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Christian Conversion is the biggest threat to Hinduism: Successor to Late Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati

Excerpted from orissadairy

Meanwhile Sachidananda Saraswati, the successor of late Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati said that conversion is the biggest threat to Hinduism and as long as it will continues inter-religious tension will prevail in state.

Sachidananda apprehended that conversion will continue in full swing in Kandhamal district. Foreign funding agencies backing conversion will take place in a big way since Laxamanandaji’s assassination.

“Swamiji stood like rock against these unlawful conversion and open cow slaughter without any fear,” he told in an interview. “No one can fill up the void created by his death,” he said.

“I know that they might eliminate me but I am not afraid of them, as death comes once in life,” said Sachinanada quoting Laxmanananda.

Sachidananda Saraswati also regretted that there are talks and condemnation of the post murder violence but no central leader had so far condemned the killing of the religious and social leader.

Asked whether he is contemplating to shift his activities to Kandhamal to manage the ashrama, Sachidananda declined to go there at the moment because of security reasons.

Christian priests in India indulging in paedophilia

Why do Christian priests indulge in paedophilia. Because it is a sick religion. Catholicism forbids marriage for priest, and so the natural desire gets perverted.

The Catholic Church in Los Angeles pays out $660 million for paedophilia claims to more than 500 alleged victims

Christian priests in India indulging in paedophilia

Excerpted from here

Another fallout is the paedophilia activities of the Christian missionaries in India. In USA recently, the Christian Church paid 100 million US $ as compensation to children who became victims of Christian priests. Last year, a 62-year-old Christian priest Simon Palanthingal from Kerala and linked to St. Bedes and Don Bosco schools in Chennai was charged on four counts for sexual assault on a nine-year old American boy and can get maximum 20 years in prison on each of the four counts. He is being held in the US on a $1 million bail. In India, with no enforcement of law, it is a free run for these paedophile Christian missionaries. Yet some time back in Jharkhand, a court sentenced a Tamil Christian priest, Christudas, 48, who was principal of St. Joseph’s School at Guhiyajori, to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for sodomising a 14-year old schoolboy. In March 2005, the Christian priest, Prasad Gonsalves, was arrested in Radhanpura town in Gujarat for demanding sexual favours from a woman.
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Indian Don Bosco priest charged with pedophilia

Christian evangelists must be sensitive to tribals’ Hindu ethos

Evangelists must be sensitive to tribals’ Hindu ethos

The other voice: Praful Goradia | General Secretary, Jan Sangh

The terrible backlash to the Swami’s murder was regrettable, yet indicative of the deterrence methods chosen by the indigenous people after decades of humiliation

Recently, on a visit to Gujarat, I went to Dangs district and called on Bhilraja Bhanwarsinh Hasusiah Suryavanshi. He is heir to the family that owned 84 of the 311 villages of the district which were leased to the British. That transfer made Dangs part of British India and not a princely state. He told me that it did not matter who worshipped which God so long as the essential qualities of the Bhil people, the “Bhilness” as it were, did not get obliterated.

He narrated an incident that had disturbed him. A few years ago, an old lady had died near Ahwa, the district town. Her elder son wanted to cremate her whereas his brother insisted on a Christian burial. Adivasis, the Raja went on, were brought up to believe that their property belongs to their clan and not to any individual. When any one undergoes conversion, he leaves the clan. When he proceeds to demand a partition of the property, this is perceived as a challenge to the Bhil dharma.

A more serious affront to the Adivasis is the proselytiser’s contention that they are “animists” and therefore without a religion. All the five missionaries I met told me so. The Bhils of Dangs worship Hanuman and Goddess Amba on a tiger, an avatar of Durga. The local Christian allegation is that they are monkey and tiger gods — conclusive proof of “animism”. The charge of animism is propaganda, which conveniently overlooks the fact that Animism is a part of the Hindu faith. Moreover, all the Gods worshipped by the Adivasis are members of the Hindu pantheon. Therefore, it is a Hindu’s duty to protect the Adivasis from conversion because they are helpless and vulnerable.

Travelling around Dangs, I collected many accounts which bear out the deception tactics used by the missionaries. In one case, some proselytisers threw the stone statuette of a God into a pond. It sank and was proof enough of the fallibility of their civilisation. Then, they proceeded to throw a wooden cross into the same pond. It continued to float, a sign of the superiority of Christianity. A true God can never sink, the Adivasis were told.

In another case, a sick Hindu was administered a placebo to show how difficult his fever was to control. Afterwards, they gave him an over-the-counter tablet, which brought his body temperature down within minutes. This was cited as a Christian miracle and the poor villagers fell for it. Poverty exposes one to allurement. Free education, and that too in English which comes with free books and uniforms, are irresistible temptations. An English medium is a passport to sure employment. The implied message by the proselytiser is become a Christian and teach your child English. Prima facie, all very legitimate and above the law.

Conversion through deception and conversion through allurement are difficult to prove in a court of Law. Only the use of force is easy to prove, but then before Khandamal, where the hugely popular Swami Laxmananda was brutally killed, when did not realise how murderous these evangelicals can sometimes be. Laws in our country are followed more in the breach than in compliance. Proselytisation is nothing but an act of aggression upon Hindu society. The Hindus have never believed in inducing people to change their religion. Shuddhi was a concept revived by Swami Dayanand Saraswati merely to facilitate former Hindus to return to Hinduism from Islam or Christianity. When Dr BR. Ambedkar decided to change his faith, he chose Buddhism after rejecting the option of Christianity because, in his view, it denationalised an Indian. His loyalty might shift from the land of his birth to a foreign or an international factor.

Yes, there would be a few persons who could wish to become Christians due to a spontaneous change of heart. The Hindu objection is to the change induced by allurement or deception or to the resort to violence as recently perpetrated in Kandhamal against Swami Lakshmanand and his ashram. It is often suggested that the one way to counter the missionary aggression is for the Hindus to organise these activities in those areas where the proselytisers are on the offensive. However, it should not be overlooked that the aggressor has the choice of place and time where and when to attack. India is a large country where it is easy to attack but difficult to defend against evangelists.

Moreover, the diverse nature of Hinduism makes unified resistance difficult. On the other hand, the aggressive missionaries have dollars and dictates of a single authority, whose ideological inspiration lies in the Ten Commandments listed in the Old Testament. The logic that flows from the belief in one God is that, ideally and ultimately, all non-believers must be made Christian.

The only answer to such an agenda is deterrence where the proselytisers realise the prohibitive cost they would have to pay to the representative of the Baptist or Evangelical Mission. The violence that followed the murder of the savant in Khandamal was most regrettable. But it should also be appreciated that the Hindus did not fire the first shot. The more the Church tries to disassociate itself from the responsibility by pinning the blame on the Maoists, the greater will be the risk of future explosions.

Christian Conversions at the root of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati killing in Orissa

Conversions at the root of carnage

Soumyajit Pattnaik, Hindustan Times
Bhubaneswar, August 27, 2008

The growing chasm between the Church and the Sangh Parivar is one of
the factors instrumental in igniting communal flare-ups in Orissa.
Religious conversions apart, job reservations for Scheduled Castes who
embrace Christianity (which is forbidden under the law) and domination
over rural businesses has fuelled the tension.

People in several areas of the state have been embracing Christianity
since the days of the British rule. But conversion was not considered
a problem till counter-movements began either to stop them or to
re-convert Christians to Hinduism.

In 1966, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati moved to Chakapada in Kandhamal
district and started his anti-conversion campaign and a year later,
the government enacted the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act (OFRA) to
attach several conditions to provide legal sanctions to certain
conversions and declare others illegal.

The Sangh Parivar’s main grouse is that the Church and missionaries
are doing “illegal conversions” by violating the OFRA. Church leaders
have, however, denied this saying people have voluntarily embraced
Christianity without inducements. SCs who convert to Christianity
cannot enjoy job reservations, but in the recent past Pana (SC)
Christians, especially in Kandhamal district, were trying to get ST
status so they can continue to get quota benefits.

Reason: Unlike SC Christians, converted tribals enjoy quota benefits.

Subas Chavan, national co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal told HT:
“Several SC Christians are falsely identifying themselves as Hindu SCs
and getting job reservation benefits. They are preventing Hindu SCs
from getting jobs.”

Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christianity’s handshake with media in India

Looking at Christianity’s handshake with media in India (Book Review)
Indo Asian News Service

Last Updated: July 22, 2008 00:15:04

Book: ‘Strong Religion, Zealous Media’; Author: Pradip Ninan Thomas; Publisher: Sage Publications; Pages: 207

The book is a result of a two-year study done in Chennai by Pradip Ninan Thomas, an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, and naturally an academic point of view.

‘(It was) inspired by a comment about conversions and riots in Gujarat by the historian William Dalrymple in an article several years ago,’ Thomas told IANS.

‘It suddenly opened my eyes to the fundamentalism that is getting entrenched in Christianity across the world, in Brazil, (South) Korea, Africa and also in India.’

One of the reasons why Thomas took up the study of modern-day Christian fundamentalism in Tamil Nadu is because as many as 62 million people in the southern state follow the religion.

‘Chennai is today considered the fastest-growing hub of Christianity in South Asia,’ he says.

His study is preceded by Lionel Caplan’s 1987 work ‘Fundamentalism as a Counter-Culture: Protestants in Urban South India’ and Susan Bayly’s 1994 study in southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala, ‘Christians and Competing Fundamentalism in South Indian Society’.

Thomas has left himself open to criticism that he is playing directly into the hands of rising Hindu and Islamic fundamentalism by choosing to investigate how neo-Christian camps in India use the media and its audio-visual power to hypnotise their constituencies with ‘good news’, miracles and blessings.

Thomas writes that ‘Christian fundamentalists’, like Islamic fundamentalists, ‘belong to a global umma and harbour real and perhaps imagined…longings directed towards making all of god’s people Christian’.

Thomas says he himself is a practicing Christian, but that it is time ‘mainstream churches’ begin looking at ‘Christianity in India and begin going to the media more’ to halt what he calls ‘Karaoke’ Christianity.

His concern is delivered in his critique of the media-supported Joshua project, the Christian Broadcasting Network and the evangelism of GOD TV, the 700 Club, Num TV of the Chennai-based organisation Jesus Calls, the Rede Record TV Network belonging to Brazil’s Pentecostal movement and such other mass followed sects.

He fears that more and more the ‘worship experience on a Sunday’ is being overtaken by rallies like those organised by Benny Hinn Inc (in the US).

‘Politics of mis-recognition certainly applies to Christian broadcasting in India,’ Thomas notes.

The book takes a close look at India’s Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal movements, their use of radio, television, merging church space with multi-media.

Thomas says his is a ‘wake-up call’ to the traditional church in India to recognise the danger of fundamentalist incursions into a faith that is largely seen as beneficial and peaceful, surviving for several thousand years in a multicultural, multi-religious space, which this subcontinent has provided.

Warning against ‘evangelic spectacles’ and various ‘brands of exclusive Christianity’, Thomas gives the example of ‘militantly pro-conversion events’ like the ‘Every Tribe, Every Tongue’ convention in 2006, attended by political bigwigs like P. Chidambaram and from the self-proclaimed atheist Dravidian party the DMK and 20,000 others who had gathered in Chennai from all across tribal India.

The event was supported by the International Living Mission; the stated objective of this group is: ‘In India itself there are more than 500,000 villages who have never heard about Jesus. There is neither a church nor has any missionary been in these parts. Our responsibility as the chosen one of god is to make an opportunity for these people so that they too can hear the word of god.’

Such events generate ‘new meaning for religion and politics, simultaneously mixing the religious with business and finance, creating spectacular events and media personalities’, Thomas points out.

‘Liberal Christians…along with many others in India certainly have serious misgivings about’ this kind of aggressive proselytisation, Thomas says.

‘The traditional church is, however, reluctant to admit it and take action against this, especially in the face of rising Hindu and Islamic fundamentalism.’

The traditional church ‘keeps quiet’ because it ‘feels the need to maintain unity’ among Christians of all denomination, Thomas says, advocating that traditional religion, including traditional Christianity, should search for a media model like Canada’s ‘Vision TV’ to reach out to India’s pluralist multitude.

© Copyright 2008 Indo Asian News Service.

Bihar, North India: It’s an area “saturated” with the worship of Satan and hundreds of false gods – chirp hateful Christian Missionaries

Just another look at the vicious hatred and religious denigration by the people from the religion of hate.

Campus Crusade for Christ – Resurrection in India

“The Malto tribe lives in the north of India, in the state of Bihar. The people are resistant, even hostile, to the gospel. It’s an area
“saturated” with the worship of Satan and hundreds of false gods. And people know it is Satan, the great evil god, who oppresses them. This is why I believe, on occasion, our sovereign Lord uses extraordinary means -miracles-to break down such barriers and validate His truth. A “JESUS” film team approached the Malto tribe. But the resistance was so stiff that
they bypassed the area and went on to more receptive villages.

Read more here

Maoists didn’t kill VHP leader, Christian missionaries conspired and executed the Murder

The truth is Maoist Christians were involved in the brutal murder. This  video documentary (18 minutes) by NDTV on Kandhamal violence gives enough proof

‘Maoists didn’t kill VHP leader’
31 Aug 2008, 0348 hrs IST,TNN

BHUBANESHWAR: Inmates of Chakapada ashram have dismissed claims that Maoists had a hand in the killing of VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati.

“I have been working in Kandhmal for the past 28 years. I know what’s going on in this district,” said Laxminarayan Nanda, a teacher at the ashram-run school.

“Christian missionaries conspired and executed the murder of Swamiji. Swamiji was opposing religious conversion by Christians. Swamiji was not against any religion, but was against proselytisation and cow slaughter,” he said.

“The government and media are giving a Maoist colour to the killing. Maoists never have had any problem with Swamiji or with Hindus. Why should they even think of harming someone who had dedicated his life for the uplift of the poor? Fake letters and posters claiming extremists’ involvement are being circulated to divert attention from the real killers,” said school’s headmaster Jagabandhu Das.

Christians missionaries on an overdrive in Orissa to root out Hinduism

This 10 year article provides an excellent background to current religious problems in Orissa.  Let us make no mistake here.  Aggressive and provocative missionary activity of Christians, the same that obliterated Native America Indians and many ancient religions are on work here. If Hindus do challenge it, they face a bleak future.

March 30, 1998
Desperate Acts of Faith

http://www.india-today.com/itoday/30031998/orissa.html

Backward areas become the battleground for religious zealots and politicians as they try to win over the poor.

By Ruben Banerjee

She is poor and landless like many others in the underdeveloped interiors of Orissa. Jeeban Majhi, a villager in Gumma, Gajapati district, has no avenues to change the course of his life. All he has done in the past five years is change his religion twice. Born a Hindu, he embraced Christianity and became Joseph. Last year, however, he returned to his old faith. After a brief ritual that included a tonsure, Joseph was “reborn” as Jagannath.

Moving back and forth from one religion to another is perhaps the only change sweeping Orissa’s backyard. Little else has changed in recent years. Illiteracy is as high as ever, poverty as grinding as always, roads are few and many pockets remain inaccessible. Yet these steep odds have not deterred Christian and Hindu fanatics from working overtime to make one of the country’s poorest regions into the biggest battleground for conversions and reconversions.

Though low on expectations, Orissa is currently high on religious fervour. “A dharma yudh (religious battle) is being fought here,” says Subhash Chauhan, convener of the Hindu Jagran Samukhya, an RSS front organisation. It all began with the arrival of Christian missionaries, some 20 years ago, backed by foreign-funded NGOs with the promise of changing the face of the region. Schools and hospitals came up at certain places to help the poor, but so did churches. With Christianity spreading, the Hindu backlash has just started. “Since we were late starters, we are trying to catch up with the missionaries. While they have been converting at the rate of over 5,000 a year, we are logging about 500 reconverts now,” says Basanth Rath, organising secretary, state VHP.

“Compassion, the hallmark of any religion, has gone for a six. Instead, what you have are fraying tempers and heightening violence,” says Rabi Das, editor of the Oriya daily Pragativadi. That mutual hatred is getting the better of both communities is exemplified by the frequent clashes reported from at least 10 of the state’s 30 districts — no less than 30 clashes have occurred all over the state in the past one year. Rival groups, egged on by self-styled religious leaders, have burnt houses and desecrated places of worship in towns like Phulbani, Bolangir and Sundergarh. “Vested interests are fishing in troubled waters,” admits Sudarshan Pal Thakur, collector of Gajapati district — one of the worst hit by the clashes.

As conversions and churches multiply, protests by Hindus are getting shrill. In January, at a huge rally in Padampur, Hindu protesters armed with traditional weapons bayed for the blood of the local sub-collector, who they say is patronising the church. Two months ago, the row over the desecration of a village temple at Serang in Gajapati district ended in violent clashes. Sanity prevailed only after the harried administration rebuilt the temple with police protection and resettled the Hindus. A month earlier, Christians in Sundergarh charged Hindus with poisoning the village wells. And in Bolangir, most Christians stopped visiting local hospitals fearing a sterilisation programme.

The widening communal divide cast its shadow on last month’s Lok Sabha elections as well. The hardened stand of the communities was reflected in the political parties’ choice of candidates. Take the case of Frida Topno, a former minister and the Congress sitting MP from Sundergarh. She’s a known critic of Chief Minister J.B. Patnaik, but the Congress denied her a ticket because it wanted to woo the Hindu electorate which traditionally votes for the BJP and the JMM.

Political parties have compelling reasons to consider the communal equations. The BJP, for instance, has benefited from the backlash against Christian missionaries — apart from Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s charisma and the party’s promise to provide a stable government. The party’s candidate, a non-entity to begin with, finished a creditable second at Ramgiri during the last assembly elections. “When the results came in, we did not even know that we had a unit there,” says a BJP leader.

Overzealous missionaries, many say, have contributed to the consolidation of the Hindu vote. “Much of the resentment against us is misplaced and motivated. We do not convert by force but admit only those who volunteer,” explains Father Rabindra S. Singh of the Behrampore diocese. But the unusually high number of such volunteers has left the missionaries open to charges of adopting unfair means. “The conversions are illegal because they are induced,” observes a senior state bureaucrat.

The missionaries, no doubt, are on an overdrive, apparently following the call made at the state pastors’ seminar in Cuttack in November 1996 to “win Orissa for Christ by 2000 ad”. Churches of all shapes and sizes have sprung up in most areas of the state in recent years. For instance, on both sides of National Highway 43 between Saunki and Nowrangpur and the state expressway between Parlekhemundi and Mohana. The state already boasts of 90 Christian missions and over 8,000 churches. “In a state which has no industry worth the name, building churches has become big business,” remarks Sajjan Sharma, a BJP spokesman.

People are worried about the widening communal divide, but the state Government is loathe to admit it. “Many of the stories doing the rounds could be unfounded but the damage they are causing is real,” says a senior official. With local Christians referring to Krishnapur as Krishtopur (after Christ) and Hindus maintaining an all-night vigil in Bhubaneswar in January to resist a possible conversion, fanatics are holding centrestage. In recent months, Hindu organisations have been organising yagnas to reconvert those who have left their fold. In January alone, they prevailed upon 75 families in Sundergarh and Malkangiri to return to Hinduism.

The state is a perfect hunting ground for religious zealots because it has an illiterate SC/ST population of 38 per cent. Though it has the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967, to prohibit conversions by inducements, the Government has rarely cracked the whip. In 1993, for the first time, a superintendent of police booked 21 pastors in Nowrangpur for breaking the law. But he was transferred immediately as many, including a sizeable section within the administration, were outraged by his boldness.

The Government’s critics say that it’s the lack of a deterrent that has led to the present impasse. As missionaries seek to win over Orissa for Christ, Hindu organisations have begun to strike roots in many places. The RSS, the VHP, the Hindu Jagran and the Banabasi Kalyan Ashram together have chosen to help people rediscover Hindu traditions by starting over 3,000 schools in the state. With no sign of a let up on either side, it’s no surprise that conversions and reconversions have become the order of the day in the land of Lord Jagannath.

The services being done by the Church in Orissa are similar to ISI operations

The services being done by the Church in Orissa are similar to ISI operations

ORISSA VIOLENCE

rsajan    27-AUG-08
The services being done by the Church in Orissa are similar to ISI operations. They infiltrate into the tribal areas, offer inducements to the innocent tribals, indoctrinate them, convert them and make them work for the Church – read Vatican. They run schools and ‘orphanages’ to catch them young. There is no altruism involved.

The priests and nuns from South India consider assignments in Orissa and Bihar as plum postings because of the funds involved. They send lakhs of Rupees home every month, all stolen from Church funds.

Ever since Sonia Gandhi, Catholics in India act like masters and they still yearn for the pre-independence times of Christian supremacy.

The militant activities in the North East and in Orissa are all Christianity-oriented.

As usual, the ‘secular’ media weep for the militant Christians of Orissa. Worse are the Congress politicians of Kerala beating their breasts for the Orissa priests while looking over their shoulders at the Italian Queen’s reaction to their buffoonery!

The brutal Murder of Murder of 84 year old Swami Laxanananda Saraswati by Christian assailants

Murder of Mahatma by the Church-By Ashok Sahu, IPS (Retd.), Former Addl. Director General of Police

On the 23rd August, while doing pooja on Janmasthami, the most sacred day for Hindus, militant Christians entered into the Ashram premises at about 8.00 p.m. and pumped bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle on the frail body of an 84 years old Swamijee (Vedanta Keshari Swami Laxanananda Saraswati) at Jalespata Vanabashi Kanyashram in Kondhmal District of Orissa. After killing him brutally the Christian assailants have cut various parts of Swamijee’s body by chisel and axe, it appears. Along with him others who tried to rescue Swamijee got killed are Sadhwi Bhakti Mata who was in over all charge of the Kalyan Ashram, Kishore Baba, Amritanand Baba and a visitor guardian of an inmate of the school. The dead body of Matajee was also defiled by cut injuries which was most brutish and nasty.

Swamijee had received a threatening letter which he could read only the previous evening on his return from routine tour for religious preaching. He had sought security from the local police against imminent danger to his life by a written prayer to the authorities including the District Magistrate on 23rd August. The media had broadcast on apprehensions to his life during morning news bulletins on the very fateful 23rd August.

Hardly one month back, at Tumudibandh, two kilometers from his Jalespata Ashram, there was armed attack by a group of Christians when he was protesting against Cow-slaughter in the area. In the violence one of his disciples Madhu Baba had sustained fatal cut injuries. Following the incident the State Government had deployed one platoon of armed CRPF personnel to guard his Ashram round the clock. Swamijee, in addition to these arrangements, had an armed security person to protect him during his tours who was mysteriously absent at the time of attack.

It may be mentioned that the personal security man Bhubaneswar Jani who was replaced by an emaciated, cowardice constable by the local S.P. only five days prior to the attack, was serving Swamijee for more than 10 months most sincerely jeopadising his own life. During armed attack by militant Christians on the 24th December 2007 at Daringbadi for which he was hospitalized along with Swamijee with fatal injuries. In that connection, though the Police has registered a case vide 83/07 u/s 147/148/353/323/324/307/426/149 IPC the culprits are still at large with impunity. Prior to this there were nine more attacks on Swamijee’s life and consistently the assailants were all recently converted Christians in the area. It is evident that the Catholic Church and the Baptist Church by conversion was gradually criminalizing the local youth. Few of them were also encouraged to join the Maoist group of terrorists which was proved by the way Bamunigaon Police Station was attacked and the subsequent raids in non-descript Sikarama village during December violence there, that led to recovery of more than 20 guns in a single tiny village.
What is surprising is that similar raids were not conducted in other villages where there is pillage of fire-arms. More suspicious is the withdrawal of the CRPF from the Ashram and replacing the PSO to the Swamijee only five days prior to the murderous attack on 23rd August. Danger to the life of Swamijee was mounting every day since the abortive attempt on his life in last December.According to reliable sources, there was a secret meeting on 9th August 2008 in the Community Centre at Raikia attended by activists representing Church based NGOs like the World Vision, Jana Kalyan Samiti, NISWAS, ASHA, Sahara, Palli Shree, Jana Vikash etc. who regularly receive huge funds from abroad. It was also attended by Nakul Nayak, former M.P. from the ruling BJD, Krushna Para Seth the former Block Chairman from Tumdibandh, Alfansoe Baliyar Singh a notorious militant Christian from Raikia, advocate Manas Singh who was to bring activists from Bamunigaon and Daringbadi in a vehicle specifically provided by Archbishop C.Raphel. It was resolved in the meeting to eliminate Swamijee who was ‘an insurmountable obstacle against conversion and cow-slaughter in the area’.Simultaneously, they felt that by philanthropic activities among the Kondh tribes in the District he was dissuading the vulnerable poor and illiterate tribe and Panas in the area from falling prey to the allurements and fraud by the Church authorities.

Sources reveal that on the 13th August a letter purportedly written by ‘Pahadia’ group of people was circulated addressed to the Swamijee that his life would not be spared, that too, within a week. Copies were supposed to be sent to the State Chief Minister, DGP, District Magistrate, District S.P. etc. besides the Swamijee and some other targets. A similar closed door meeting was reportedly held on 20th August in the Jana Kalyan Samiti at Jatani (Khurda) attended among others by Father Bijoy Nayak from Baliguda Church and Ajay Singh of Khurda, where it was decided to eliminate Swamijee, come what may. On the 23rd August night they succeeded in killing him as per their planned conspiracy.
The government had clear knowledge and the authorities had detailed information, but instead of reinforcing the security arrangements, it appears that they colluded with the killers. What has failed to convince is the glaring gap in alacrity with which the Orissa Police had rounded up 63 suspects in Graham Staines murder case within 24 hours of the alleged murder and their utter failure to arrest even a single culprit even after four days of the murder of Swamijee.People of Orissa expressed their ire against the government during the dawn to dusk bundh in the most unprecedented manner for the government attributed this murder to the Naxal Maoists within minutes of the incidents. They were reminded of the callousness of the Chief MinisterNaveen Patnaik who had made a similar statement accusing the Maoists when DIG Jasvir Singh was killed but later it was revealed by subsequent investigation that the DIG was killed by his own PSO from Orissa Police. When there was prior information on danger to life of Swamijee, so much so that, the local TV channels trumpeted the whole day urging the government to save the Swamijee from imminent attack, the government apparently colluded with the killers and in order to prove his self-claimed ‘secular credentials’ the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is over active to safeguard the Christian minorities from the onslaught by the enraged Hindus whole over the State. Now the question is, why should the government first create a situation by a series of ‘omissions and commissions’ later in order to prove his ‘secular credentials’ try to protect the endangered minorities. There can not be a greater embarrassment for the ruling alliance BJP who can not escape the moral responsibility of being a party to these omissions and commissions on the part of the coalition government.
It is a ghastly incident and a challenge to the advocates of pseudo-secularism that the majorities are discriminated against, to keep the minorities appeased. The pseudo secularists have proved more Christian than Pope in upholding Christianity in India. The unprecedented response to the bundh called by Hindu organizations in Orissa indicated the shape of things to come. No government how powerful it may be can function with out the co-operation from the people. Peoples elected representatives in Orissa have legislated for the first time in independent India, the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967 to prevent conversion by fraud, allurements, cheating, bribery and misrepresentation. It was challenged by all the Churches in the country in the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Bench of the apex court upheld its validity and said that right to propagate does not include right to convert.

Swamijee was only insisting that the Act should be strictly followed in the State. He came to Kondhmal District because there was utter poverty and illiteracy in the district with more than 70% of its population as tribals who are below the poverty line. He came there in 1967 and continued till his murder by Christians on 24th in August 2008.

Similarly, Orissa was the first to enact against cow-slaughter in 1964 as per Directive Principles in the Part-IV of the Constitution. Swamijee had made the motto of his life mission to make Orissa free of conversion as well as cow-slaughter. These two Acts legislated by Orissa Assembly reflect the sentiments of Orissa people for implementation by subsequent governments.

So long as these Acts are in the statute book, it is the constitutional responsibility of the government of the day to execute strictly. But the government has miserably failed. The government did not co-operate, rather criminally neglected in saving the life one man who preferred to lay down his life for the common cause.
The Church supposed to preach The Gospels, ironically criminalizes the youth and with foreign funding indulges in conversion by-passing the law. Hindus in Orissa are not against any particular community or religion. They do not want any other religion to disturb their faith and social harmony by taking advantage of poverty and illiteracy in their society. Irate Hindus when, as a last resort react, at times, with violence; the advocates of ‘secularism’ cry for protection. Is it not time enough to stop conversion and cow-slaughter as a respect for the majority living in the country as a lasting measure to ensure peace and harmony in the society?
As this brutal murder is directly linked with the series of incidents right from December 2007, until and unless the State Police detects the right culprits and bring them to book with out further loss of time, peoples already shaken trust on the government can not be restored and peace in the civil society can not come back. Should the government at the centre and the state want a permanent solution to these types of communal repercussions in future, they must concentrate in stopping illegal conversion, put a check on the church based NGOs, stop cow-slaughter strictly in Orissa and manage the forest land and tribal land problems with tribal welfare as the sole yardstick.This would also serve as a fitting tribute to the departed soul of Swamijee who has immortalized himself by laying down his life on the altar of the motherland.

By Ashok Sahu, IPS (Retd.)
Former Addl. Director General of Police.
E-mail: ashok.sahu53@gmail.com

The Evangelical Project in Orissa

Cuts through the Christian babble and provides elaborate information on funding, organizations etc

“Offstumped will now detail the Evangelical Project in Orissa and the foreign entities behind it.

To understand this Project better, Offstumped draws the attention of its readers to foreign evangelocal entities “World Encounter” and LCMC (a Lutheran Church Congregation). ”  Read further here

http://offstumped.nationalinterest.in/2008/08/28/the-evangelical-project-in-orissa/

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, A Man with a Mission

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, A Man with a Mission
Orissa News Online
News of Orissa and Oriya People
Monday, August 25, 2008

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, who was killed by unknown assailants at Jaleshpata Kanya Ashram on Saturday night, was a man of strong determination and ideology. His message was loud and clear – “Believe in your religion, don’t disband it”. He never used double standards. He preached what he believed and always stuck to that.

Swami Laxmanananda (80) was a native of Gurujanga village in Talcher. Over four decades ago, he denounced marital life and became a saint. He left his wife and son (who was just one year old) and moved to Kandhamal, which became his “Karma Bhumi”. Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati set up an Ashram at Chakapada in 1960s. He had chosen Kandhamal, as the tribal-dominated district was under attack from Christian missionaries, who were allegedly indulged in mass conversion of tribals and scheduled caste people by luring them with money and other facilities.

The situation was so bad in Kandhamal (then Phulbani) district that Orissa government had to enact the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act to prevent rampant religious conversions. Laxamanananda worked hard for the upliftment of tribals and scheduled caste people in that area. He established several Ashrams and promoted education among the poor. He also set up orphanages and educational institutions.

Since he successfully stopped the conversion among tribals and poor and vehemently opposed cow-slaughter, the Christian extremists always targeted him. He had survived at least nine attempts on his life including a murderous attempt in December 2007. The district administration failed to provide adequate security to Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, even though there was always a threat to his life.

While we pay tearful homage to Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, we hope that his work and belief will continue to show right path to people in Kandhamal and other parts of the state. Long live Swami Laxmananada Saraswati!


‘Conversions in Orissa not out of choice: Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati

Conversions in Orissa not out of choice

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 13, 2008

Appearing before the team of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday, Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati said that not a single person was converted to Christianity out of his choice. “They always adopt a means of allurement and fear to force and persuade innocent people to change religion,” he said, adding that he was prepared for an open debate on this issue with any one. Saraswati appeared before the Commission to record his statement. He further said conversion was going on rampantly in tribal areas.

He further alleged that there has been large scale forgery of tribal certificates. “Most of the converted Christians forged Kui tribal certificates to get jobs,” he said, adding that an inquiry could only expose the rackets behind it.

He further said foreign funds also were diverted for the cause of conversion. “A mechanism should be evolved to regulate flow of foreign funds to NGOs,” he demanded.

Asked why he did not return to his Chakapada Ashram in Kandhamal, he said as tension continued he preferred not to go the Ashram at this point. “If I return the miscreants who want to create disturbances will take mileage out of it. Later, they will try to squarely blame me,” he said.

He demanded that an inquiry should be ordered to find out who were behind the attack on him. “I have been attacked nearly eight times. But no one has yet been arrested,” said an emotionally-charged Lakshmanananda.

Later, a delegation led by general secretary of BJP Vinay Katiyar met the Swamiji and held a detailed discussion with him on the Kandhamal turmoil. Speaking to reporters, Katiyar said the attack on the Swamiji should be condemned. “I would raise this issue on the floor of the Parliament,” he said, adding that Congress MP RK Nayak should be squarely blamed for all this. “He has been involved in conversion activities,” Katiyar alleged, adding that action should initiated against him. SP of NHRC Mukesh Singh said he has already recorded the statements of 20 people. “The team will submit the final report within 15 days,” he said.


Missionaries in Assam indulge fraudulent and forceful conversions; also preach secession

Assam missionaries face ‘conversion’ flak
Author: Samudra Gupta Kashyap
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: June 6, 2001
Vaishnavite satras (monasteries) have accused Christian missionaries in Assam with converting Assamese tribals and tea plantation labourers forcibly.

Missionaries are luring people with material benefits and threatening use of force, Narayan Chandra Deva Goswami, newly elected president of the Asom Satra Mahasabha, apex body of over 200 satras, said.

”Most recent converts in Assam are poor; mostly illiterate tribals and labourers. In some instances, Christian missionaries are encouraging secession…,”

Goswami, also satradhikar or chief of the Natun Kamlabari satra at Majuli, said. He drew attention to Majuli, an island on the Brahmaputra and a seat of Vaishnavite culture and religion, where missing tribals are either lured to or forced to convert.

”There is nothing wrong in wilful conversion, but forcible conversions cannot be tolerated,” he said. Majuli, incidentally, is the place from where the Vaishnavite satradhikars had, way back in 1826, started the resistance movement against Christianity, after the Baptist mission launched Orunodoi, the first newspaper in Assamese that primarily propagated Christianity.

The Church reacted sharply to the accusations and described them as baseless. Father George Plathottam, director, Don Bosco Communications, Gauhati, said: ”Those making these charges are either ignorant of the Church’s contribution to Assamese society or have fallen into the hands of a bigger design against Christianity.

”Religion is a matter of choice and we have never compelled anyone to become Christians.” He said the charges by a learned satradhikar is unexpected and uncalled for.

Plathottam even lauded the satras and said the Church was willing to work with them to uplift the poor.

All Out Christian Assault on Punjabi Society

Evangelists in the Punjab

Holding fierce pride in their identity, Sikhs have for decades been seen as “off-limits” by the missionary machine but not anymore. In a alarming trend, evangelism has begun to tread on the Sikh faith as well.

Every aspect of Punjabi society is being overwhelmed with this new wave of assertive Christianity. Besides nationwide programs in Hindi, Punjabi television channels have been deluged by Christian programs even though the Christian population of Punjab is less than 1%. Taking aim at Sikh youth, animated films and children’s books on Christianity are freely distributed by missionaries.

Because of the strong adherence to tradition by Sikhs, missionaries have attempted to repackage Christianity. Jesus is called “Satguru”, church is referred to as “Satsang” and choir singing is called “Kirtan”. Choir boys in Punjabi churches wear turbans to attempt to minimize the variation between Sikhism and Christianity. However, despite these attempts to disguise Christianity as a version of Sikhism, missionaries still cannot hide their intent: to destroy the Sikh faith.

While there have been some cases of genuine conversions, economically disadvantaged and illiterate Sikhs often complain that missionaries are using extortive practices such as bribing them with material possessions to change their religion. A young boy whose friends had converted to Christianity explained, “When I asked the boys as to why they have converted to Christianity, they said they had been given cash and free education. In our village alone, 5 to 6 people have converted and, of course, their generations to come would also be Christians.”

Gurbachan Singh Bachan, former Secretary of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee and a proud Sikh, says “People who are converting from Hinduism and Sikhism to Christianity are those who have lost understanding of their own religion… Khalsa [Sikh] institutions and the Government need to educate the people about the values of a religion, and tell them that all religions are equal and no religion teaches us to fight with each other.”

Such provocative evangelism in Punjab does not always go unnoticed by the local community. The Open Door Church run by Pastor Harbhajan Singh, a landlord who converted to Christianity from Sikhism, has aggressively converted over 2,800 members of the Khojewala village community. In February of 2004, Singh made derogatory remarks against several Sikh gurus including Guru Granth Sahib. This led to several protests by Sikh youths in front Singh’s church in the. The conflict was ultimately resolved by police intervention and an unconditional apology by Harbhajan Singh. Meanwhile, Christian media painted this incident as an example of “Christian persecution.”

A recent study showed that at least 800,000 are converted to Christianity every year throughout India. In the coming years, this number can significantly increase with attacks on the Sikh faith.

Below is a translation of a book published, by the missionary organization, Operation Mobilization (disguised as a Hindu group with the acronym OM). The passages below are a story of a man who is portrayed as a hero for rejecting his Sikh faith, cutting his hair and ultimately converting to Christianity.

Chapter 3: Having long hair on head was the most important sign out of five signs for Sikhs in Punjab. He knotted his hair in a bun on his head. He was nothing without steel bangle, half pant, comb, and a small sword that provided his identity. His holy book ‘Granth’ had an instruction for him to never cut his hair, and like a devoted Sikh he never cut his hair. Though, his beautiful beard was very uncomfortable in summer and dusty environment. Without being cut, his long hair on head dignified him. A Sikh who had cut his hair was then not called a Sikh. He was boycotted from his religion, society, and family.

Whatever Sundar did was seen as resistance of shock by his father, Sher Singh, and after that Sundar had seen such anger from him that he had never seen before. His father became very angry and kick him out of the house without hesitation, saying that he was now not a member of this family. He brought bad name to the family. He was removed from his Caste; he had no right to live in the courtyard of the Singh family. He had to go out immediately.

Page 30: Sadhu Sundar Singh: …….ended that made his relative clearly angrier. The pressure coming from various sources undoubtedly could not mislead the internal determination of this 15 years old boy. But they could be sufficient to make the boy quite.

But as far as Sundar was concerned, it had opposite effect. As he studied the work of good news and Christian converts, and read about that extraordinary messiah whom he had seen from his own eyes. How he endured pain with insult and how his pupils were really happy to be found qualified to bear insult for the sake of his name. Then, a desire also arose in Sundar to endure pain for messiah. One day, by a program that would separate him, he would not only show that he has attained youth but also fulfill the primary requirement of being Sikh. He could not participate in this program and he did not want to. He did not want to do this to deny his Caste or Clan. He wanted to deny Sikh religion. Even after his infatuation was broken when he was studying at a school in Ludhiana, he faced threatening calls, anger, and bad behaviour from his father and elders of the family. He knew that no one could erase the memory of that living God. It was that messiah that vouched for his sincerity and he also needed to do that. To make it clear to his family and to make them understand, he left Sikh religion for good; and that he has seen Jesus Christ and was determined to follow him.

Article from AggressiveChristianity.

Christian missionaries plans to convert Hindus at the Kumbh Mela

Christian’s plans to convert Hindu at the Kumb

Created by Y J on November 6, 2005, 2:21 am

Dear Friends,
Do you think “freedom of propagating” religion means approaching other faith’s religious gathering and “propagate” own religion ? Like “International Mission Board” has plans to do during 2006 Kumbh Mela in India that is Biggest Hindu gathering and misusing tourist VISA.
Read the link have and if you feel this is NOT correct .Please sign the petition .Also visit their website you can see they call “darkness” to those countries where majority doesn’t belong to their faith ?Is this shows respect for others faith ?

Please Signature this petition if you think such practise should not be allowed ,this list will be sent to all concerns authorities in India and Unites States .

http://going.imb.org/vim/Step_1/Details.asp?JobID=77940&sTL

Thank you for your interest in the Mission: Goliath job number 77940 in India. Additional information on this opportunity has been provided below.

Mission: Goliath – #77940
(General Evangelism • Prayer Walking )

Location India
Description
In February of 2006 an estimated 2.5 million people will be visiting a holy site in a South Asian country to attend a major religious event that takes place infrequently. It is doubtful that any of these people will have ever heard the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. This represents an unequaled opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many people. Join us as we join the masses at the holy site, bathing the site with prayer and sharing the good news at every opportunity.

Dates Any 10 days between Feb. 1, 2006 and Feb. 10, 2006
Specific Date Instructions The festival will last from February 4-19th. Teams should arrive in time to attend orientation for a day before attending the festival. Though any team is invited to stay as long as they want, at least one team is needed on site throughout the festival.
Team Description Personnel Type (individual/team) Team
Number of Teams 2*
Number on each team 12
Total Number needed 24
Is team size flexible? Y
Minimum/Maximum team size minimum of two, maximum of 12
Are children under 15 permitted? N

Costs Total on field cost PER PERSON $520 + airfare
Total on field cost PER TEAM $0
Instructions for collecting field costs: Not applicable

Minimum education required for team members College Freshman
Health Considerations
Health conditions that could prevent a volunteer from accepting this assignment Though great speed is not required, volunteers must be able to walk some distance and should be able to walk in the heat.
Factors that could influence the volunteer’s ability to do this job The climate will be warm, probably 80-90 degrees. There will be much walking, and, though not required, there are many stairs. Combination of heat and walking will require at least moderate good health. Malaria prophylaxis and mosquito repellant should be used. See your physician for recommended immunizations.
Health care facilities available Health facilities on site will be very limited. Very good health facilities are available 4 hours away.

Travel, Location and Culture
Geographic Settings Climate is tropical. Primary religion of the region is Hinduism, also Jainism, Islam, Buddhism and Tribal religions. The holy site is in a small city, and lodging will be in another small city about an hour away.
Other (customs, clothing, shopping, etc.) Clothing should be discreet, cool, and comfortable. Pants or long skirts are acceptable for women. short-sleeve shirts are also acceptable, but not spaghetti straps or tank tops or low-cut tops.Tops should be loose fitting and cover the midriff. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable.
Available Housing Housing will be hotels. Rooms will have showers and western style toilets.

Mode of in-country travel plane and rental vehicle w/driver
Possible Visa/Passport Restrictions Tourist visa will allow entry into the country.

Items/materials to bring to the field Team members should bring personal neccessities. Though medicines are available, it is advisable to bring all needed medications. Toiletries are available, but type and brand may not be what you are used to.
To find out more about this job
E-mail: tdaalsj@pobox.com
How to participate
You have indicated that you are not interested in leading job number 77940. Please complete our “Ready to Serve” form by clicking Team Member Ready to Serve Form and we will pass on your information to a team leader when one has been identified for this job. Please be sure to include this job number 77940 in the comments field on the Ready to Serve Form.

If, however, you have changed your mind and would like to be the team leader for job number 77940, please complete a short Team Leader Information Form, which will be sent to the Field Contact for this job. He/She will contact you with more information. Please be patient while the Field Contact considers your request.
*If more than 1 team is needed for this job, please indicate how many teams you wish to lead.

Churches Convert Vulnerable Hindus by Hook or Crook

Bangalore Churches Convert Vulnerable Hindus by Hook or Crook

Posted December 30, 2005
by Shwetal Pramod Kamalapurkar
authorzone.com

Bangalore, August 1: Janmashtami, September 2004, the Infant Jesus Church Complex, Bangalore held a week-long festival during which a tent was set up in the community with long tables and benches and a shrine of Infant Jesus at one end. The sides of the tent were covered with pictures of Meera, one of Krishna’s greatest devotees, accompanied by peacocks. Meera seemed to be adoring the Infant Jesus, who wore a small peacock feather in his crown. It appeared that the residents of Koramangala were thus, being led to believe that Infant Jesus was the reincarnation of Krishna.

Most of the dwellings in the locality are thatch huts or small houses erected with mud and used pieces of bricks and stones. Many of the nicer houses, built with new bricks, cemented and painted, are owned by recently converted Christians. They are given generous amounts of money for converting. The road leading to the Infant Jesus Church is proposed to be named ?Infant Jesus Road?. The street earlier had a Hindu name.

The situation at the St. Mary?s Cathedral Complex, Shivaji Nagar is no different. Two hundred people, mostly belonging to the lower strata of society, have been converted about a week ago. It has been learnt that a plan has been made for converting more Hindus in the area.

Austin Town and Ulsoor are other well known hubs of conversion activities. They even have small community halls where sermons and other get-togethers take place. The missionaries? strategy is well planned. They refrain from coercion but its the vulnerable (read unsuspecting Hindu) mind set that is played on. They are either manipulated or lured into Christianity.

Christian missionaries are all over Bangalore, preaching that Hinduism is an error and Christianity is the only true religion. They move from place to place like vendors of goods. They have no special spiritual merit that distinguishes them from the commoners. They however possess material goods which they promise to those who join their fold.

Recently, in Orissa, a missionary descended on a famine area with money in his pocket, distributed it among the famine stricken, converted them to his fold, took charge of their temple, and demolished it. He promised the converts material benefit and assured continued support if they attended Church.

It is an accepted fact today that fringe church groups are converting scores of Hindus to Christianity across India. In many South Indian villages, religion has boiled down to money. Flushed with funds from their headquarters in the United States, a number of church groups are converting hundreds of Hindus, especially those belonging to the low castes.

In Madurai, a year ago, around 250 villagers – all of them poor Dalits underwent baptism by water and converted to Christianity. The ceremony was conducted by the Seventh-Day Adventists Missionaries. In the span of six months after this mass conversion, reports say, Seventh-Day pastors have converted as many as 2,000 Hindus to Christianity in the Madurai region.

At around the same time, the Covenant and High Land Trinity, a church group working in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, converted 70 Hindu villagers. Reports said that all the converts were paid money and given jobs for changing their religion. In the latest of a series of conversion in Kerala, two dozen Hindus in a poor mason’s colony outside Pathanamthitta town were converted to Christianity allegedly under the influence of a charismatic Christian prayer group called Master Ministry of Jesus.

Church insiders admit that church groups with plenty of foreign money have mushroomed all across South India with conversion as their main agenda. “They have exotic names like Exodus Church, New Life Evangelists, Covenant and High Land Trinity, Master Ministry of Jesus etc. They reject church rituals. They are very Westernized and fundamentalist,” a senior Pastor, on the condition of anonymity, revealed.

An American missionary, Mr. Cooper came to India on a tourist visa, which prohibits missionary work. During his stay in Kerala, he overtly indulged in missionary activities and so was asked to leave the country for violating visa rules. The episode brought to light a plethora of facts. According to the residents of the Kilimanoor Dalit hamlet, Cooper spewed venom against Lord Krishna and attributed the modern scourge of AIDS to the avatar of a bygone yuga. Press reports suggest that around the same time, another foreign missionary in the area was hounded out by local residents for making derogatory remarks against Lord Ayyappa, the pre-eminent deity of the state.

[Mahatma Gandhis] message from Young India, speaks the minds of many, I hold that proselytisation under the cloak of humanitarian work is unhealthy to say the least. It is resented by people here. Religion after all is a deeply personal thing. It touches the heart. Why should I change my religion because the doctor who professes Christianity as his religion has cured me of some disease, or why should the doctor expect me to change whilst I am under his influence?

The Christian Missionary Menace in Punjab

Punjab – Missionary Zeal & Extremism
Sunday 9th of October 2005
Gurmukh Singh – Panthic Weekly Columnist
(KP) -

The landscape of Punjab is rapidly changing. Besides the evergrowing Radha Soami Satsangs popping up everywhere in Punjab and Sants and so-called holy men opening Deras on every corner, Christian Missionaries have opened schools and colleges. Affluent Punjabi parents are sending their children to these Christian convent schools for a better education. However, hand in hand with better education is exposaure to the missionary zeal of the Christians preaching Christianity and attempting to convert Punjabis into Christians. The poorer or more illiterate Punjabis are lured to convert to Christianity through promises of the rewards of financial incentives, their children being offered education and hope of a better future by placing faith in Jesus.

A few years back I remember in Punjab that Christian missionaries were calling Jesus ‘Satguru’ and using Sikh boys to sing in choir music on television.They  are using Sikh concepts and nouns to reinvent and represent Christian concepts and ideas in a new package and form to attract simple-minded people.

This week, criticising alleged conversion of Dalits into Christians, the RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan, blamed the Sikh leaders for the escalating situation. “They are all silent.” Speaking at a function held by the RSS in Panjab, K.S. Sudarshan said Christian bodies were doing conversions in areas of Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar , Jalandar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Sangrur. The RSS leader even blamed the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) for not doing anything to stop the trend. “We had asked the SGPC to pass a resolution asking Sikhs not to turn towards Christianity, but nothing happened.”

Sadly K.S. Sudarshan is right in saying that Sikh leaders are mute on the zeal of Christian missionaries and their efforts in swaying Sikhs from Sikhi to the fold of Christianity. It is puzzling as to why the RSS leader is so concerned and worried for the Sikhs. It is the same RSS which is funded by the government to distort the Sikh religion, people and nation. On one hand the RSS claims that Sikhs are Hindus, distorting Sikh history and producing anti-Gurmat propaganda and insulting the Sikh Guru Sahibans. On the other hand K.S. Sudarshan is concerned and asking the SGPC to do something about the Christian missionaries. The RSS seeks to distort and attack anyone who is not Hindu and resisting to be engulfed in their ideology that some, like Sikhi is “one of the branches of Hinduism”. This has led to the emergence of Hindu terrorism against Sikhs, Christians and Muslims.

On 26th September, Christian Student Organisations led a march to Punjab’s Deputy Commissionar’s Office in Court to hand over a memorandum voicing protest of the visit there of the RSS chief K.S.Sudarshan. However Hindu terrorist organisations confronted the Christians half way which led to violent clashes. So, on 27 th September showing solidarity with Christian organisations protesting against the RSS, Shahbaaz Khalsa, the public wing of GURSIKH, joined hands with Christian Organizations in Punjab to counter Hindu terrorism. On the 29th September, Sikh and Christians joined to protest against S.K Sudarshan and the RSS at an RSS conference in Amritsar . However, Sikhs and Christians were arrested by the Punjab Police.

It is fair and well that some Sikh organisations in Punjab joined hands with the Christian organisations against the RSS. However the blunt reality is that whether it is the RSS or Christian missionary organizations, both are adamant on changing the face of Punjab. The RSS wants Punjab to be Hindu and speaking Hindi, and the Christians want Punjab to be Christian and speaking English. However, one should evaluate who is more of a threat. Are the Christian missionaries more of a threat than the RSS to the Sikh Panth?

The Singh Sabha Movement came into being because, in the late 1800s, the Christians had declared that within couple of decades, they would setup a Church in Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar Sahib. This is what prompted Panthic Gursikhs to gewt together and unite forming the Singh Sabha Movement.

The Christians consider our Guru Sahibans to be of no importance. Sikhs are capable of fighting any force including the RSS on their own. Though some Sikh organisations in Punjab are supporting the Christian Organisations in the fight against RSS, however the question is, can the Christians fight along with us? Would the Christians financially support us in defending the Guru Panth against the RSS? We all know the answer.

The Christian missionaries preach there is no other way to salvation than through Christ. They quote Jesus saying in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

They claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation because “He is the only One who can redeem our sins,” (Romans 6:23) and  that no other religion teaches the depth or seriousness of sin and its consequences. No other religion, according to them, offers the infinite redemption of sin that only Jesus Christ can provide. No other “religious founder”  “was God become man” (John 1:1,14): this was the way  the original  sin of Adam & Eve could be forgiven.

Christians believe that Jesus had to be God so that he could redeem debt of man’s sin and that he had to be man so he could die. Salvation  to them is available only through faith in Jesus Christ. “Salvation is found through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This is what is being preached in Punjab.

Fundamentalist Christians in Punjab don’t care about Sikhs and will not rest till they embrace their religion, and extremist Hindus, with the help of the Government of India, will not stop attacking and distorting Sikhi until Sikhs claim to be Hindus and go back to being ideologically enslaved by the clutches of Brahmanism, which Guru Nanak Sahib Ji freed us from over 500 years ago.

This is the changing face of Punjab! Next time when you go to Punjab to visit the family or visit Gurdwara Sahibs then take time out to do Parchar. A Sikh is a parcharic. Don’t burden this heavy responsibility on to the SGPC, Gurdwaras or Granthi Singhs. Being the Khalsa, is in the image of Guru Gobind Singh. Within the Khalsa the light of Sikhi shines and through them the fragrance of Naam should spread. When in Punjab, inspire youngsters to read Gurbani and do Gurbani vichar. Sit with your relatives and do Rehraas Sahib in the evening and Nitnem in the morning. Encourage them to recognise who they are and to realise their great history, religion and legacy. Share Sakhis (stories) of the Guru Sahibs with children. Each and everyone of us can help highlight the issue and actively do something about it.

O Khalsa, wake up and recognise who you are. Don’t sell away your Sikhi cheaply to zealous missionaries, RSS, Radha Soamis, self-proclaimed Satgurus, or Sant Babé. Stand on guard with the sword of Naam and the shield of Gurbani. Educate yourself on your history and heritage and share the treasures with others you see. The biggest gift you can share with your family and relatives in Punjab are not suits, watches and electrical goods you have brought from abroad, but instead share the biggest gift of Gurmat and Naam with them.

Gurmukh Singh can be reached at gurmukh.singh@panthic.org

Evil Christian Missionaries work for the balkanisation of India

Towards Balkanisation, III: Missionaries
Towards Balkanisation, Part I
Towards Balkanisation, Part II

Get all the sections here: http://www.rediff.com/news/2002/aug/26varsha.htm

On Wednesday, Tarlochan Singh, vice-chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, wrote to the presidents of the Catholic Bishops Council of India and the National Council of Churches in India, citing incidents in Punjab, Bhilai and Jharkhand where “Christian missionaries fully supported with medical teams have been going around in many villages alluring poor Sikh families to adopt Christianity.” Directing the Christian leaders “to desist from this activity” he wrote, “I have been approached by a large number of Sikh organisations to take up this matter. I request you to… adopt a policy not to make further attempts of converting Sikhs through any means.”

It’s good to know the NCM supports a group that’s opposing the Church’s nefarious activity; and comforting that it’s the Sikhs who are rejecting conversion. After all, if the pinkos’ schemes succeed, the remaining Hindus — as per Sikhism’s foundation charter and Hindu “tradition” (read, cowardice) — can once again fall at Sikh feet for protection.

Christians fanatically evangelize. Muslims aren’t into conversion anymore but want Islam to rule all polities, and we know what that entails. Ditto, the Communists with their creed. Ask a Gay his thoughts on the “curing” of nascent homosexuals via psychotherapy, and he, too, will flare up in anger. But the Hindu is the *only* species that not only watches benignly as his own kind diminishes, but also blocks those who resist conversion…

As my friend Amberish Diwanji once put it: “If one converts because doing so accords him respect and gives him a sense of identity and belonging, where is there the question of forcible conversion. If one chooses to follow the faith of those who have helped and are helping him the most, as opposed to those who torment him, can he be faulted? If there are Hindus who are worried by conversions, they should try and redeem Hinduism, go out and serve the tribals and Dalits and the poor. Make the lowest believe that Hinduism too provides balm for the soul, for a poor has little else to ask for.”

That was in 1996. And Amberish didn’t question the “respect” and “sense of belonging” that “Dalit Christians” and “Dalit Muslims” feel. A minor oversight?

But observe the change of tune by “secularists” now: “There is a boy, orphaned since the age of five, who is housed, fed and schooled here just outside New Delhi, free of charge… The school is part of a network of social service organizations that cater to indigenous people and ‘dalits,’ or those on the lowest rungs of the Hindu caste ladder… Across remote villages, it dispatches so-called barefoot doctors armed with first-aid kits and drugs to combat dysentery. It sets up orphanages for the abandoned and hostels for children who must travel long distances to go to school” (The New York Times, May 13). Actually, this article, “Hindu Right Goes To School To Build A Nation,” written by a Bong, is one bashing the RSS for serving the tribals and Dalits and the poor…

But let’s get back to the Sikhs, who’ve learnt from at least one part of their history: After the second Anglo Sikh war, the British exiled the boy Duleep Singh to Fatehgarh, in the care of a British guardian. Unlike previous British rulers, Lord Dalhousie wished to transform India, towards which end he promoted and supported the work of Christian missionaries: Fatehgarh just happened to be a mission. John Login and his wife, who had taken on the parental role in the boy’s life, just happened to be devout Christians. Duleep was encouraged to have two English boys as his closest friends, one of whom just happened to be the son of a missionary. The textbooks he was given just happened to be full of Christian messages. His servant, Bhajan Lal, just happened to be a Christian convert. And Bhajan Lal just happened to read from the Bible to the boy every night. Duleep Singh was, in fact, totally dependent on the goodwill of his prisoners and limited to living in the centre of Christian missionary activity.

What happened next? Exactly what can be expected when missionaries shower the weak with their mercies: The last Sikh ruler of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was surreptitiously converted to Christianity, dispatched to England and resettled near Cambridge, thereby minimising all chances of his becoming a rallying point for the people of Punjab. Next, “A facade of a ceremony was arranged in which the young prince was made to present the famous Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria and 13 most valuable relics pertaining to Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the Prince of Wales. The remaining jewellery in the Toshkhana of the Maharaja was either taken over by the British officials or auctioned to public thus putting to an end the glory and grandeur of the mighty empire of a mighty ruler of Punjab” (The Tribune, April 8, 2001).

We know that the exit of British rule did not mean the exit of Christian evangelism – that remains a clear and present danger: “India also has vast areas of more unreached groups – people with no access to the Gospel – than any other country. One such area is the Punjab – home of the Sikhs… Today there is much opportunity for Christian outreach.” So says the Maranatha Gospel Mission based in Bhilai. The same Bhilai that Tarlochan Singh mentioned.

Last week, a Christian dork wrote me, “Adivasis are being re-converted from funds that come in from NRIs and others… but, aren’t they doing exactly what the Christians are doing? But, you seem to justify what the RSS does by saying that the Christians did it… what a hypocrite!”

Actually, I never have justified the RSS’s actions by saddling them with those of the missionaries. Read my lips: I support reconversion and the dissemination of Hindu awareness because I want Hindus to remain Hindu, Jains to remain Jain, Buddhists to remain Buddhist, and Sikhs to remain Sikh. Secondly, because a blunderbuss is no match for a daisy-cutter, the RSS must use the same weapons that missionaries use. So, more power to its fund raising. Where’s the hypocrisy in that?! Regardless of it not being a zero-sum game, I don’t see why I shouldn’t root for Hinduism. Unlike the “secularists,” I’m not ashamed of being a Hindu!

But we all know the reasons for the “secular” anger, right? The synchronized “action alerts” of pinko groups worldwide; the constant slamming of “Hindu nationalists” by the “liberal” media — again, worldwide; the appearance of Kanwal-Rekhi-with-a-Christian-wife before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Father Prakash’s deposition against the funding of “Hindu terrorists”… It’s because the Sangh Parivar has been checking the tide of conversion:

“A Hindu organisation has re-converted 37 Adivasis who converted to Christianity, back to Hinduism, at a one-day Vishwa Hindu Sammelan held at Peth, the tribal dominant tehsil town in Nashik district. The sammelan, organised by a recently formed Hindu organisation, Dharmaraksha Samiti, was attended by over 9,000 delegates from all over Maharashtra and neighbouring states.” (UNI, January 6, 1999)

“The first-ever mass reconversion drive organised by the VHP in West Bengal took place in Malda district today as the Marxist government of the state watched helplessly. Amidst fanfare, 500 tribal Christians and 50 Muslims embraced Hinduism as priests chanted mantras and performed the paraavartan yajna.” (rediff.com, March 25, 1999)

In July 2000, seven families, belonging to the Mising community, were reconverted to Hinduism in Majuli. “The Satradhikar also said that originally 300 families had been converted to Christianity and it was likely that many of them would reconvert to their original religion.” (The Asian Age, July 10, 2000)

In February 2001, over 1,300 tribals were reconverted to Hinduism. The reconversion was co-sponsored by the VHP, and was named Sanatan Ghar Vapsi. “Rituals of reconversion began with recitation of hymns by members of 270 families who had earlier adopted Christianity.” (The Tribune, February 13, 2001)

“Hundreds of families who converted to Christianity over 100 years ago and were settled by the British in Haryana villages by giving them land are now shedding their Christian identity in a bid to join the mainstream of rural Haryana. Their younger generation has completely discarded Christian names and reverted to Hindu names… [Joseph] was also honest enough to admit that most of them continued to be Christians because they got preference for admissions to Christian educational institutions and jobs in mission hospitals and schools.” (The Tribune, January 25)

In April, over 20 Christian tribals near Malda re-converted to Hinduism on Baisakhi. “With this, the total number of conversions of the tribesmen to Hinduism from Christianity and other religions in Malda district stood at some 300. The ceremony was conducted at the VHP’s Buddhikamach Chitrakut.” (The Tribune, April 23)

In truth, I do not fear Islam — for its attacks are open, direct and can be fended off with a bit of spine. But Christian evangelists are another can of worms altogether: Not only do they get unlimited financial and political support from the fundamentalists in the US and Europe, including the Vatican, but they also attack with stealth, cunning and persistence.
Take, for instance, the case of the Haryana constables: The state recruited 1,600 police constables in 1995, which recruitment was then challenged in the high court. Subsequently, in 2000, the Supreme Court ruled against the recruitment procedure and hence their services were terminated. Nevertheless, in August 2001, the vice-president of the Haryana Police Employees Union (“Union,” “NGO,” “academic,” “professor,” “documentary maker” usually indicate you-know-what) announced, “If all 1,600 dismissed Haryana police constables were not taken back into service, all of them, who are Hindus, will adopt Christianity…” But that wasn’t all; the sentence ended with: “…and in this regard they are in regular contact with Christian missionary people.”

The British politician did not invent the policy of Divide & Rule, nor did the pinkos — it was handed down to them by the Church. The 1954-instituted Niyogi Commission, while investigating the charge that Christian missionaries had instigated the movement for an independent State, noted in The Report of the Christian Missionaries Enquiry Committee MP, Nagpur, 1956:

On the integration of the States, Missionaries became afraid of losing their influence. So they started an agitation, playing on the religious feelings of the primitive Christian converts, representing the Madhya Pradesh government as consisting of infidels… Some of the articles published in Missionary papers… were hardly distinguishable from the writings in Muslim papers advocating Pakistan before the 15th of August 1947.

The demand for Adiwasisthan was accentuated along with the one for Pakistan in 1938. The Muslim League is reported to have donated Rs 1 lakh for propaganda work. With the advent of political independence in India, the agitation for Adiwasisthan was intensified, with a view to forming a sort of corridor joining East Bengal with Hyderabad, which could be used for a pincer movement against India in the event of a war between India and Pakistan.

This attempt of the Adiwasis initiated by the Christian section thereof is a feature which is common to the developments in Burma, Assam and Indo-China among the Karens, Nagas and Amboynes… But the idea of change of religion as bringing about change of nationality appears to have originated in the Missionary circles… Thus while the Census officer isolates certain sections of the people from the main bodies, the Missionaries, by converting them, give them a separate nationality so that they may demand a separate State for themselves.
Nothing has really changed in India between now and then: The ethos of the politicians is about the same, so is that of the people, and Godse was a villain even then. Even so, the six members of the Niyogi Commission were not harangued and abused as “Hindu fundamentalists.” The difference lies only in the media: Then, opinion makers aired the facts — and not the leftist versions thereof.

Update: The day after I submitted this column, The Hindu reported that 250 villagers were baptised on Saturday by pastors of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at its South Tamil Conference in Madurai. The villagers were asked to affirm their commitment to Christianity and “to donate one-tenth of their monthly earnings for missionary work. Enquiries show that the villagers, mostly below the poverty line, had been brought for baptism with promises of ‘economic emancipation.’ During 2001, the Seventh Day Adventist Church here had converted 1,500 Hindus… According to an organiser of the baptism, the president of Seventh Day Adventist Church, India, DR Watts, a Canadian, had set a ‘tough target’ for the pastors, titled ‘Go 1 million.’ The website, ‘maranatha.org,’ reveals the activities carried out by this congregation throughout the country… where thousands of Hindus were converted.”

No religion, no ideology, no government can guarantee anybody’s “economic emancipation.” If this is not a deceit only to diminish the strength of Hinduism, what is? Get out your checkbooks, guys; we can do better than one-tenth.

Towards Balkanisation, IV: Catholics

Save Andhra Pradesh! Canadian Christian missionary on mass conversion spree

May 30, 2005
Save Andhra Pradesh! Canadian missionary on mass conversion spree
Intelligence Report
May 2005

Andhra Pradesh may become a Christian majority state if the current spree of mass conversion continues.
One of the most powerful men behind the conversions in Andhra Pradesh is the missionary, Mr. D. Ron Watts, a Canadian, who heads the Southern Asia Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Mr. Ron Watts is famous for his ‘cluster bombing churches’ with his $10 church programmes. Dorothy Watts, an American, and wife of Ron Watts manages the US finances for the mass conversion programme in India, and Andhra Pradesh in particular. They both have a well-organized network in India, which has the support of the local politiciansas well as his cohorts. It seems that their work became much easier due to official help rendered by Y Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy’s Government. Conversion activity suddenly increased as soon as Congress Government under the leadership of Sownia Gandhi assumed power at Federal Government. .

Surprisingly, Mr. Ron Watts and his wife have come to India on Business visa, and are ‘engaging in activities which are incompatible with their visa status.’ According to Indian law visitor on Business Visa cannot engage in such activities. Now-a-days it is customary among missionaries to enter on Business visa though the earlier mode has been Visitor Visa. Ch. Vidhyasagar Rao, Minister of State for Home declared in Parliament that officially no missionary entered India in the last 30 years. They brought in more than 400 foreigners on Business visa for conversions in India. The two frontline organizations that are facilitating conversions by building thousands of churches in India are Maranatha International and Global Mission. These organizations too have come on the invitation of Mr.D. Ron Watts. The business entities Mr. Watts uses as front-end for his nefarious activities is not know.

According to the May 13, 2003 issue of the official news bulletin of the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters based in Maryland, Washington, Mr. Ron Watts has converted 500,000 people within a period of just five years in India which translates to 300 people/day.

“India, with its population of 1 billion, is among the countries that present an acute challenge to church growth for Seventh-day Adventists. The church is growing rapidly in India, says Ron Watts, president of the church’s Southern Asia region. “The church has
grown from 225,000 people to over 700,000 in five years. In a culture that places a high importance on a house of worship, we urgently need churches to accommodate these new members,” he said. Check the following link
http://news.adventist.org//data/2003/04/1052835404/index.html.en. Their website http://www.maranatha.org details the conversion activities.

According to a report, Mr. D. Ron Watts has requested Maranatha to build 10,000 churches. Kyle Fiess, Maranatha marketing director, reports:

“We were astonished when Ron Watts presented us with a proposal for 10,000 churches in India. That seemed like a fanciful number until we began working there and witnessed the immense potential. As we have completed each project, many in areas with no prior Christian influence, we have seen the Holy Spirit move in incredible ways throughout India,” Fiess explains.

“After many experiences like the one in Ongole, we no longer consider 10,000 churches to be an unrealistic goal, but an unparalleled opportunity. Maranatha’s experience in India has reinforced our commitment to constructing simple houses of worship as an effective way to spread the Gospel throughout the world.”

Could you believe, according to the following report, 15,018 people had been converted on a single day in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.adventistreview.org/2001-1506/news.html

Here’s the latest report where Mr. D. Ron Watts accepts that 600,000 people have been converted ever since he assumed charge as president:

http://www.adventistreview.org/2004-1533/news.html

“In 1998 the Southern Asia Division had a reported 225,000 members. Today, Ron Watts, president of the Southern Asia Division, estimates that the numbers reach 825,000.”

In the third article of this bulletin, one will find a photo and report on the 1,119 Conversions in Tanuku village conducted by foreigners under the leadership of Mrs. Dorothy Watts:

http://www.adventistreview.org/2002-1511/news.html

The following report and picture by Mrs. Dorothy Watts will help confirm the truth that foreigners are involved in conversion which is against their visa status.

http://www.adventistreview.org/2001-1515/story1.html

The following report shows the photo of mass conversion under the leadership of D. Ron Watts in Andhra Pradesh. Though India gained Independence in 1947 many haven’t forgotten their obsession for white people (also called ‘Gora Sahib’). It also shows how foreign missionaries, who come on tourist visas/business visas are glorified on pandals:

http://www.global-mission.org/htdocs/countries/India4.html

Here is another report and photos of 1,100 people are
getting converted by foreign lady missionaries in Andhra Pradesh:

http://news.adventist.org//data/2002/02/1015360497/index.html.en

Photos of village people in Andhra Pradesh, being brought in for conversion in a tractor, and foreign missionaries:

http://www.adventistreview.org/2000-1542/story2.html

Look at the Photos in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. This is how the foreigners bribe poor pastors with motorbikes for catching people for conversions. Naturally, the pastors tempted to convert :

http://www.adventistreview.org/2000-1542/story2-1.html

Please read this report by a foreign missionary couple of their successes in Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.willplan.org/india_evangelism.html

Photos of mass conversion and a report by a foreign missionary lady in Andhra Pradesh:

http://www.kathyschallert.com/india.html

A few weeks ago, D. Ron Watts told a meeting in America that Maranatha international was very helpful to his activities. Here is the link: http://news.adventist.org/data/2004/09/1098824891/index.html.en

This article under the sub-title ‘Southern Asia Division’ reports that 15,632 people had been converted during the 2nd quarter of 2003.

http://www.adventistreview.org/2003-1541/council-secretary.html

http://www.christianaggression.com/item_display.php?type=ARTICLES&id=1117225158



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