The pulling down of sacred Christian crosses by the BMC doesn’t augur well for the city and country. This will cause communal disharmony and deterioration of social and religious integration. Crosses today in our multicultural, multi-religious, pluralistic Mumbai have cultural and communitarian values, as people of all faiths venerate the cross. Most of these holy crosses were built around the time when the plague struck Mumbai (Bombay, at that time) in the 1890s. These crosses have been erected by East Indians, the original inhabitants of Mumbai to ward off an outbreak of the raging disease, as well as to remember those succumbing to it.
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