Over 15000 Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, politicians and civil societies joined the Peace and Solidarity rally on International Peace Day on 139th birth day of Father of nation Mahatma Gandhi today against anti-Christian violence in India.
Addressing at the peace rally, Swami Agnivesh said, “The very killers of Mahatma Gandhi, are the same killers of Christians in Orissa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of the country.” “The killer – the Hindutva fascists does represent the peace loving Hindu societies, rather they are damaging the Sanatam Dharma of Hinduism.”
India Union Minister for Indian Railways, Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav breaks out his silence over anti-Christian violence in Orissa, Karnataka and other parts of India. Addressing in the rally, he said, “I will personally meet Prime Minister and discuss the matter urgently.” “I will take up the anti-Christian violence in Parliament and debate the hatred of Hindutva forces,” he added.
In morning hour of the rally, Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit showed her solidarity and expressed the concern and pain over the anti-Christian violence. She also condemned the Hindu fanatics who are responsible for the crime and causing damage to Christian minorities.
Other signitories who participated the rally includes, Sitaram Yedhury of CPI (M), Union Minister of Labor Oscar Fernandez, Activist Teesta Setalvad, Dr. Udit Raj, President of SC/ST Federation, Dr. Valson Thampu – Principal of St. Stephen, Shabnam Hashmi from ANHAD, and others from Sikh, Muslim and Hindu communities.
7 days “Sit in Protest” organized by the Christians of Delhi and NCR with lion share by Federation of Catholic, Delhi along with All India Christian Council and others, ended peacefully today. 152 hours of chain prayer and protest went in solidarity with the victims of anti-Christian violence from September 26, 10 AM till today 6 PM.
A slogan of “Ban Terrorist, Ban Bajrang Dal,” “Ban Vishwa Hindu Parishad,” and “Ban Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh,” went through 5 km long route from Jantar Mantar to Rajghat, this afternoon. Civil societies, activists and various religion leaders demanded the Hindutva fanatics be banned as terrorists.