In 2008, anti-Christian violence swept across India’s northeastern state of Orissa leaving over 50,000 people displaced. Many Christians, who were the focus of the violence, were left homeless when Hindu radicals attacked their villages and burned their homes in the thousands. Fr. Ajaya Kumar Singh is one of many Christians who responded to the needs left by this violence and is now being recognized by India for his good work.
7/7/2013 India (Asia News) – In recognition of his work among survivors of the anti-Christian violence in 2008 in Kandhamal (Orissa), the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) gave this year’s Minority Award to Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh, a priest in the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar (Orissa). Through him, the prize also acknowledges the suffering endured by the victims of the Kandhamal pogroms, and the pride with which Christians lived through those days of persecution. The ceremony was held at the Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi.
“This award,” Fr Singh said, “is a recognition of the efforts of all those who have tried to bring justice and peace in Kandhamal. I really do not deserve it; others have done much more than me.”
“Fr Singh,” said Mgr John Barwa SVD, archbishop of Cuttack Bhubaneshwar, “has made us all proud of his hard work, and absolute commitment to the cause of our suffering and persecuted people. Certain efforts are never in vain.”