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Church urged to help tribal people integrate
Indian Jesuit says mixed communities will speed development in JharkhandTribal people in Jharkhand perform a traditional dance
- Ajit Paul, Ranchi
- February 9, 2011
The Church should take the lead in promoting unity amid diversity and bring justice, peace and development in Jharkhand, said Father Alex Ekka, who directs Xavier Institute of Social Science in Ranchi, the state capital.
Jharkhand was created for the advancement of tribal communities 10 years ago, but it still lacks development, governance, peace and prosperity, Father Ekka lamented at a recent symposium.
The February 4 program in Ranchi was part of the state‚Äôs commemoration of Pope John Paul II‚Äôs first visit to India 25 years ago.
Father Ekka in his keynote address on ‚ÄúSocial Concerns of Jharkhand‚ÄĚ said Church social teaching can play ‚Äúa significant role‚ÄĚ in providing political education and promoting sustainable development and communal harmony.
The Church, he said, has contributed immensely to the education of Jharkhand people, who now have self-dignity and social mobility.
‚ÄúThe People of Jharkhand now look up to the Church for empowerment and training in leadership,‚ÄĚ he added.
The Oraon tribal priest regretted that Jharkhand still suffers from unemployment, disease and extremism, despite possessing immense natural and mineral wealth.
He also stressed its people should evolve a new identity as they come from diverse traditions and backgrounds.
‚ÄúSuch an identity must have the core values of justice, mutual respect, equality, fraternity, liberty and solidarity‚ÄĚ and the Church can help people achieve these goals, Father Ekka added.
He also urged the Church to encourage sustainable development that is people and eco-friendly and educate people about their rights and duties as citizens.
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