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Church bell rings in Kashmir church after 5 decades


Srinagar, Oct 30 (AP): For the first time in five decades, a church bell rang on Sunday at the largest Catholic church in Kashmir.

Members of Srinagar's tiny Christian community assembled at the 120-year-old Holy Family Catholic Church and celebrated the installation of the new bell, weighing 105 kilograms (231 pounds).

The British-era church lost its original bell 50 years ago in an arson attack. According to church officials, the church and its belfry were damaged in the attack by protesters demonstrating against the 1967 Mideast war.

The bell was badly damaged and rendered useless in the incident, said Sydney Rath, a local Christian member of the church. He said the bell was not installed all these years because "the community didn't have enough resources to order a new bell after its damage."

Rath said one of the roughly 30 Christian families living in Srinagar donated the bell.

People from other faiths, including Muslims and Hindus, also participated in the event on Sunday.


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  • True Indian, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    Bro, the local Christians donated the money for the bell. BJP hasn't. The party has no CONTRIBUTION towards this incident. Stop taking free credits.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    1. Both Congress & BJP have contributed to this, even though the contribution of latter is more.
    2. This wouldn't have been possible if not for change in global strategy. Opening up markets in countries like Libya, Iraq, Iran & free flow of oil from these countries, shale oil production & shipping it to countries in Asia & reduction of oil price has helped in this event.
    3. I don't think not having resources is the reason for not installing the bell but for fear of the extremists.
    4. One day in future Kashmir would become just like any other state & people from other states would be able to buy property just like people of Kashmir can do elsewhere in India.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    “The highest result of education is tolerance.” Tolerance is one value that is still trying to earn its place in the minds of people on this planet. Educating young minds about humanity, equality and the diverse cultures is the need of the hour. Communal differences and bitterness for each other’s culture and religion is leading the world in to such despair that humanity is losing its grip.
    For a diverse country like India, religious extremism is a great challenge. And even more so for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is often in the news for all the wrong reasons.

    In the spirit of communal harmony, Muslims at Manzgam village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district helped perform the last rites of a Kashmiri Hindu woman.
    I was, in fact, surprised to see an old mosque sharing its wall with a gurudwara.And I could really feel the divinity when I heard guruvaani and azaan on the same street. Indeed, people of different faiths effortlessly live here in complete harmony.
    But the kids here in schools stunned me as they sang, “Bhasha ki taqrar nahin, mazhab ki diwar nahin, inki nazaron mein ek hain, mandir, masjid, gurudware…”. (No dispute over language, no walls between different religions, as the temples, mosques, and gurudwaras are all equal in front of our eyes).
    This year Muslims population of Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday opened “Nandkishore Temple”- closed from almost three decades, to lure their migrated Hindu brethren to return to Valley .
    The temple was reopened after a gap of more than twenty seven years to celebrate Hindu festival Maha Shivratri and to send a message to Kashmiri Pandits(KPs) to come back and live among them.
    Church bell ringing after five decades is welcome sign. But 'pooja' after 27 years on this year 'Shivratri' is also appreciated.
    This small events does prove that sign of normality is part of the Kashmir's diverse culture is still alive unlike BJP and its social media portraying.
    Jai Hind

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    This has happened during the pdp-bjp regime.

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  • True Indian, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    Lol... and what has BJP done for this celebration.

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai/Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    That is great news. We visited this church in August when we went to Kashmir when renovation/restoration work was in progress. Hope this will bring peace and harmony among all religions in Kashmir.

    It is great to watch leaders of all communities come together for this noble cause.

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  • Bhakta, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Great moment indeed.

    Certain community think that Kashmir belongs to them only!
    This mindset has created issues for Indian republic until now, while Congress being the honor of having Man of the Match.

    Recent utterance from Chidambaram is a small example from last 70 years.

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    I just wonder why this church and belfry were damaged by protesters against the 1967 Middle East war? I know India then under Indira Gandhi fully supported the Palestinians in their conflict against Israel. India had no ambassadorial level relations with Israel until the tenure of PM Narasimha Rao in the early 1990s. What could be the reason for this unwarranted attack on the church? I also remember having heard that Christians in Kashmir were attacked when Z.A. Bhutto was hanged in Pakistan in 1979 for the sole reason that the hangman happened to be a Christian. This is how people still misuse the freedom and liberties granted by our constitution.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    bhaioo.. behainooo... ab pathalaga sabka sath sabka vikas ka mathlab kya hotahai..??

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  • juliana, udupi

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Praise the Lord. After long time Kashmir coming to normal. Let no leader spoil their unity. Bell is not the thing but spirit behind it. Demolition of hard work is no progress. God please allow peace to prevail in the beautiful state of Kashmir of India. So much bloodshed and unrest but no gain of any kind. God change their mind set and make them live like brothers with due respect for their country i.e., India.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Why are blind bhakts bringing in Modi here? what is his contribution to this event? It is the local Christian community who have come together and contributed and along with the good wishes of other communities have managed to install a new church bell..................Modi, and his bhakts have got nothing to do here.

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  • Desi Admi, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    This never happened in the KHANgress regime, when it happens now, they want to give credit to Mr, Bean of India, Rahul Khan.

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore/Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    Desi Admi, Mangalore and some other.. you guys have no clue what are you commenting.... did you'll read the news properly? if not then better read it again. Well!! it says roughly 30 Christian families living in Srinagar donated the bell.
    Desi do not write something for the sake of writing better you guys don't write.

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  • Supriya Rao, MANGALURU

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Acche din
    Italy slaver can understand this
    We Modi Bhakth already got since he become PM

    Nidramayya always asking about this, please memorize him

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    NOW WHERE IS ITALIAN GANG?

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Mahendra
    One of the roughly 30 Christian families living in Srinagar donated the bell...

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  • Richard Noronha, Belman

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Read full article not only head line....Blind bhakt

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  • Allen, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    How can you expect a Bhakt that too Blind to read? They can only hear that too their Jumla Master's Voice😀

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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Wow.... It's an amazing and goosebumps moment. Imagine people from all the faiths gets together with no hatred at all and only peace.... Life will be like an heaven on earth then

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  • NISHAR AHMED, Mangalore / KUWAIT

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Great news. Congratulations to the Christian community in Kashmir.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Look at the second photo where Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Chritian together inaugurating the installation of Church bell. Four jewels on the crown of Beloved India. Mera Bharath mahaan. Jai Hind.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Modi has a big list particularly he will take up and complete those works left by Congress , and show to Indian people he is great, he will visit ,church temples where congress PMs never visited, he will visit the countries where congress PMs never visited,

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Af, have you read the news properly ? The Christian community did not have resources to obtain a new Church bell. Why you are in such a haste to give credit to any politician on this issue only by reading headlines ? For your information, people from other faiths, including Muslims and Hindus, also participated in the event on Sunday. We should not elevate any politician who support lynching of fellow Indians. Unfortunately, there is no such politician except Mr. Arvind Kajeriwal who never mix religion with politics because he is educated and not fake certificate holder.

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  • Richard Noronha, Belman

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Blind Bhakts only dombarata... empty vessel making lot of noise

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Only because of MODI govt. Jai ho.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Santhu, you are an expert in cracking the joke.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Peter....bolo Modiji Ki.......Jai 🔔🔔🔔

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  • Mangalore, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    At least the Italian LADY is the congress party head...what have you achieved in your life... just talking big..???

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  • Sampath, Mlore/Blore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Sad State of Affairs.... India will remain as developing country with such sickening mentalities

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Let peace and tranquility among all the communities reach new Horizons as well as good relation and peace between India and Pakistan through new initiatives.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Great news and may be a good sign of divine intervention on Kashmir issue

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Yes, Mr. Vincent. Jesus, Prince of Peace will certainly deliver peace and harmony in Kashmir. God bless all Kashmiri Christians who arranged funds and made this great achievement with the help of Jesus.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    First Genuine Achievement ...

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Aleluya Aaaaa!!!

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Jossey Bhai, first genuine by whom ? Certainly there is not role of govt. or any political party in this. If govt. or any political party was involved, this would have remained as a dream for centuries. It is only the achievement of our beloved Christian community who arranged funds and did the marvelous work. God bless you all. Praise the Lord.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    then you should take the blame for the worst condition for all these days... if you claim the credit... come on sir.... if something happened... accept and praise the Govt also... .. no harm in that.

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  • shooter, India

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    though the bell is installed in church Peter cannot digest that it has happened during this govt.. and he is trying all his best to make pple believe that there is no involvement of present govt and commenting as if he one of the member of this church...

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  • Peter, KSA

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    I am member of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who changed Saul to Paul and will change many more Sauls.

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  • Francis Saldanha, Bahrain

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    The most striking features of our churches....!

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    what a movement... great and a proud moment... No evidence is required more than this picture and a move to prove the progress and improvement... I am sure we will eradicate this problem called Kashmir in a few months with this leading Govt and dynamic leadership of Modi. Let the barking dogs keep barking... move will be ON. A heavenly valley will get to see a peaceful and harmonized life soon.... Praying for it.

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    readerwriter, nothing is impossible to Jesus. There will be peace in the valley for sure.

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Praise the Prime Minister.

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  • Ray, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Praise god not human being

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    This is called acchedin.... Now this is the reality for the real debate! Jossey, Henry where you are all hiding???

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    They will not answer to this, because they only believe in italy madam. They are shocked how this happened in a so called unsecul

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  • Mangalore, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    At least the Italian LADY is the congress party head...what have you achieved in your life... just talking big..???

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Good news! god is eternal and he will find the solution and keep peace always

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Let peace and love come back to this valley with every chime of this bell.That picture with with local leaders of 4 faiths itself is so nice to see.

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Praise the lord.... God bless the families living in kashmir....

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Alleluia!! Praise the lord.

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  • Mohammed, Manglore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Good news for Secular people.Every Indian have rights to follow there religion.

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  • Manvit, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Sonia could not do it, but Modi did it. Sonia was just behind appeasing minority for vote politics, never worked or working for nation building.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Modi bakht want to give credit to Modi for every good thing that happens in India even if Modi had nothing to do with the good thing. Christians are responsible for the church bell in Kashmir but blind Modi bakhts think Modi donated the bell to the church.

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Modi & Govt is nothing to do with this Church bell and no one can gets credit except Catholic Christian community in Kashmir. Grow up & and read this news 100 times .

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  • Mahathma, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Correct. Dynasty looters spread communal poison for vote bank, and common people suffered, now within 1000days of Modi rule, all are coming normal in India. Hamara desh Badal raha hai... this is called Acchedin... our support also very important. God bless...praise the lord

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    demonetisation a loot g.s.t jhoot.

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  • James, Udupi

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Where u lost black money, I must Thank PM of India whose tenure achedin to our Church in Kashmir.
    Well Mr.PM your doing good think, We will follow you irrelevant of religious, For us Country is first.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    in da fake name contents r fake. rejected bcoz of bhakt's black name

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  • Alphonso, bendur

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Sonia was never the PM of India. Sonia did not promise Ache Din, Swtch Bharat, Return of Black Money in 50 DAYS. PLEASE refresh your memory.

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  • MN, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Some people do things without being there.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Manvit,
    can u see anywhere political name is used. It was mentioned they didn't have enough resources.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Great development in pursuance of human rights !
    Incumbent Govt and people owes all the credit.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Sir Jossey, your take on this matter?

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Jossey

    First time in 50 years...thanks to !!

    Dongis will find stone in curds here also. What your fav party could not do, my fav party did it.

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  • Jacob Mendonsa, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    SB, what is your party's role here? Did your party donated this Bell?

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    One fine day SB will claim the White House was built by his party and keep praising his own tail.

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  • Harish, Kadaba

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    50 years it took, thanks to bjp gvt of state and center

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    India should be grateful to Modi for running a true secular government.

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  • hemanth, bangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    What People say now who wanted hospital in Ayodhya?

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    I still say we need hospital, old age home, orphanage or school at disputed site.

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  • hemanth, bangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Why not build hospital instead of church. Like hospital in Vatican , Kashmir,

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    We have built enough hospitals, schools, old age homes and orphans all over the world and our Nuns and Priests are serving the people round the clock where as leaders from some other communities are busy in spilling venom and encouraging lynching of people on religion. Our people are willing to do more service to humanity but have bound by jealous leaders with false accusations of conversion.

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  • Jayarama Hegde, Belthangady

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Tajmahal also now disputed area, what supposed to be built there?

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  • Peter, KSA

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    According to blind bhakts, Gau shala should replace Taj Mahal.

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  • Praveen Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    This what Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas....

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  • Ray, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    If vikas was born he wouldn't have been still a bachelor of ACHE DIN!!!

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  • Santosh, Udupi/Bahrain

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Dear Sickulars & Modi Haters. THIS IS CALLED ACHE DIN

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  • Ray, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    Mr. Santosh be suntosha for still imagining ur ACHE DIN!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    First Genuine Achievement ...

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Mon, Oct 30 2017

    ..and Congis says MODI's Kashmir policy failed..Headlines of this report is enough..MODI following ISRAEL model in Kashmir..beat black & blue, bring them to table..record number of terrorist killed, funds to separatist choked/raided & kept them at away..pakis not given a chance in any world forum..now the situation getting in control so negotiation started..Congress which fed separitist for long not able to do anything except draining tax payers fund..fears instiiled in minority community in kashmir for long..ache din coming..hope Pandits get back their land..

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