“Religious Minority is unsafe in India”, so I heard a TV anchor debate on a news channel.last night.
Which minority, I began to wonder…in the land which is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, where the percentage population of muslims has steadily increased according to the census figures, where Kerala’s Syrian Christian community is known to be living since 52 CE…which minority is unsafe in India?
The Jains? Vohras and Parsis? Or Sikhs, Buddhists, Baha’is and Jews? Or the minorities who have tried to milk India and increase their influence in India by alienating the natives by acts of conversion, either through allurement or through deceit?
Muslims never said that they felt threatened when they ruled India, because then they were the oppressors, charging Jazzia. Note that today the Muslim polulation in India is the third largest in the world.
And Christians never said it till a few months ago. Today when they face a reverse stream of their own action, there is a huge hue and cry. How do they forget that when St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus sailed to India in 52 AD his sole aim was to convert the Indians in order to ‘dispel India’s painful darkness’ of India because he was ‘destined to baptize peoples perverse and steeped in darkness, and that in the land of India. I quote:
“It was to a land of dark people he was sent, to clothe them by Baptism in white robes. His grateful dawn dispelled India’s painful darkness. It was his mission to espouse India to the One-Begotten. The merchant is blessed for having so great a treasure. Edessa thus became the blessed city by possessing the greatest pearl India could yield. Thomas works miracles in India, and at Edessa Thomas is destined to baptize peoples perverse and steeped in darkness, and that in the land of India”.
– Hymns of St. Ephrem, edited by Lamy (Ephr. Hymni et Sermones, IV). (Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_the_Apostle#Mission_in_India)
I urge that India as a nation, and its Govt should investigate the agencies and the propaganda machinery which are spreading the rumours that India is intolerant to its minorities.
Because the fact is otherwise. I quote:
“…Hindus have been at the receiving end of persecution for 1,600 years: first wave upon wave of Muslim invasions, which tried, in the most ruthless and horrifying manner, to wipe-off Hinduism from the face of the earth; then the more insidious European colonisation – but no less harmful – witness the Portuguese who crucified countless Brahmins in Goa, or the British under whose “enlightened” rule 30-million Indians died of famine. And it is not finished: today’s Hindus are still killed in Kashmir, in Bangladesh (see Taslima Nasreen’s book Lajja), Pakistan or Afghanistan”
– François Gautier (Source: http://francoisgautier.me/2015/03/08/about-bbc-indiasdaughter/)
It is Hinduism which is under threat in India, and has been so ever since people from other faiths landed here. It is noteworthy that Hinduism has always been regarded by the conservative christians as a pagan religion which should be eliminated – wiped out from the face of the Earth. I am told that Mother Teresa, who came to India in 1929 and settled here, came as a missionary, converted never once said a good word about Hinduism. I quote below what Lord Hastings, Governor General of India, had to say in 1813:
“The Hindoo appears a being limited to mere animal functions…. with no higher intellect than a dog or a monkey”!
One should conduct a serious research that did the Missionaries ever try to convert Indian Muslims to Christianity and vice versa, and if so, then what was the outcome?
I end this article by quoting lines by François Gautier:
“For make no mistake about it, the wonder that is India, its great culture, its philosophy, its inner spiritualgenius is today under mortal threat. It is attacked both from within by its minorities – of which the Christian lobby, although not the most visible, is essentially hostile – see how they have cleverly raked up bogus attacks on Delhi churches and managed to put Mr Modi on the back foot, to the point that he had to attend the ‘canonisation’ of two Indian saints – in the process they may make allies with the Muslims, the other monotheist religion, with whom they partake of the same hate for Hinduism. And from without, by hostile neighbours.
– François Gautier (Source: http://francoisgautier.me/2015/02/24/exploding-the-mother-teresa-myth/)