Kandamal victims narrate life of struggle in city

BHUBANESWAR: Hundreds of people had fled Kandhamal district in 2008 during and after the Kandhamal ethno-communal riots. While many have already gone back to their villages, there are some who are still in Bhubaneswar, the memories of the carnage still fresh.

About 1000 riot-hit people are staying in different slums in the city. TOI met two women, Kanak Rekha Nayak (30) and Karphul Digal (60), both of whom lost their husbands in the riots. The widows are staying at Shakti Vihar near Salia Sahi slum in the city.

India: Christians Killed In Brutal 2008 Massacre Could Be Named Saints

By Elise Harris

The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in the Indian state of Odisha in 2008.

The opening of the cause is a source of pride for the relatives of those killed, but also “for the whole Church this is a pride because our men, our women and our children, those who were martyred for the faith, they are not forgotten,” Archbishop John Barwa told CNA Jan. 5.

Although those killed often lost their lives in gruesome ways, “their death has brought newness of life (and) newness of faith, and for this all of them (the victims’ families) feel proud.”

Indian Christians spurn Hindu attempt to 'reach out' to them

Move to incorporate religious minorities into hardline Hindu group is a political ploy, they sayucanews.com reporter, New DelhiIndiaJanuary 5, 2016

Christian leaders in India are disputing claims made by a Hindu nationalist group that talks are underway to set up a Christian organization within its structure to forge closer ties between the two religious communities.Indresh Kumar, national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS national volunteer corps) Hindu group told local media on Jan. 3 that a Dec. 17 meeting between Christian leaders and RSS functionaries in New Delhi was the first step toward setting up a Christian organization within the RSS


Orissa pogroms: Catholics in prayer ahead of final hearing for 7 innocent Christians

by Nirmala Carvalho
The seven Christians were accused without proof of murdering guru Laxamananda Saraswati. They have been held for seven years, even though Maoist rebels have always claimed the murder. A profile of the seven accused. New episodes of tension in Kandhamal district. In Barkhama, Christians stopped from celebrating Christmas.

Bhubaneswar (AsiaNews) - The final hearing of the trial of the seven Christians begins tomorrow, sentenced to life imprisonment – without any evidence - for the murder of the Hindu leader Laxamananda Saraswati, whose death sparked violent anti-Christian pogrom of 2008 in Orissa . Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), has launched an appeal: "We ask everyone to pray for the seven innocent Christians".