Our political netas=Champions of secularism

December 14, 2014 at 8:11 am 5 comments

Our political netas-Champions of secularism-selectively

‘Opposition targets government on conversion in Agra’… ‘Bid to impose Hindutva agenda”…This and more we heard and saw in Parliament on ‘gthar wapsi’. According to Mayawati, ‘Secularism is part of the Constitution-they (read RSS) are violating the basic tenets, BJP has a hand in it’. It was all pandemonium let loose in both the Houses with members dashing into the well. It seems as though some new danger has been sighted by them some danger to the Constitution and to the secular fabric of India.

Suddenly the MPs have become sensitive to upholding the Constitution when they do not even uphold the oath they take to function without fear or favor…. It seems that at least occasionally the MPs are conscious that we have a Constitution. When the UPA government was in power the Constitution was eroded and every tenet of it dented and over ridden. But what I cannot understand is the fact that conversions have been always forced. This was the strategy from time immemorial. Not only in India but the world over

But let us focus on India alone now. It has been a continuous conversion business. The invaders who came to India did not just stop with plundering the country and becoming rulers but they brought along their missionaries and their churches. First it was the Dutch, then the Portuguese then the French and finally the English. All these indulged in ruthless conversion through force and whatever methods possible. The poor Indians had no other option but bend to the powerful.

This is relevant to realize that all Indians-have their ancestry in Hinduism. St Francis Xavier used every force-fraud and even the Inquisition to convert Hindus. Those who did not fall in line had to flee or were tortured and killed. History records his barbarism and  the brutality with which he dealt with the Hindus. Places of worship were raided-destroyed and his public punishment was chopping off the hand for those who followed any form of Hinduism. The pillar where these unfortunate ones were dragged and hand chopped off is called the Pillar –De- Amputation.This pillar even today exists in Old Goa. This is the reason why the victims of Francis Xavier oppose the public display of his corpse. But the Church has raised him as a saint .

That may be old history but what about the much revered Mother Theresa. Did she not use blackmail to convert? Innocent children who were dying-the old and the infirm were baptized all under the garb of caring for them. They were not even aware of what was happening to them. They were in pain and in utter misery. Today the church looks on innocently. So when one says there should be no forced conversions I am flabbergasted because all conversions have some sort of a force-be it physical, psychological or social. Allurements and enticements were used especially where there is starvation and disease and pain and hopelessness. How did the North East States become Christians-due to their volition? I know a Salesian priest who used to write to my husband to send money for conversion. He even revealed that ‘the priests do not go openly but through the catechist(a low level functionary of the Church) we  approach the tribal people and give them money and promise other benefits’ .So for a loaf of bread for a few rotis and for a few rupees these unfortunate ones are ready to change their religion. Is this faith or force? Has this changed? Not one of the so called political leaders raised their voices against Mother Theresa’s blatant conversion business? Where was the Constitutional norm then? Where was secularism then? So it is only when the Hindus engage in ‘ghar wapsi’ that our political netas become aware of the Constitution and secularism and cry themselves hoarse-They then pose as great defenders and champions of secularism. This is a fraud and an injustice. This double standard is what they always resort to.

When I was working in a village project in the outskirts of Chennai-near Mahabalipuram many of the SC families told me that they were converted by the local parish priest. This they said was for their children to get admission in a minority run institution and or to get some employment. They did not mention cash .I am fully aware that the tactics used in Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh (may be in other States also of which I do not have first hand knowledge) the priests tell them plainly to continue with their Hindu names and enter in their application forms as SCs so that they get all the benefits due to the SCs but in reality they are all Christians. So Varadan becomes Victor for the Church record but for government records he continues to be Varadan. Take the example of Andhra \Pradesh’s former Chief Minister Rajasekaran Reddy.Many thought he was a Hindu but his first name is Samuel. These are not exception cases but the normal rule-the double deception that the Christians used. The thousands of conversions that he affected through the evangelical church of his by giving them money and luring them with other promises is well known to those in AP

But a reading of the historical data on Church history will be an eye opener for those who today think that ‘ghar wapsi’ is against the Constitution and secularism. Where did this notion of secularism go when thousands of years conversion was only through force? In recent times too it is covertly done. Whether some netas like it or not how does one account for the millions of other religious followers. Does it mean that on their own accord through faith and belief and enlightenment they all got converted?

Did the Muslims not convert through the sword? Is there no love jihadi?It is common for the Muslim/Christian to marry a Hindu and then later convert the partner to the Muslim /Christian religion. But as far as I know the Hindus did not go in for conversion. Today one talks of ‘ghar wapsi’-I fail to understand why this full throated Opposition.Where did this opposition go when conversions were taking place in India earlier and now only through some form of force. The Constitution has paved the way for this business by granting Minority Rights to the Minorities. Hence right from a tender age children are segregated in Christian institutions and in Madrassas-and groomed to think that they are different from others on the basis of religion. So we Christians think and proclaim that we have the ONE true God…Children brainwashed thus are subjected to forced-an intellectual force- where by they think in terms of differences and grow up thus in ghettos. We have Catholic doctrine for the Catholics, Bible classes for the Christians and Ethics for the Hindus. All this in Minority institutions which is run on government money. I do not know if other education Institutions also follows the same. Is this secularism? As though the Catholics and the Christiansand the Muslims do not need ethics!!!

Why is it when one says that India is a Hindu country there is so much of opposition and anger-but then one says that Pakistan is a Muslim country and so are other Middle East countriesthere is no adverse reaction. If in conversation one terms the UK/US and other European countries as Christian countries there is no objection. Why this allergy to call India a Hindu country? That does not mean others cannot live here and that does not mean that secularism is thrown out. It simply means that Hinduism was in India as far as memory goes-it is as old as this country. Hinduism sprung from the soil of this country and did not come from any other shores-unlike other religions. So what is the problem in calling a spade a spade? Similarly when one talks of Hindutva the so called secularists see red. Is it wrong or against secularism to be nationalist and a patriot? I think it a weakness and a phobia of the so called ‘secularists’. After all let us be honest when Jinnah wanted Pakistan the reason he gave was that the Muslims will not be able to coexist with the Hindus.So he wanted the country to be partition which was done. Now can the Hindus not have their own ethos and their own religion and their own perception of nationalism? What is the problem in accepting this simple truth that this in no way destroys secularism.

 For that matter it is the politicians who are hell bend in destroying secularism. Why even the demand of reservation on the basis of religion is anti-secular. For the sake of vote bank politics the political leaders divide the people. We have other religious leaders even threatening the Hindus. The political leaders simply looked the other way when conversions in large numbers were taking place. But now that the Hindus have started the ‘ghar wapsi’ they pretend to be shocked that secularism is being destroyed. I remember some years ago in Trichirapally in Tamilnadu one of the pastors baptized even those who were not present because their names were on the list but were unable to attend the service. It is well known that evangelical churches look for numbers and even poach on other churches members. Foreign funds flow in depending on numbers. One has to watch a couple of channels in the TV to realize this. The psychological blackmail that these pastors indulge in is a fraud and vulnerable people fall a prey to it. The testimonies of cures-the revelations etc are all a fraud inflicted on a vulnerable already affected and afflicted populace. The political netas are not worried about this. As long as it is not Hinduism they simply look the other way. It seems to be a sin or an aberration if one is a devote Hindu but if one is a devote Christian /Muslim then it is not frowned upon. And that the devotedness of being a Christian/Muslim mean…even when it comes to following  the anti-secular dictates of their religion like the ‘fatwa.It is no secret that Muslim scholars keep on repeating that Islam is a peace loving religion. Is that what the world experience –see in the Islamic countries. Even another Islamic sect is not tolerated. The World Human Rights forums do not raise their voices against the persecution, the killings the beheadings and above all the terrorism unleashed by religion. It is only when the Hindus raise their voices and reconvert then hackles are raised that it is unconstitutional and against secularism. This is not only a double standard but an injustice and a display of a warped perception.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

Vadodara,Gujarat

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Is Chidambaram listeningIs P.Chidambaram listening? P Chidambaram not to be left out wants to join the bandwagon in bashing Modi.But he has got the wrong reasons. If Modi called him the recount minister he calls Modi the encounter minister. Now PC must remember that there was a recount ordered after the last elections. What happened to that case is any body’s guess because PC was the Home/Finance Minister and Mrs Sonia Gandhi was the super PM so things would have been washed with that Dirty hand …How is Modi the encounter minister? Is there any case against him in the encounters? So many encounters are taking place in all the States and why has only Modi been picked up for attributing encounters to him? This is like the Sikh carnage. I do not agree when the media terms it as riots. The genocide after the assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi was no riots. Not a single Muslim, Hindu or Christian was killed. How come that only Sikhs were massacred and butchered-by whom and why? And Sonia Gandhi calls Modi the merchant of death when she who was then part of the household knows very well that Rajiv Gandhi allowed this carnage and genocide. That was a pogrom which Rajiv Gandhi justified. The Congress cannot escape this baggage of its role as the merchant of death of thousands of Sikhs.Why and how can the Congress escape its sins and worse call Modi the perpetrator of the riots in Gujarat. There seems to be a calculated disinformation unleashed by the Congress and Rahul Gandhi goes about reeling out lies. So PC must call Rahul Gandhi a compulsive, obsessive liar. This can be substantiated. Take the snooping case.Is there a case against Modi when the woman who was followed is happy that security was provided for her. If Modi had not mentioned his wife’s name how does that mean that Modi will not be able to empower women. Rahul Gandhi should not just like a parrot repeat what his backroom guys draft. He should have known the rules. There was no compulsion to mention the name of wife previously. The column can be left blank. But subsequently the EC notified that every column should be filled. Hence Modi gave the name of his wife this time. Where does empowerment of women suffer because this and what was the lapse that Modi committed? Did Manmohan Singh mention his wife’s name in his affidavits? So who is a compulsive liar-not Modi but Rahul Gandhi? Both he and his mother Mrs Sonia Gandhi deserve minute probes and treatment for reeling out lies after lies. When Robert Vadra is involved in land scams how can they go about saying that Modi is selling all the land of the poor to the Corporates? Is there no limit to the quantum of lies that these two utter? And imagine Sonia Gandhi’s heart bleeds-for the nation. She is for unity while Modi is for divisive politics. Whom are these two trying to cheat? Every one knows that it is Congress which communalized and polarized politics and it is Mrs Sonia that went rushing to the Imam seeking his support from the Muslims. Is it not laughable when Mrs Sonia Gandhi calls for respecting democratic institutions? Who denigrated democratic institutions? Even the PM’s office was not spared. This was the story that unfolded on the ‘renunciation’ day. Power without accountability was what she wanted. What was her NAC working at and who pressurized the PM to keep all the scam tainted ministers in the cabinet? And now for both mother and son to say that they want power for the people-rather the poor while Modi wants power for himself. We are not fools Sonia Gandhi and Rahul should realize .For the past ten years they have ruled this nation as a family pocket borough. Mrs Sonia Gandhi and her son have no respect for democracy and democratic institutions,-they love themselves. They have allowed corruption to seep into every sphere of governance and diminished the office of the PM –making it worse than a taluka office. Who is Mrs Sonia Gandhi to say that her heart knows that the people will take the right decision? And that right decision will be to throw her away. She has no love for the country .But loves what she gains from the country and its illiterate poverty stricken people. Can she explain to the nation how she became one of the richest women in the world today? Can she denounce Italy and give up her Italian citizenship. The same must be said of Rahul Gandhi. And these are the duo that goes about blaming Modi for his communalism. These two are seeped in communal and divisive politics and has harmed this nation to such an extent that we pray for redemption from the evils of these two. I hope Mr P.Chidambaram is listening. Dr Mrs Hilda Raja, Vadodara, Our political netas champions of secularism-selectively.

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  • 1. Sita  |  December 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    This letter is eyeopening.we on the outside only know what we experience as individuals. it throws light & generates discussion on this topic which the media is relentlessly discussing only when Hindus [who have copied missionary tactics] are engaged. Meanwhile on LoveJihad which Shai imam endorses openly,now!
    http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-politics/new-age-islam-special-correspondent/misuse-of-mosques-for-politics–shahi-imam-calls-for-love-jihad-in-friday-sermon;–convert-them-and-marry-then,-this-is-the-only-reply-to-attempts-at-forcible-conversion-of-muslims-to-hinduism-/d/100456 .
    Thank Goodness for people like NewAge Islam ,who like you exposes hypocrisy.
    http://www.opindia.com/2014/12/shahi-imam-publicly-calls-for-love-jihad-indian-media-doesnt-report-it/ 2 links to same topic.

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  • 2. srisri4  |  December 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Your writing is a rare piece on patriotism with facts. I am proud of you madam. My salutes to you. With regards, tgranganathan

    Jaya Sri Ramana!

    Landline 044-49523264 Mobile +919445554660

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  • 3. Gomathy Swaminathan  |  January 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Very powerful writing. You brought out how screwed up our politicians are. With the fall of princedoms and break up of communities, the social responsibility of caring for the poor also declined. And this left a lot of loopholes for aggressive proselytizations by other religions. Whoever provides for fundamental needs is venerated. Loyalty is in the stomach that throbs with hunger.

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  • 4. Sita  |  January 7, 2015 at 9:41 am

    What Gomathy.S says is very true & answers many questions.Also the break up of Village based/joint family households,& the misuse and abuse of power all around,be it home,school,work,or community,the abuse of power drove many Hindus away from Hinduism.The abuse of power should be questioned and corrected;instead that is used as an excuse to getaway not only from issues that need answers in the Hindu fold,but from the SFold itself ,as though the ones that are chosen to replace Hinduism have no such issues.The predatory religions,too,use our weaknesses against us.

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  • 5. vilas  |  April 4, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Looking at your incomplete study abt conversion and biased comments i would like to say that u should also see the other side of Christianity. Christians have contributed so much towards health and education. They do not use force or violence to protest like other religion. Churches doesnt ask for caste to enter in prayerhouse unlike other religion where people of other religion do. Orphanages take care of orphans, educate them, assist in giving them job.

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