My Visit to Karad, Maharashtra


 

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I was invited to the Perunnal of St. Mary’s Orthodox Parish, Karad, Maharashtra. I arrived Pune airport in the afternoon of 9th Sept. 2016 and the Vicar Rev. Fr. Siby (Fr. Skariah Thomas) and Dr. Arun (from Koothattukulam, doing MD in Community Health) received me to take up a three hour drive to Karad. It was a pleasant drive through the curves and uphill of the road. On the way we stopped at a tea shop and had cucumber slice and tea. I expressed my wish to visit one of the villages in that remote region of Maharastra. So the next day Mr.  P. D. John (Finance Officer of the University and trustee of the parish) offered to take us to a village called Susere. Very Rev. Younan Mulamoottil Cor-episcopo (founder vicar of the parish) and Dr. Arun joined us. John had talked to one of the district panchayat members Mr. Dhondiram Jado about our tour and he offered to go with us. The road was bumpy and it had its effect on my Spondylitis to go on Steroid. But it was worth a trip. We were given hearty welcome in the village. It indeed was a rare experience. A Maharashtra lady surprised us with her fluent and clear Malayalam at her house. Later we also visited the son of the founder of Krishna Institute of Medical Science which has the status of Deemed University, Dr. Suresh Bhosale in his office. He is truly a humanist just like his father was. We had the perunnal on that evening and the following day. I flew back to Kochi on Sunday late in the evening spending most of the early hours of 12th as I had to conduct re-dedication classes for the tenth grade Sunday School graduates which ended with Holy Qurbana on 13th. I boarded a train the same evening to Nagpur to fulfil my annual teaching assignment. That will bring you another story.

My Days at St. James’ Sunland, CA


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I spent few days with the vicar and parishioners of St. James Syriac Orthodox Church, Sunland CA. Mr. George Grer took me and Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Tarzi to have a lunch with him in the Chelsea Restaurant of the former ship turned museum The Queen Mary. We also had a Picnic Day. The Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees together hosted a Dinner in my honour too.

 

 

 

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.”

On Kurinji Church Issue


The Kurinji Orthodox Church is still locked out by the order of the Revenue Sub Divisional Magistrate (RDO). The talks that took place on 23rd night at the District Collectorate also did not bring about any solution. Further talks are scheduled for 28th.  Asianet News has aired this report

A Note Worth Reading and Meditating On


Here is a note from noted Malayalam novelist and scientist Mr. C. Radhakrishnan published in “Samakalika Malayalam” weekly. I had the privilege of spending a day with him in conversation on the theme ‘Guru” in connection with the first issue of PIRAVI magazine. (courtesy: Samakalika Malayalam weekly)

ഞാനല്ല പൊതു സമുഹമാണ് പറയുന്നത്


I did not say this (don’t blame it on me), it is the general public that made this comment. Watch this video and judge for yourself:

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