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Top 10 Popular Christian Corpse Shrines (Churches) in India

Top 10 Popular Corpse Shrines In India
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“Church was built in 1555 and was dedicated to St. Jerome. Historians say that the church was built on the ruins of a Hindu Temple. The church depicts about the Three Wise Men (Reis Magos) who came with gifts to see baby Jesus.”

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Book on Tripura insurgeny reveals close links between Christian church and terrorist organizations

http://mail.sarai.net/pipermail/reader-list/2002-June/001602.html
Reader-list] Book on Tripura insurgency set to storm markets (Courtesy: www.tripurainfo.com)
Sagnik Chakravartty sagnik_chakravartty at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 4 20:53:47 IST 2002
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Book on Tripura insurgency set to storm markets
By S Datta

Srinibas Das (34), a professional jeep driver, still
shudders to visualise the daylight and summary murder
he had been witness to: cold blooded killing of a
young tribal militant by his commander in front of the
hide-out in remote Shermoon area on the Jampui hills
of North Tripura. A resident of Ambassa colony in
Dhalai district, Srinibas Das had been abducted at
gun-point by NLFT from Shikaribari area of the disrict
in September 1999 and taken blindfolded across hilly
terrain to what he still believes to be Shermoon area
.

Guarded all along by twenty armed ‘sepoys’ Srinibas
Das one day woke up from his fatigue-induced midday
nap to sound of gunfire . What he saw in half stupor
petrified him to his appointed place within the NLFT’s
hide-out : a young militant lying dead in a pool of
blood and two tribal elders in tears sitting close by.
The elders had complained to the militant commander
that the slain militant had raped a girl in their
household previous night to which summary killing was
the sequel . Soon afterwards others in the group
shifted Srinibas to another hide-out from which he was
set free after his relatives had made a payment of Rs
20 thousand as ransom. ‘Before that I had never seen a
sight like this and I still have nightmares’ said
Srinibas.

While the anecdote bears ample testimoy to how the
demented tribal youths stalk Tripura’s benign hills,
other details in “Santras Klanto
Tripura”(Terror-stricken Tripura), first detailed and
authoritative book , authored through painstaking
research by leading journalist Jayanta Debnath, on
state’s two decade long insurgency, clearly focusses
on the so-called militancy propelled by diverse
factors. The book which is set to hit book stands in
upcoming Kolkata book fair slated to commence later
this months provides authentic details for the first
time on the connection between church and the
militants as well as the nexus between security forces
in Bangladesh and the banned militant outfits of
Tripura.

NLFT’s Bangladesh connection is borne out from a
letter addressed by the group’s commander Sajek
Tripura to the local Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
commandant in Khagaracherri district in Chittagong
hill-tracts on the problems faced by them. In the copy
of the letter, presumably seized from a surrendered
NLFT rebel and printed in the book ‘Terror-stricken
Tripura’ the NLFT commander explains their temporary
abandonment of a hide-out for fear of Indian security
forces . ‘It has come to our sharp notice and
confirmation that the anti-NLFT squad led by expelled
Sanjit Reang and sponsored by Indian Intelligence
Agency , RAW is to concentrate near the
Indo-Bangladesh border’, the letter says as the reason
for temporarily withdrawing from a hide-out close to
the border with Tripura.

Apart from this, author and journalist Jayanta Debnath
has made a virtual revelation abut the close
connection between NLFT , sections of ATTF and
christian church.The copy of a top secret state
government’s report to union home ministry, printed in
the book, proves how the missionaries enjoy a free run
in their proselytizing activities in the name of
spreading education and providing service to the
people. The increasing funds received by the various
denominations of the church is proved in cold figures
from the officialy reported and published in the book.
It shows that remittances from the church in the year
1994-95 was Rs 16 lakh 8 thousand while it rose to Rs
68 lakh 73 thousand in 1997-98. ‘Information indicates
that some members of extremist outfits frequent some
churches and attend prayer in civics’ the report
poignantly notes.

Rich in documentation , Jayanta Debnath’s ‘Santras
Klanto Tripura’ ( Terror-stricken Tripura) gives a
proper perspective of Tripura’s chronic insurgency
problem with its’s roots in the post-partition history
of the state and the daunting socio-economic issues.
While authentic statistics and reproduction of vital
documents add immensely to the book’s value , even a
cursory reading of the interrogation reports of
militants printed in the book leave one with the
inescapable condition that the movement ,propelled by
ethnic hatred as the dominant ideology , aims only at
mindless violence. Thus NLFT militant Shikinya Koloi
candidly discloses to police interrogators how he had
been driven to join the outfit for fear of ATTF who
had charged the the tribal headmaster of his school in
South Tripura’s Taidu with a ‘tax’ notice of eighty
thousand in 1994. Plucked thrice in Madhyamik
examination Shikinya had failed to collect anything
beyond Rs 800 at the request of his headmaster and
gave the amount to the ATTF commander Kuchiya
Debbarma. But the ATTF strongman did not relent and
threatened that unless he managed to hand over the
entire amount soon Shikinya would be liquidated.
Simply to save his life hounded Shikinya joined rival
NLFT and went on a killing and abducting spree before
being arrested in 1999.

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.

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?