Guwahati: The Catholic Bishops of North East India has made a fresh appeal for peace on Sunday amidst news of growing tension and reports of ongoing violence in Manipur.
“It is with great pain and intense anxiety that we have been following the great tragedies that have taken place in Manipur recently. We grieve with our brothers and sisters who have fallen victims to violence and have suffered in consequence,” said John Moolachira, chairman, North East India Regional Bishop Conference.
He said, “The loss of precious lives and property has been immense. A large number of people have moved out of the state. The atmosphere continues to be tense. Painful incidents are still reported. While we have initiated relief work, we are far from a position to cope with the situation. We cry for help on behalf of those who suffer,”.
The appeal was made after the Bishops of North East India Regional Bishops’ Conference had an emergency meeting in Silchar at the backdrop of the Episcopal Ordination of Joachim Walder as Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of North-eastern region of India, gathered together at Silchar on the occasion of the ordination of Bishop Joachim Walder as the Auxiliary Bishop of Aizawl, had and emergency session of the regional conference to discuss the tragic situation that has arise in the state of Manipur,” he said.
“It is with great pain and intense anxiety that we have been following the great tragedies that have taken place in Manipur recently. We grieve with our brothers and sisters who have fallen victims to violence and have suffered in consequence. At the same time, we urge all our friends in Manipur to think of their glorious history, when in times past different communities wholeheartedly collaborated and set a model in various areas of civic life,” the chairman said.
Their cultural achievements have been many. Their contribution to the nation has been in various areas of life. Great possibilities still remain, if only they put their good will and talents together.
“We request intellectuals and creative thinkers of the communities in tensions to think up ways of easing the situation, exploring a constructive way forward and devise ways of settling the differences,” he stated.
They will surely find areas where concessions can be made in view of the common good and collaborative steps initiated in view of a shared future. Both communities concerned know their destinies are intertwined.
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