Pray For Chhattisgarh (August 27,
2008, IST 10.15)
The Religious tolerance and co-existence is becoming a old myth in north Indian States. Especially B2B want to attract all fellow believers attention to Chhattisgarh, where an Orissa tragedy can be repeated. As per available data the Orissa violence is part of a conspiracy by the saffron parties aiming the majority Hindu vote bank. We request your valuable prayer for states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
More death is claimed in Orissa clash,
reports IHT-The Global edition of The New York Times (August 26, 2008, IST
IHT reports more death in Orissa Hindu-Christian violence. Police imposed a curfew in the Kandhamal district of Orissa state after overnight attacks by hardline Hindu organizations. see IHT report
Read this link: Fr. Pius Fernandes Writes from Orissa
Orissa: Christians Burnt alive
Two persons were burnt alive and a pastor injured as activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) and other saffron outfits attacked churches and Christian villages in Orissa an Indian state notoriously know as the 'graveyard of missionaries'. The saffron parties (Hindu parties, as for the Hindus saffron is their holy color) called the bandh to protest the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati, 80, who was shot dead along with four of his disciples at his ashram. The Orrisa Christians do not had any part in this incident -the police already arrest five Maoists in connection with this murder-but unfortunately in Orissa Christians are always in receiving part.
The bandh turned violent as the protesters attacked and burnt down a number of churches at Padmapur , Khurda, Sudergarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Kandhamal districts, also in state capitol Bhubaneswar. 40 houses were set ablaze in Phulbani town. The protestes burnt down an orphange, run by a Christian organization with the care taker women and the Pastor inside. While the woman died, the pastor was rushed to hospital with serious burns. Twenty children, who were at the orphanage, managed to escape. Another person, Rasananda Pradhan, was burnt to death when his house was set to fire in Kandhamal district where the VHP leader was shot down. Please pray for the suffering Church in Orissia.