Italy summons Indian Envoy over Orissa
Orissa in on the boil again. This time the trigger was the murder of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati and several of his followers.
What really caught my eye was this news story !
Rome: Italy’s Foreign Ministry will summon India’s ambassador to demand “incisive action” to prevent further attacks against Christians that have left 11 people dead in Orissa, the Italian government said on Thursday.
A statement issued after a cabinet meeting also said Italy would ask France, the current EU president, to take up the issue of attacks against Christians at a future meeting of foreign ministers.
Source : IBN LIVE
Italy has no business interfering in this incident. None of the killed or injured were Italian or EU nationals.
The fight is tribal in nature and is related to benefits attached to ST status. If you can concentrate for about 15 minutes – you will find that this issue like most others are linked to the ad hoc benefits attached to group membership. This one will blow over but will reappear twice as strong in some other form. The only way to stem the rot is to inject rational-basis into the group classification system.
All Catholic Schools shut on Friday
NEW DELHI (ICNS): More than 40,000 Christian educational institutions across India will remain closed on Friday as a stark reminder of the continuing violence against Christians in Orissa that has claimed 14 lives in the past four days.
Following a call from Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India on Tuesday, Catholics have decided to close down all educational institutions, numbering some 20,300 across India, as a mark of protest.
Christians of other denominations led by Church of South India, Church of North India and other Churches will close all their educational institutions in an unprecedented move, a Catholic priest said. These Christian groups togther run another 20,000 institutions, he said.
The situation in the tribal areas of Orissa certainly do not seem to allow evangelism to take place in a peaceful manner. Why not take it easy on Orissa for a few years ?