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India: Tamil Nadu Christian Organization organizes protest for peace in Manipur

Inigo Irudhyaraj, founder of the Tamilnadu Christian Welfare Organization and member of the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly, organized a demonstration in Valluvar Kottam, Chennai, to express solidarity with the Manipur people and the Muslim Leak Party on June 26.

Bishops from various denominations, left-wing politicians, members of Parliament, state legislators, fathers, religious sisters, Muslim party leaders, and laypeople who expressed solidarity with the people of Manipur attended this rally.

Bishop Neethinathan Anthonisamy of the Diocese of Chengleput, said, "It is unstoppable, and the ruling government as well as the central government kept quiet and didn’t take any steps for peace and harmony in the state."

The prelate stated that the Indian constitution stipulates that everyone has the right to follow their own religious beliefs and that India is a democratic nation. Hindutva tenets are currently squeezing and severing our nation's trachea.

"In the Old Testament, Judith fought for her own people's freedom, just as we called this rally to safeguard Manipur," said Sister Ransom, a member of the FMM congregation.

According to her, God will dispatch prophets and judges to protect our Manipur people like Israel; Christians will be bolstered in all their sufferings by Christ. You are free to persecute us, but we have a defender.

"I have heard about the persecution and studied church history, but I only realized what the real persecution is when I attended this protest. Their faith and courage motivated me and inspired me," Brother John Peter told RVA News.

Bishop Neethinathan Anthonisamy, Diocese of Chengleput, George Stephen Jayaraj, Bishop of the Madras Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI), Bishop Sebastian (Jobby) Pozholiparapil, the Bishop of Hosur (Syro-Malabar), Father Edison, Head of the Pentecost Churches Conference, Archbishop Malayappan Chinnappa, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Madras and Mylapore, Father L. Jebamalaraj, Provincial Superior of the Jesuits Chennai Province, Chennai, Brother Irudhayam, National President of the Monfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, Province of Trichy, Sister Ransom, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), Father Antony Jerald, Provincial Superior of Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) Chennai, Sister Arulseeli, Provincial Superior of The Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Chennai, and various church leaders participated in this rally, among many others.

The Muslim brothers said that India belongs to everyone and that we are all citizens of this country. - Johnson Vincent SdC, RVA Tamil service


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