The rally, organised by the diocesan youth fellowship, saw over 150 motorbikes take to the roads on Monday. The bikers covered over 160 kilometres of ground, taking their message of a peaceful society and a better tomorrow through the cities and villages of Durgapur.
Khagendra Nath Das, event convenor, said the purpose of the rally was ‘to express the churches’ concern for humanity and human suffering, to demonstrate that Christians have a political voice and a civic responsibility even when they are in a minority, and to show that the diocese has a greater pro-poor role to play and we have started now’.
An event on this scale marks a turning point for the diocese. ‘It was the first time that the diocese came out of the church so boldly for a public cause. It was important to send a message to the people that for peaceful coexistence all communities need to be tolerant of others. Here the church is bearing the cross of all communities. Christ is the prince of peace.’
Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance director, applauded the efforts of the Diocese of Durgapur: “The Church of North India has a gift for finding new ways to take out the Christian message of peace and justice. The bikers will literally break new ground in speaking to people the Church can find hard to reach.”
The diocesan organisers send their deep gratitude to the government and administration of the state for extending their fullest support to make sure the event was a success.