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Solidarity of Indian Hindus and Muslims with Christians in Orissa
The Christian community is receiving support from part of the Hindu world, which "condemns in no uncertain terms" the violence and massacres, and calls for "religious freedom" for all. Indian Muslims are also sympathizing with their affliction, and emphasizing the similarities with the 2002 massacre in Gujarat.
In Orissa, a peaceful Christmas, but "armored"
Under heavy security measures, Christmas celebrations were carried out with no incidents, after months of anti-Christian violence. In 2007, there was a true Christmas of martyrdom. But thousands of Christians have celebrated Christ in the refugee camps.
Orissa: maximum alert for the first anniversary of anti-Christian pogrom
Deployment of special forces in Kandhamal during the festival of Janmastami. It is the first anniversary of the murder of Swami Saraswati Laxmanananda that sparked the anti-Christian violence last August.
Political motives also behind Hindu fundamentalist violence
The attacks against Christians are nurtured by the doctrines of Hindutva, extremist Hindu nationalism with historical ties to Nazism. These are especially widespread in the states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is seeking to consolidate its Hindu electorate. The opinions of Cardinal Vithayathil and of the director of the prestigious newspaper "Satyadeepam".
Indian Hindu leader against inter-religious violence bill
India's parliament opens its winter session today with the Communal Violence Bill on its agenda. Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), defines the bill as a "recipe for disaster" that must be stopped. He has been blamed for deadly violence between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, which led to the drafting of the bill currently before parliament.
Orissa, killings and terror continue ahead of Christmas
A woman has been cut into pieces and thrown into the forest. Another has disappeared. Both of them had returned to the village to try to harvest rice for their families. The government is incapable of guaranteeing security. So far, no arrests have been made for the violence in recent months.
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