Leaders from Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian community consolidated to emblematically introduce peace by ringing a congregation bell in Srinagar, the main city in the brutality torn Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The bell at the 120-year-old Holy Family Catholic Church, the biggest in the city, rang Oct. 29 without precedent for a long time after it quit working. The bell and belfry was harmed in a fire 1967 and the financially poor parishioners had no assets to introduce another one until one of the 30 odd Catholic families in the area gave a 105 kilogram bell this year, Father Roy Mathews said.
“We wanted to share this occasion with well-wishers of other faiths who joined and prayed for peace and normalcy, brotherhood and mutual respect for values and beliefs,” said Father Mathews the parish priest.
Religious flexibility in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s just Muslim-majority state is “grossly misunderstood outside Kashmir. Our message to the world is clear that we are all one here and accept each other,” the priest said.
Manzoor Ahmad Malik, a Muslim at the congregation work, advised that he was happy to see people from other faiths. “We want to give a message of peace to the world.”
He mourn that Muslims were being introduced in India and outside as bigoted to different religions.
“People here want and have been living in peace,” said Malik.
The locale saw turmoil since 1947 when British India was apportioned to make India and Pakistan. The two countries have battled three wars over the Muslim ruled area they now control in parts.
The Indian side of Kashmir has seen outfitted revolt to free itself from Indian manage and to set up a Muslim state or to influence it to some portion of Pakistan. In the tallness of rebellion in 1990, a large number of Kashmiri Hindus, referred to prevalently as Kashmiri Pundits, run off the valley.
“Today’s church function is a message to Kashmiri Pundits to come back. We want them to come back and live like they lived before,” Malik told to the sources.
Somewhere in the range of 20,000 Christians, for the most part Catholics, shape a modest minority in mostly Muslim populace of 12.5 million in Jammu And Kashmir State.
Prior, Bishop Ivan Pereira of Jammu-Srinagar, whose bishopric covers the whole state, told to CIP that Christians confronted no threat, in spite of secessionist savagery amid the previous three decades.
“Christians weren’t focused on or insinuated,” the cleric stated, including that Christians and Muslims live in concordance with different religions.