Mangalore: Hindu-Catholics Agree for Amicable Settlement


Mangalore:  Hindu-Catholics Agree for Amicable Settlement

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (TU)

Mangalore, Sep 18: The leaders of Catholic Christian and Hindu community have decided to burry the hatchet and resolve differences, if any between two communities with amicable settlement in the future to maintain peaceful atmosphere in the district. They also assured not to hurt religious sentiments of each other.

The leaders of both the communities agreed to resolve all differences at the peace meeting led by district in-charge-minister J Krishna Palemar held on Wednesday September 17 in the presence of district commissioner M Maheshwar Rao. Catholic Christian leaders and Hindu community leaders participated in the meeting headed by Fr Vincent Monteiro and Dr Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat respectively.


Speaking to press persons at the joint conference conducted by leaders of both communities here on Thursday September 18, VHP leader MB Puranik said that Hindus have great respect towards Catholic Christian community. They have contributed reputed educational institutions to the society. The recent incidents were purely based on misunderstandings.

"Both the communities have been living peacefully for a long time. There is a political conspiracy behind the recent clash. Everybody has right to worship their religion in this country. But we will fight against forcible conversion which is against the Constitution," he said.

Puranik said that both communities have agreed in the meeting not to defame each other and not conduct any programme which would lead to misunderstanding. He added that New Life Society has been indulged in conversions and Sangh Parivar has brought this to our notice. "We give three-month deadline to them to find ways to stop such activities."

Fr Francis Serrao said that Catholic Christian institutions never played any kind of discriminatory role among students. The New Life Society has no connection with Catholic Christian community. It is not under the jurisdiction of any Catholic Bishop.

"Baseless allegations against Catholic community and attack on churches either owing to mistaken identity or well-planned strategy have hurt our sentiments. We should respect and encourage the culture of every community. Such incidents should not occur again. Nobody is above the law. Hereafter nobody should take law and order into their hands," he added.

When he was asked as why other sections of the Christian community had not been invited during the peace meeting, Fr Serrao replied that they also to be invited during next peace meetings.

Puranik clarified that attacks on churches in other parts of the state have no connection with Sangh Parivar. It is a well-planned political conspiracy, fishing in troubled waters. "Being a RSS member, I can say that Hindutva is a nationality. According to RSS, all religions of our country are Hindu only. Hindu community is a peaceful community. We never want to hurt anybody," he opined.

Hindu community leaders Jagadish, S Ramesh and Christian leaders Fr Francis Ferao, Fr Vincent Montero, Roy Castelino were present at the press conference.

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  • E.P.Fernandes, Kenha,Mudarangady/Uran,Navi Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 29 2008

    Daijiworld did a wonderful job by giving all the details of the incident, with photographs. I wud also appreciate the efforts of Fr.Balthazar Castelino of Nakre(in Paris) to keep all his contacts posted with the latest updates on a day to-day basis.

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  • Preetham Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 25 2008

    Nothing can be changed overnight you know, its a long process and time will tell. We all know how things are in our country and how difficult it is to actually have an efficient system. People aren't blind and these happenings are part of the acts of those people whose intentions are not of any religion. No matter which religion we belong to, lets think clearly and not bias ourselves with the views of our community or of our religion or of any of the individuals and their intentions.

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  • Joe Saldanha, Santhekatte, Kallianpur

    Tue, Sep 23 2008

    Hindu temples are all around the world. Should we instigate to demolish them? No. When the law is broken give the punishment and not excuses. What is the use of having courts, police, ministers and the government which cannot function? Looks like all Rams, Laxmans can do anything in India and get away with it because they have Hindu names and BJP support. I have not heard or come across any christian burning temples or assulting a Hindu priest. Since thousands of years buddist/jains tried to reform them in vain. We must get up and think of having our own identity.

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  • Robert, bendore, UAE

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Why in this talk Protestant church, new life and other sections of Christianity not called???

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  • Arun, Suratkal

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    This is only a solution for the time being.There is no surprise if the attack continues as it is highly impossible to bring anti conversion law in our constitution as our setup is democratic.Always opposition parties will see that it is not implemented.For such organisations attcking will be only way to fight it.If you ban one such organisation 10 similar will arise.So we should find the root cause and solve it.

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  • FR FELIX MONTEIRO, NVSC,POONA, MANGALORE

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Congratulations to Fr Vincent Fr Serrao S.J.and all the Hindu community leaders for your effort to bring together the two communities at the crisis time. It is a good move towards maintaning harmony and peace. I would suggest very strongly yhis to happen in each parish between Christians, Hindus, Muslims and jains community leaders. I am hopeful then only we can live in harmony on the long line. I would suggest that every one shhould be made clear the differances between Roman Catholics, Protestant groups and other sects who are causing problems. All the best and please start the initiation at the parish level soon. CONGRATULATIONS TO WEBSITE DAIJIWORLD FOR YOUR AUTHENTIC AND GENUINE COVEARGE AND MISSION TO SPREAD THE HATMONY AND PEACE. LONG LIVE DAIJI WORLD.

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  • johnny, permude

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    I disagree with this concept.we dont have problems with hindus. Problem is with some groups.this concept may lead to devide and rule policy.

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  • George Plathottam , New Delhi

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    I was not happy to read about the way efforts are made to differentiate between Catholics and New Life. Puranik's comment that if any forced conversion done, which is against the Constitution, they will fight. Do they not know the kind of vandalism and hooliganism they have indulged in is not only against the constitution but against any kind of cvilised conduct.

    Constitution does not permit them to take law into their own hands. So the whole peace agreement is a hogwash. I am afraid the Catholic leaders shelved our Christian brothers and sisters of New Life and other groups and was in a hurry to buy peace. Put together Puranik's aggressive language and the events that are happening in Jablapur, and elsewhere.

    Churches across denominations are being attacked all over the country, and we should not be naive to think that they are for peace and amity. The law must take its course and the guilty must be punished. And all Christians must stand together without disowning one another saying "I am for Paul, I am for Apollo." When we speak divisive language, we are doing precisely what the Sangh Parivar wants, divide the Christian community.

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  • GPV, Mangalore/Saudi

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Mr.Usman Surathkal... Thanks for the list of names of corrupted officers. For your kind information, not only in India, this happens everywhere in the world, no money no honey. I worked in Saudi, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, UAE and many places, every where money talks. Its not only in INDIA.

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  • alfred, mangalore/pondicherry

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    am really happy with the all religion meeting.thanks Fr.Fanky for ur support.I also thank VHP leaders for taking part in the meeting.Indian have all right to follow any religion as long as hez happy.I doubt therz any forcible conversion in mangalore.if at all there is any forcible conversion taking place,its upto the court to take the judgment.no one has the right to damage the religious property.I have great respect to the Hindus,most of my friens are Hindus.But i hate the anti-social group which tries to soil the image of Kudla.

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  • Sushil, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    I am very happy that things have been settled peacefully. But with great pain i have noticed our Catholic brothers trying to call them they are the true christians? i do not know who gave them this authority? just because they are in majority compared to other christian denominations? its because of this self centered people we have problems and people take advantage? without knowing the fact do not do any false accusations. Its not only catholic christians who wants peace or served the society other christian denomination also done equally weel. Do not try to wash your hand in the times of trouble. Let us all live peacefully without accusing each other. Only peace can bring understanding. Violence and hatred is self destructive.

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  • Hariprasad , Mangalore/Falnir

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Respected Priests, i have not right to comment but i would like to point out this, if you'll go for settlement means all the case against these miscreant will be cleared, which should not happen. and for Sharmila, UAE...there were Sisters, Nuns and other innocent people included who were very badly injured if you are not aware it is not just your family.

    These respected Priests were there when all problems started, they are doing their best so it doesn't happen again to your religion. I was the witness for the actions were taken place you were not here. once again i am sorry if it as hurt anyone.

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  • Michael D'Souza, Kinnigloi

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Compensate the loss & humiliation then come to the term of amicable settlement. If not, no meaning in compromise. Judiciary has to pass the verdict to Punish, so that they may not do the same in future, its not a childs play to say sorry and make up. Assault on women cannot be tolerated, and religion and place of worship is not toys to tampered with.

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  • Arun, Belman/Bangalore

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    I cant see Mr. Steevan quadras Permeude who is Secretery of diocean pastoral comitte in all these peace meetings/press conferences? i think Only priests like Dr. John Fernandes can really well represent these inter-religion peace meetings.

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  • fr.Joachim Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    It is my concern too Dr.Edward. we christians take the initiative for dialogue and harmony. our hindu and muslim bretheren join us willingly. I have attended many a 'dharma samanvaya' meetings. our friends agree with us in all matters in the meeting. But then, when they go out, in another forum they speak the contrary. this is survival tactics. honesty, commitment and consistency is a must for inter-religious dialogue and not convinience.

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  • leena, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    In the aftermath of the attacks on places of worship it is the right time to reaffirm our faith in the almighty god. The primary objective of all church is bringing about salvation for all humankind through the good news. Personally I as a catholic feel it is not right on anybody’s part to convert anyone by force or coercion. If the Protestants and Catholics in general and New Life in particular has ever involved in forceful conversion and derogatory literature it is not going to last long. It is going to be like the seed that fell on the shallow ground/ on the road and that which fell amongst the bushes.

    It is natural for you and me as Catholics to feel that because of some Christian groups we are targeted. Is this reaction because some of our faithful have gone to their fold and identify them as born again Christians? In any way it is not right on our part to isolate our protestant Christian brethren especially New Life on the issue on concern. After all what is their fault? Spreading good news to many who have not heard it? Taking many disadvantaged and helping them? Reforming their belief? Working in dangerous situations and being prosecuted for Christ and the good news? Baptizing people with the Holy Spirit? How many of us including me can say that we never missed an opportunity to speak about our faith not bothering the consequences? The time has come to rethink our spiritual practices and ritualistic behaviors. It is high time that we truly and correctly reflect upon the Good News .

    At individual level it is also time to reflect upon our duty as believers in disseminating the word of god. It is also time for all of us to reinvent Christ if he is dead in our lives. The reason why even many Christians (from all catholic sects) go on to become born again Christians is because they feel though they were Christians they were dead in spirit.

    All what is happening in the church, our faiths and the world including the spread of the message, and the prosecutions in His name are actually the fulfillment of the Gospel. Therefore it is better not to isolate anyone and be punished for the sin against the Holy Spirit. Therefore there is no use wasting time accusing and saying bad things about born again sects. The need of the time is to keep the fire/spirit of Christ burning in each one according to the true teaching of Christ and the holy bible. It is indeed possible with the effective and truly spiritual revolutionary leadership.

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  • mishal, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 20 2008

    Dont agree with this agreement, they should be punished for their shameless acts.These people have taken for granted the peaceful nature of catholics.

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  • mcshetty, Bangalore/Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    People realised the situation and decided to settle the matter themselves this is what is I call the civilised society. They set an example. We are democratic and peace loving society where all the religious sentiments are respected. Please do not belive these politician who always looking for vote bank they belong to nobody as they are only opportunist. Mangalorean are highly educated and successful fun loving people I am sure peace will prevail soon. I wish them all the best.

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  • Sr jyothi fernandes, Mangalore/Goa

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I am glad that slowly peace is being restored in Mangalore. I appreciate the initiative of the religious leaders and the people of good will of various religions trying to bring back communal harmony. Viloence will lead us no where. Let each and every person in Mangalore and in every place of our nation have the freedom to live as "WE THE PEOPLE" OF INDIA. Congratualtions to Daijiworld.com for giving all the stories so fast and that too with photographs!

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  • Vittal , udupi

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    REALLY PRAISE WORTHY TO SEE THE WAY CHRSTIANS & THEIR LEADERS FORGOT THE PAST AND JOIN FOR THE PEACE MEET THIS IS GREATNES OF CHRISTIANITY, WE HAVE TO BURRY THE PAST WHAT WAS HAPPENED IS VERY SAD AND SHOULD NOT REPEAT THE SAME. KHARGE, DEVE GOWDA, MAHESH BHAT AND MANY, THEY HAVE WRONG ITENTION INFACT THEY ARE EXEGERATING THE MATTER INSTEAD BRINGING THE PEACE BETWEEN HINDUS AND CHRISTIANS THEY ARE L0OKING FOR THIS TYPE OF OPPORTUNITIES JUST TO BUILT THEIR IMAGE BUT THEIRS WRONG OTHER WAY THEY ARE ALL FAILED LEADERS.

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  • oliver, canada

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    was there any one from this team of " Amicable Settlement" tasted mangalore police treatment ?? if there are any, they have every right to represent christians.

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  • rahul desai, Goa

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The government should act more RESPONSIBLY and stop the use of the EXCUSE OF CONVERSION to justify the religious attacks.Instead of providing succour to the victims, the chief minister is speaking of the alleged conversions. Is he having a soft corner for the terrorist group Bajrangdal, which was behind these dastardly acts. The state government should fulfill its responsibilities without any bias.The government should perform its constitutional duties judicially and impartially.Why are the policemen arresting VICTIMS(peaceful Christian Protesters) instead of the real culprits(Bajrang Dal), who have openly admitted that they were responsible for such acts.The police have caned the women/old/nuns, who were staging protest peacefully and without using any weapons. The police entered inside the churches and presbyteries of the churches without any provocation or compelling reasons to do so.The government has not arrested any leader belonging to Bajrangdal, while innocents have been rounded up.

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  • Doreen Machado, Mangalore/ Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The only way forward would be that Christians join hands with the right thinking Hindus to wipe out these terrorists groups. The Central government should play a role to make this happen. I am sure these terrorists are waiting to strike again, and Christians should be alert. Unless these terrorists' groups themselves come forward and seek a peaceful and amicable settlement we will not be safe even in the future.

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  • Sharol, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I definitely agree with those who say that not all Hindus are involved in this. So we should not generalize the whole race. We have to concentrate on settling this mess rather than aggravating it any longer and strive on getting our menfolk and youth out safely. The settlement on common grounds is appreciated.

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  • prashant, bangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    so we sat with them for 'amicable' settlement and aceepted some of them as Hindu 'leaders'-

    we are taken for a ride again!

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves , Bannur Puttur/Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I had doubt when BJP reshuffled 300 police personnel in 100 days and this was done by the ministers and MLA’s. It is evident from the police telling their hands are tied which shows clear terrorism by Rama Sene, VHP, RSS, BJDL (Hindu terrorists). Everyone knows the truth but this is not a vote bank. There is a provision in the constitution if law and order breaks down the Federal Government can impose president rule and everyone has witnessed breakdown of law and order in Mangalore and other parts of Karnataka. Instead of arresting the terrorists they are arresting innocent protesters. I do ask the police and the terrorists does Christians threw bombs, had there been suicide bomb, had there been any one shot dead by Christians. Four people have been knifed. We do not know in such a big crowd who did what??? But we know that those who didn’t take arms and ammunition are arrested mercilessly. There were Christians who voted for BJP I hope they already got the returns. Jesus said centuries before for my sake you will be hated but those who keep faith in Him will be saved (His soul will be saved). If the Hindu terrorists have GUTS they should go and fight in the border of Kashmir not fighting with the meek and week people. There are many Hindus whom we love them and we have helped them in many ways and cases but the outfit’s doesn’t want our good relations with Hindus. Conversion matter is raised as a political gimmick by the Hindu terrorists. God bless all of us

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  • satish shetty, vamanjur qatar

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Jagga dayek maraya porbulena churchk mutere potini. Bodchi ithind.

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  • Mukesh, Mangalur

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I Totally agree with Mr.Hariprasad we Hindus peace loving people,no one as the right to take law in theier Hands.We love christians

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  • sonia, mangloare

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Your are 100% right Jean, VHP has planned soo well the attcak on christians all together but now givning the excuse of new life, this is to divert catholics attenion from the situation, now its time for christians to get up.This attack is not mis identity it is a purposful and well planned actitivity. Even though we have diffient group but we worship the same Jesus christ- so all christians has to join together and flight this battle- lets not devide christ body in to some more pices

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  • Gilbert Vaz, Vamanjur Saudi Arabia

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Jaggu, please remember u were literally brought up in a christain house right from your birth. you were the tenant of Mrs.Mendonca. YOur parents were respected and thorough God fearing people. Your family is a dignified one but you resorting to such vandalism is indeed painful. We have seen u grow with the christian community. I request you to stop this herinous acts and repent with God. Do not call upon Gods curse on you.

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  • Rahul Dsouza, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Mr Puranic, first of all this country belongs to all of us Indians.Kindly note that religion, caste, creed is something which was made by mankind and generations followed it as blind bats. The question here is will managlore ever be the same in future. the recent communal warth will remain as a scar on every individual.every individual will henceforth start doubting each other.there will be no respect for eachother, but toleration. this is what the british did to us & same has been done by you all. histroy repeats itself.

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  • jacintha, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Peace process or not, the scar remains. The silent approval of 'non fundamentalist' hindu brethern has hurt more than the bajrangi act. We forgive but don't think we will forget the utter pain hurled on us by abusing what is most blessed to us. And majority chose to stand-by.

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  • vincy, Shamboor/Bangkok

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The entire episode of peace talks is a bullshit.Unless the attackers brought under justice,how you can expect anyone to be calm and forget everything.This is not family matter,it is society cause and the attacks are pre-planned.We do not accept this.We want justice.What is this statement that you publish about ‘Puranik clarified that attacks on churches in other parts of the state have no connection with Sangh Parivar. It is a well-planned political conspiracy, fishing in troubled waters. "Being a RSS member, I can say that Hindutva is a nationality. According to RSS, all religions of our country are Hindu only. Hindu community is a peaceful community. We never want to hurt anybody," he opined. So we cant digest this sentence. We are democratic nation and RSS is not party for peace talks if the above is endorsed.

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  • suresh A., udupi

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    it is good process and settlement, no doubt it will be welcomed by both communities so that other political parties will not gain fame from this. law should be implemented to avoid any forcible conversion of any communities and abusing any god.

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  • Akash, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I totally agree with u Mr Godwin. I am sure somebody is behind of this riot,but now the time is come to forget everything live happily

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  • Ramesh, dubai

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    hello. why you are mentioning only Hindu people's name. Do you think we all hindus are currupt???

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  • Naveen, Shankerpura

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The person who was responsible for the attack on churches in MANGALORE not yet arrested. If such persons taking law in their own why we want the Government.What action did governmnet took against them.Is it not BJP is supporting such attacks. And our Ch. Minister doesnt know about the Act(conversion related) which exists in Indian Constitution?

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  • Reuben, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    There can be peace and settlement only when all the people from the bjp,bd and vhp are arrested for causing such a horrible act. Or else who can guarantee that these people wont attack within the next year or even a couple of months. Have they been brought to justice for creating such a situation without proof against the Catholics?

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  • RAKESH, MANGALORE

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I welcome the peace settlement meeting and i condemn the forcible conversion of hindus.if the new life organisation continue their business of selling their religion,attacks will be continue.we hindus wont tolerate insults of our religion.

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  • Mohini Poojary, Vamanjur

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Not only Jaggu but all his siblings are the products of the convent schools like Sacred Hearts and St. Agnes. Its very shocking to hear of his acts though he was known for such incidents in his childhood. Now he must be a thorough professional in action and cover up. Bagavanta.

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  • Joe D Silva, Mangalore / Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    All praise for this reconciliation effort. Let’s remember: "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 18-19). A word of caution - the remark from Puranik is disturbing: "According to RSS, all religions of our country are Hindu only" - I totally disagree and this is totally unacceptable. We all have our own identity and have equal right to practice our own religion under our own identity and for us as the ‘Children of Christ Jesus’.

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  • Clifford D Souza, Kelaria Australia

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I agree with Dr. Edward Nazerath. Jagadeesh Sheneva has studied in a convent school at Kelarai and today he is stabbing the same christian community. He is unfit to be an advocate. Peacemaker and Jagdeesh Sheneva -

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  • john, suratkal

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I am totally disagree with this peace process.Hurting peace loving,soft natured,minority,literate,and nation loving christian people and damaging their physical,sentimental and relegious wealth in a traditional rich agressive way treating their own so called brothers and sisters in a barbarian way forgetting those who are always giving their best efforts to the whole nation without thinking of any perticular relegion.

    Once your real attitude is shown with every other minority relegions like Muslims,sikhs,dalits and least but not the last with christians also? .Now you talking about peace in what face?

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  • Dr Edward Nazareth, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I am surprised that Mr Jagadish Shenava, the advocate who was in the joint press meet (after the peace meet) in the afternoon was supporting the attack by his men on cross and destroying the Holy Sacrament at Adoration Monastrey on the same night(yesterday) in a live TV show in a local network. How can any one trust these leaders and their followers?

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  • Brinston Noronha, Surathkal / Muscat

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    This refers to the remarks made by Mr. Usman. Really sad. These so called higher officers should feel shame to show their faces in public. There will be many more of this category. If only our politicians take note of this......! They are busy in safe-guarding their chairs!!

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  • jean, mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    This Press Conference without the New Life Leaders was a waste.They were the one targeted by the Bhajrangis, so they should have been mainly present for discussion with the Sangh Parivar. in the conference.

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  • venkat, Kundapur

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    How can be there peace. What about thd crocodile tears of Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge, Mr. Deve Goonda etc. and of course our well known Mr.Mahesh Bhatt who travels to Pakistan very often. Does their crocodile tears have no value? I mean, will they their game of fishing in the troubled water.?

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  • Nagesh shetty, Kinnigoly, Muscat.

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Hindus have great respect for Catholics and rarely had problems with christians in the past. Smoke comes if there is a fire. So find out the route cause and act up on it instead of reacting.

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  • Robert, bendore, UAE

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I request all the Christian communities to respect all the religion. But at the same time don't forget what had happened. Be unite. As Sunday Church bell brought us together, same way be together always. Don’t allow anybody break this one bounding. One more thing, I request Catholic and Protestant church bishop, like September 11 celebrated as "Memorial Day” in USA. Same ways celebrated this day (14th September) and remember efforts. We must stay one and protest any atrocity take place against Christians in India or anywhere in the world. We should show our solidarity. We should learn from our Muslim brother this matter. Even any part of the world problem against in Muslims takes place. They all get united.

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  • Rita Vas, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I welcome the Hindu-Catholics agree for amicable settlement. Now at least let the people of mangalore/Karnataka come out of their fear and tension and let the land of Gandhi who propagated by his life and example Satya and Ahimsa breathe fresh air of nonviolence

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  • Eugene D'Souza, Moodubelle/Dombivli

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    I had been following the recent developments in Mangalore, Udupi and other places with great anguish and anxiety through a detailed coverage excellently and impartially done by daijiworld.

    The news regarding Hindu-Catholics agreeing for an amicable settlement has come as a great relief to all. As Jesus Christ had said: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."(Mathew 5:9). God bless all those members from both Hindu and Christian communities who believe in peace and communal harmony. From these recent developments all of us have to learn some lessons:

    1. By communal violence we not only harm human life and destroy property, but also breed distrust and fear among the communities especially the minorities.

    2. This kind of violence may fetch immediate political gains to some, but in the long run it will weaken the nation which is built on the principle of unity in diversity.

    3. Any problem or grievance can be solved through peaceful means within the framework of the law. 4. The breakaway and Evangical groups such as the New Life Fellowship should realize that their method of 'winning over' adherents to their way of preaching has done incalculable harm not only to themselves but to a great extent to Roman Catholics.

     5. As the crisis has blown over let us forgive and forget as Jesus Christ had said on the Cross: "Father forgive them they do not know what they do."

     6. As the violence is the handiwork of certain brainwashed and ignorant fanatics, let us not blame the entire Hindu community for these incidents and maintian and continue cordial relations with our Hindu brothers as it had existed in the past.

    7. Let us not forget that we are all Indians irrespective of the differences in our religion, language and culture.

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  • john prabhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The whole episode is centered around disturbing facts related to Hindu religion contained in the pamplets printed by so called "New Life Group" as alleged by VHP, Bajrangdhal, and RSS group. I totally agree with Mr. Puranik nobody can rob one's religion forcibly, which is against the constitution and also it is true whoever spreads wrong messages by defaming other religion is equally a hurdle to the society. Now, our New Life christian group has denied all allegations posted against them, we should get down to the core of the business, who has done this?? we must have faith and beleif in our judiciary system, since the responsibility is given to COD.

     Pehaps it is a elementary lesson for us to learn that, we treat each other as human beings rather than fighting for religion. If, we had sorted out our differences before hand, by addressing this issue by calling face to face meeing of community leaders, we could have averted this major incident. As walter pinto writes:( I agree with him) "we as Christians, also should listen to their(Hindus) grievances in a correct prospective". My appeal to all Mangaloreans, whether Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Catholic and others is : We are here, not to hate anybody, but love each other. When love engulfs us all the hatred will disappear like a snow. Good move by the peace committee and I wish good things to continue. Let us live in peace and harmony. My sympathies to those who have hurt in the violent incident that took place couple of days ago.

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  • Hariprasad , Mangalore/Falnir

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Gentleman's please don't bring all Hindus in this mess. Coz we Hindus don't support these terror peoples like BD,VHP and RSS we are peace loving peoples, these people are damaging the Hindu people's image. Let me tell you'll one thing they have no right to attack anyone in the name of Hindu's.

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  • Ashwin Vaz, Neerude/ Pune

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    It is a good thing that there is peaceful settlement but I still fear if this peace reaches the grass roots. To my knowledge there was no problem between 2 communities. The problem is only with the Bajrang Dal ideologies (which needs to be paid attention to). It is also a chalenge to the community in Mangalore to be an example of harmony to others.

    One question to Daiji world: So many reports of Police brutality. Has anything been done in this regard?

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  • Arun Raj, Managlore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Take entier christian community into confidence before holding any such meetings. our first agenda should be to release the innocent youth who are in jail. Let the District/State administration release them first, then will talk about any dialogues.

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  • Godwin D'souza , Mangalore/ Kuwait

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    It is very bad, I felt very sad to seen attacked monestery and Milagrese Church. Because of this "NEW LIFE " group. WE Roman Catholic attacked by some other group. I am properly against to converting by force. There is no right to anyone to go against to human rights. so Hindus could give complaint to police station, instud of they give complaint against convert sudden they attacked on Catholics, who are they to attack? where is the police deptartment ? and why need police protection force in India? what police took action ? I think police are invouled in this riot against Catholic. whether police forcenesscety in India? first we should ban " NEW LIFE " our nuns and children ,women are got hurt on this day I do not take it serious because our people thrown stones on police and from police side also got hurt, we do one thing , let us desire to stand for election from catholics and we choose him/her send him/her to support our rights and human rights.

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  • George Parappadi, Karkala

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    This is really good news. Now that situation has returned to normalcy, leaders should stop entertaining visits from political leaders to churches and focus should be on rebuilding them. Also I am happy that Ivan D'Souza has been kept out of this meeting considering he needlessly provoked youth in our community resort to violence.

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  • Walter Mirnada, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    As our Hindu community brothers are saying that the main cause of the recent riot (On Christian community) in Mangalore and Karnatak is the conversion and our Hindu brothers are saying that they got the evidence for that conversion. If the pray group new life did the conversion then the Govt. is thinking for imposing a ban on the new life prayer Group well it is good if the Govt will ban the new life prayer group then the Govt. also must think to ban all the other prayer Groups like Jovoah Witness, Alleluiah/ Pentecost etc. etc prayer groups and which all other prayer groups raised their heads in the society with out under the Jurisdiction of the christian Bishops.

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  • Wins, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    A bad taste in the mouth. A sense of sadness, and helplessness.

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  • Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala, Doha-Qatar

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    First two days, since none of the Priests joined in the protests against the destruction of the Christian Prayer places in public, but only nuns and clergy, they were too immature to lead such co-ordination committee to prevent further escalation of conflicts.

    Therefore, some of the nun's, apart from Ron, Ivan and some of clergy members could have made much difference outpouring their cry on behalf of all Christians. In the meeting Puranik was dictating terms against New Life Fellowship while Priests were clueless. And suppose New Life Fellowship members were present in the FIRST meeting, Puranik and his party could have lost their face. Therefore, the first meeting was spineless and worthless without participation of the New Life Fellowship members. Priests were defensive, stating that New Life Fellowship members were offensive. However, Priests should know that “THOSE WHO FOR US ARE NOT AGAINST US”.

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  • sunil raj , Managalore / Saudia

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    Delighted to note that we Hindus & Catholics and our Catholic brothers have agreed for a amicable settlement. We have lived in Harmony for all these years. Hindu Brothers should come forward and take peace walk along with Catholic bros. Because In Mangalore Catholics already mix with milk and sugar. I really condemn the act of attack.

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  • Frank, Mumbai - India

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    A very good move by all religious body to come more closer with understanding and great respect to all creed. The respective body and movement especially Hindu religious body should chalk out a plan to reconcile with its immediate neighbours like Christians and Muslims as well. Hope and pray the amicable settlement may bring peace and harmony between us. The said body must seek with the concerned authority to release all those imprisoned innocents during communal disturbance especially police took christians forcibly who came to church for worship on sunday.Book those law mishandling people and suspend them for a uncertain period.All churchs/worship places, nuns and priests should be protected and respected. LET THERE BE HEALING BETWEEN US - we hope and pray. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

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  • K. S. Mayya, Mangalore/South Korea

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Wow...Mr. Walter Pais. I am aware that a lot of Christians have taken active interest in understanding Hinduism. Some of the articles published in Daijiworld by Mr.Montereo (Dombiville) for example are proof towards this. Unfortunately, I am not sure such an interest exsists in many Hindus. I wish many Hindus also take similar interest in knowing about Christianity and the sects therein. It's actually very interesting rather than anything else. Last but not least, it is the best way to move away towards a less religiously polarized society where there is not much of us vs them. It would best serve our country if some our Hindu organizations also take up social service activities that are undertaken by Christian organizations.

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  • Abraham, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    This is the time to show christians unity,please call all christain communities and make a strough team, why only hindu and catholics agree for peace settlements.All chritians are same,Catholic christian base from Rome and Orthodox christian from Syria Damascus,This all distination found by Jesus Christs apostols St Pauls & St Peter but some authorities devided for their benefit so nowdays other communities are not respecting christinity because of no unity and less spriritul. Please think possitively, we all from one family. Thanks & regards

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  • Sharmila, UAE

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    How can Puranic say indutwa is our nationality? Indian is our nationality. Kindly educate yourself Mr Puranic. Catholics brothers and sisters don't come to a conclussion so soon. Why those bajarangis are not punished? Why police started beating when there was only a peacefull protest? Why lady police were not deployed? Dear Fr. Vincent you can not take a decission in hurry coz our family members were in the jail not any priest.

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  • Raju,

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Very good we are all Indians thank you Daijiworld .

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  • Usman Hyder, Surathkal

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    The incident of attacking churches and destroying Jesus Christ statue shows that Bajarangdal does not have any respect for other religion. Everyone knows it is a wing of BJP and our CM is silent on this issue. The same thing happened in 1991 and 1998 for Muslims and every one was silent!!!!????. The issue is all our govt body is corrupt including police and Administration.

    My recent experience is without Rs. 100 bribe even passport renewal application wont move to SP office. I discussed with Mr. Ramesh (Inspector-Surathkal) and he does not have answer. Even in SP office Mangalore without paying Rs. 100 the application will not move to Bangalore office....same in Surathkal branch of Mangalore corporation... Mr. Purusotham (Rs.150) Miss Meera (Rs. 150) Mr. Ramachandra (Rs.150).... if you are interested I have recorded telephone conversation ..... India still ruled by culprits !!!!! Alaas!!!

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  • john, karkala

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    "Both the communities have been living peacefully for a long time. There is a political conspiracy behind the recent clash. Everybody has right to worship their religion in this country. But we will fight against forcible conversion which is against the Constitution," he said. dear mr.puranic fighting is good,but with in the frame work of constitutional laws.in which capacity you are threatening even new life and give them dead line.if any one has disturbed social fabric,then approach the judiciary.  Have you lost confidence in the constitution?. Are you not honest to admit that the fertile ground provided to terrorists in India is owing to the hatred propogation carried out by sangh parivaar for the last 7~8 decades?.

    If there is a political conspiracy in recent communal disturbances,then who hatched it and carried out simulataneous attacks on prayer places.it is not the press statements are the need of the hour but a thorough introspection by all concerned

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  • EDMOND G. NORONHA, KIREM- SHARJAH

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Dear Fr. Francis / Fr. Vincent I don't fully agree with your conclussions, eventhough I have a great respect for both of you, whom I know personally. Take care of our sentiments. I just cannot think of disecrating the Holy Cross and the Blessed Sacrament and atrocities commited towards our respected nuns whom we (not only Christians) but as a whole of mangalorean community.

    My personal opinion we should pray to God to punish these so called Saviours of Hindu Fundamentalist who are indulged in this rowdism. Think again before you draw conclussion.

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  • Joel, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    Based on this report, I have the following comments/observations "Puranik clarified that attacks on churches in other parts of the state have no connection with Sangh Parivar".....So you agree that you were responsible for the attacks in Mangalore/Udupi, and you go unpunished. "But we will fight against forcible conversion which is against the Constitution," ...There is a law enforcing agency whose job is to to do so. You can complain to the nearest police station and they can file a case in the nearest court. Every Indian has to follow the law of the land.

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  • allwyn mendonca, kallianpur

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    New Life people please stop these activities and come to old life where you were baptized

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  • Roy Vijay D' Silva, Cordel / Dubai

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Delighted to note that we Catholics and our Hindu brothers have agreed for a amicable settlement. We have lived in Harmony for all these years. We were a couple of Catholics and the rest were all Bunts in our group during our good old College days. When they used to relish our Dukra mas, we used to glutton Their Kori Kajpu during feasts. Even till date the most trustworthy servants in our Home are Hindus, then how come we misunderstood each other overnight!!!

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  • Walter Pais, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 19 2008

    This situation has brought to my notice, that in spite of my 73 years in the community I did not take the trouble to know more about my Hindu brothers. My resolve has been to study about it from Wikipedia in a systematic way. I have noted that they have some beautiful things which need to be admired, and appreciated.

    Perhaps this indifference on our part also adds to the problem. We should also let our Hindu brothers know more about ourselves, and our differences so that they can identify their grievances in a correct perspective. Hope this movement brings greater amity and understanding. Below our skins we are all brothers and sisters. Walter Pais

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  • Arnold Lobo, Bangalore/Qatar

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    Thank God for the amicable settlement to maintain peace. God is love & We are his creation and every human being in this world is precious in the eyes of GOD. So dear friends lets all have respect to GOD'S creation & have respect to each other no matter what religion we follow. At the end we all are God's children. Let the peace of Almighty God prevail not only in Mangalore but in India & thru out the world. God loves you all.

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  • Fr.Melwin Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    A peace accord is always a positive sign. But lets not forget that christians have been hurt and wounded. Our trust is betrayed. Attitudes are formed. To rebuild lives it takes time. The Christians in Mangalore in any case have displayed that they cannot be taken for granted. On the other hand let us not forget that the issue of 'conversions' is as alive as ever. All christian charity henceforth will be viewed as inducements and always remain a tool in the hands of the fundamentalist forces. Lets hope for a change of hearts...a true coversion...!

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  • oswald bendur, Bendur, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 18 2008

    Fr Francis Ferao, Fr Vincent Montero. we pledge our prayers and support for your efforts. Also invite CSI Pastors with you such that elements like New Life who has done so much damage to our catholic faith brothers and sisters will be brought to books.

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