Flood at Sophia Centre


Theological Seminary. On the first day of the H. Synod I went to the Sophia in my car by there was water on the road. To come back on the following morning, I had to take a bus as the water was still high on the road. A video of the scene.
http://youtu.be/lxBIlDpZmZ4

My Visit to Goa


I was in Goa first time from August 13th till 15th to attend the feast of St. Mary at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church, Vasco. Mr. Alex dropped me off at St. Gregorios Church, Goa and Fr. Blessen took me around. A video is uploaded to my Youtube channel

http://youtu.be/8qy0-S_TAFA

Once Again At Niagara Falls


I made it to Nayagara waterfall one more time from the Candian side last month. Mr. Abraham Thomas (Rajan) took me there. Previous that time I visited the falls was in winter. So this was another experience. Thanks to Rajan and Sajini in Hamilton who were my host. A video is uploaded to my Youtube channel

http://youtu.be/nKZ2dCui_2I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKZ2dCui_2I&feature=youtu.be

 

The War Has Begun


The war against the minorities has begun

Now having a central government of their choice, local administrations with RSS are ready to take it on minorities and their activities. The central government can say “we are not doing any thing in that line” or that “we do not approve it”. But the atmosphere created by BJP with RSS behind, is enough to give confidence to the anti democratic attitude of the local people to do what they want to do in locally. Still the chorus from those among “the seventy” chosen to be the herald of Christ (cf. Luke 10:1) will be in good standing “Modi model is the best one for India’s development”.

In Bastar, 50 villages ban non-Hindu missionaries

PAVAN DAHAT  SIRISGUDA (BASTAR), July 5, 2014

Villagers of Sirisguda at the Special Gram Sabha to ban the entry of non-Hindu religious missionaries. Photo: Special Arrangement

An aggressive campaign by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had led to a ban on the entry of and propaganda by non-Hindu missionaries, especially Christians, in more than 50 villages of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region in the last six months.

According to Suresh Yadav, Bastar district president of the VHP, over 50 gram panchayats in Bastar have passed orders under Section 129 (G) of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act banning all “non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers and speeches in the villages.”

The Sirisguda gram panchayat in the Tokapal block of Bastar passed the order at a special Gram Sabha organised on May 10.

The order, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, says, “To stop the forced conversion by some outsider religious campaigners and to prevent them from using derogatory language against Hindu deities and customs, the Sirisguda Gram Sabha bans religious activities such as prayers, meetings and propaganda of all non-Hindu religions.”

In Sirisguda, the dispute started when Christian families refused donations for an annual Hindu religious festival.

“They refused donations and used derogatory language against Hindu gods so the Gram Sabha banned them,” claimed Sirisguda sarpanch Jamuna Baghel.

PDS rations denied

In the recent past, some Christians were allegedly attacked in the village and have been denied ration on the orders of the village panchayat.

“It’s been over two months now that we have been denied ration in the village and 10 Christians were attacked when they went to collect ration,” claimed Sonuru Mandavi, whose family converted to Christianity in 2002.

“The villagers came to us with their problems. The VHP only told them about the law. Now that the gram panchayats have passed the orders, it is the responsibility of the district administration to implement it otherwise we will protest. We will also approach the CM and the Governor to get the ban imposed,” asserted Mr. Yadav.

The Chhattisgarh Christian Forum (CCF), however, has alleged that the ban is “illegal and unconstitutional”.

“It is similar to what khap panchayats do. How can you ask us to block our religious activities on the basis of a panchayat Act?” asked Arun Pannalal, CCF president. He said the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of religion to all.

To a question, Bastar Collector Ankit Anand said, “In Bastar, religious conversion is not such a big issue. We will ensure that distribution of ration to the villagers is not interrupted.”

There are More to Say I am Going 60


It seems people are happy that I am getting old There was another Birth Day felicitation hosted by the Abraham family in Rockland New York. But I honor and appreciate their love and care. I wish to thank Shibu Abraham, Seena Abraham, Issac, Betsy and Varghese Abraham, Liza, Issac and Joshua who helped them organize the event. A video with pictures is uploaded to my Youtube channel.

http://youtu.be/XxZcxHwlFDo

 

 

They Say I am Going 60


I have always resisted my birth day being wished and celebrated. We never had birthday celebrated during our Childhood days. I always believed that it is not important when one was born. What is important is what one does with life. But now some of my family and friends insisted that they have to tell me that I am going 60. I had to let them have a small gathering of family and friends in New York. But they spread the news and ended up in having four occasions of them already. Though I respect their love and care, I refuse to accept the fact that I am getting old. I am posting video with pictures from Canada events. I am afraid there are more to come. I thank God for what He has made of me and for the loving family and friends He gave me.

 

My Message to STOC Youth Meet


I have made a video message public that I had uploaded to Youtube few days back for the youth meet of STOC on June 27th, 2014. Some 250 young people attended the youth meet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7x74svVAlA

 

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