Pushpendu Soren, secretary of the church committee owes it all to the white people who came and built schools
Puja Bhattacharjee | January 15, 2013
As I entered Bhimpore on the foggy Christmas eve, I was greeted by a group of men. Upon enquiring I learn that a man was caught trying to steal a goat. The villagers were taking him to the nearby police station in Pirakata.
I found people busy erecting tents for the Christmas fair which was organised by the American Baptist Church, Bhimpore. The church is a single storey white structure which greets you the moment you enter the village. The church was constructed in 1874 by American missionaries who came to preach their religion in Bengal, Bihar (now Jharkhand) and Orissa. Reverend Thomas Wesley Burkholder and his wife Julia Philipps Burkholder contributed significantly towards the construction of the church. Bhimpore is the only Christian village in Salboni block.
Pushpendu Soren, secretary of the church committee, tells me that until 1971 foreigners from America regularly visited the village. “This is a completely tribal area but 70% of us are educated and have good jobs and we owe it all to the white people who came and built schools here,” says Soren. “I am a tribal but you will never guess it by my manner of speaking. In our village I can say that nobody lacks food or clothing,” he boasts.
The American Baptist Foreign Mission society sends gifts for children once a year. They send toys, clothing and trinkets.
Soren’s wife offered me to delicious fruit and rose cakes as Soren told me about the programme for the next few days. “There will be a dance- drama based on the Lord’s life and celebrations will continue until the new year,” he says.
“People will start pouring soon. Cock fight is a special attraction,” he smiles. The church collects donations from its members all around the year to pay fees of the pastor and church bearer and also to save for celebrations. As per Soren’s estimate there are almost 700 members from 80 families.
The state-of-the-art corporate office of oil and natural gas corporation (ONGC), Pandit Deen Dayal Uphadhayay Urja Bhawan, in New Delhi has won leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) India ‘platinum’ award by US green building council (USGBC), the highest recognition f
Demonetisation was a factor as candidates in the fray for the Mumbai civic polls wooed people. Though the election commission doubled the expenditure limits from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, some candidates found the going hard as there was a weekly withdrawal limit of Rs 24,000. Rs 10 lakh is way ab
Nathuram Godse, who was brought up by his parents as a girl in the first few years of his life, has been reviled for decades for fatally shooting the apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi. What Godse said during the Gandhi assassination trial has not been made public, giving rise to considerable speculation.
The first coal rake of NTPC’s Pakri-Barwadih coal mine at Hazaribagh was flagged-off by finance minister Arun Jaitley, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, union minister of state for power, coal, N&RE and mines Piyush Goyal, and minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha, at Ranchi on
“Our corporator is missing,” reads a banner on a defunct lamppost in Shaniwar Peth – a densely populated area in Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra after Mumbai. Many more sprang up in the nearby alleys, a couple of months before the municipal corporation polls on February 21.&n
On October 1 last year, Mehtab Alam Ansari, 30, who worked as a tailor in Delhi, had arrived in his village, Chepa Khurd in Barkagaon tehsil of Harazibagh district, to celebrate Eid with his family. That morning, he was nearing Dadi Kalan, a neighbouring village, to meet an acquaintance when he heard gunsh