Why isn’t this ‘terrorism’, but just ‘communal-issues’?
Let us take a short trip through the recent happenings..
On 24 December 2007, while the Christians were getting ready to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, a member of a Hindu fundamentalist organization (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and his supporters attacked and destroyed many churches and prayer centres. A large number of Christians were injured and made homeless in the communally sensitive district of Kandhmal, in Orissa state, eastern India.
Exactly eight months later, on 23 August 2008 when the same seer and the Hindu community were preparing to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami) in Jalespata ashram (monastery), he and four of his disciples were gunned down by tribal revolutionary Maoists.(Read more)
Claiming responsibility for the killing of VHP leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati in Orissa, that sparked off violent protests, the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Sunday warned the saffron outfit of “more such punishments if it continued violence against religious minorities in the country”. CPI (Maoist) has decided to punish “anti-people, fanatical leaders”, a party release said.(Read more)
VHP does not believe Maoists killed its functionary in Orissa
Expressing doubts over the Maoists’ claim of having killed Lakshmananda Saraswati, VHP on Monday insisted that “a sect of Christians” was behind the murder that has sparked widespread rioting in Orissa. VHP General Secretary Pravin Togadia said his organisation and the Maoists have no reasons for confrontation and the Maoists could have made the claims under “Communist influence” to divert attention.(Read more)
Very funny..I wonder if they would have said so,if the same claim came from some jihadists.Things would have taken a different turn then and even Mr Bush would have come down to make comments “Islam is terror”.. 🙄
A Catholic nun was burnt alive by a group of Hindu fundamentalists who stormed the orphanage she ran in the district of Bargarh (Orissa), this according to Police Superintendent Ashok Biswall. A priest who was at the orphanage was also badly hurt and is now being treated in hospital for multiple burns. Another nun from Bubaneshwar’s Social Centre was gang raped by groups of Hindu extremists before the building housing the facility was set on fire..(Read more)
Gayadhar Digal paid the price for taking matters of
With 40 per cent of the population made up of Tribals and Dalits (outcasts) , Orissa is one of the most underdeveloped states in the country,where caste systems are deep rooted. All their leaders keep them away from getting educated and civilized. Because once they are educated and civilized they will never be able to exploit them for their own selfish motives.
Many Christian institutions in India have been existing for more than 100 years and the most recent population census shows that 2.3% Indians are Christian.If they were solely out to propogate christianity,most of us would have been Christians by now.
” The total number of Christians in India as per Census in 2001 are 24,080,016 or 2.34% of the population” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_India
The best education is provided by the schools run by the Christian organizations. If Christian missionaries are so dangerous,why don’t people stop sending their kids to convent-schools,instead of government ones..Why don’t you go to government hospitals instead of Christian specialities? If all these institutions closed down,we’ld have to regret about it.
I wonder why the conversion-issue is too sentimental.Is ‘culture’ more important than a person’s meal, his clothes and shelter? Should I die hungry in the name of religion or culture, or should I move forward by grabbing opportunities in front on me?I don’t mind who is it that provided facilities..I am a muslim,and my parents enrolled me in a Christian missionary school and being an adult,I realize that it was the best thing that happened to me, rather than having spent my life in some crappy muslim or hindu school.. There are exceptions of both hindus and muslims running institutions in a very good manner.. But usually ,due to inner fight,its all messed up.And as a mother,I wish to sent my kid to such a school as the one I studied.
If non-christians are so worried about their culture and religion being corrupted, why don’t they use the same energy to provide infrastructure to those ‘converts’ so that nobody can fool them.. Missionaries maybe exploiting people’s helplessness.. But rather than burning nuns,why don’t these cultural people spent their time ,effort and money to provide education and other services to those poor people so that even Christians and Muslims will convert to Hinduism..That requires some effort uh?
Above all,I find it strange where the moderate hindus have vanished ,that I don’t see any reports of them condemning the fundamentalists and extremists.. Well,are muslims alone expected to do such a thing,when some holy-war guy blasts up?
I feel sad and I am afraid seeing the polarization of people in the name of religion..No religion preaches hatred.Even I myself had never such thoughts all my life,but at this point of time,I am afraid I am also becoming ‘communal’ by speaking for people around me..Even many near and dear ones are talking very strange..I am surprised as to see how the scenario has changed in a matter of few years…God bless all and may all of us be able to live in peace and harmony..