Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Farmers threaten suicide in land grab protest
Government wants to take more than 200 hectaresFarmers sit on unlit pyres
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- November 9, 2012
The protest started yesterday after the Madhya Pradesh government announced a plan to acquire the land for an upcoming power project by Welspun Energy Private Limited. The power company has already acquired more than 300 hectares of land of the 526 hectares required.Â The governmentâ€™s move would affect the lives of 230 families.
"When the administration tried to evict us forcefully we were left with no option but to die on the soil where we were born," said a villager, who is taking part in the unique form of protest called a chita satyagraha Â - protest on unlit pyres.
The protesters have kerosene and matches and threaten to burn themselves if police force their way onto the agricultural land.Â Yashvendra Dubey, a social activist, told ucanews.com the government is trying to acquire the land by classifying it as barren.
Govind Yadav, state president of Janta Dal United, a socialist party, said his party supports the farmers as the government is not offering proper compensation.
The state witnessed huge protests from farmers recently over land acquisition for industrial purposes and dams.
In September, farmers displaced by construction of the Omkareshwar dam protested by standing in neck-deep water for 17 days, demanding compensation and proper rehabilitation in lieu of their acquired land.
The government accepted their demands.
Last month, 50,000 landless peasants started a march to New Delhi, the national capital, demanding land rights and home for the homeless.
They called off their march after the government also conceded to their demands.
Government folds to farmersâ€™ demands