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Knocking The Doors Of UN Against Vatican

 

Few days back, Dalit Christian’s delegation had met with the representative of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and submitted a memorandum regarding alleged exploitation and torture by the Catholic Church and Vatican. The memorandum highlighted continuous discrimination of CBCI (Catholic Bishop Conference of India) on the Dalit Christians. The memorandum also pointed out that the Church is not ready to give Dalit Christians their due share in the church structure.

Indian Church has not even imagined that it will be exposed before the International organization so blatantly and that too by the people it claims to be a saviour. The Church has always portrayed itself as a protector of the rights of Dalits and the other deprived sections of the society in India.

It is worth to mention here that Dalit Christians constitute 70% of the total Christian population in India but they have no share in the Church-run institutions. The memorandum submitted to the Secretary General of UN, requested that Indian church stop harassing Dalits and other deprived sections of society based on caste with immediate effect, and if it fails to do so, the observer status of the Vatican should be suspended.

The Christianity started in India with the arrival of St. Thomas, a disciple of Jesus Christ that became popular at Malabar Coast in India. It paved the way to firm up the roots of imperialistic powers in the region. When India became a British colony, Christian missionaries got all facilities to expand and propagate its powers. Christian missionaries succeeded establishing its roots in the Tribal dominated regions of India. The government awarded them land and other facilities generously. It has given a boost to the conversion.

Missionary schools became a tool to propagate their ideas. It allowed them to create a literate population, which is by religion, Hindu, but not a Christian by thinking. It even allowed them to strengthen their roots in high-class society of India.

Dalits who embraced Christianity to get rid of the humiliating caste system of Hindus, felt cheated as they found no place in the Church system. Similar discriminations they continue to face in the Church system as well. And, the Church is completely responsible for their present pathetic situation. The Church has no intention to give them a respectable place. It does not want to spend their resources on their social upliftment. Mahars in Maharastra, Malas and Madigas in Andhra Pradesh, Chamars in Bihar, Santhals in Jharkhand and Lalbegi in Punjab converted to Christianity in large number. But, there is hardly any change in their social status. On the other hand, Hindu Dalits progressed a lot after getting reservation in government jobs and other institutions. They have also benefited in the era of privatization. However Dalit Christian’s status deteriorated even after conversion.

The church has immense resources in India and it has the biggest land bank after the government of India. But, there is no monitoring authority. If Hindus temples are regulated by Devasthanam Act, Muslims by the Waqf Board and Sikhs by SGPC, then why not there should be a monitoring authority for church as well. Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM), an organisation working for the equal rights of converted Christians in India constantly struggling to introduce a regulatory system for the Church. According to a Kerala High Court judgement, the Vatican can only be a caretaker of the Church property by the Canon Law and this property should be used only for welfare of Christian communities. So, why not church spends this amount on the welfare of Poor Christians? It has always abdicated from its responsibility.

The Catholic Church runs 480 colleges, 63 medical colleges, 9500 secondary schools, 4000 high-schools, 14000 primary schools, 7500 nursery schools, 500 training schools and 260 professional institutes. If protestants-run institutions are added, the number will reach to 50,000.

How many Dalit Christians out of figure stated above are Dean or Principal of these institutions? How many Dalits are doctors? And, how many of them are at the top position/rank in the Church-run social organizations. As far as Dalit Christian’s representations in Churches are concern, it is inexplicable. There is no Dalit cardinal in India, however out of 175 Bishops; there are only 9 Dalit Bishops. There are 1122 Dalit priests out of total 25000.

R L Francis
President, PCLM

Senior Journalist and Social Activist Sai Prasan is no mo

DEATH IS NOT AND END OF LIFE, IT IS START OF A NEW JOURNEY

SaiNew Delhi:  It’s a matter of great grief that veteran journalist and social activist Sai Prasan has left this world. He died in Nagpur, Maharashtra on Sunday afternoon while travelling  to Rourkela by Geetanjali Superfast Express. 

 

Sai had worked for various newspapers and was equally active on the social front. He always worked for the poorer section of the society, fought for them and highlighted their voice through his powerful writing.  He formed Janata Vikas Manch, a civil society forum in 2011 and organized various activities to promote civil society actions in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.  Before his death, he had organized a historical padyatra Mee Votu – Mee Satta (Your Vote – Your Govt) during April 2014 which encompassed all the 13 districts of recent Andhra Pradesh. 

 

Sai Prasannan had done exemplary reporting during the Kandhmal riots in Odisha. His reports were first hand truthful. 

 

He was partner in the movement of Poor Christian Liberation Movement and was always supportive to our cause. He was a great humanist and friend of friends. Entire PCLM family prays the almighty God to give peace to his soul. Our hearts are with his family in the time of grief.  

 

 

R.L Francis, President, PCLM

Attack on Christians in India: A Reality Check

 

On expected lines, there was once again a hue and cry when unidentified persons allegedly vandalised a church and damaged the statues of baby Jesus and Mother Mary in the Agra Cantonment area earlier this week. The uproar comes close on the heels of the hullabaloo raised by sections of the intelligentsia and media over a letter written by Justice Kurien Joseph, a Supreme Court judge, protesting against the holding of a conference of High Court judges on Good Friday, citing it as yet another instance of “persecution” of the Christian community in the country.

The Chief Justice of India responded to Justice Joseph’s protest saying the question is whether it is institutional interest or individual interest that one should give preference to. “In my view, it is the institutional interest”, he added. But what the aforementioned intelligentsia and media completely and conveniently overlooked was responses of equally eminent Christian intellectuals including former Supreme Court judges who totally disagreed with Justice Kurien’s uncalled for reaction.

For instances, the widely respected Justice K T Thomas, who had presided over the Rajiv Gandhi assassination trial in the apex court, in a recent newspaper interview recalled that a similar conference of Chief Justices was held in 2007 as well on Good Friday but “nobody even bothered”.

 

“This is because today there are people who want to show that there is Christian persecution in India, to which I don’t agree. There is no persecution of Christians in India. I am a church-going Christian. For the last 12 years, I am delivering sermon on Good Friday. That is my personal thing and belief”, he said, adding, “…what the chief justices are doing is also a holy act. They are implementing justice for the people on a Good Friday. Jesus Christ will bless them. The criticism only shows that some people have become intolerant.”

 

Justice Thomas further stated that Australia, which has a high Christian population, had conducted the recent World Cup cricket final on a Sunday, which is also considered holy for Christians. “I have not heard any Christian protesting about it. Second, this is a country, where only 3% of the population are Christians. In America the Christians constitute 97%, but Good Friday is not even a holiday there.”“Millions of Christians live in Gulf countries (where the weekly holiday falls on Friday) but I have not heard any Christian raising any grievance (that Sunday is not a holiday). On the other hand, they agreed to adjust on a Friday for church worship,” he said.

This trait of turning away from inconvenient truth is not new. Rather, it seems to have become fashionable now. To cite another instance, days after the uproar over the “attacks” on the Christian community, suddenly there is a deafening silence on the part of the intelligentsia and sections of the media, which were viciously slamming the ruling dispensation as also the Sangh Parivar for targeting the minority community.

The silence is apparently an outcome of latest revelations that most of the culprits involved in the unfortunate March 14 West Bengal nun rape case were of Bangladeshi origin and had nothing whatsoever to do with either the BJP or the saffron fraternity. Any acts of violence against any section of the society, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, language, region or religion needs to be squarely condemned and no civilised Government, which has sworn to uphold the constitution, can tolerate it.

But the problem begins when the response to such attacks becomes not only vicious but also politically motivated. If the critics of the Government see a “pattern” in the attacks, the pattern in the response too is not lost on the discerning viewer/listener/reader.

 

For instance, without getting into the legality of the structure that was allegedly desecrated in Haryana, there are some points worth pondering. Can a building be called a Church/mosque/temple/Gurudwara if no prayers are being offered by the devout at the place? As far as my understanding of Sanatan Dharma goes, a temple becomes a temple after the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ or consecration of the idol(s), not by mere installation of a few statues at the site. By that yardstick, every tin containing oil kept on the street side across northern India on Saturdays with the apparent objective of making a fast buck in the name of “Shani Dev” would be a temple.

 

The brick and mortar site in Haryana’s Hissar district was at best a structure which was perhaps meant to be a religious place-nothing more, nothing less. The replacement of the Cross is certainly unacceptable but to project the entire incident as an attack on a church is untenable. Such false projections only serve to create bitterness in the society.

 

Unfortunately, this has been the trend over the years. About 17 years back, in 1998, the country witnessed a heated debate over the rape of Christian nuns in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh. Acting at break neck speed, Kangaroo courts comprising Left-leaning intellectuals including sections of the media held Hindu organisations responsible for the crime. Of course, a BJP-led coalition was in power at the Centre. Subsequently, the country’s then Home Minister released a list of the criminals forwarded to him by the Congress Government of Madhya Pradesh at that time. All the criminals named were Christians.

In his article Änti-Christian Acts: The Myth and Reality’, Vivek Gumaste recalls,“Christian groups initially questioned this finding, but when confronted with irrefutable proof chose to ignore it. And the newspapers?  Yes, they reported it in some hidden corner of their papers following what has become an accepted strategy for some: Create hype, discredit your adversaries and finally when the truth comes out, report it in small print.”

 

Citing the series of bomb blasts that occurred in churches across Karnataka, Andhra and Goa in 2000, Gumaste says that yet again without evidence the Hindu groups were promptly indicted for these attacks. “Eventually, it turned out to be the handiwork of a Muslim organisation, Deendar Anjuman with Pakistani links”. Commenting on the alleged church attacks in Delhi recently, Rupa Subramanya, a Mumbai-based economist says, “There’s no evidence whatever that these six incidents in Dilshad Garden, Jasola, Rohini, Vikaspuri, Vasant Kunj and Vasant Vihar are related or part of a pattern of attacks on minority institutions”.

“And all of us should be asking why exactly are church leaders and their friends in the media so eager to establish there’s a communal angle to these recent incidents when the facts say the opposite? What are they hoping to gain? Church leaders and their media acolytes have every right to dislike the BJP or Hindu groups if they so wish. But it’s irresponsible and downright dangerous if they promote their agenda in the face of the facts,” she says.

 

Having been in media for almost three decades now, one is constrained to ask as to where is the impartiality and objectivity of sections of our intelligentsia and the media which teaches us not to view incidents in isolation? I repeat that any attack on religious places has to be condemned but a healthy debate also has to take into account the local situation and the background of the people involved. Nothing can be viewed in isolation, lest they become a one sided version.

Coming to the Ranaghat nun rape case, it was just abominable. To begin with, the sexual assault on a 71 year old is so repulsive and outrageous. But coming to the debate following the incident which has been roundly condemned by one and all, isn’t law and order a state subject? If the Khattar Government in Haryana is expected to protect even buildings under construction in the state, isn’t the Mamata Banerjee Government to be blamed for failing to protect the mother figure? Isn’t it also a fact that the law and order situation in West Bengal is deteriorating by the day and women in the state are finding themselves at the receiving end?

 

The “pattern” in the criticism emerges when one sees the BJP and the Sangh Parivarbeing targeted irrespective of whether it is in power or opposition. In power, it is allegedly trying to pursue its agenda and while in opposition, it is allegedly polarising the situation to acquire power. Chit bhi meri, Pat bhi meri! (Heads I win,Tails you lose) From Nellie to Hashimpura to Bhagalpur and Delhi in 1984, some of the worst massacres in the country took place when BJP did not exist or even its earlier avatar Jan Sangh was not in reckoning for power in any state. Who engineered those riots? Why? The nation seeks answers.

Why is it that AAP activists were at the forefront at a Christian protest ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections? Hasn’t the recent Kejri tapes proved that AAP also tried to cash in on the same demonization of the BJP to woo minority votes? Isn’t it possible that such incidents are being orchestrated and then blown out of proportion to give a bad name to the Government? Otherwise, why any sane Government in its senses would allow such nonsense?

Knowing the Hindu psyche, it doesn’t need rocket science to realise that instead of consolidating Hindus, such incidents only alienate a large section of the liberal Hindus away from organisations allegedly perpetuating them. It is time we as a nation shed our double standards and view events objectively rather than through tinted glasses.

Sources: Vichar Vimarsh

The book exposing the imperialism of the church: “Unteshwari Mata Ka Mahant”

The book exposing the imperialism of the church: “Unteshwari Mata Ka Mahant”

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The controversy about Mother Teresa had not subsided, and there is yet another book by P B Lomeo “Unteshwari Mata ka Mahant” has raised a serious question on the functioning of the church within the Christian society.

The book titled ‘Unteshwari Mata ka Mahant’ is about Father Anthony Fernandes from the Society of Jesus, (SJ) who had spent 38 percent of his life to increase the number of sheep. The book exposes the layer by layer about the bad consequence meted out to priests and nuns who dare to disobey the dictates of the church.  

The book makes some startling revelations about the Catholic Church system and tells the story about the modus operandi of conversion in the North Gujarat. One can really admire the sharp brain of the foreign missionaries who were quick to point out that the camels were the most important animal in the region. It is the lifeline of the desert area. Therefore, they created a new Goddess, Unteshwari Devi, who protects the camels in the region. She is ‘kuldevi’ of the camel protectors Jesus followers. 

Camel has become an integral tool to meet their larger objectives. So, with the help of foreign funds, they purchased a 107 acre tract of land in the Budasan village in Mehsana region and constructed a Chaburara. They proclaimed that this is Unteshwari Matachabutara.

When Father AnthonyFernandescame to know that his main task was to convert people of Northern Gujarat into Christianity, he was devastated.  He had never expected such a black face of truth.  

He understood that all welfare related activities are its social service, health or education was mere ahogwash. They were instruments to lure poor people. Domestic missionaries were even two-step ahead of foreign missionaries. They wanted to have pie in the foreign funding. Father realized that all development activities run by the church were hogwash and they were directed towards converting more and more tribal people towards the Christianity.

Father Anthony Fernandez is not alive today. He died on May 11 2014 in Varanasi. He was a true priest, true Indian and a true patriot. He was born and brought in Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat. He grew up listening to religious songs of Narsingh Mehta- Vaishnav Jan te Tene kahiye ji Peed Paraye Jaane Re’. He became priest to serve the people. Northern Gujarat receives a lower amount of rainfall. The area is very poor. He wanted to help the people. However, when he knew the true motive of church, he started resisting. But, could he do anything? He was a lone fighter in the system.

Christianity has always been passionate to win the world. Anybody who has tried to oppose has been forced to succumb before these imperialistic forces. They are following the same policy in India. Any nun or priest who dares to oppose the church system met the fate of Father Anthony Fernandes. Church never accepts dissent. This is why many priests and nuns have set up an organization’ Catholic Church Reformation Movement’ to save from exploitation.

Father Anthony Fernandes was also a victim of the conspiracy to kill through crucifixion like Jesus. He was alone in the battle like Jesus. His disciples left them in the hands of enemies. And, the society for which he was working was in favour of crucifying him. The same happened with the Father Anthony Fernandes.

Famous Gandhi follower, Shree Kumarappa (a Catholic Christian) was of the view that western powers had four pillars: Army, Airforce, Navy and Missionary. They want to win the whole world. There is one more hidden pillar ‘Media’ that helps them when required. Currently, they have a deep knowledge of the resources of the developing and under-developed countries, and it is even more than their own countries.

The book exposes an innovative way to steal camel. And, it is not just about camel, but also about the culture, social unity and harmony which can be disturbed. These missionaries never oppose a converted Christian girl to marry in his original caste. They are of the view that she will ultimately convert the whole family.

You must have heard about the term ‘Parallel Government’, but do you know about the face of such a government. Once you read this book, you will start understanding the face of a parallel government. You will know how the Vatican is running its global empire from the 107 acre land. The story of the Father Anthony Fernandes is a great example of that empire.

The parallel empire of Vatican had started in 1945. A Vatican ambassador had been installed in the country. It has a great control over bureaucrats in the country, and it keeps them in its pocket. Even they have a great control over Indian media.

Everybody who understands the importance of nationalism and sovereignty must read this book. The book gives them a message to return to their own fold. The book also portrays the pathetic condition of converted Christians and the dangerous policies of the church system. The book also offers a solution to stop this trend. The book tells that every religion has been established to act as a safety valve. However, when it becomes a tool in the hands of the vested interests, it harms the humanity. Now, the time has come to understand and expose their real intentions so that the humanity can be saved.

RL Francis

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President, Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)

 

 

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Christian protests: A well-planned Catholic conspiracy to malign #ModiSarkar

 

A few churches were vandalized. A septuagenarian nun was brutalized. An attempt to raise a church in 100 per cent Hindu village was foiled. A church in Delhi was burnt. Another church in Jabalpur stoned. These are some of the unfortunate incidents happened in the last couple of months. Prima facie these are criminal cases and should be dealt with by the police and legal system to bring the culprits to book.

But these very incidents are projected worldwide as an affront on the Christian community in India and a design to wipe out Christian religion from the Indian soil. Leading media organizations of the world like The New York Times, ABC News, BBC, Voice of America etc. have given wide publicity to these crimes against a particular section of Indian society and painted them as ‘Attacks on Christians’, ‘Modi’s dangerous silence’, ‘Fear amongst Christians in India’ and so on.

 

These global media were assisted by their Indian counterparts like NDTV, Times of India, and their likes in the secular (read anti-Hindu) brigade by providing them updates to justify their campaign against #ModiSarkar.

 

The secular desi media and their foreign partners have taken it granted that these attacks were planned and executed by the Hindu nationalists or Saffron hardliners who wanted to convert India into Hindu Rashtra. They firmly believe that with the BJP capturing power at the Centre with full majority under the leadership of Narendra Modi, these emboldened Hindu nationalists have adopted more aggressive postures towards the religious minorities in India.

 

The uncalled for ‘advisory’ from the visiting US President Barrack Obama on Januray 27 this year is often cited as the proof for justifying the above allegation by these media groups and their secular co-passengers in Indian politics. Obama had then advised the Indian people to shun ‘religious intolerance’ if they were to march on the path of progress.

 

The New York Timeswas prompt to remind Narendra Modi of this advice from his ‘friend Barrack’. It said: “Mr. Modi has promised an ambitious agenda for India’s development. But, as President Obama observed in a speech in New Delhi last month India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith.” Mr. Modi needs to break his deafening silence on religious intolerance.”

 

In the New Delhi datelined news titled “Catholics fear campaign of Church attacks in India” dated March 2, 2015 The NY Times said: “A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of violence, and to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against religious intimidation.”

 

“There has been no attempt from the prime minister’s side to condemn the attacks,” said the Rev. Mathew Koyickal, the chancellor of the Delhi archdiocese and a former parish priest at St. Alphonsa’s. If Mr. Modi would speak out, he said, “We would be comforted, we would know we have a prime minister who cares about us.”

 

It may be mentioned that Catholics and other Christians make up about 2 per cent of India’s population. However, there are serious doubts being raised by certain quarters who feel the actual population of the Christians of all hues is around 4 to 5 per cent.

 

The New York Times wrote an editorial captioned “Modi’s Dangerous Silence” in its February 7 issue. The editorial said: “Mr. Modi’s continued silence before such troubling intolerance increasingly gives the impression that he either cannot or does not wish to control the fringe elements of the Hindu nationalist right.”

 

And this is despite Prime Minister Modi’s promise of a crackdown on religious violence which he gave during his address at Vigyan Bhavan on the occasion of the national celebration of the elevation to sainthood of two Christian priests. Prominent Christian leaders and clergy were present then.

 

The editorial further blames the RSS and VHP for these attacks. It says: “There is also concern about the mass conversions. Last December, about 200 Muslims were converted to Hinduism in Agra. In January, up to 100 Christians in West Bengal “reconverted” to Hinduism. Hardline Hindu nationalist groups, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), make no secret of their support for a “homecoming” campaign designed to “return” non-Hindus to the fold. More than 80 percent of Indians are Hindu, but Pravin Togadia of the VHP says his organization’s goal is a country that is 100 percent Hindu. The only way to achieve that is to deny religious minorities their faith.

 

“The VHP is reportedly planning a mass conversion of 3,000 Muslims in Ayodhya this month. The destruction of the Babri Mosque there in 1992 by Hindu militants touched off riots between Hindus and Muslims across India that left more than 2,000 people dead. The VHP knows it is playing with fire.”

 

The ABC News in its report dated February 3, 2015 captioned ‘Church attacks prompt fears of rising Hindu nationalism in India’ said: “The latest attack follows a series of government gaffes that have offended religious minorities, including an attempt to cancel Christmas.”

 

The report quoted Father Dominic Emmanuel, spokesman for the Delhi Catholic Union as saying “The scenario is pretty bad all over India for Christians and Muslims as well, and this is certainly worrying because this is happening right under the nose of prime minister. These attacks are certainly connected to the right wing Hindu fundamentalist whose voice is getting stronger and have been emboldened by last year's election of the BJP. Mr Modi's political party, the BJP, has its roots in the Hindu fundamentalist group the RSS, which has been accused of recently trying to convert people to their religion by force.”

 

The ABC News also quoted Father Emmanuel warning the Modi government on its business relations with the Christian western countries: “I have told the government that if they want to increase business with western countries, in particularly America, what they think? Do they think that America or Europe, or Australia would be happy to hear that on Christmas Day you are converting it into Good Governance Day, undermining the meaning of Christmas and of the birth of Jesus Christ - not just for Christian community in India, but what impact will it have on the rest of the Christian world?"

 

The BBC on 29th March 2015 telecast a video of the incidents highlighting the “growing insecurity” in India’s Christian community. The video also quoted some Christians saying how they were being forced to convert to Hinduism by the Hindu hardliners and how they attacked the churches and burnt the Holy Bible.

 

The BBC video report was carried by www.pakistanaffairs.pk, www.ph.news.yahoo.com, on.aol.com and other websites. According to http://www.voanews.com the Ranaghat convent attack and rape of the elderly nun were not just the criminal incidents. They were the part of the ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across India.

“Some Christian organizations say the attack on the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Nadia district, 80 kilometers northeast of Kolkata, was part of an ongoing anti-Christian hate campaign across India,” the VOA News reported.

The VOA News said that Bangiya Christiya Pariseba, a Kolkata-based body of Christian organizations in West Bengal, issued a statement alleging the attack was religiously motivated, and hinting that the assailants belonged to Hindu right-wing groups.

 

The VOA also quoted John Dayal, a spokesman for New Delhi-based United Christian Forum for Human Rights as saying: “despite assurances from Indian authorities, right-wing Hindu attacks on religious minorities continue unabated. When you are terrorizing a community, you are insulting objects of their faith. What else can I do but infer that this is part of the pattern, or it's almost a template of violence against religious minorities - in this case the Christians in India,” he said.

 

This anti-Modi, anti-BJP bandwagon of ‘secular’ Christian media is also joined by persons like Julio Riberio, former DGP of Punjab who is held in very high esteem by the millions of Hindus for his exemplary work in containing militancy in the border state of Punjab. He now suddenly feels to be on the hit list of Hindu fundamentalists and threatened. 

 

It is obvious that this propaganda against the Hindu nationalists in general and the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular is being carried out under the well thought of conspiracy to destabilize the strong and stable government India got after three decades. Modi, right from the election campaign days, promised the development of all 125 crore people of India. He never talked in terms of Hindu, Muslims, Christians or Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. He talked of 125 crore Indians. And he meant it.

 

However, the so-called secularists, pseudo intellectuals and political leaders and media houses could not tolerate that a firm, stable and promising leadership is ruling India. With Modi at the helm of the affairs, all their plans go haywire. Therefore the criminal incidents like this came as much handy tool for them to launch a diatribe against the Prime Minister, Hindu nationalists and the BJP.

 

With Modi, the image of India at the international level improved a lot. The presence of US President Barrack Obama at the Republic Day function is an indication of this. However, there was tremendous pressure from the Church lobby on him to cancel the visit to India, but he did not budge to their pressure. The UN too, by conceding to Modi’s plan declared June 21 as International Yoga Day much to the dismay of the global Christian lobby. At home the Modi government put spanner in the NGOs most of which dominated and run by Christian groups on receiving foreign donations. This must have come as bolt from the blue for them. The Modi government also put brakes on the media by denying them all the facilities they used to get from the earlier governments. All these factors forced them to launch a systematic campaign to malign this government and make it unstable so that their vested interests could be safeguarded.

 

The police acted promptly and arrested the culprits involved in these attacks. It turned out to be Bangladesh Muslims who committed the heinous crime of molesting the 72-year old nun in Ranaghat Convent. Those who attacked the Church in Delhi were petty criminals and Christians. How come the media suddenly fell silent? No discussions, no debate, nothing. But even before the police began their probe into the incidents, these very champions of secularism shamelessly blamed the Hindu nationalists and BJP and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi!

 

Typically, the media fell silent. The BBC reported that an arrest has been made in the nun gang rape case in India. But the agency didn’t mention that he was a Bangladeshi Muslim. Neither the Vatican, nor Cardinal Cleemis, or the archbishop apologized for their seminally improper allegation against the Hindu nationalists like RSS and VHP.

 

But, their mission got spiked from among the Christian intellectuals. One amongst them is Prof Dr. Hilda Raja, a Catholic Christian lady of Vadodara, who gave a befitting reply to Riberio in her article “Speak the truth Mr Riberio”.

 

Stating that his accusations were unfounded she traced her ancestry to her Hindu ancestors and asked how did we become Chrsitians? What kind of inducement-allurement and what strategy of proselytization were used those days for my ancestors to become Christians?

 

Prof Hilda wrote: “The point to note is that the Catholic Church to which Julio Ribeiro and I belong has a parampara (tradition) of a persecution mania. This is because we have inherited and are born through persecution. Not by the Hindus but by the Dutch, the Portuguese, the French and the English, she said.

 

“We must agree that there was persecution, forced conversion by the conquerors. It was a question of torture and death to which the Hindu ancestors were subjected to. This is not fairy tales but recorded history when thousands of temples were destroyed, houses were ransacked and people were brutalized. Those who indulged in these human rights violations were treated as saints by the Vatican and raised to sainthood. But now we raise a hue and cry against ‘Ghar Vapsi’. What was good for one is not good for another. It is not though these were in the hoary past. Even today most of the NGOs do indulge in this proselytization. I wish the government of India ban all foreign funds. If China can develop without such NGOs and the foreign funds why should India not?”

 

Another noted writer Maria Wirth supports Hilda Raja stating that Christians are not persecuted in India. She wrote: “There is probably no other country where members of other religions were as safe as in India. Hindus always gave shelter to those who were persecuted in their homelands. Jews gratefully acknowledged that India is the one country where they were never persecuted.” 

 

Maria Wirth further wrote: “All the so called attacks on churches which were hyped up recently on many TV channels turned out to be minor crimes unconnected with “Hindu extremists”. In other countries they would hardly find space in the local paper. Why were they flogged for days on TV channels? Why were Christian spokesmen given plenty of airtime to falsely blame the “Hindu right” and claim that Christians are under attack? There seems to be an agenda by the Churches and it would need to be investigated why so many TV channels obliged.

 

“The campaign of media and Christian representatives against “Hindu extremists” is not likely to end soon. New incidents will come up and the Christian spokesmen will again peddle the “truth” that under Narendra Modi as Prime Minister the Hindus are emboldened to “attack” Christians in hate crimes and that Christians feel helpless and insecure. The TV anchors will continue to prod them: “Do you feel unsafe in India?” and all Christian spokesmen will again reply “Yes” and claim that hate crimes have increased since Modi came to power.”

 

How the Christians put pressure on the Christian countries is understood from a prominent Indian Catholic Christian leader John Dayal's testimony to US House of Representatives. He calls for interference by the U.S. in India's internal matters including elections. The following excerpts show how he bases his call for interference by using atrocities literature compiled and summarized.

 

Using atrocities literature as the motivation for action

 

These fears are compounded by increasing radicalization of the political discourse including rhetoric about disenfranchising religious minorities. I wish to bring to the attention of the honorable Members of Congress the realities of the situation of religious minorities on the ground in India. We have spoken of the anti-Sikh massacres, the Christian massacres in Orissa and the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar. But in the past 12 months preceding these elections, Christians have themselves faced 153 cases of violence against us.

 

The use of state, missionary and law enforcement apparatus to harass, intimidate and disenfranchise religious minorities, indulge in mass violence against minorities followed by the extension of impunity to the perpetrators of violence the Government of India itself, in Parliament, has acknowledged 30,000 cases of violence in the last 60 years on record. Most of these cases have seen no persecution of the perpetrators including the police and other forces that I have mentioned. This could increase many-fold.

 

Calling for direct influence to coerce India

 

I will take this opportunity therefore to urge the United States Government and the U.S. Congress and indeed all people of the world to engage in the dialogue with the Government of India on issues of human rights and freedom of faith. These rights are guaranteed under the Indian constitution but are violated with impunity all too often. India is a huge market and investment destination and this has so far successfully managed and encouraged the government to ignore or rebuff the scant concerns shown by the international community.

 

Calling for influencing Indian elections

 

I am not going to focus on the issues because my three co-panellists have focused on all of them. I am going to focus on what are the challenges India will face when elections portend to present a result which is prophesied in newspapers and television columns: what happens if Mr. Modi comes to power. I think we, now in India, face serious challenges to the secular and pluralistic traditions of a country and religious minorities such as Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Adivasis are generally fearful of what the future portends.

 

In fact, Hindus have been the only people who respected diversity and lived with it. They never wanted to spread single religion based on one book and one prophet. Christianity and Islam are the religions that abhor diversity. The sole aim of Christianity was to seek “collapse of Hinduism”. And what could be the best way than conversion of Hindus to achieve this goal? So, the Christian missionaries have been indulging in conversion from the day they put their feet on this soil, courtesy to Hindu kings and his subjects. With conversion came the next agenda of disconnecting those converts from their Hindu ancestors and traditions and finally denationalise them as Swami Vivekananda, Veer Sawarkar and Gandhi would put it.

 

Any attempt to check their religious expansionism is criticised and taken as an affront on their fundamental right at the national and international level using all the resources at the disposal and the Christian governments are pressurised to put diplomatic pressures on India and other countries to allow a free hand to these missionary organizations. This continued unabated during the 60 years of Congress rule but now they are facing a strong government with Modi as Prime Minsiter. They tried similar pressure tactics during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 

Therefore, it is time for the Narendra Modi government to remain ever vigilant to refute all such propaganda aimed at maligning its image by branding it anti-Christian. It is also a warning for Hindu organizations to tread their path with a caution and at the same time expose the wrongdoings and sinister design of these ‘apostles of peace’ to destabilize the first ever nationalist government under Prime Minister Modi.

Source: News Bharati 01 Apr 2015

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