Indo-Americans protest against Orissa violence

NEW YORK: An organisation of Indian-American Christians conducted a prayer vigil in New York outside the United Nations headquarters to protest the attacks on Christians in Orissa.

The vigil coincided with the Catholic Church closing all its institutions in India to protest violence against the Christian community, the clergy and destruction of their institutions, allegedly by religious extremists.

The three-hour New York vigil was organised by the Federation of Indian-American Christian Organisations in North America (FIACONA), Indian Christian Forum and Gujarat Christian Federation of America.

Twelve people have so far been killed in violence triggered by the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parisahd leader Laxmanananda Saraswati in Orissa’s communally sensitive district of Kandhamal.

As many as 1,000 families in over 200 villages of the district have been affected by the violence. (Times of India)

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8 Responses

  1. Indian christians are being killed because they killed an 85 year old monk. This is just a spontanions reaction of general people. Now Christian mafia will think 10 times before doing it. And why Pope is having constupation in Vetican? He should mind his own business..

  2. The cold-blooded killing of 84-year-old Swami Lakshmanananda on the night of Janmashtami is a grim reminder of a deepening divide. In fact, this was the tenth attempt on the sadhu who had vigorously protested conversion. The last bid on December 24 triggered a wave of communal violence that took days to subside and that wound has not yet healed.Widespread religious conversion is an unpleasant reality despite stringent laws enacted in the late Sixties.
    On Saturday, the ashram was celebrating Janmashtami, when around dinner time, a group of 30-40 armed assailants surrounded the place. Eyewitnesses said about four of the assailants carried AK-47s and many others had country made revolvers. Two of the four home guards stationed for security had gone to eat and only two of them were guarding the premises. The assailants tied down the two guards, and gagged them. They then sought out the Swamiji within the premises and opened fire on him. The recovered bullets show they were from an AK-47, the police said. The assailants then warned the guards not to raise an alarm and fled the scene. Within minutes of the reaching the crime scene, the district authorities made a statement saying it was suspected Maoists who killed the Swami. The five attackers who the locals caught and handed over to the police are not Maoists. They are from the region. There is no reason why the Maoists will spare the policemen on duty. They would have killed them. Then, there are the leaflets that were thrown around the ashram in a very amateurish way. And last but not the least, we have never heard or seen Maoists wear masks and hoods.
    The Church runs schools and ‘orphanages’ to catch them young. There is no altruism involved; it is all only proselytization zeal. The priests and nuns from South India consider assignments in Orissa and Bihar as plum postings because of the funds involved. They send lakhs home every month, presumably from Church funds. The militant activities in the North East and in Orissa are all Christianity-oriented.

  3. I am surprised at the level of violence. While Hindus could build the biggest temple in the word in the United States and convert number of christians to Hinduism nobody complains. The equation is different in India, when the “Sudras,” take shelter under Christianity for their upliftement. I have first hand experience of the slavery in India. The village leaders, who run the temple, will not allow the,”Sudras,” even to wear decent dress. A born,”Sudra,” has to move out the system, Hinduism, to lift their heads up. Some times even the elitist Christians do not like the dalit conversts. So the elitist Christians too may find conversions illogical and immoral. Anyway the World is watching.

    Michael

  4. Rajputboy

    You are so idiot to say like this. already Maoists have claimed the responsibility of hindu leader’s killing. Still VHP wants to turn this violence against X’ians. In Muslim countries hindus are not allowed to make a temple. Even in very liberal dubai they have only one small building to worship. But X’ians enjoy full freedom to make churches. I wondered why they have double standards… Now i’ve got the answer from the activities and way of thinking of you like so called hindus

    Don’t forget one thing, christian community is a minority only in India. But in hundreds of christian countries hindus are minorities. If they also think the same way you think, (still they are not narrow minded like you people) i’m sure hindus will be having big loss. Now hindu community in every Xian country enjoying full freedom to spread and practice their religion. Don’t force Xians to think the other way. If once the trust is broken it’s very difficult to patch up.

    Even Hindu Temples are attacked by others (not by christians). go to link dutchreport.blogspot.com/2005/02/hindu-temple-under-attack.html

  5. Dear friend,
    Hindus are the nicest people. But here they are being misled. The BJP always does this to get in to main stream politics. They give a free hand to some radical groups to incite communal tension. They wait and watch for the results. On many occasions they will side or retract depending on the outcome. Any body sensible will know that the swamijis death should be condemned. The retaliation based on rumours is uncalled for and barbaric. Please for God’s sake , Let good sense prevail.

  6. The conversion phenomenon needs to be seen in a larger context.Why there should be conversion of religious faith if the missionaries are selfless??.I have seen a fellow Indian commenting in Times of India that the Hinduism is a dying religion and it is a Myth.These kind of crooked mentality certain section of our society maintain and then they preach peace and co-existance!!!.IT IS VERY MUCH EVIDENT THE WHOLE PURPOSE BEHIND THIS CONVERSION PHENOMENA IS TO GAIN MORE AND MORE POLITICAL CULT AND THEREBY INCREASE THE BARGAINING POWER IN THE POLITICS IN INDIA.ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE. I would also like to say, the person who opined about Hinduism as a Myth should disown his forefathers if they are Indians!.

    PEOPLE INCLUDING ME ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE FACTS AND FIGURES OF THIS RELIGIOUS GAME PLAN HAPPENING IN MY COUNTRY AND WHAT IS THE REASON BEHIND IT.INDIA BECAME A COUNTRY RUN BY SELFISH,CROOKED PSEUDO SECULARISTS…AND I AM VERY MUCH SURE THEY WILL NOT SUCCEED.IF THERE IS A POINT WHEN THEY SUCCEED, THERE WILL BE AN UPRISING IN THIS COUNTRY.
    I ALSO CALL UP ON THE NATIONALISTS TO STRIVE FOR A BETTER FURTURE OF OUR COUNTRY…HAVE A UNIFIED APPROACH TO UPLIFT THE POORER SECTION OF OUR CITIZENS SO THAT THEY CAN’T BE EXPLOITED BY THE FORIEGNERS AND PSEUDO SECUALRISTS IN OUR COUNTRY.IMPLEMENT THE UNIFORM CIVIL CODE, SHED THE BULLSHIT CASTE AND CREED, MAKE THE POOR LITERATE, DEMOLISH BLOODY QUOTA SYSTEM, ROOT OUT THE CORRUPTION SO THAT OUR SYSTEM TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY, ALL RELIGION.
    IF THE MISSIONERIES LOVE PEACE , HARMONY & CO-EXISTANCE THEY SHOULD NOT TRY TO CHANGE THE BALANCE IN EXISTING NATURAL RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS.OTHERWISE THEY WILL FACE BACKLASH.TRADITIONALY INDIA WELCOMED ALL RELIGIONS AND TODAY WE AS A NATION PAYS THE PRICE FOR IT.
    IN INDIA SECULARISM MEAN – ANYBODY CAN COME IN AND RAPE OUR NATION….IT STARTED WITH MUGHALS, ARABS, PERSIANS, PORTUGESE, FRENCH, BRITISH…THEN THE LATEST BY CHINESE (1962 & ANYTIME SOON AGAIN!)…. AND THE LIST CONTINUES TO GROW!!!!….
    THANKS TO PSEUDO-SECULARISTS IN INDIA.
    THANKS TO SUCCEFULL VOTE BANK POLITICS OF GANDHI DYNASTY, TODAY INDIA IS MORE DIVIDED THAN ANYTIME BEFORE.

  7. Press Release 09-05-2008
    Center and State Governments unconcerned about continuing violence in Orissa

    Federation of Indian Christian Organizations in North America is shocked to note that the inhuman events taking place against Christians in Orissa is continuing in spite of assurances from the Centre and the State Governments. The Orissa Government has been reduced to a position of being a mute spectator. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh has assured that the violence will stop; however, no signs of its abatement are evident enough to warrant his well-meaning intentions.

    Although CRPF, police, and the paramilitary have been deployed, yet the anti-Christian pogrom does not stop. The Orissa Government has declared the situation is “under control”. It is astonishing that in an “under control” situation, six more churches have been attacked, set on fire, and completely razed to ground. Hundreds of Christian-owned houses have met a similar fate. The number of missing people and refugees is rising. More than 60,000 Christians are hiding in the forests without food and water. Hindu radicals are making plans to cleanse Orissa of its Christian population. The brutal mob goes on raping nuns and beating up priests. Thereafter nuns and priests are stripped semi-naked and paraded on the streets and ordered to have sex with each other for the devilish enjoyment of the satanic mob or die. The priests and nuns obviously refuse and so the mob pours kerosene, petrol, and other country made fuels on their heads, and torches them alive. All this happens in broad daylight. There have been more than 3,000 forcible “re-conversions” to Hinduism, where the re-converted Hindus are ordered to attack the same churches where they once prayed. Christians are mercilessly persecuted, pregnant women are cut to pieces, thousands are rendered homeless, orphanages are burnt, churches are razed, and yet the Orissa Government labels the situation as “under control”.

    The Union Home Minister’s statement of not naming the VHP as the culprit shows his weakness and his inability to rein the anti-society, anti-democracy, and anti-national activities of the VHP. It was more or less a Congress affair and no word against the BJD-BJP Government has been spoken by him, which has left the Orissa Congress leaders speechless. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil commented, “I am not here to indulge in blame game”, displays his total lack of interest in resolving the volatile situation. His visit was meaningless and has in fact encouraged more violence. Home Minister should play control game and control the violence. Dr. Victor Joseph, Chairman Governmental Relations said “The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has failed miserably in sending an investigation team to the riot-hit areas of Orissa.” The NHRC has come to mean wastage of national resources, as it is unable to pull up the Orissa state authorities for their acts of commissions and omissions on human rights. The NHRC has even failed to issue a public statement either to condemn the killings or visit the strife-torn areas to improve the situation of the victims. It only issued a perfunctory notice to the State Government of Orissa where it suppressed the actual status of the grave situation, which in itself is scandalous, considering the scale of violence against Christians. The Ministry of Minority Affairs has also taken no action on the Orissa violence against Christians. There is a global outcry against these barbaric atrocities being perpetrated towards Christians, which may result in a possible backlash in reduction in foreign investments in Orissa. The violence has not completely subsided and this continuous violence tarnishes the image of India, which is no longer viewed as a non-violent, and a peace-loving country.

    FIACONA condemns the barbaric acts of violence that are still taking place in Orissa against Christians in the strongest possible terms. The attitude of the current government in Orissa and at the Centre towards these types of macabre acts against the Christian minority is unacceptable. Government should intervene to protect the rights of the minorities and the freedom of religion. Heinous crimes of this magnitude cannot be ignored. All these ghoulish incidents highlight the trauma, the pain, and the helplessness of the Christians.

    FIACONA demands an immediate investigation into this matter by the respective authorities. The Union Government must authorize the Army to move its troops into affected districts where the local police and RAF have failed miserably. The NHRC should send an investigation team and see that human rights are not violated. The Ministry of Minority Affairs should ensure the security of the minorities. The Centre must dismiss the Orissa Government as it has totally failed to protect its citizens. Urgent compensation to the kin of the dead and the injured must be provided. Relief and rehabilitation must be provided so that the tens of thousands of Christians now hiding in the forests can return home. The Government must rebuild every single home, every single orphanage, and every single church that has been attacked and burnt. The Government must book the culprits and prosecute them. “Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should immediately resign, said Bernard Malik President of FIACONA “if not on the grounds of complete failure of law and order, then certainly on the grounds of lack of initiative to curb the ongoing violence.”

    For the favor of publication
    Rev. Bernard Malik
    302-354-5452
    http://www.fiacona.org

  8. FIACONA are rabid fundamentalists, supporters of christian terrorism like SIMI and foot-soldiers for the chrsitian persection industry. They should be boycotted and jailed.

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