Theater of the absurd

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Storm in a teacup

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Most ‘malicious’ and ‘unfortunate’ letter of Archbshop Thomas Macwan

Most ‘malicious’ and ‘unfortunate’ letter of the Archbishop Thomas Macwan

The letter of Archbishop Thomas Macwan is most malicious and unfortunate. The very thing he has cautioned against by people using it. But he has masked the same with his overt and covert letter. It is projection of his real intent. He has addressed the letter to Cardinals (Eminences) Archbishops (Graces) and Lordships (Bishops) One feels like laughing because it is full of falsehoods. Not a day passes he says without attacks on Christians and the churches. This is far from the truth. The Archbishop should brush up the history of the Catholic Church which purged and committed genocide the world over. What did the RC Church do to the Jews right within Vatican-denied even vaccination to the children-burned women and children within the synagogues. This is just one instance to depict the ‘Humane’ leadership of the R.Catholic church to which Archbishop Macwan belongs. What did the R.Catholic church do with its Inquisitions-all over the globe and right here in India. It destroyed churches-brutalized the poor Indians. I am just citing two instances. So the Archbishop is ignorant of the Church history leave alone the history of India. He has no right to give lessons on patriotism and call for saving ‘our beloved country’. The kind of loot and scams that the RC. Church silently watched even abetted is history. The UPA government dented and shredded the Constitution of India and here comes Archbishop Macwan calling upon for safeguarding the Constitutional Rights. He goes further to state that the ‘secular and democratic fabric’ of the country is at stake. This if analyzed would mean that the Congress must be thrown out of the country (not just Gujarat) because what ONE DOES NOT HAVE ONE CANNOT GIVE. How can a party which has no inner democracy safe guard democracy? How can a dynast for the simple fact that he belongs to one family rule democratically and safeguard democracy?

Yes, vote for ‘humane leaders’. And what attributes does Archbishop Thomas Macwan give for being humane? Keep the ‘flock’ from birth to death in its clutches. Refuse them the freedom to think and brainwash them with the notion of One and Only God-which Archbishop Macwan has. If that is not oppression and tyranny then what is it? Is it not laughable that the Archbishop who belongs to the R.Catholic church calls for humane leaders? He has forgotten the genocide the burning of the witches at the stake-he has no knowledge of the torture and the Inquisition right in Goa.He has no idea of the forced conversion-of luring the people with a plate of rice /a loaf of bread-he has forgotten that the Mother Theresa indulged to baptizing dying children-refused them even painkillers. All this and more. Yet the R.Catholic church saw in her a saint because of the thousands she baptized. Archbishop Macwan  thinks that the elections in Gujarat is important because it will set the trend for the country. So he has advised and called upon the Catholics to recite the Hail Mary and Holy Mary. Recite the rosary he recommends. What if these Hail Marys and Holy Marys do not bring in the kind of result which Archbishop hopes for? So after the elections will he accept that the people have voted for ‘humane leaders’ and that the Hail Marys and Holy Marys produced that which the heavens wanted? Will he then talk of ‘secularism’ in the same breath and hail the verdict? The whole approach and the letter clearly depicts how ‘unsecular’ the Archbishop’s mindset is-and the R.Catholic church to which he belongs. Where is the relevance for such a call in a secular’ environ? For ages now the Christian churches have destroyed the ethos of this country which was based on tolerance and pluralism. Did the Hindus stoop to conversion and that too through violence and the blood shed as the R.Catholic church to which he belongs? In fact all the invaders be they the Dutch, the Portuguese the French and the English all belonging to the various Christians churches indulged in conversion and forced conversions. The Hindus did not-So who is secular and who is tolerant? Can one forget facts of history? Today so much is made of  a few incidents and attacks. But the bloody battles and the forced conversions are all pushed under the carpet. You get what you sow. There is no need for Archbishop Macwan to hide what he really wants-A few years ago I was in a church in B’lore when from the pulpit the preacher clearly instructed the ‘faithful’ on whom to vote.But one must have some guts to openly state ‘please do not vote for the BJP.’Why has Archbishop Macwan tried to hide his real intention in ‘beloved country’ and ‘Constitutional rights’ and ‘humane leaders’ et al. Still like the ostrich which hides its head in the sand? If he is  honest then he must openly state what his intention is to the Eminences and the Graces and the Lordships’ Calling upon the catholic community to daily recite the hail Marys and the Holy Marys what if the recital of the rosary worked out exactly for the opposite of what Archbishop Macwan has in mind ?.Will he swear by its efficacy? At least one would expect an Archbishop to speak out his mind with some clarity and courage. This is what this country deserves for giving the Minority Rights-which no other country in the world has. Naturally with such a right based on religion how can one expect a country to be secular? So I humbly plead to Archbishop Thomas Macwan to be more open and to pray that the Minority Rights be deleted from the Constitution so that we could really call this country really secular.

(Years ago I was a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Bishops Conference of India)

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara


November 30, 2017 at 8:21 am 1 comment

Theater of the absurd

The Theater of the absurd

It seems that the Congress has lost its sense when one hears and sees what its spokespersons are reeling out. Under the ‘damage control’ of the soft Hindutva which Rahul Gandhi vigorously opted for in his campaigns in Gujarat the Congress leaders are trying to bend backwards and to justify every word and move of ‘pappu’. Suddenly we find RG visiting temples and beholding himself as a devote Hindu with the vermilion tilak on his forehead. But we never heard of RG ever going to the temples in Delhi for worship.It is a worldwide fact that he is Raul Vince-born to the Italian Sonia Gandhi and to Rajiv Gandhi.It is he who stated that Hindu terror is more dangerous than LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba)more dangerous than the Islamic terror. He never failed to hit at the Hindus and poke fun at them. For one thing there is no soft Hindutva and hard hindutva.There is only Hindutva to which RG and Sonia Gandhi do not subscribe. They do not even know fully well what Hindutva stands for.Like the Archbishop of Gandhigram-Thomas Macwan who appealed to the catholics to pray that the nationalistic forces do not take over.So he and the likes of him including RG and his mother want anti-national forces to take over.No wonder the Congress celebrated the release of Hafiz Saeed-the global terrorist. The Congress could join Musharraf in its admiration for this terrorist.

Suddenly questions are being raised by Rahul Gandhi on what development took place in the past 24years in Gujarat.It is for the people of Gujarat to ask this-they will not because they know well what development took place.But how is RG and the Congress including PC to question what development took place and where is the Achha din promised by Modi.First let them answer what development took place in India for the past 24 years when the UPA was in power and Sonia Gandhi was the power center? From the days of Indira Gandhi all that we had were slogans ‘Garbi Hatao’ and the 20 Point programme which kept the people well locked in poverty. Once we get the answer from the great enlightened Congress leaders on this then we shall explain the development that took place during the tenure of Modi as CM of Gujarat and now as PM of India.

The Congress party is solely to be blamed for the communalization of the polity-of the nation. Starting from the induction of the Indian Muslim League.For that matter even the Constitution of India is not secular when it talks of Minority rights on the basis of religion.Now the people and the communities are so fenced in their particular castes that Rahul Gandhi as the Congress VP as struck alliances with communal leaders promising the skies even unconstitutional promises. So we have the people in ghettos of BCs,OBCs,SCs and now the Pattidars.All these have chota leaders with whom the Congress have struck MOUnderstandings.This gives them legitimacy to communalism-and makes the Indian fabric of nationhood damaged -It is shredded and tattered thanks to the netas.This is the great achievement of the Congress during its long years at the helm of power.Of course the Congress and its leaders like PC in the meantime made hay while the sun shines.Hence we had a raining of scams during the UPA period.Now it has the audacity to question what Modi achieved. Why there is so much of poverty and communalization-so much of polarization-It is for the Congress Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leaders to answer.Instead they pick at Modi

So we have Anand Sharma saying that the Congress too had PMs from humble origins.Yes he cited two-Lal Bahadur Shastri and Manmohan Singh.But did any of them meet with such disdain because of it.MMSingh was handpicked by Sonia Gandhi because she knew that he will keep the ‘kurshi’ warm and also because he will be a robot with the remote control in her hands. That is exactly what happened.He would have been an able Prof but not an able politicians. Who allowed and undermined the Constitution by allowing Sonia Gandhi to dictate. So no one talked derogatory of his humble origins because the Opposition would not stoop to that low.Coming to Lal Bahadur Shastri which is a mystery. The poor man died a mysterious death in Tankskent-Russia.He was not known to be a heart patient. Under what circumstances did he die? Why no autopsy was conducted and no probe ordered. So Anand Sharma cannot fall back on these two to justify that the Congress too had PMs from human origins.Yes were they ridiculed?No because that was not the culture.Today we have the Congress and Rahul Gandhi ridiculing Modi-for his 57 inches chest-which RG promised to reduce that in the Rajya Sabha.-his ‘Suit book ka sarkar’We had his mother the Italian –calling Modi the merchant of death.But then this kind of barbs and jibs the Gandhis are known for because it thinks that the dynasty protects them. We had Rajiv Gandhi when provoked by Arun Shourie said, ‘No wonder he has such a son’,referring to his differently abled son.To the then Telegu Desam MP Jaipal Reddy he remarked in Parliament, ‘His mind is as crooked as his body’.This reveals the mindset of the Gandhis.They hit below the belt and resort to cheap personal jibs which no decent individual will.So RG and his leaders are no better.

Now it is the case of the Modi belittling the post of the PM by meeting Ivanka Trump.See who is throwing this-Ananda Sharma the spokesperson of the Congress. Has the Congress not belittled the office of the PM by making it just a make believe post with the extra constitutional power center with High Command-Sonia Gandhi.Had the Congress not belittled the PM office by saying that under Modi’s regime no woman is safe.When RG took a snipe at Modi saying that he is peeping into the bathroom of Manmohan Singh.For the simple reason that RG could not understand the simile Modi used when he really complimented MMSingh by saying that he was dry when it was raining scams in his regime. Did the Congress leaders like Diggy Singh and RG not talk of Modi’s wife?That he does not take care of her etc.Did not Mani Shankar Aiyer state before Modi became the PM that he can ‘never,never,never dream of hoisting the tricolor in the Red Fort.If he wants he can come and serve tea to the AICC members.’ What arrogance.Was he pulled up. Then the Congress will only distance itself from such remarks and says that individuals have their personal opinion.No there is something called party discipline-he should have been pulled up by the High Command. But then the latest is that Modi cannot speak English well and his pronunciation was bad etc.Well Sonia Gandhi’s English was bad. But then she went to one of the tutorials to learn English because she wanted to earn her livelihood as an au- pair. She could not pronounce English well. She was only a draft reader.Ivanka Trump was the envoy of Trump the President of the US –the PM meeting her is in no way belittling the Prime Minister’s office

We are now told that Rahul Gandhi is a hindu Brahmin.How is he a hindu Brahmin.Calls for some research a bit. His mother is an Italian Catholic-his grand father is Feroz  -who is supposed to be Parsi-He was given the name of Gandhi when he married Indira Gandhi.The parampara of the Motilal-Nehru- Gandhi family is steeped in Islamism.So now to be told that Rahul Gandhi is a Hindu Brahmin is to garner the votes of the hindus especially in Gujarat.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

November 30, 2017 at 8:21 am 2 comments

Panchkula everywhere

‘Panchkula everyway’ by Julio Ribeiro-(IE dated 19th 2017)is an honest account of the way the police and uphold-not upholding the rule of the law.If JR could stand up against the netas why not the others.Instead of putting the odium on the political class I would say that the police lacks sufficient training and discipline.What sort of training does the thousands of police man have-it is they who are in the front and encounter the public.To my knowledge the recruitment is bogged with corruption.Everyone wants to become a police man because there is more money –there is a good means to receive bribes and get away with it.Apart from this one would question the caliber of the officers-what sort of training is imparted to them in the police academies across the country. When the political boss want to to rid of an officer he is usual sent as the Director of the Police academy.After all JR stood his ground and was not transferred-Roopa the former DIG of prisons in Bengaluru was not that fortunate.And hence she was transferred and Sasikala in enjoying her VVIP status in the prisons.Most of the top political prisoners when jailed enjoy their stay in the prisons as rest houses-The political netas have resorts to enjoy and their cool their heels similarly the convicted big shots enjoy their prison stay as holidays. One can name any number of film personalities,and political bosses.Why is this so.What has gone wrong with character and uprighteousness?After all the netas can only transfer but cannot withhold the salaries.If JR can stand up so too can others.

I have had person experience with the corruption of the police. I met with an accident-a police jeep coming from the wrong side jammed into the auto in which I was travelling. The officer who was inside the auto disappeared ,while I went to the nearest clinic for medical attention. Fortunately I had noted down the number of the jeep. When I returned I found the auto clean washed and the jeep nowwhere .I went to the nearest police station and gave a complaint.The FIR later I found was not the same as what I had dictated. It did not mention of the police jeep and the officer-but blamed the auto for being stationary and the passenger within (that is me) sitting with one leg dangling outside the auto.I took up the case.I had lost a toe and the other four whole toes of the left leg was cut and dangling by the skin.This was attended to in a government hospital first-the doctor gave me an accurate description of the injury and advised that I go to a private hospital for better medical attention. In the meantime I found from the ADGP who was a friend of ours that the FIR is not the same one which I had given I went to the Police Commissioner who called for the Traffic police Commissioner and asked him to reopen the case.To cut short my accident story I found that at all levels that the police had scant character and did not stand for the truth. That police officer escaped .So what JR says in his article is true- but not always can one blame the netas.The police personnel also lacks the character to make them real persons who will stand for justice and truth. They are easily malleable –corrupt and demand bribes.

I know a number of cases when the police took bribes and let off the offender/culprit and the innocent suffered-even in a case where there was an accident of death. There was no netas interference in these cases. So one cannot say that the only the netas influence will create ‘Panchkula everywhere’,-yes they do, but if the policemen and women have character they would stand up for the right and follow the rules-like Julio Ribeiro, so can prevent Panchkula happening everywhere-at least can restrict it.

True enough almost all the police men/women  are susceptible to lucre and fear transfers –as long as that is there and have such cowards as policemen/women then the netas will have their way so too with the rich. Hence one would conclude that to money and political power the policemen/women are victims of. Another aspect is that they hardly know the laws. Be it criminal and social laws they are ignorant of-almost all those who are in touch with the common people. At least the netas who are anti -people will have to seek the votes of the people once in five years but what about the police force? Is there no way to upgrade them-look at the mass recruitments that take place-here again political bosses play a role? The written tests are a big farce-even the body measurements stipulated are being tampered with .The fact is that corruption at all levels have eaten into the fabric of this country. Character and up righteousness are devalued. One Julio Rebeiro does not make the police force but is an example that if he could stand up for the right and the rule of the law –so can others-His head did not roll and he was not transferred. Even if the police are transferred they are assured of their salaries.

The fact is that we are short of people who are morally strong. When I was in service my colleagues used to warn me not to stand up and speak as I used to when the Principal is there. But I did-my head did not roll. May be fearlessness and moral courage and truth are not appreciated but they are immortal values -values by which we are bound to stand up irrespective of when and in what capacity during our life time and only then can we stand before the Creator with a clean conscience on our reckoning Day.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara

September 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm 1 comment


Rejoinder to Mani Shankar Aiyar ‘Wisdom unbound’(NIE-dated 25th July)

It seems ridiculous for Mani Shankar Aiyer to claim that the Congress party is the biggest gainer from Pranab Mukherjee leaving the Rashtrapati Bhavan.What is the logic for such a statement and thinking ?He wants the former President to be ‘the Congress’s principal counselor and help guide it back from its present nadir closer to the zenith’-(wistful thinking.)The problem is Aiyar is no more relevant in politics and to survive he is thinking out of his hat. Imagine claiming Pranab Mukherjee’s unbounded wisdom his unbending adherence to constitutional limits etc as useful for the Congress party to get back its right to rule. The Congress does not believe in probity in public life. Throughout its long years in power it had shown scant respect for constitutional institutions. One cannot imagine the former President ‘honored’ by the invitation of Aiyar’s offer to be the honorary counselor of the Congress party,or willing to get back to his party which had no respect for him when he was very much in it.Why did Sonia Gandhi not chose him as the PM instead picked up Manmohan Singh as her choice to be the PM.There are many reasons-one which stands out is that MMSingh will be malleable and a lame duck PM while Pranab Mukherjee will adhere to constitutional limits.He will never allow democratic institutions to be overlooked-as the Congress did when it overrode Parliament and created an NAC .He would never have allowed his PS to carry the files to Sonia Gandhi nor would the PM’s Office be an open corridor for Rahul Gandhi to walk in and dictate terms and spread of the MGREGP.MSI pretends that he does not know why Pranab Mukherjee left the Congress along with Shukla.He could not stand the dictatorial style of functioning of Indira Gandhi. He is a patriot who will not dream of touching the likes of Aiyar who requested Pakistan to come and drive out the Modi government and who cozied with separatist and sipped tea with them. With the Congress having such netas how can Pranab Mukherjee return to a home which is no longer a home for him because he does not recognize or feel comfortable in a home which breeds anti-patriotic people like Aiyer. Pranab Mukherjee has grown out of all petty politics and is above party politics. He was the President of India and left his august position-unsullied to be a leader to be remembered and loved by all. He cannot and will not be a partisan to the Congress’ netas petty politics and become partisan in their outlook. One simple example how the Congress holds him is the fact that in spite of his advice and plea that Parliament should not be disrupted and that it will hurt more the Opposition if Parliament is blocked the Congress MPs the very next day disrupted the Parliament and rushed to the well.

Right from the time of Indira Gandhi and then Rajiv Gandhi the Congress had scant respect for democratic and constitutional institutions (MSI will recollect the ‘shouting brigade’ of which he was a member to shout down the PM and bring down the government on Action taking report.)The Emergence is a permanent blot in the constitutional history of our country-that belongs to Indira Gandhi who thought that Indira is India. Is it to this fascists and treacherous den that Mani Shankar Aiyar invites the former President as home coming and wants him to be the counselor. What disregard and disrespect to the man who was the first citizen of India to be cast among such schemers. Surely Pranab Mukerjee the incisive man that he is, with his ability to read the Congress party and its netas today better than others knows what it stands for. It is no compliment to the former President from Mani Shankar Aiyar to be invited back to the Congress den. My humble request to Aiyar is- do not debase and insult the Office of the President and those who held it.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,Vadodara.

July 25, 2017 at 8:29 am 2 comments


Rejoinder to David Curry

It was shocking to read in the IE (26the June-2017) the screaming headlines : ‘Crackdown on NGOs:Delhi may face tough questions’. The crackdown on NGOs should have been done long ago. What are the NGOs indulging in? Nothing short of proseltyzation.I have been in the field of Social work and after my retirement been consultant of several NGOs.All(except  a hand full –that too non- Christian NGOs)to my knowledge were -covertly and overtly indulging in conversion. Once one of the chamchas of the Congress party-Mani Shankar Aiyer proclaimed that he did not know or see any such conversion activity. This he stated in particular reference to World Vision. Many of my students are employed in WV. At the outset already in the interview the questions are directed not to skills and knowledge of upliftment but on Evangelization. For heaven sake why not these NGOs go to China-Pakistan and the Middle East and try their luck with conversion under the guise of feeding the poor-charity Compassion International etc. After all if really these NGOs are interested in charity-why INDIA-is the world poor all congregated in India only. Go to where the poor are –leave India alone. Do not indulge in deception and under the guise of charity convert. Tens of thousands of children throughout India losing access to medical care ,meals and tuition, according to David Curry ,president and CEO of Open Doors USA, why are the doors exclusively open only for Indian poor Look at the past and present foreign policy of the USA Citing weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein the USA imposed sanctions on medical aid, medicines and other critical emergent necessities including food. What was the result-thousands of children died. Did Compassion International shed a drop of tear? And when it was discovered that there was no weapons of mass destruction –did the kind hearted and compassionate NGOs and the International Community demand the hauling up of the USA.

Do not sit in glass house and try to throw stones on India. Why is India the TAREGT FOR THE COMPASSION? Should compassion not be directed to all those who are in dire need? David Curry states that there is rise in brutal persecution of Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities in India. I am a Christian –20 years lived in Kerala-50 years  lived in Chennai-Tamilnadu and now for the past ten years am in Gujarat. Now as  an ordinary house wife I LIKE TO CHALLENGE David Curry-and tell him to get his  statistics straight-Where is the rise of brutal persecution? David Curry does not recognize brutal persecution in any of the Middle East countries-neither in Pakistan nor anywhere else. It is all vested interests. India has been victim of brutal persecution down the ages from foreign invaders including the Mughals. All came as traders and ended up by indulging in forced conversions. Are the hands of the USA clean? Why the brutality discrimination directed against the Blacks? They are easy targets for killing torture and social boycott. Do not lie and use deception for spreading Christianity-which you think is the god given command to you and the Christian NGOs. Let us live in peace –it said in the Bible that Jesus had advised his disciples to shake off the dust from your feet in the place where you are not wanted and go elsewhere. I remind David Curry of that. Do not force yourself and your compassion on us. Let us dialogue which means we are on the same plane as equals.

Dr. Mrs Hilda Raja


June 26, 2017 at 11:58 am 8 comments

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