He states that some government officials informed him that the situation will improve after the General Election of March and April this year. So, at this time no political party at the Centre or State wants to take appropriate action because of the fear of the majority retaliating against them. He stated that they know what happened in Gujarath, where just before his successful bid for Chief Minister 2,000 Muslims were killed by the fanatics and he succeeded to become the Chief Minister of Gujarath with his drive for Hindutva. And this is the cause for inaction now by the Central and State Government, especially in Orissa, where Hindutva is very strong amongst the electorate.
He stated that people in Kandhamal, need help from everyone. He stated that even now people are very afraid to go back to Kandhamal. Although now the government is asking the local people to return to Kandhamal and assuring them to provide Rs. 50,000 grant in building their house â€“ 10,000 to complete the foundation, 30,000 to complete the walls and 10,000 to complete the roof; the locals do not have any money to spend for the remaining amount and to purchase all other needed goods and articles for a house. States they need more money to build a house and only way for them to have a house, when everything else is destroyed, is by generous help from the donors. He states without this help, the displaced Dalits in Kandhamal will not survive. He states at this time due to lack of appropriate facilities, the people living in refugee camps are dying. In the refugee camps, some of the women giving birth. They don”t have any privacy and some of them do not have necessary medical help and appropriate help to go to school. He states that, this is the time to help them before it is too late.
In replying to the questions posed by the attendees, he stated that political parties and their leaders are raising questions with their parties but due to looming election, they will fail in line with the party polity. They will not take any steps, which will destroy their hope of winning the election. This is why the fundamental groups are not barred. He states that even he had approached Supreme Court Justices but there was no concrete positive response from them.. States there are Hindu sympathizers who are trying to protect the plight of Dalits in Kandhamal but due the fundamentalists stronghold, their voice is not heard and their efforts to enforce justice has not materialized. He states, although currently, top leaders of various religions are coming together, their efforts to re-unite the community will take a very long time. He states that poisoning of people through lies after lies for the past 2 decades will take another decade or two to take that poison out. It is just like, when poison is injected to a human being, it takes a while to take that out and to rectify its side effects.
Dr. Annita Johns praised Archbishop”s efforts in uplifting the downtrodden and the victims of violence at Kandhamal. She stated that this is the time to help these most needy people of Kandhamal. She announced some of the gracious donors who pledged their money to help Rays of Hope in Orissa. The Federation of Indo American Organizations, North America past president, Mr. Jaychand Pallekonda He praised the Archbishop”s efforts in rehabilitating the community and his role as a Guardian Angel, in spite of threats against his life from the fundamentalists. Other community leaders and attendees placed their pledges in a box circulated by Dr. Austin Prabhu and Mr. Varghese Chacko.
As a short cultural program, Anjali Nruthya Kalalayam dancers performed a wonderful classical dance to the tunes of English song. As a concluding remark, Mr. Jos Anthony Puthenveetil thanked all the Priests and volunteers of the Cathedral. He thanked all the community leaders and well-wishers for their presence in the success of this program. He thanked Archbishop Cheenath for his gracious presence and his relentless sacrifices and help in uplifting the poorest of the poor in Kandhamal, Orissa. Fr. Richie Vaz gave the concluding remarks.