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Police block access to Indian Catholic school

St. John’s Senior Secondary School in Madhya Pradesh's Damoh town compelled to hold online classes for its 2,300 students
A photo of the wall constructed by police blocking access to the St. John’s Senior Secondary School at Damoh in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

A photo of the wall constructed by police blocking access to the St. John’s Senior Secondary School at Damoh in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. (Photo supplied)

Published: June 27, 2023 10:44 AM GMT
Updated: June 27, 2023 12:25 PM GMT

A Catholic school in central India was forced to hold online classes after police claimed ownership of its approach road and erected a wall overnight, blocking the school's gate.

“We have been using the approach road for 35 years and it is closed now,” said Sister Sophy Bharat, principal of St. John’s Senior Secondary School in Damoh district in Madhya Pradesh.

“A contingent of police personnel on June 22 night descended in front of the school gate and dumped construction materials and immediately erected close to a 100-meter-long wall. It blocked our entry and exit through the approach road,” she told UCA News on June 27.

On June 23, when students, some accompanied by their parents, arrived, they were unable to enter the campus and the principal had to declare a holiday for that day.

“When we took up the matter with the district superintendent of police, he was rude, and said he was protecting a police property and refused to listen to us,” Sister Bharat said.

The principal then approached the district collector, the district's administrative head, and other senior officials who assured their support but took no action to resolve the issue.

“Now, we have no way for the children to reach the school,” the nun said.

However, Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar Singh told UCA News on June 27 the road was on police land.

“It was not their road, let them construct their [own] way in their [own] land.”

Sister Bharat said the school never claimed ownership of the road. 

“It is a government-built road public road and marked as a public road in official documents. This sudden action, that too from the police without any prior notice, made us wonder about their motive,” the nun said.

The school used this road as another way to our school through a residential colony and was very narrow. "If the wall is not removed we have to depend on the narrow road," the nun said.

After consultation with parents, “we have started online classes to ensure that children do not miss their classes on account of a well-orchestrated attack on our school,” she added.

The school management has decided to find an alternative road for the children while also challenging the police action in court.

The school started in 1988 has close to 2,300 students and is one of the most sought-after institutions even among the educated and wealthy families in the area.

“We do know why our school was targeted in such a way when we have not done any illegal act,” the nun said.

This is the latest in a series of targeted attacks on Christian institutions, especially schools, hostels, and orphanages.

“It is not just an incident but part of a well-planned strategy to target Christian schools and other institutions,” said Daniel John, a Catholic leader based in Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal.

John appealed to state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to “end the harassment against Christians” who make up a minuscule 0.29 percent of more than 72 million people in the state, ruled by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party.

Fake cases are registered against Church leaders, including bishops, priests, nuns, pastors and employees working in Christian institutions, on alleged charges of religious conversion.

“The federal and provincial panels meant for protecting child rights “keep conducting surprise inspections on Christian schools, hostels and orphanages and filing false cases of religious conversion to harass us,” John lamented. 

On June 22, the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court granted bail to Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur and Sister Liji Joseph of the Congregation of Mother Carmel. They were charged with religious conversion at an orphanage.

Besides Christian institutions, a school under Muslim management in Damoh district, faced several cases, including allegations of religious conversion, in June despite denial from the management.

Christian leaders suspect a larger strategy to create communal discord ahead of the state elections by year-end.

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101 Comments on this Story
NAGENDRA
Govt gives lands for industries to come up. Allows slum dwellers to occupy Govt and Pvt lands to create vote banks. But, a school which is educating the society is troubled. Why can't Govt allow the Land to be used by the school as it is only for the country's good.
TK
The 4th pass Raja is against education. An educated nation would give him such an inferiority complex. He is doing the same with the education system in Delhi. Shame.
SARITA GONSALVES KUMAR
All know that all this is well planned in the end only favoured industries will occupy land all over India. How come these issues are not addressed? Situations in Manipur are still pending.
JAY
Oh! So conversion is good for Nation! Great... And what a logic...the entrance is legal because it has been used for 35 years? Wow. Stop spreading hate against country and telling the world that minorities are being crushed in India. Because the truth is exact opposite of that
BIPIN
Before making any comments one should check reality. 1.Education given is free of charge ? 2.How much area alloted originally and Area alloted on certain terms & condition.Is there any violation of any terms & condition ? 3. Whether any enchrochment has been made ? How much are encroached? Education of Students should not be disturbed but Responsible persons who has violated terms & conditions should be punished.we are law abide people.
GCAPITAL
पढ़ाई लिखाई, और बीमारी की आर में धर्मांतरण करने के लिए ईसाई मिसिनरीज भारत की जमीन का इस्तेमाल करना चाहती हैं, इसे शिवराज चौहान हो या कोई और सबको मिलकर रोकना चाहिए।
AMIT RAY
A school has to apply to the local government for construction of approach road, cannot act like illegal encroachers.
ANONYMOUS
And Modi is talking about how secular the country is SMH
INDIAN MUSLIM
i am replied to mr jay that matter is that, who construct the road , is it constructed by school or government employee , if government employee than it is made by government , than it is legal,my bro sont , you know the supreme curt rule say that it a person can take over a land and no body claim in 15 year than that property belong to that person , so educated don't talk fullish mr jay .
MOHKAM
People of the state DESERVE the government they get.
ARVIND
This is gunda giri of BJP, this is how they spoil peace and law of state and then riots happen, ashamed of BJP act, I regret giving my vote to BJP and Mr Modi
VIRA
Imagine, this news comes in the footsteps of our Prime Minister declaring we are a secular country where every religion is treated equally and has freedom. The correct action for the police would be to notify the school institution that we are now declaring officially our stake on this land as police property. And grant the institution a reasonable period of time to make alternate arrangements for approach to the school.
GAUTAMT
Police land is Government land.. It is Not a private property.. Police should help the people.
ASHIM CHOUDHURY
This is really stupid. The Chtistian community is not a threat to India. They are peace loving and have contributed immensely to the development of the nation. The Railways and the Armed Forces are two areas where their contribution has been really commendable. The education sector is what it is today because of the systems put in place by Christian missionaries, catholics and other denominations of the religion. At no stage in the history of our country has this community been a threat to the integrity and unity of our nation in the last 75 years, and before. Why doesn't the Govt ho after those who are a real threat to the unity, integrity and development of our country? Are we scared of them? As a Hindu I regret this action and the Govt MUST take immediate action to reverse it abd ensure it is not repeated anywhere else either.
J D
I second you.This is absolutely bizarre scenario and will defame the state as well as Central Govt.
BLPP
Bro Ashim, what you said is truth. Christian missionaries are driving force for social change and especially emancipation of women, like abolishing sati system and child marriage, promoting girl child education and inaugurated the modern medical treatment. Top universities in India are managed by Christian organisations, top medical facilities like Vellor hospitals are run by Christian mission next only to AIMMS because it is centrally funded. except for a thriving society christans have not committed any crimes against India. God bless Bharat.
HAMID ELASKAR
Mr.Choudhry, I think you forgot all Divide n Rule policy of British who ploughed the seeds of hatred and communalism,and now in order to make happy The Indian Government, unnecessary blaming the Muslims community as a threat to our country ,Bas karo ye chamcha giri. Tum Christians ka us se bura haal hone par hai, jis ki misaal ye Manipur ke communal riots hain.Asal vibhajan ka beej to British daal kar Gaye the Hindustan se , aur Aaj Tak yaha Hindu n Muslims fight kar rahe hain. Saari duniya mein nudity ka nanga naach aur liquor ka bazar garam karne wali quam aaj aaj Government ko ye suggestion de Rahi hai ki hum Christian se koi threat nahi. Asal to threat tum hi log ho ,infact ye conversion ka tamasha to Nagaland ,Bihar mein kar hi chuke ho ,ab khisyaani billi ko khamba nochna hi hai to Muslims per blame de kar Government ki Disha bhool mat karo. Second thing, tum ne English education k naam per India me education ka business aur vyaapar chaalu kar Diya hai.
JOHN MASCARENHAS
THIS IS AN ABSURD STORY! SINCE WHEN DID POLICE OWN LAND AND ROADS??? THIS IS GOVT LAND AND GOVT ROAD. IF THE POLICE CARRIED OUT THE BJP GOVT CRIMINAL WORKS, BOTH THE CRIMINAL BJP GOVT AND CRIMINAL POLICE MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE BEFORE THE COURTS. HOW DID THE POLICE MANAGE TO BUILD A 10MT WALL IN JUST ONE NIGHT? ARE THEY NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HAVING MORE SERIOUS CASES TO LOOK INTO RATHER THAN TERRORISE A SCHOOL RUN BY CHRISTIANS? IS THIS BJP GUNDA RAJ THAT MODI HAS BEEN SPEAKING OF IN THE USA??
MARIO PEREIRA
BJP's down fall is sure to come soon. Bloody morons
CHIN THANG
Though our Constitution guarantees religious freedom, Anti-Christian activity is undeniably on the rise under BJP domination. Almighty God will depose the party at His appointed time
ANIL
We are living in religious intolerant country,where muslims and Christian given spesial previlag. Hindus are second grade citizen. In Manipur when Hindus demand for their right as shedule tribe all chirstian anti-national element comes and opposed it.
SHEELA
????????????????????????????
JOHN MASCARENHAS
as a hindu that contitutes 80% of the population, you are a second class citizen? is the president, pm and all the cabinet ministers second class citizens of india???are minorities getting lynched and their propeties and places of worship destroyed for being first class citizens and the police do not protect them? get some proper education, not from gau mutra university.
KARI
My own experience Catholic school do all tricks to convert hindus, belittle their gods, & brainwash kids
MOHIT
This is totally ridiculous, how can access to a school functioning for so long with 2300 odd students be closed... And Modi ji is talking about sabka saath in India, and secularism in US.. is this it? Atleast spare the young minds...
NOBY
What can one expect from an uneducated,fraud,liar,Shameless Feku.
MUKUL
It is a land ownership issue. Stop giving headlines a communal colour.
JAY
Right. This channel is all about proving how bad India is for minorities especially Christians. All agenda driven half truths and fake news
JOHN MASCARENHAS
after 30yrs yrs of using the road, land ownership issue came up overnight? police property? do the police have properties? get yourself educated first, then comment.
VARUNRAJ
Looks like the school enjoyed a unlawful privilege access and unauthorized development. This was ignored for many decades and the local municipal is setting things correct and bringing accountability. So why give a religious twist. There have been over hundred books that tells of huge land swatches given to missionaries to run conversion institutions in India during is colonization. They looted Indians and later lured them to convert. Every one knows this. This victim card is an old trick.
SELVI
What a mentality.so much hatred for Christians. Christians are peaceful and loving.people. how this fellow is twisting
POH
Roads belong to the public and maintained by the govt for use of the betterment for the citizens. This particular road too is for the same purpose and the school front gate happened to be there. Neither do the school claim the road nor do they use it for their private use. Why should wall be constructed in the middle of the road?? And since when do police own roads?? PWD stands for Public Work and Development not Police work and development. And for God’s sake, it’s a school, an educational institution where people get educated for the betterment of our children, their future and the country . Since when a school become a threat?? If this is not an attack, what is?? Only radicalised uneducated thugs would support such a heinous crime.
CONCERNED
I think they do convert. This is their main mission. There are many cases where the missionaries are paying families and promising jobs to them and then taking young girls and taking them to convert them to nuns. They say they did not know they would have to stay at these convents. They were just told to come and read the bible. Now they are not happy and feel sick, Doctors are not allowed to write the diagnosis as depression from being there. They want to go home, family won’t take them because they have taken money for them! Missionaries can easily give the education without the conversion. Hinduism is the best faith. They are taking advantage of vulnerable disadvantaged people. All they need to get is education and money and help to get them independent.
SUDHEER
If any conversation is happening then there is anti conversation law, parents or police can file a case. Building a wall in front of a school is nonsense. And police is where they need to support the public but they itself are blocked a school without court notice. Definitely police is BJP puppet and is targeting Christians.
ALBERT JUSTIN
I m a Christian and still I m poor. Why they are not giving me money???????????????????? Making stupid allegations against Christians.
RICE BAG
This is propoganda Channel
JOHN MASCARENHAS
as an educated person, your comments seems like an uneducated person is making allegations without substance. if you have the proof, register a case. if you dont have proOf, STOP MAKING FALSE ALLEGATIONS! your cousins the bajrang dal criminals are doing the same as you are, yet modi defends them as doing hanumans work. does hanuman as god need criminals to lynch and attack people and their properties???
RANGA
True colors of modi and BJP. Clearly police is a puppet of Bjp. My education is from Christan school, If school is educating then why do you block the wall, follow the process give notice if you want to build wall.
RAJIV SHARMA
There are a lot of Encroachment done by putting religious structures on government lands and on roads and no one bothers. Now they closed a school for a silly reason. Hitting minorities.
BADRI NARAYAN KRISHNAN
"Police acted without any prior notice". This shows this was instigated and done by a demented, angry person.
S.SHANKAR
This is not Mecca. Kindly use your "Catholic" skills of "Protesting" instead of communalizing a trivial issue. When in Ram , not Roam, live like Ram. I agree that public authorities should be fair. As 4 conversion, this is a minority disease historically, especially of Christians who are divided (like Hindus) and Muslims who are also divided. But on proselytizing tactics and immersing docile and gullible children and others in their doctrine they stand sit move strongly united. Why bother? Worldwide Muslims and Christians are ruling. But Christians in developed nations usually don't have time like unemployed or underemployed minds to play the deadly game of religiosity. Nevertheless, governance has to be inclusive and discriminatory attitude is violation of the tenets and principles of our Mother Book, the Bharatiya Constitution. Children should never suffer. I laud the outcome in education of such schools.
RICHARD
The education system in India was built by Christians and we have been running 85 % of the schools and colleges since 100 + years if we wanted to convert PPL then surely majority of India's elite and PPL would have been Christian not a mere 1-2 percent of population, pls get ur facts straight Mr WhatsApp University graduate
SINGARAJAN
No bharatiya constution Aa you said First look at issue of education Conversion will happen when people like to do or attract Ramabhai Pune First convert all Brahmins It's not question of religion Why not you make condition Hindu religious people only live In India? There is no such names called In old any text books It's Sindhu Indian Ocean So don't be biased by spoil education of Kids National interest is important then your RSS gamble Fate will be sealed in MP Like Karnataka for Anti national forces divide people by cast creed religion By the way where Christianity born comes from ? Where Jesus Christ born? Answer this
GOPALAK
They do convert, for that use any method. Quote article25. They encroach land. If questioned, raise minority rights. Run to US embassys. Complain world wide.they are above law of the land. People questioning them are beanded bjp or hindufanatic. A hard core sanghi dont match a normal xian
POH
If they did convert on mass scale and disguised as educationists as you claim, please bring out govt data of such cases, please bring out census data and check the percentage of Christians, please ask Modi why is he not executing census which was suppose to happen in 2021 because if he does all his propaganda of conversion will fall apart because in reality no such conversion happened. If it did, where is the govt data??
JOHN MASCARENHAS
you are making allegattions. if you have proof, report it. STOP MAKING FALSE ALLEGATIONS LIKE YOUR CRIMINAL BRAJRANG DAL WHO LYNCH AND ATTACK PEOPLE AND THEIR RELIGIOUS LEADERS,PLACES OF WORSHIP, SCHOOLS AND HOUSES. STOP THE GUNDA RAJ.
J D
This is absolutely uncalled for.This kind of actions will not only defame the name of the state govt but will adversely affect the good work that our PM is striving to do for all the communities of India.Although, Christian Missionaries do have a tendency of converting tribal and poor people of India by alluding them but still that's far lesser threatening than the Islamic aggression.So,our govt must not disturb our Christian friends and shift its focus to stop Love Jihad and forceful conversations done by Muslims.
RUSTOM M CURSETJI
Feel sad to read this item. Having studied in both a missionary school and college,I am grateful for the noble work carried out by this miniscule minority community. It is time that the BJP recognised that muscular majoritarianism should be replaced by a more positive approach to counter imagined threats.
HUMAN
This BJP Modi pro hindu govt. Go to USA & say they we are secular, democratic, & minorities are protected. This is the true colours of BJP Modi Govt.
JUDE PEREIRA
Read the news, went through the comments, the legal angle of right of way to the school & police claiming ownership & blocking it , it can be a ownership dispute, concerned administration should intervene and sort it out in the interest of convenience of students and parents. There are many way of giving right of way etc etc. Regarding comments,India is a democratic country, no need to refer Mecca, if so, I refer to the freedom of pratcising Hinduism in the US, it is the best. And when our govt talks about democracy, we should practice the same at home. Nobody in Indian democracy is doing a favour by allowing to practice one's own religion. With context to the conversion, people here have written about heresay stories , I still say, one should understand the difference between a catholic institution and a Christian organisation. My friends go deeper into my previous line, find out if conversion issue , if at all, is with a catholic institution or a Christian organisation. Iam saying so because the comments referred catholic institutions. Well I personally know people who have converted from their birth religion to Other religions, for their own reasons, well personally I will respect their decisions. Regarding myself, iam a Indian Catholic by birth, iam proud of my religion bcas it is given by my parents in India as my bithplace, like all my Indian brothers and sisters i live in a very democratic city where our neighbourhood has muslims , Hindus and majority of Catholics . I studied in catholic institutions and have numerous muslim, Hindu never ending list of friends. And in ideology i follow a religion called as HUMAN RELIGION. Because the armyman of your country protects you irrespective of your religion.
INDIAN
Why is the majority community silent afterall more than Christians, the non Christian children are going to Christian schools. Christians have to run schools institutions, hospitals mainly to cater to majority community and in return tolerate all their nonsense also. Highly ungrateful and hypocrite mentality
JEYASANKAR
This article combines various miss deeds of Few individually and portraies it as anti religious.why comments of collector, SP are not mentioned.Totally baised article.
SATYAJIT DEY ADV
It is absolutely wrong and illegal act of Police.Police having no Power to close Entrance of the school.It is fully motivated by B.J.P.Govt.
मुकुंद धोटे
Why not school administration approach to Court of law?
RAHUL
Whatever it may be government does for our welfare and it's our duty to accept government decisions happily, might be this school doing illegal acts internally which government might have catched
JOHN MASCARENHAS
your comment contains words like'MAY' and 'MIGHT'. have proof, SHOW IT!
SUDESH GAONKER
Of conversions done by the organisations and institutions then government must take actions under relevant sections of law to protect the Hindu population from conversion. Imparting education is good but one must not involve in conversions anywhere in India. Government must investigate thoroughly and punish the culprits.
JOHN MASCARENHAS
till today, NOT ONE CASE OF CONVERSION HAS BEEN HELD GUILTY. so.....where are you getting your stories from? WHERE IS THERE A THREAT? CAN AN INDIAN ADULT NOT CHOOSE TO CONVERT IF THEY WANT TO , AS PER LAW? can 2% christians convert 80% hindus, when this was not done even during the british raj? why do hare krishnas, babas and gurus go to western countries?
VISHAL NAMDEV JADHAV
Kerala Christian leaders should learn something from these incidences. Because have shown inclination to BJP in Kerala state. Therefore, every fundamentalism is antisocial and bad...
PRAKASH
No religion should convert other religion person giving financial /educational help or marriage. Person should continue in the religion unless his/her free will to change his religion.Take care of people who are already following your religion. Why u want new recrutes?
SINGARAJAN
It's very pitty to see How facist attack Education system which enlightenment of MP KiDs
SHIBU PAUL
The preist and nuns take things for granted. They have no soft corner for Christian students. Hence I find the police is right. These groups give nothing for free but expect everything for free. God Bless this ignorant souls.
JOHN MASCARENHAS
can 2 wrongs, make your comment right? thinking like an idiot, does not help.
DAVE
A right to education for every child is a basic fundamental right. The department who took a oath to protect and care the public has blocked the way for innocent children. Keep politics aside, just look at the children who want study and be a good professional citizen of the country. Schools, hospital's, places of devotional should be respected of all the religions. Please do something ASAP. Tq
HARRY GOMES
It's common sense that Police wouldn't indulgein construction works. Only seals if illegal and R&B will carry out any court notice. So propaganda please stop.
JOHN MASCARENHAS
if you have information that the police did not do the overnight dirty job, PLEASE CLARIFY.
V R KALYANA KRISHNAN
It has become a habit with these minorities to use the victim card when they are on the wrong. Unfortunately, the media spreads such canards because of their anti BJP agenda
JOHN MASCARENHAS
minorities playing the victim card? who lynches and destroys homes, places of worship/schools and reports fake cases of conversions? LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND POINT!
IVAN NAZARETH
If the police/SG wants to stake a claim on any school land then they shld first stake claim and put a wall on all other Govt land where there is encourachment by people of all religions. Education is the last place they shld even think of. Today whatever big We Indians claim in world stage is because of education and the existing govt can't even see this. Their eyes are blinded by their ego.
VIJAY
Response of SP is very funny creating public nuisance and harassment to education system/ Christian organization, wonder if everyone keep constructing wall surrounding his house. May God give wisdom to bureaucrats, politicians to work for peace and harmony among country. Amen
BIPIN
Two thing to check how much area was given & under which terms & condition alloted.whether open area has encroached without any permission ? Is there any violation of any of term & condition ?
INDIAN
Wonder why SP didnt follow the law of the land. Worry how he is dealing with public. Pity on SP poor soul.
GRACE
Worst than corona there is a big virus called CONVERSIONS Bcoz of which Christian people, churches, houses and institutions are destroyed and burnt. Parents of all communities desire education in a Catholic Christian school. In every catholic Christian schools Government has made a quota for these communities, bcoz of which the catholics are deprived of education in a Catholic schools. I stand an example. The discipline and manners imparted in a catholic schools itself is a big CONVERSION which all communities desire this. They come out of school with outstanding jobs in India and mostly abroad. One can recognise a child by their language and behaviour, that this child has passed out from a Catholic Christian schools. This is called CONVERSIONS and these students are proud of their education received from a Catholic schools. Except for few students, many remain silent to fight against this atrocity out of fear.
VISHAL DHAR
It's good gesture by the police. It should hold this kind of things and protect the land for its own people. Rather then providing the land to those missionaries. All the Hindu people should boycott missionary schools
JOHN MASCARENHAS
i wonder how many of your fellow hindus will agree with you NOT TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO CHRISTIAN RUN SCHOOLS. majority of students in christian schools are hindus!!!YOUR HATRED FOR CHRISTIANS IS A PROBLEM. LIKE YOU, YOUR COUSINS THE CRIMINAL BAJRANG DAL LYNCH AND DESTROY HOMES/SCHOOLS/PLACES OF WORSHIP AND LAY FAKE CASES OF CONVERSIONS AGAINST CHRISTIANS LEADERS. HAVE PROOF, SHOW IT!
SUMAN BISWAS
I always maintain that Christian missionaries are imparting knowledge to our illiterate Indian society at large.
JOSEPH ANANDARAJ M
Thank God for not closing the school. In Tamil Nadu the Madras High Court ordered the closure of a several decade old school and ordered the school management to handover the land to the temple Authorities. In this case, Since the police claims the property and cobstructed road blocking entrance, the school management have no options, but to obey. ON THE OTHER HAND POLICE ACTION ONLY EXPOSED THEIR UNDEMOCRATIC ACTION WHICH WILL BE IMBEDDED IN EVERY CHILDREN STUDYING IN THIS SCHOOL.Hope the NEP ensures that all the school in the country are censuses and issued life certificate first. If schools can be ordered and closed legally, then Any Education Policy is not useful. LET TRUTH PREVAIL.
RAJ
In a way it's karma, because Christian school never come forward to develop poor underprivileged children due to greed of money. Now the majority will suffer, as the act is against Christian administration... God allows this since it hits both greedy people, the majority and the management.....
CHARLOTTE
I think sir, you must count the days cause everyone will see whose wrong doing will see karma. Elections still are to take place and the new India is the youth and they don't get fooled by fake propaganda and nither do they get fooled into converstion unless they want to noone can make a child of new India even move a finger. Sir ! Do uou have kids, do you see then listening to you or do they do what they like. India has seen our ministers go to the superpowers and soon like China faced the bitter pill India will do too If we don't act in a pro people nation government. If people don't like Christians let them not send them to foreign countries to study in Christian colleges and schools which are managed and administered by people who are of the Christian faith. So no Oxford Columbia and New York Universities.
ARCHEE
Dictatorship
CHANA
Motivated paid new. The truth nobody knows.
HEGDE
These missionaries occupy land in the name of school, religious institutions and ngo and use them for conversion. All religious body run institutions should be banned.
JOHN MASCARENHAS
you come from karnataka where the ex-criminal bjp govt got kicked out. WONDER WHY? 1) missionaries do not occupy land illegally 2) ask your hindu kannadigas not to send their children to christian run schools first, before to ask for their closures. WILL TO DO THAT?
HEGDE
As far as coming from karnataka..... I am an Indian first. BJP loosing in karnataka is bcoz of Congress menifesto of freebies and mister maskarenes say u are not taking any benifits of BJP govt. Missionaries are like termites they eat u from within u know only when everything is gone. See northeast they have been converted from tribals to Christians. Desmond tutu said: when Christian missionaries came to Africa they had only bible and we had all the land they asked us to close eyes and take bible when we closed eyes we had bible and they had our land. The same story goes around the world they have facade saying we r teaching people how to live actually they are fooling u and furthering their agenda.
DESHBHAKT
Yes... the job of Christian schools is over....many got educated in English medium, many became politicians, doctor, engineer, breacrats....and they don't want the same to close down... shame on the people
STRAPHARLIN WARBAH
All this happened because off BJP
SATISH KUMAR
It is a pity that land usage of police land when restricted to the police use is questioned as a harassment to Minorities. They have the route available which is narrow. They can use it if they like. They have courts to approach. Yet it is communalism in their complaint that it is their right to use police land . If police stops them by erecting a wall it is harassment to the Christian management. Pity their narrow minded ness.
RIBOK
This is not acceptable. Modiji spoke of freedom of faith in America, but this is what happens India.
NOBY
With this action of police,it is absolutely clear that the police is used by the state government not for the help of public but as goons that serve their political masters. What a shame, If this BJP government both at center and state once again comes to power it will be doom for the country. With the agenda that they have we will witness civil strife and fragmentation of the country.
AGNB
These missionaries are bend upon converting hindus to Christianity. Police cannot be wrong
NOVIN
Education is the backbone of the society. Any if a school is made to close on any pretext, that act is against the society. No political party should try to demolish was built in the service of humanity. Time to vote out such people who forces schools to close.
RAMCHANDRAN P K
When the police is not going to construct anything on the road why they took such action? Even if they wanted the road area, which they claim there own, they should have given sufficient notice to the school for them to seek legal remedies or make alternative arrangement. Further the road is used by an educational institution and not by any private party. The action of police is condemnable.
RAJENDRAN M MASILAMANI
It's a deliberate attempt by the high caste Hindus preventing the non Brahmins pursuing their studies. They want a uneducated society to follow them
SERGIO D'SOUZA
It's about a road, but people are offended and it's now a religious issue, let me add my two cents on this topic. Is your faith so weak that Christians can convert you? with more than a century of British raj, atleast 50% should have been converted, Mr. Modi too is visiting Christian countries and hugging beef eating humans, all ministers are sending their children to Christian institutes abroad, what a hippocri you guys are.
AUGUSTINE MATHEW
This is reay shameful that a road used by students to go to school has been blocked by police, claiming it to be their road! The reason must be due to admission issue of some senior police officer's children in the school, rather than religious issues. The govt should look into the issue and find out the reason for this stupid act by police and punish those responsible. We should not see religion into everything happening around us. That's not good for the country. I hope the govt acts fast and do the needful, which otherwise can blot the image of the govt.
ISAAC SURESH KUMAR
It very unfortunate incident. The police officers are for every body Hindus, Muslims and Christians. They are a cover to protect the rights citizens. The police officers are at a higher positions must be kind in taking sudden actions.. i hope there is a solution to this issue
KAILASH
So the Catholic school had illegally occupied another property. School authority should be penalized
PACELLI GONSALVES
What a shame, land cannot belong to police it's government land. If this is the behaviour of police our country will go to dogs. Do not target innocent children of India it may be a Christian school but children of all religions are allowed to study there,Many politicians in India love to send their children to Christian schools in India and abroad but their voices to get votes is different.Ahame
JEFFREY
As you sow so you reap ... you voted for them now let your children suffer and be dumbbers ... next time use your brain when you vote.
SAMUEL BABU
Somebody please share this news to the head of USA
RICK
Generally, approach roads to any institution may be it school college hospital etc run by anybody,are obviously through public roads only. So why this non issue made into a big issue. High time people in power understand and upholds justice
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