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Lakkisetti Praveen, Hyderabad says,
``THAT WE MAY BE ONE``
By Lakkisetti Praveen
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Hyderabad, Sep. 8. Hyderabad 08, Sept 2008: The situatoin of the victims of communal violence in Orissa seems to be brightening. Two weeks of restless violence made the Christians and the  missionaries to flee to the forests for shelter. The return journey to their homes seems to be rather slow when compared to the speed of their flight to the forests. The assasination of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi resulted in the vandalisation of the churches, property and loss of so many innocent lives.

The entire nation stood by the victims of violence in Orissa during the times of turmoil. Several protest rallies were held, memorandums were submitted to the governments, both at the centre and the states. Though late, humanity has once again proved to be sensitive to the needs of the victims. A delegation comprised of Mahesh Bhatt (Film Director), Abraham Mathai (Maharashtra Minority Commission), Archbishop Vincent Cancesso (Delhi), Raphel Chennath (Cuttack / Bhubaneshwar) and Fr Babu Joseph (Secretary CBCI - Catholic Bishops Conference of India) submitted the copies of citizen`s memorandum were also presented to Dr Manmohan Singh, Mr Shivaraj Patil, Ms Sonia Gandhi.

The worst affected Kandhamal is waiting anxiously for help from all sides. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured a package for the families of those who lost their lives or have been incapicitated in the recent violence in Orissa. The plan to carry the ashes of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswathi in the VHP ruling districts of Orissa was shattered as the Government passed strict orders not to do so as it would lead the situation to worse. Curfew remained in force in Kandhamal and other nine towns.

The delegation who met Mr Patil expressed ``we appeal for the restoration of law and order. But the root cause must also be addressed.The groups which favour a ``Hindu Rashtra`` have made Orissa their laboratory as they earlier did in Gujarat. The so-called saffronization of the State has been the subject of well-documented academic and socio-political studies.``

Any storm that rises has to calm down. Only time could do the needful. As of now, Orissa still remains a `danger zone` for Christian minorities. Our only prayer is that Orissa and India in its entirety become a `safe zone` for the Christian minorities along with others. That is the only way to realize the freedom of religion.

As Jesus prayed for his disciples `that they may be one` (John 17:11), our prayes is that WE BE ALL ONE.
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