Monday, August 13, 2012

Warrior God Wins a Battle

The Telegraph ( Metro , page 17 )
 Calcutta , 13 August 2012 , Monday

Chinese church reopens after a decade of litigation
The spirit of a Chinese warrior god and the resilience of a community have helped save a church dedicated to the deity in the heart of the city after a decade of litigation.

Lamps were lit and the hum of prayers echoed in the freshly painted hall of the Toong On Church at 22 Blackburn Lane, off New CIT Road in central Calcutta, on Saturday for the first time since the building got dragged into a property dispute.

“Our efforts to save our church have paid off. We are delighted,“ Li Han Kuang, the secretary of the Toong On Church, told Metro. The first prayer session marked the birth anniversary of the deity, Guan Di. A dragon dance and a feast followed the prayers.

The battle to save the church may have been won but the war is far from over for the Chinese, whose population in the city has dwindled to less than 2,000.

Two garbage vats in the vicinity of the church have marred the joy of winning back the building. “We have started a movement to restore the sanctity of the place,“ said Dominic Lee, a resident.

Construction of the church had started in 1917 and the structure was completed in 1924.
“It used to be the nucleus of the vibrant Chinese culture in the city,“ said secretary Kuang.

According to Kuang, the church had rented out the ground floor to a Chinese businessman in the Forties to generate funds for its upkeep.
He opened an eatery named Nanking.

The going was smooth till 2000, when the businessman's grandson Au Yau Wah tried to sell off the property.

The dispute went to court and dragged till Wah's death.
The community got back possession of the church last month after both sides withdrew their cases.


Anonymous said...

Excellent way of telling, and pleasant post to take facts about my presentation subject,
which i am going to present in academy.

My web site :: mens stuhrling original watches

Anonymous said...

What's up, after reading this remarkable article i am as well happy to share my experience here with friends.

Also visit my website

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody, here every one is sharing these kinds of know-how, so it's pleasant to read this weblog, and I used to pay a visit this blog everyday.

My web blog ... akribos

Anonymous said...

Greetings, I do believe your web site might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in Internet Explorer,
it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, fantastic blog!

Here is my webpage :: watches for men

Anonymous said...

When someone writes an piece of writing he/she maintains the thought of a user in his/her brain that how a user can know it.
Therefore that's why this article is amazing. Thanks!

my homepage

Anonymous said...

Hello There. I found your blog using msn.
This is a very well written article. I'll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

my web blog :: watches for women

Anonymous said...

I got this website from my friend who informed me regarding this web site and at
the moment this time I am visiting this site and reading very
informative articles at this time.

Also visit my web site -

Anonymous said...

This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me.
Many thanks!

Also visit my web page Akribos