Thursday, April 27, 2017
WILL HINDUISM SURVIVE THE PRESENT CHRISTIAN OFFENSIVE?
By Francois Gautier
By Francois Gautier
When Prime Minister Vajpayee was in the US in September (2000) , the National Association of Asian Christians in the US (whom nobody had heard about before), paid $ 50,000 to the New York Times to publish "an Open Letter to the Honorable Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prime minister of India."
While "warmly welcoming the PM," The NAAC expressed deep concern about the "persecution" of Christians in India by "extremist" (meaning Hindu) groups mentioning as examples "the priest, missionaries and church workers who have been murdered," the nuns "raped," and the potential enacting of conversion laws, which would make "genuine" conversions illegal. The letter concluded by saying "that Christians in India today live in fear."
The whole affair was an embarrassment (as it was intended to be) to Mr. Vajpayee and the Indian delegation, which had come to prod American businessmen to invest in India, a peaceful, pro-Western and democratic country.
I am born a Christian and I have had a strong Catholic education. I do believe that Christ was an incarnation of Pure Love and that His Presence still radiates in the world. I also believe there are human beings who sincerely try to incarnate the ideals of Jesus and that you can find today in India a few missionaries (such as Father Ceyrac, a French Jesuit, who works mostly with lepers in Tamil Nadu) who are incarnations of that Love, tending tirelessly to people, without trying to convert them.
But I have also lived for more than 30 years in India, I am married to an Indian, I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and I have evolved a love and an understanding of India, which few other foreign correspondents have because they are never posted long enough to start getting a real feeling of this vast and often baffling country (nobody can claim to fully understand India). And this is what I have to say about the "persecution" of Christians in India.
Firstly, it is necessary to bring about a little bit of a historical flashback, which very few foreign correspondents (and unfortunately also Indian journalists) care to do, which would make for a more balanced view of the problem.
If ever there was persecution, it was of the Hindus at the hands of Christians, who were actually welcomed in this country, as they have been welcomed in no other place on this planet. Indeed, the first Christian community of the world, that of the Syrian Christians, was established in Kerala in the first century. They were able to live in peace and practice their religion freely, even imbibing some of the local Hindu customs, thereby breaking the Syrian Church in two.
When Vasco de Gama landed in Kerala in 1498, he was generously received by the Zamorin, the Hindu king of Calicut, who granted him the right to establish warehouses for commerce. But once again, Hindu tolerance was exploited and the Portuguese wanted more and more. In 1510, Alfonso de Albuquerque seized Goa, where he started a reign of terror, burning "heretics," crucifying Brahmins, using false theories to forcibly convert the lower castes, razing temples to build churches upon them and encouraging his soldiers to take Indian mistresses.
Indeed, the Portuguese perpetrated here some of the worst atrocities ever committed in Asia by Christianity upon another religion. Ultimately, the Portuguese had to be kicked out of India, when all other colonisers had already left.
British missionaries in India were always supporters of colonialism. They encouraged it and their whole structure was based on "the good Western civilized world being brought to the Pagans." Because, in the words of Claudius Buchanan, a chaplain attached to the East India Company, "Neither truth, nor honesty, honour, gratitude, nor charity, is to be found in the breast of a Hindoo!" What a comment about a nation that gave the world the Vedas at a time when Europeans were still grappling in their caves!
And it is in this way that the British allowed entire chunks of territories in the East, where lived tribals, whose poverty and simplicity made them easy prey to be converted to Christianity. By doing so, the Christian missionaries cut a people from their roots and tradition, made them look westwards towards a culture and a way of life which was not theirs.
And the result is there today for everyone to see: it is in these eastern states, some of which are 90 per cent Christian, that one finds the biggest drug problems (and crime) in India. It should also be said that many of the eastern separatist movements have been covertly encouraged by Christian missionaries on the ground that "tribals were there before the 'Aryan Hindus' invaded India and imposed Hinduism upon them."
The trouble is that the latest archaeological and linguistic discoveries point to the fact that there NEVER was an Aryan invasion of India --it just was an invention of the British and the missionaries to serve their purpose. Aryanism is a synonym of Vedic culture.
Secondly, Christianity has always striven on the myth of persecution, which in turn bred "martyrs" and saints, indispensable to the propagation of Christianity. But it is little known, for instance, that the first "saints" of Christianity, "martyred" in Rome, a highly refined civilization which had evolved a remarkable system of gods and goddesses, derived from Hindu mythology via the Greeks, were actually killed (a normal practice in those days) while bullying peaceful Romans to embrace the "true" religion, in the same way that later Christian missionaries will browbeat "heathen" Hindus, adoring many gods into believing that Jesus was the only "true" god.
Now to come to the recent cases of persecution of Christians in India at the hands of Hindu groups. I have personally investigated quite a few, amongst them the rape of the four nuns in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, nearly two years ago. This rape is still quoted as an example of the "atrocities" committed by Hindus on Christians.
Yet, when I interviewed the four innocent nuns, they themselves admitted, along with George Anatil, the bishop of Indore, that it had nothing to do with religion: It was the doing of a gang of Bhil tribals, known to perpetrate this kind of hateful acts on their own women. Today, the Indian press, the Christian hierarchy and the politicians, continue to include the Jhabua rape in the list of atrocities against Christians.
Or take the burning of churches in Andhra Pradesh a few months ago, which was supposed to have been committed by the "fanatic" RSS. It was proved later that it was actually the handiwork of Indian Muslims, at the behest of the ISI to foment hatred between Christians and Hindus. Yet the Indian press, which went berserk at the time of the burnings, mostly kept quiet when the true nature of the perpetrators was revealed.
Finally, even if Dara Singh does belong to the Bajrang Dal, it is doubtful if the hundred other accused do. What is more probable, is that like in many other "backward" places, it is a case of converted tribals versus non-converted tribals, of pent-up jealousies, of old village-feuds and land disputes. It is also an outcome of what -- it should be said -- are the aggressive methods of the Pentecost and Seventh Day Adventist missionaries, known for their muscular ways of conversion.
Thirdly, conversions in India by Christian missionaries of low caste Hindus and tribals are sometimes nothing short of fraudulent and shameful acts. American missionaries are investing huge amounts of money in India, which come from donation-drives in the United States where gullible Americans think the dollars they are giving go towards uplifting "poor and uneducated" Indians.
It is common in Kerala, for instance, particularly in the poor coastal districts, to have "miracle boxes" put in local churches. The gullible villager writes out a paper mentioning his wish such as a fishing boat, a loan for a pucca house, fees for the son's schooling. And lo, a few weeks later the miracle happens! And of course the whole family converts, making others in the village follow suit.
American missionaries (and their government) would like us to believe that democracy includes the freedom to convert by any means. But France for example, a traditionally Christian country, has a minister who is in charge of hunting down "sects." And by sects, it is meant anything that does not fall within the recognized family of Christianity -- even the Church of Scientology, favoured by some Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise or John Travolta, is ruthlessly hounded. And look at what the Americans did to the Osho movement in Arizona, or how innocent children and women were burnt down by the FBI (with the assistance of the US army) at Waco, Texas, because they belonged to a dangerous sect.
Did you know that Christianity is dying in the West? Not only is church attendance falling dramatically because spirituality has deserted it, but less and less youth accept the vocation to become priests or nuns. And as a result, say in the rural parts of France, you will find only one priest for six or seven villages, whereas till the late seventies, the smallest hamlet had its own parish priest.
And where is Christianity finding new priests today? In the Third World, of course! And India, because of the innate impulsion of its people towards god, is a very fertile recruiting ground for the Church, particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Hence the huge attention that India is getting from the United States, Australia, or England and the massive conversion drive going on today.
It is sad that Indians, once converted, specially the priests and nuns, tend to turn against their own country and help in the conversion drive. There are very few "White" missionaries left in India and most of the conversions are done today by Indian priests.
Last month, during the bishop's conference in Bangalore, it was restated by bishops and priests from all over India that conversion is the FIRST priority of the Church here. But are the priests and bishops aware that they would never find in any Western country the same freedom to convert that they take for granted in India? Do they know that in China they would be expelled, if not put into jail? Do they realize that they have been honoured guests in this country for nearly two thousand years and that they are betraying those that gave them peace and freedom?
Hinduism, the religion of tolerance, and spirituality of this new millennium, has survived the unspeakable barbarism of wave after wave of Muslim invasions, the insidious onslaught of Western colonialism which has killed the spirit of so many Third World countries, and the soul-stifling assault of Nehruvianism. But will it survive the present Christian offensive?
Many Hindu religious leaders feel Christianity is a real threat today, as in numerous ways it is similar to Hinduism, from which Christ borrowed so many concepts. (See Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's book: "Hinduism and Christianity")
It is thus necessary that Indians themselves become more aware of the danger their culture and unique civilization is facing at the hands of missionaries sponsored by foreign money. It is also necessary that they stop listening to the Marxist-influenced English newspapers' defense of the right of Christian missionaries to convert innocent Hindus.
Conversion belongs to the times of colonialism. We have entered the era of Unity, of coming together, of tolerance and accepting each other as we are, not of converting in the name of one elusive "true" god.
When Christianity accepts the right of other people to follow their own beliefs and creeds, then only will Jesus Christ's spirit truly radiate in the world.
[The author, who writes "The Ferengi's Column" in The Indian Express, is the correspondent in South Asia for Le Figaro, France's largest circulating daily. He has just published "Arise O India" (Har-Anand).]
[This article and more information at www.stephen-knapp.com]
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Abraham is a very important Character in Bible tales.
Galatians 3:16 God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn't say "to his children," as if it meant many descendants.
Abraham is an outsider who migrated from present Iraq.
He said to Abram, “I am the who led you from Ur of Chaldea. I did this so that I could give you this land. You will own this land.”
Monday, April 24, 2017
St.Joseph's Residential & Day School
Run By DMI Sisters
St.Joseph’s Residential School- Sriperumpudur STOPS STUDENT FROM Appearing exams as he was from lower caste and black. Mother fight in court and wrote exams.
Arun Kumar is an academically brilliant 11th standard student of St. Joseph Residential School Sriperumbudur (founded by Rev. Fr. Dr. J.E.Arul Raj, and is run by the Society of DMI - Daughters of Mary Immaculate) in Kancheepuram district. He is also won several medals in sports (football, athletics, track and field) and prizes in extra-curricular activities like quiz and singing competitions. There are many such talented and achieving students these days, so what’s the big deal, one may ask?
What makes Arun Kumar’s achievements exceptional is the fact that he belongs to the Kattunayakar tribe (which is a scheduled tribe in Tamil Nadu). His parents, Kala and Kandiban have not had any schooling. Their family occupation is pig rearing. Inspite of severe financial hardship, social backwardness and cultural marginalization faced by them, Arun’s parents have managed to send all their three children to school. After his father died two years back, his mother has been raising the children on her own.
Arun hails from a village near Mahabalipuram and had studied in the local government school till 5th standard. Recognising his potential, the then principal of this government school made him appear for a government scholarship examination at the Kancheepuram Collectorate office, which would enable him to get admitted to a prestigious school on government sponsorship. He scored 598 out of 600 in the said examination and was admitted to St. Joseph’s Residential School Sriperumbudur. The government has been sponsoring his education from 6th standard onwards till now.
Arun got A1 grade in 10th Board exams scoring 486 out of 500 (CBSE Board) and continued his studies there. In 11th standard, apart from old students, many new students also joined from different cities in India and abroad. Some boys came from Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They were rich, fair and looked down upon the local boys. Arun says these new boys would taunt him about his black colour and also made derogatory remarks about his caste. He and his friends objected to this. There appears to have been some tensions in the hostel between the old and new students.
In June 2015, Arun’s mother was called to school and informed that Arun was suspended from school for a week as he had seen 12th standard boys breaking a bench but had not reported them to the administration. He was made to write an apology letter saying he was involved in bench breaking and his mother had to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000/-. He was taken back in school only after a week.
After a few months, on Sept. 14th, 2015 he was again suspended, this time for fighting with a Dubai boy. Arun says that even though that boy along with his friends ragged him mercilessly about his caste and colour, he kept quiet. But when the Dubai boy called his (Arun’s) mother names, Arun got angry and slapped him. He was not allowed to appear for the first term exam which began the next day. Instead he was kept locked up in a room for the whole day. His mother was summoned and he was sent home again for a week. But within two days, the school authorities rang up his mother and informed her that Arun had been dismissed from school.
Arun, his mother and other relatives visited the school and pleaded with them to forgive his alleged offence and let him study for the remaining term of this year. They made seven visits to the school to meet various school officials. But St. Joseph’s Residential School did not relent and kept insisting that they had dismissed him and asked the mother to take his TC (Transfer Certificate). It is pertinent to note that no such dismissal has been communicated in writing so far.
However, the Principal St. Joseph’s Residential School wrote a letter dt. 28.09.2015 to the District Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Officer Kancheepuram District stating therein,“….therefore we wish to state that the management is not interested in keeping such children in the school. It is recommended by the Chairman that he should be dismissed from the school. We kindly request your good self to make a note of this and His fees dues need not be paid and can be cancelled from your side”.
Left with no other option, Arun’s family sought legal recourse in the matter. Kala (Arun’s mother) filed a Writ Petition in the Madras High Court (WP No. 37481 of 2015 dt. 26.10.2015), praying that this recommendation for dismissal should not be accepted by the District Collector Kancheepuram and The Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare Officer Kancheepuram District and that he should be allowed to continue Class XI and XII in the same school. A Miscellaneous Petition for allowing him to appear in practical and main (final) examination was also filed. The Madras High Court passed an order on 29.01.2016 directing St. Joseph’s Residential School to permit Arun Kumar to appear for practical and main examination. Further the District Collector and The Adi Dravidar & Tribal Welfare Officer have been directed to ensure continuation of his scholarship until further orders. This order seems to be in the nature of an interim order, with the matter being posted for final instructions after two weeks.
Arun Kumar’s family members again went to school with this order requesting them to allow Arun to appear for examinations. The school management turned him away once again using frivolous pretexts. The relatives organized a hunger strike in front of the school seeking justice. However, the school management used the local police to intimidate the protestors and chase them away. The school management is still refusing to honour the High Court order. The final examination for Class XI is fast approaching. This school has tentatively fixed it from 19.02.2016 onwards. This adamant attitude of the St. Joseph Residential School may cost Arun Kumar not just a year of his academic life but his entire future. Will we lose another brilliant all-rounder student, coming from a marginalized tribal community, due to such stubborn, egoistic, lethargic approach of our education institutions?
Christian & Muslim Schools have gone for court - to stop Admitting Poor students under Right to Education.
திரு பெரும்பந்தூரில் உள்ள St.Joseph’s Residential School-ல் சாதிய வெறியாட்டம். 11-ஆம் வகுப்பு மாணவனை தேர்வு எழுத விடாமல், பள்ளி நிர்வாகம் வெளியேற்றிய கொடுமை...