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Christianity in Orissa is being burnt at the stake – Anonymous

Posted by jytmkh on August 26, 2008

This is an emergency. There is a pogrom-like campaign being carried out today in most  districts of Orissa, with the worst situation in the central district of Kondhamal. All over the state, Churches and Christians are being systematically attacked. And the outside world doesn’t know.
 
Some of you may know that the district of Kondhamal (or Phulbani) in the middle of Orissa was racked by violence in December 2007, just 8 months ago. The violence erupted on Christmas Eve, when there was an attack on the cavalcade of Swami Lokananda Saraswati, a leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. This happened on top of a mounting agitation by the tribal organization, Kui Samaj, against Dalits and their claim for tribal status.
The two together made a potent combination. Almost immediately a cascade of events followed, with trees cut all over the district to close off roads, and mobs on a trail of destruction. Four days later, so much was lost –Churches, Christian NGO’s and infrastructure were selectively destroyed. In the fights that broke out at least 300 Hindu houses and 300 Christian houses were destroyed.
 
An Enquiry Commission was set up to probe into the violence. This last week we have seen news reports of people giving evidence to the Commission. Some have been alleging that the whole thing was pre-planned and orchestrated by the VHP. And in the middle of all this, an armed group of maybe 20-30 people broke into the Ashram of Swami Lokananda and shot him and 4 others. Press reports suggested this was the work of Maoists. The VHP says it was the Christians. Even as the body of the Swamiji was being brought to his home in procession for the funeral rites, a state-wide bandh was called. The Press reported that the Bandh was complete almost throughout Orissa, with all traffic stopped, trains held up, shops and offices closed, schools and colleges shut etc, while protest processions were taken out in most towns.
 
But what the media did not report was the huge campaign of violence that has been unleashed in district after district, and town after town. The district of Kondhamal was cut off exactly as was done in December, but this time the reports coming out are of vicious violence, targeting Christians and their homes; priests and nuns; Churches and Christian Organisations. We are hearing desperate cries from friends in the districts ; one girl whose house was destroyed with a bomb last evening ; she and her family are hiding in the forest now. Another of our girls, saying her house has been burned down and she can’t locate her family members. Another called to say nuns are being raped and priests kidnapped. There are reports of arson and destruction of Churches from all over Orissa – Boipariguda and Narayanpatna in Koraput District, Umerkote in Nabarangapur District, Muniguda and
Bissamcuttack in Rayagada District, Padampur in Bargarh District and so on. The news we are getting is that the Police and the District Administrations are trying their best to control situations, but they are far too few in the face of simultaneous movement of multiple mobs.
 
All sorts of agendas and scores are being settled under the cover of a “spontaneous backlash”. It is neither spontaneous or a backlash. The innocent are made scape-goats.
 
I write this as night is falling on the 25th of August 2008. Officially the Bandh is over. Roads are being cleared and traffic is beginning to move. But will the violence end ? And who will count the losses ? Or do we just go back to work as usual. Does India care ? The National Press is busy with J&K, and Singur and Beijing. We are too insignificant to warrant reporting.
But Information is our only hope. The news must be publicized. People outside have to know what is happening. And so I write to you. Please look and listen. And pray for us. (Anonymous)
Besides, when I was talking with a member of the family of my friend he was describing me how his house is burning. he can describe his burning house. He is standing at the hill top and could see his house burning. He is accompanied by his wife and ailing daughter who is suffering from chicken pox. He says that they have not eaten nor do they have food to eat. They are moving towards the jungle for safety. They received a threating yesterday that by tomorrow their houses will be burnt and at 2.30 pm their house is burnt. They are four Christian families in a small hamlet at Raikia amidst hundreds of other nonchristian families but no body could protect their house from burning.

One of my friend with his pregnant wife and 8 years son are hiding in the jungle since two days.

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6 Responses to “Christianity in Orissa is being burnt at the stake – Anonymous”

  1. shikha said

    interested in article Christianity in Orissa is being burnt at stake. any source/s available ? interested to know where you got this from. thanks

  2. A. S. Mathew said

    It is very painful to read this suffering of Orissa, especially
    that of the Christian community. This news is flashing around
    the world and the world is looking at India with alarm. The VHP
    is trying to destroy Christianity through burning and klling,
    but they have failed to understand that the blood of the Christians will bring more Christians all across India. People
    of all faith need to ponder the avenue of peace in Orissa, and
    let us all work and pray for peace and calm.

  3. VINOD said

    i do not understand wat is the point vhp is trying to prove, sword to the people who preach love i wish they same people would run against the terrorists and hooligans to proove their might

  4. B.Jena said

    I do’t think so.For some people you guys blaming all people.so think why and for what for its happening.Before it was not so why now this situation.

  5. Ferosh said

    It’s all because christians don’t have a extremist-anti national organization like NDF, SIMI,VHP, RSS, Bajrangdal. Since the system failed for christians, i won’t be surprised to see one soon.

    • K P Bhattacharyya said

      Well Ferosh, all I can say is just let the Christian’s try it. Till now Christian’s have been left alone as they are viewed as a nuisance but a bearable one. Once Christians open up, they will graduate from being a Nuisance to being the public enemy of the country (which the already are, just that they are doing it insidiously). Just talking abt peace and propagating hatred and carrying out unlawful conversions and inciting violence is what is done thru the church. That is why while christians stir up a shit storm they still try hiding behind words like human rights and peace. A semblance of a terrorist organization by the rabble that has been converted will be amusing if it ever happens, is all that is needed to clear up the trash and close the Christian firm/franchise in this country down.

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