the real situation of our Brothers and sisters over there,we could not. The violence that is exhibited cannot be justified by any reasons.

    We can’t call them humans. It is painful to know the sufferings inflicted on the innocent people. I strongly condemn the inhuman activities of fundamentalists and the callous attitude of police and the government officials. How can they take the law in their own hand? Now is the time for us to act.

    Dr. (Fr.) Ambrose Pinto SJ.,and Martis B, Moodubelle,are showing us some directions, let us join them and march forward to stand for Truth and JUSTICE. Let us witness Christ our Lord in the way of Peace and Love. Dear readers please e-mail this article to your friends all over the World.Let us pray for our Brethren in the words of our Saviuor- "Father I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world,just as I do not belong to the world.Sanctify them in the truth...". Jn,17:15b-17.

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  • Fr. Simon D'Souza, Mangalore/ Bidar

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    I am really shocked at the inhuman behaviour and the activities of the fundamentalists without knowing the reality. Itlooks that the BJP, VHP, Bhajarang Dal and RSS have got an hidden agenda and made a firm resolution to work systamatically the work of demolishing all the Christian institutions and churches at Orissa.

    This is very well proved in their meeting held in Rourkela on 24th August- reported by a police who went in civil dress to the meeting. When all these attrocities are taking place to the christians, where are the police and the government officials? it looks they too have joined their hands in this 'Brave Act'.

    I plead the christians not to lose hope. Be strong in your faith. we are with you.When God is with us, who is against us?

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  • Ron Sequeira, Moodbidri/ Bangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    I wholeheartedly agree with the views expressed by Martis, in communicating with international organisations. merely writing, however, would not do. These groups get a majority of their funds from the United States, and to a certain extent, from canada and UK. These groups have plenty of supporters there whose primary work is to legitimise their agenda by creating 'front' orgsanisations to spread their ideology and also collect funds (IDRF is an example).

    They run quite a few hate websites which are very extreme in nature and also have a 'hit-list' of people. Almost all of these sites are run in the US It is high time we alerted organisations in the US and other countries and expose them in front of the authorities in these countries so that they're are categorised as terrorist organisations, their funds freezed, and supporters kept under surveillance. We can do it folks, all we need is the will .

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  • donfrank, mangalore, UAE

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Sang Parivar activists are COWARDS and they cannot fight against Naxalites or Maoists. Their Swamy along with other VHP activists were killed by Naxalites. The electronic media, mostly the TV channels, are controlled by Sang Parivar sympathisers and they are siding with the fanatic Hindu Groups. No political party is supporting the helpless Christians as they are not a "vote bank". I have lost faith in Indian Democracy and secularism.

    When millions of Hindus are living in Western and Christian countries, with thousands of their temples and places of worship without any fear or tension, we Christians are living in fear in our own country. Not a single temple is destroyed in the above countries and Hindus are leading a very happy and prosperous life there. In fact the top positions (jobs) in these countries (including the Gulf countries) are held by Hindus.

    There are no anti-conversion laws and many Hindu scholars are openly preaching their religion everywhere. No one is attacking them or their followers. It is a pity that we Indians are boasting about secularism and our great culture, but the reality is quite different. Sang Parivar, with the direct support of BJP, is destroying our country. They want their leader, Mr. LK Advani (who was the mastermind of Babri Masjid destruction), to be the next PM of our country! Just imagine what will happen to our country if this super fanatic becomes the PM.

    Disgusting! BJP is a party which is fishing in troubled waters. Just see the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The recent Bomb blasts in Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad etc are due to the result of injustice done to Muslims in dfferent parts of the country.

    There is no secularism in our country. The Saffron Brigade is trying to wipe out Islam and Christianity from our country. But God is with us. We have survived for more than 2000 years. We will win. We will defeat the Fanatic Hindu groups and the fanatic Hindu groups will perish.

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  • Fr. Oswald Crasta Ocd (Carmelite), Kayyar, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    I am very sad to hear these acts of violence. Through my contacts during these days of violence I came to know the Ground reality is much more worse than what is projected in media. My prayers and spiritual presence to every one who is suffering there. May we be strengthened at these moments to witness our faith.

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  • Shiek Shabeer, Kuwait

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Today is so depressed day for me. The sanga parivar CULPRITS they raped our nuns & preachers. Thanks for Daijiworld to posting update

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  • Henry charlie, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Dear John, Are you sending your comment by changing your name and religion you practice? If so please do not do it. Be honest with yourself and before God

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  • Cyril Mathias, udupi

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    It is election time.The sangh parivar wants an issue to come to power.In Gujrath they tried this and succeeded.They are extending this experiment in the states that are due for elections.

    Which God will tolerate this murder of the innocents?

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  • Alfred j Pinto, mangalore /kinnigoli

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    It is really heart throbbing to see the live report of the vhp's attrocities in Orissa, targetting the innocent christians religious and nuns. The Land of India is of us all, for we all are born and bred in the Indian soil and we have love for our country and hence our missionaries and priests and religious started educational institutions and orphanages and clinics and hospitals to serve all mankind especially the poor and marginalized.

    Is this service of the christians affecting adversely to the vhps? Then why are they bent upon to distroy the churches and convents orphanages and clinics and hospitals? Yes, they know not what they are doing. Lord Jesus forgive them and let the vhp get enlightenment like Saul and become Paul at least in the 2000 birth centenary of St.Paul.

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  • Abdul salam, Dubai, MANGALORE

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    "People burnt to death" Just imagine how much hatredness one has filled in their heart. When a person has to commit this crime what kind of brainwash these sangh parivar is doing in India. We cannt even imagine such scenes, it fills us with horror. These poeple are maligning hinduism. This is the route cause of all terrorism in India. Do we heard of any kind bombing before 1992. Hatredness leads to more hatrednes......... We all have to wake up.

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  • Roland Pinto, Valencia,KSA

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Very disturbing news.Appears total collapse of Govt. in Orissa (or else has the tacit approval of govt). If these communal forces are not controlled, the country is heading towards civil war.This incident is not going to stop at Orissa but other parts of the country as well including Mangalore, where these communal elements are already creating havoc.

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  • Nihal,

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Mr.Anil muscat go back to india fight against Indian Minoritie. One thing you should rememeber. You are earning money in Muslim County. If you really like fundementalist activities they did in Orissa.why dont you join them. .. you didnt get enough money to lead in India. Please remember where you are in........

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    It's heartening to read what is happening to Humanity. Why do few sections of society react without confirming the truth about the culprits involved in this killing. Why should the innocent be punished n killed. Will Swamiji come back to life if Christians are killed and catholic Institutions attcaked? There has been and still there is a wrong perception about Catholic Missioneries working in back ward areas.

    Just because our catholic missionries sacrifice so much n bring about a smile on the faces of thousands of unfortunate poor people, why should it termed as conversion at all?? If we look at things more closely, why do most Hindu brothern prefer a Catholic Educational Institution for their children's Education then?? Why bcoz other than just academics we chritians are known for our human values & humane qualities.

    These qualities are passed on to the younger generation to be better people in life. Does this then mean we are forcing them to be catholics?? Being a Catholic I visit temples so often, does that mean I am going to be converted... Let's all understand that we are human beings first & Religion later that we have started it all. & lets end it all in good spirit & save humanity than religion. Eula

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  • Dr Richard Rego, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    I strongly condemn this mayhem by the vhp. Every citizen of a civilized society should condemn this aastardly act of the VHP. Given the history of VHP, it can be safely concluded that it is the biggest threat to the security and secular fabric of the country. Hence, needs to be banned. Earlier the RSS killed the Father of the Nation. Then they went on massacring thousands of Muslims.

    In 1991, Advani presided over the carnage in the Babri Masjid demolition drive sheerly because of his lust for power. After Orissa burnt alive its saviour Graham Steines and his two innocent little sons, Narendra Modi went a step ahead in 2001 by organizing a carnage of innocent Muslims in Gujarat - state-sponsored terrorism, using unemployed goodas of Bajrang dal & VHP. It was a shameless act of cowardice and hatred, both on the part of Modi & RSS through its loonies. Christians have been the soft targets of the nefarious designs of these fanatics. Though their overt and unfounded grouse is 'conversions bogie', their actual irritant is that the scheduled castes and tribals and the poor people are educated by the Christian missionaries, leaving the exploiting castes like the brahmins to make them bend their backs and work hard for their survival. With educated poor people around, how could these manu-vadis exploit the poorer castes and classes? If Christians are really involved in forced conversions, the sanghis should democratically & judicially sort out the matter.

    But why there has been no case of litigations regarding this "conversion bogie" so far? The said swami was a fanatic - who incited people against minorities (a common devise for cheap popularity, these days) and also poorer people. Naturally he attracted the ire of Maoists, who feel deprived by oppressive upper classes. Police have stated that the killing of the swami was the handiwork of Maoists, and Christians have nothing to do with that. If so, how did the RSS loonies come to the conclusion that the Christians killed their swami? Why did they not file a case and seek justice, and in stead took law into their hands and indulged in vandalism and genocide? This was the exact model of action they worked in Gujarat.

    I am ashamed of these anti-national elements who shed blood at will and bring disrepute to the nation. I am ashamed of the BJP -the shameless power-monger- who use these terrorist outfits to stir people's emotions to garner votes. During Christmas 2007, they destroyed many a church and prayer hall in Orissa. Since the Government is theirs and is impotent, they think they could do anything. Unfortunately, Navin Patnaik has no conscience he has only lust for power! Earlier when the tribals were dying due to starvation, eating some poisonous roots, he termed it "tribla delicacy!" He should resign. UPA Government should have dismissed such an anti-people chief minister who brings bad name to the country. But UPA is more worried about its electoral gains.

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  • Clevy, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 28 2008

    Anil Christianity teaches us to be loyal to our country more than anything else. Why are you harping on the issue of 5 Hindus shot dead? Let me tell you these naxals are also Hindus who are fed up with the society and its discrimination.

    If you are also one of those very nationalistic Hindus, why are you sitting in Muscat and preaching hatred? Come down to India and burn some minority members if it gives peace to your soul.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Puttur

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear Vinay, Mumbai, Are you inventing new constitution??? To accept his or her religion is birth right of a person and the same right is given in our constitution. Anybody is proud of this right Are you jealous/selfish or enragious??? Your thoughts are similar to comunist idealogy.

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  • severine menezes, Belur, Hassan

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    People of God be Brave, God who knows us will stand by us always... Let our prayer be "Lord Forgive them, for they do not know what they do" Let us rise dear friends in prayer and support the people of Orissa.

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  • St. Joseph's College, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    St. Joseph's College, Bangalore NOTICE TO ALL CLASSES: ATTACK ON SECULARISM: MURDER OF PLURALISM IN ORISSA What we have witnessed in the last few days in Orissa is an attack on the secular fabric of the nation. Places of worship have been torched, human beings have been killed, secular institutions of education, primary health care, orphanages and social centers managed by the Christian community have been set on fire. Society has been divided on the basis of religion. The Christian minority community has been made insecure in the state. In the process, the secular image of India has received a beating.

    The violence that is exhibited cannot be justified by any reasons. It is the law of the jungle that is prevailing in the state. Damage has been done to Indian society and polity by these bouts of sectarian violence. In the absence of the pro-activeness of the state, lumpen elements have a field day. The criminals must be brought to justice. Those causing mayhem should be restrained. As citizens of secular India, we cannot remain silent.

    Silence on the issue can make all of us cowards and cause further damage to the secular fabric of the nation. All of us have a responsibility to protect the Indian Constitution premised on the tenets of secularism and pluralism. Such violence is simply unacceptable from whichever quarter.

    As a mark of solidarity with the victims of violence and as a commitment to secular India, the college will remain closed on Friday, 29th August 2008 in response to the call given by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. To make up for the day, regular classes will be held on 10th October 2008 and classes will close only on 11th October for revision. Thanking you Dr. (Fr.) Ambrose Pinto SJ Principal

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  • Veena, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Who wants to kill / harm others or any religion before doing this (whichever oranization they may be) keep in mind one day they are also dying & they did not come forever to live in this earth. This earth is not belongs to any particular community / religion. Everyone has the right to live.

    Please learn to respect mankind. Learn to do good and apriciate when others are doing the same. Lord please show your miracle and save this world from the bad evils.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Puttur

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear Anil, Karkala, Why hindus are troubled/enraged when people accepts his or her faith in other religions??? It is a right of a person. Nobody can snatch right of a person. The VHP , BAJRANGDAL, RSS are taking laws in their hands which endangers future law and order peaceful existance of humans in India. Violence will never reap anything. Why you are bringing here Mohhammed Ghori ..mohammed Ghasni. Does Christians destroy your temples??? Nor missioneries destroy your temples???

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  • Parvez, Mlore/Muscat

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Another incident, which will only help in inviting retaliation. These  people have gone astray and they will never return to right path. Simple and clear things do not enter these  communities brain, its time to bring them into straightline. if this had happend in South, by now they would have got a nice reply. Anyways wakeup guys. Jai Hindh!

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  • VINCENT, MANGALORE

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is very disheartening to see that innocent people have been hurt and persecuted by angry, hateful and unscrupulous group of people. While the murdering of the Hindu leader is to be condemned by all, the killing and suffering caused by some hindu fanatics is equally condemnable. The christian community is attached and their property looted and destroyed, just because they are christians and wrongly accused.

    May God forgive them. May God also give strength & courage to all the people affected to bear the suffering they endure. Lord JESUS has some comforting words for them: "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

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  • Dominic Pereira, Mangalore / U.K

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Martis B has put up some list of websites wherein we can write our opinion. I think we need to escalate this matter because if we do not take up this initiative no one else will.Please do not expect the CONGRESS. and THEY WILL GET A BEFITTING REPLY FROM ALL MINORITIES IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS.

    My advice to all like minded people is to support the left at least they won't ditch you folks. As mentioned by Mr. Martis We need to raise this with the UNO given below are the i.d's: 1)Human Rights Watch-US: hrwnyc@hrw.org 2)Amnesty International, USA: Email: aimember@aiusa.org and many more as given by Mr. Martis B. in his comment given below.

    Remember "self help is the best help". Our brothers & sisters in Orissa are persecuted for their faith and this is the least we can do for them. Today i realize what the Jews must've undergone when the the Nazi- Facsist Germany hunted them down and persecuted them.

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  • Richard D'Souza, Kallianpur, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Government of Orissa under controll of BJP and Other Fundamentalist groups is allowing facist & fundamentalist forces to target poor and minorities of the state. Lord God, please forgive them, they don't know what they are doing.

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  • Fr Maxim Rosario, Valencia

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I'm really disturbed by reading the brutish things happening in Orissa. India is known for its peace and integrity. But what is happening now? The fundamentalists have taken the law into their hands. What does the civil administration do? I can't understand? Where are our elected leaders? O God, come to our help!

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  • alphonse, Pangla/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear Mr. Anil, Thanks for your comments. I am a Christian and always consider Hindus in my country as brothers and we specially Mangaloreans always live in harmony and do not have any ill feeling towards our Hindu brethren.

    Have you ever met any Christian Mangalorean who hated Hindus? I doubt very much unless he is not a true Christian. I have a lot of friends in U.A.E. who are Hindus and we don’t even think that we are belonging to different religions. Coming back to Hindu’s shot dead in Kandhamal District, please re-read the article from Fr. Pious and this quote “ On Saturday, August 23rd, Swami Laxanananda Saraswati along with five other people was shot dead in his Jalaspeta Ashram near Tumudibandha (Kandhamal District, Orissa). Naxalite groups, especially prominent in this region, have taken credit for the attacks.

    The Swami was 84 years old and was especially known for violently opposing cow slaughter and conversion to Christianity. He is also believed to have orchestrated the Christmas 2007 riot against Christians in the Kandhamal district of Orissa which has left thousands of Christians homeless to this day. “ Secondly you are referring to Gujarat problem, on what ground you are saying the Christian’s attacked Hindus?? First of all get to the facts and then please comment.

    I was in many Missionary stations where Christian Missionaries toil day and night to support our Hindu brotheren, esp in the north where Hindu leaders hardly look at their people’s condition, their poverty or education. It is the Christian prients and nuns who supports them, feed them, cloth and educate them. I have never seen any conversion takes place in these missionary stations. I suggest you to visit one of these stations and learn yourself who doing what.

    Finally your reference to Mohammed Ghori, Mohammed Ghasni is nothing to do with modern democratic India. It was the age of emperors and wars and was not ruled by people of India. I would like to close this comments saying that we Christians are never against our Hindu brothers neither in the past or never be in future and I don’t think even any Christians in Orissa or Gujarat are against Hindus. It is the political mileage some leaders want to achieve on these issues.

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  • M Nizar , Puttur/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear friends tell me who is real terrorist..What RSS people going to achieve..shame on them..

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  • Luiza M. Pereira, Panaji-Goa/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Every one pray for the people of Orissa and leave the rest in the hands of God to bring peace in Orissa.May the Almighty God give the people of Orissa the grace to bear.

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  • Jerald D' Souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    MY support to all those who suffer for no reasonable and sensible cause. May reason and justice prevail over adharma of this kind.

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  • Anita D'Souza, Udupi, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Well said Mr. Pereira and Mr. Lobo. Mr. Martis has given some IDs, please send emails to all, but hrwuk@hrw.org (looks like this id is not functioning). Why they are targetting Christians, their institutions, properties? Why can't they go behind the people who killed the VHP leader and others. What is sad that they did not even leave the famous St. Xavier Institute of Management.

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  • Swati,

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    If the Swamiji is killed by the Christians, let the law take its course let the culprtis be punished severly. Why should the fundamentalist groups take the law into their hands?

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  • Anil, Karakala / muscat

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Thanks for such a wonderfull coverage,, I ask you to do the coverage of 5 Hindu people shot dead in the same incident...now some people here commented to Christains as brothers ...and Hindu groups as terrorrists...I  m asking you people will you people stop violence in Gujrath first..you people say yourself as minorities and you people are still taking revenge all over the country,,,so we Hindu's are majorites in country when some one attacks us we should keep quite?  Hindu religion was attacked by many people in many ways....starting from Mohhammed Ghori ..mohammed Ghasni....who almost destroyed all Hindu temples in india..and now terrorists doing their job..in other hand religion conversion in the name of poverty..poor and socially back wards...so who is suffering in Hindustan..before taking other's name think about your's...there is no courtesy for that 5 people..but courtesy for others saying Christian brothers or minorites,,,,jai hind...

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  • NAZEER, PUTTUR

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Everybody can predict that after 1 year bomb will blast in Buvaneshwary city like Gujarath because Orrissa govt is producing terrorists now.... dont kill poor people we wont get anything .....if you kill somebody now,  they take revenge on some other day

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  • abid, Udupi / Qatar

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear Ramesh Prabhuji, Aaisa hi hindustan mey chalta raha toa kuan bolega "sare jahan se acha hindustan hamara". Sab ye khahege Hindustan bhi terrorist country hai zaroor. Abi kya bhaki hai politician terrorist activity ko support kar rahe hai .

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  • Iqbal, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Govt of Orissa under control of BJP is allowing the facist & fundamentalist forces to target the poor and minorities of the state as like Narendra Modi(la) of Gujarat.  He allotted 3 days to the dept & his party MLAs & ministers to finish the muslims . But remember all  that every day is not Sunday ,one day will come .

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  • William Lobo, Mangalore / U.K

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Well said Mr.Pereira I must highlight that no where in the world do citizens or politicians of a nation mix religion with politics as much as we do in India as it can prove to be a deadly cocktail. People critisize Hitler and even parties like BJP do But do we know “Golwalkar", a founding member of the RSS, in a book that he wrote borrowed ideas from Hitler’s Nazism.

    His admiration for Hitler was well-known. He rejected the idea that India was a secular nation, and preached instead that it was a Hindu Rashtra (a Hindu system), which unfortunately has a great of influence over much of the Indian population.”

    But the people of this country fail to realize that with this mindset and attitude this nation may not go far as we all know what happend to Germany and Hitler in the end. "Those who live by the sword die by the sword". Jai Hind!

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  • Ramesh Prabhu, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Still, we should say "sare jahan se acha hindustan hamara"

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  • Silvia, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Its very sad that all over India lot of confusion and unrest is prevailing in the name of religion. Every religion preaches tolerance towards the brethern then how such cruel behaviour from the religion lovers. It is sad that all confusion is caused because of the intolerant members of these organisations.

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  • Anuradha, Kallianpur

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    God is watching everythng...After all people should be blamed for those acts beause people are responsible for giving their precious votes to political parties that create all these religious fights... now who is suffering...its the people and these ministers are looking at it happily without doing anythng about it... after all they get their share of money... It is  happening in India as everyone wants to be politicians not  for the welfare of their country... but for their own profit... to make money... I m scared that our country will be ruined if this continues.. God save our india

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  • Firoz S Kuwait, Jeppu

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Media never call these people as TERRORISTS? If it’s done by Muslim or Muslim groups then they are named under terrorist label. These Culprits are real Terrorists in India So Government of India should ban this type of all organization. Whether it’s Simi, NDF, Bajrang Dal, VHP, Rama sene, RSS Everything should be banned. My Humble request to all Indians we should stand together to ban these type of Organization. May Allah guide us to the straight path...Ameen

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  • Dominic Pereira, Mangalore / U.K

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I strongly condemn these attacks at the same time request the central government to ban VHP, Bajrang Dal as they are a fascist - NAZI organization If groups like SIMI, CPM (ML) can be banned why cannot the VHP , Bajrang DAL be banned? This is hypocricy on part of the central government and the judiciary.

    A strong signal needs to be sent out to these blood thirsty religous fanatics if ever there has to be peace & prosperity in India.A nation CANNOT PROGRESS as long as these FANATIC, RADICAL organizations are involved in politics and take law in their own hand. These attacks are very well orchestrated by the BJP who are fond of minority bashing for the sake of votes.

    The BJP and its fascists groups are making false allegations and carrying out attacks against the Christians in Orissa inspite knowing well that it were the Maoists who killed their swami . My question to the Central government

    1. When Hindu organizations are involved in such terrorism activities no one says a word but when a Muslim is involved in terrorist activity their entire community is targetted.The SIMI & CPM ML is banned. Why is'nt the VHP & Bajarang Dal banned? To BJP

    2. If you call yourself a nationalist party then why are you killing people of your own nation?. To Congress

    3. You are seen visiting the minorities only during elections.why is it that you are not doing anything to protect them now? Where is Rahul baba, Manmohan singh and your Home Minister now? To my Hindu brethen

    4.How would you have reacted or felt if your temples were burnt down or destroyed in places Europe, America oor the Gulf and your sanyasinis raped? With such unjustified atrocities committed agaist us this is the first time in my life that i am ashamed to call my self an INDIAN. "INDIA SHINING"!!!!!!!

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  • Aftab, Jeddah-KSA,Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Can any extremist organizations explain about what you people really need from poor minorities.You people have already crossed the limit & If this continues... then definitly INDIA will be broken into pieces, who knows may be three different countries.

    I pray to the Almighty to bless our nation with peace & love.Also my humble request to each one of  you to maintain peace in your respective places. Thanks....

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  • Vinay, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    3 Quick fixes:

    1. - rioters of any religion/persuasion should be SHOT in cold blood no matter whether they are 5 or 5000. They MUST die.

    2. ALL groupS that try to convert ppl to any religion should be BANNED if u want to do social service - do just that dont mix it with religion.

    3. Outlaws like naxals should be mass exterminated - killed in their thousands starting with their leaders.

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  • Sharon D'Souza, Mangalore/Canada

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    My dear brothers and sisters pray for Orissa poor people. Oh God please forgive them, they don't know what they are doing'

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  • Christopher Ammana, Malpe

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    We should treat the Cause not the symptoms. Let us stop Converting Hindus to Christianity and see how Hindu society behaves with us. They are also worried about religion & Culture right ?

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  • Akram Khan , falnir, Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    This is the time to all peace loving citizens of India to join thier hands against fascist forces like VHP, BD, RSS,Shiv sena etc.we should unite and strongly pressurize the Centeral Govt. to ban these terror outfits as the ban SIMI.

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  • MELVIN PERES, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear all sufferers this is the time test for all of you. We shall pray for you to enlighten the minds of all those people who persecute the innocents and Christ our Lord. Hope every thing shall calm down as quickly as possible.

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  • SAKEER. K.C. NAGAR,MANGALORE, DAMMAM

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Those involved in these heinus crime not belonging to any religion. Their Religion is only Goondaism and they are neither,Hindus, Muslim or Christian who do not teach violence. The only solution is to shoot these elements at sight.

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  • bil, dxb/mlore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear John Dsouza/Kiran Crasta, Are you supporting this organizations. you both are in favour. No good organization do organised crimes. they will never kill or burn women and children. or attack place of education. If any good organization has to protest it will raise petions and gather support for their cause. If you think these organizations are going to save christians if they stop conversion then I call you fools.

    Because they will even kill you even if you counsume beef, practice any religion other than theirs. Ask them they will tell you. For my comments I will tell you a solution: Rather bending before the evil force try to face them because each human being has right to speak. Come up with strong support from around the world and show what this organizations are doing take matter to UNO. human rights come in action. We are not here to earn money. social responsiblity is also a part of life. Come all support this call we will fail intial but win is for sure. jai hind.

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  • Seif Sultan, Mangalore / Sharjah

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    The Only solution prescribed by many commenters is for Christian Brothers and sisters to bow down and support the trouble makers (BJP, VHP) etc. Its funny to read this, Please do not take this silence of our Christian friends as their Weakness but its the right opposite.

    We all were born in India and will Die here Insha Allah. About the killing of the Swamiji, Unfortunately in India you are guilty until proven not guilty. The Naxals have claimed responsibility and there are some ignorant commentators here saying that, they should not retaliate for killing the Swamiji, which directly implies that it was christians who did it, What a malice.

    Lets hope that all communities focus on educating their people like our Christian Bretheren, Finally shame on some people who change their names and identity and comment. For rest of my Country men, "LOVE THY NEIGHBOURS"

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I am not getting any words to condemn these henious crime against innocents because it is such henious. Even a cruelest word is not enough to condemn this. I only pray to God to give all those people who creates havoc, either wisdom or take away as quick as possible, so whoever left live in peace.

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  • Veera Kannadiga, Belthangady, Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    First it was Bangalore, then Ahmedabad, Jammu Kashmir, West Bengal, now it is Orissa. Not only Christians are in trouble...whole India is in trouble. Just wait Maharastra is going to be in this list.... Huh India is 'Shining'!!!???

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  • Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    This is the saddest part of our India. Christians are peace loving community and indulge only in social services like education, health and charity work. Why the government is allowing this to happen and powerless to control these goons. Such politicians are real burden on the earth. How can we get rid of terrorists, when we have our own home grown and government controlled terrorists. God save us.

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  • Venance A. J. Crasta, Udyavar / Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    The riots are to be condemmed strongly.At the same time some of the New types of Christian outfits are doing some forceable conversions by offering money etc. aslo to be condemmed. We all should pray for all the victims and for the early peace in Orisa.

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  • Sunil Kumar, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is high time we christians spend enough time in prayer & penance.We have to follow Jesus Christ totally & not partially. Prayer alone can set everything in order & not protests or rallies.We have to be true witnesses of Christ.By being true witnesses alone, we can make any person or religion to look up to us. Remember what Mahatma Gandhi said- I hate Christians,BUT I love Jesus Christ!!!!

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  • Koliya Gillpose, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Mr. John & Clement - You mean, we christians have to practice Lick & Live?

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  • Prasad, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Good point. Ban all fundamentalist forces.

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  • Prasad, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I totally agree with Kiran Crasta and John D'Souza. They have hit the right issues. I do regret and condemn what is happening there but don't generalise all Hindus as fundamentalists... you are totally wrong. Just stop conversions....

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  • Steven, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Its not BJP or Congress.... Clement D'Souza, Bangalore / Mangalore your statement is entirely wrong & also misleading...BJP or Congress are not able to solve problems related to hindus (majority) then how can we even think that muslims & christians will be safe ?....those we are not able to earn & live thier life in a legal way.caste has become the source for such people..... they should be ignored.

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  • Sudhakar Khare, Mangalore/USA

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Well analyzed.

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  • Martis B, Moodubelle

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear friends, Christians in Orissa are facing serious human rights violations and there is total disregard of religious freedom practiced in direct contravention of International Human Rights norms and treaties. It’s time we highlight this to the world.

    Do not have this ‘I don’t care’ attitude because you and your family are safe in your country or abroad. “Silent readers’, please take initiative and send emails. You can copy-paste the articles published in various websites (add source) or provide links. In addition to Daijiworld’s reports, there are articles on: timesofindia.indiatimes.com, mangalorean.com, ndtv.com, ibnlive.com etc. United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Email: communications@uscirf.gov International Human Rights Commission: Email: InfoDesk@ohchr.org Equality and Human Rights Commission, UK, email:info@equalityhumanrights.com The Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), Email: info@coalitionagainstgenocide.org Also log on to: http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org Human Rights Watch-US: hrwnyc@hrw.org Human Rights Watch, UK: E-mail: hrwuk@hrw.org Amnesty International, USA: Email: aimember@aiusa.org

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  • Sadik, Dubai/udupi

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Government should ban all these extremist organisation which breeds extremisim in India

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  • Sudhakar Khare, Mangalore/USA

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is sad to hear of this news. Mangaloreans are a model example of such unity. We recognise as people from Mangalore and not as belonging from any religion.

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  • sheik hashim ali, mangalore, Al-Khobar

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Yes indeed in Indian Muslims and Christians are unsecure. After the demolition of Babri masjid there were so many communal riots. In these riots muslims lost their lives and properties. Now their turn is towards Christians. The facist forces wants to make muslims nad Christians insecure, so everyday they deliberately create some issue against these two communities.

    In every part of India they are attacking these two communities. In 2002 these facist forces killed thousands of muslims in Gujarat. Even they burnt a Christian missionary and his son alive in orissa. And the accused are boasting on their devil work.

    If we visit some fascist sites we can find so many things which only spread enemity between the communities of India. If the same thing continous in India there will be more bloodshed in coming days. The facist forces  and other groups should be banned. These groups only spread hatred between the people. Indian government should take a bold step on banning these anti-human groups. Otherwise there will be retaliation from the oppressed communities which will make India a land of war.

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  • Reena, USA

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    We are deeply sad after knowing the situation  and the sufferings my people are going through in Orissa. All christian people are homeless and many are burnt alive. My dear people my prayerful support is with you.May the Lord Jesus show the right way to handle all the inhuman activities of the fundamentalists.

    I strongly condemn this situation. We request to all people of christian AROUND the WORLD to pray and help for them. ROME, USA and UK SHOULD INTERVENE and discuss with Indian PRIME MINISTER. All christians should be united and help  the Victims.

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  • Rajesh, DUBAI

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Mr. Kiran Crasta thnkx for your comment but you should know India is a secular country and not a Hindu dominated country. Hindus in India is a group of religion except Christian and Muslim. We should respect all religions and their prayer places. The incident in Orissa is the repitition of Gujarath riots. Force central Govt to maintain the law and order, rather than making enquiry commission after 6 months

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  • Fr.Wilfy, Farla/Mysore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Dear suffering brothers and sisters in Orissa, we are with you very much in and through our prayers

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  • Noor Mohd, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Kiran Crasta, State govt responsibility is to protect every citizen. BJP is part of that govt.These kind of injustices takes young men towards the path of antisocials.Govt is also responsible for evils.Wake up.

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  • Anthony Pinto, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    What we are doing for this? What we do is, reading the article and commenting on it. Is that enough? What is the need of the moment? Can we all raise  our voice? Can rise up to the occasion? Let’s not think that we are in less numbers. We have numerous organizations all over the world and we can raise our voice and this might help

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  • Kiran Crasta, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Christians, can we think what's happening to us in India even though most of the people in India are getting benefitted from our services be it like education, hospital services & social services. But still why we have been targetted?? Let me tell you we have some groups within christians like New life. They are converting people by paying money, so all of others watch us red faced due to this menace. Conversions should be stopped as we have much independence in Hindu dominated India we should not mis use this, we can't get this type of independence either in Saudi Arabia or other Gulf countries or other muslim dominated countries.

    We have examples what happened to south korean missonaries in Afghanistan???? what'z happening in Lebanon?? So I kindly request all our fellow christians to support Hindus cause as they have been targetted in India due to Congress parties mis adventure, also I request all our christians to support BJP so that we will be safe at least under BJP.

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is a shame that hindu fundamentalists are trying to turn India into a Taleban. Being educated, it is share not to condemn these rogue organizations . It is sad to see a democratic country being turned into a burning hell in the name of God. I sincere prayers to all the victims of this tragedy.

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  • Fr. John Crasta, Kayyar/Ranchi

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    What is happening in Orissa is too tragic to be described. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. This is the law of nature. What these fundamentalist forces are forgetting is that their inhuman acts of violence are going to create more naxalism and terrorism. Can we all come to one table and address the issues with sincerety and trust? The nation must come first issue of religion, tribe and caste are secondary.

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  • Melwin Rego, Kemmannu

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    VHP, a form of SIMI, just ban it

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  • Hema Fern, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    The violence against Christians should be condemned. What gives them the idea that Swami was murdered by Christians?? Christians do not indulge in violence of murdering. A thorough enquiry should be done to punish the culprits.

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  • Clement D'Souza, Bangalore / Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    The only solution to secure christians in India at the present political scenario is, all christians should vote for Patriotic BJP. Since most of christians don't vote for BJP & Shiv Sena, they look at us as if we are against hindus. The congress (sinking ship in india) can't defend anyone in India except muslims as they constitute their major votebank. Let us consider Sikhs,they are safe since they are supporters of BJP. Recently there were clashes in punjab on Dera Sachha soudha but nothing like this happened ,also no politican dared to comment. Also consider small groups of Jews in mumbai & Uttarakhand they are safe as they support Shiv Sena & BJP. So why not christians think , we should support BJP to make ourself secure & our properties.

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  • Sr.Rose Rita., Coady,Stfx,Canada.

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I am deeply disturbed after reading the artical and the sufferings my people are going through in Orissa,since I have worked in this state.My dear people my prayerful support is with you.May the Lord Jesus show the right way to handle all the inhuman activities of the fundamentalists.I strongly condemn this situation.

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  • Fr.Henry Vas, Mangalore/ New York

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    The best thing we can do right now is to pray for the people of Orissa and leave the rest in the hands of God.

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  • bharath shetty , Kateel -USA

    Tue, Aug 26 2008

    I strongly condemn the killings in Orissa. Regardless of religion people involved should be put behind bar. I also strongly recommend BAN ON CONVERSIONS. These missionaries taking advantage of poverty/uneducation of the people for their goal of conversion.

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  • swati,

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    While the death of the Swamiji is deeply regretted, would the Swamiji be brouhgt back to life with all these killings and misery caused to people, most of whom may be totally innocent. It is sad to see that our country is practising the 'law of retaliatoin'.

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  • rohan, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    its easy to create havoc and tension in the name of religion why don't people realise that humanity is the best relationship and religion.........love one another as u love yourself.....

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  • Msgr Denis Prabhu,

    Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Dear Brethren in sufferings and martyrdom,We are praying for you,imploring God's protection to you and forgiveness and mercy on the people persecuting you.O God,Judge our cause,O Just God. Who can stand against you?

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  • Harold D'cunha, Manglaore/India

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is nothing but non acceptance by the higher caste people when the downtrodden are living like human being with the help of Christian missionaries. Education, hope given to these downtrodden by the sacrifice of Christian missionaries is become painful to the so called higher caste. The only way to divert people's mind is by driving them from the true reality.

    The presence of missionaries is a obstacle to have control on these downtrodden. The slaying of Swamy should be condemned by all walks of life.The area is actively involved by Maoist. Prevention is better than cure. Why such prominent member is not protected by the police and as well l as by the volunteers ? Aftermath of slaying of Swamy, what these Sangh Parivar has done shows their culture of functioning.

    Christianity always spread due to the sacrifice of the missionaries who are setting example of Jesus Christ by laying their life for others. It is pathetic to know that the State Government which boas to protect the downtrodden has failed completely. Request the Central Government to sack it immediately.

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  • barot ghanshyam, usa

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    attacks on christains and churches should stop.USA and UK SHOULD INTERVENE.Hinduism does not preach violence.Love begets love.

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  • Jyo Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Really sad to read this...Christians don't lose hopes. I think god is testing christians patience there...HE WILL COME................

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  • Surya, US

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    These loss to life, property and peace to the Christian community has to stop right now. And enforcement should take place so no future incidence happens.

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  • Venkat, USA

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    It is an unsually long narration by father Fernandes. Naxalites killing an 82 year old and the associates is an enigma. Are these orchestrated by "Naxals" or other groups?

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  • John Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Bajrang Dal and VHP are good organisations. It will fight anti-nationals only. We should stop forcing conversions which is bringing bad name to christians. We should also not criticise nationalist parties. This is the only way we can get respect of Hindu community which is peace loving

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  • John D'Cruz, Bantwal

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    Why People are developing enimity. Religious riots is threatening the whole mankind.

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  • Fr.Joachim Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2008

    I am disturbed after reading the detail report about my brethren in Orissa. I do condemn the killing of swamiji. But I strongly condemn the inhuman activities of fundamentalists and the callous attitude of police and the government officials.

    No one should take the law in thier own hand, yet the local administration is allowed all to happen. My Hindu brethren pray 'Sarve bhavantu Sukhinaha, sarve santu niraamayaaha, sarve bhadrani pashyantu, maa kaschit dukhkha bhaakbhavet.' (May all attain happiness, may all be healthy, may all enjoy good fortune, may none suffer misery and sorrow.) My prayer today is 'Lord forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.' sabko sanmati de bhagavan.

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