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Orissa Christians leaders take exception to US report

Orissa Christian leaders take exception to US report

Bhubaneswar, Aug 14 (PTI)
Taking exception to a report by a US panel on global religious freedom placing India on the ‘Watch List’ for Kandhamal violence, Christian leaders in Orissa today said the majority community has been “extremely cordial” to them.

Minorities in India have been targets of hate campaign by a small section, “but the civil society of the majority community has been extremely cordial and supportive of the minority community in the state,” Orissa Minority Forum (OMF) President Swarupananda Patra said.

His remarks came in the wake of a statement made by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom that India was placed on the ‘Watch List’ due to “disturbing increase” in communal violence there.

Though a few ‘criminal elements’ created problems for the minority community during the riots, the secular fabric of the society was intact, Patra said.

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