New gov­ern­ment raises hope for re­build­ing of church in In­dia

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A CHANGE in gov­ern­ment in In­dia’s Jammu and Kash­mir state has prompted hope from Angli­can lead­ers that past prom­ises made by the state to re­build a church school de­stroyed by a Mus­lim mob will be hon­oured.

Speak­ing to the last week, the Bishop in Am­rit­sar, the Most Rev PK Sa­man­taroy, said the ac­ces­sion to of­fice of Me­hbooba Mufti Say­eed, the first woman chief min­is­ter of Jammu & Kash­mir and pres­i­dent of the Jammu and Kash­mir Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), might see the gov­ern­ment hon­our its pledge to in­dem­nify the church for its losses.

On 13 Septem­ber 2010 a Mus­lim mob de­stroyed the Tyn­dale Bis­coe School in Tang­marg af­ter hear­ing re­ports of a Qur’an burn­ing in the United States of Amer­ica.

“We were given only Rs 1 crore as against the de­mand of Rs 8 crore by Tyn­dale Bis­coe and Mallinson School Ed­u­ca­tional So­ci­ety,” Bishop Sa­man­taroy re­ported, and was hope­ful the new gov­ern­ment would pro­tect Chris­tian schools in the Kash­mir val­ley and re­im­burse the church’s ed­u­ca­tion trust for its losses.

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