Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Indians warned against carrying scriptures to Saudi

Indo-Asian News Service

Hyderabad, Aug 3 (IANS) Indians travelling to Saudi Arabia have been warned not to carry religious scriptures, photographs or idols.

An official statement issued here Wednesday said that religious activities in private residences or undertaking missionary or preaching activities are banned in Saudi Arabia and could invite stringent punishment.

C.R. Banswal, principal secretary (political) to the Andhra Pradesh government, said the Indian ambassador in Riyadh had said that detention cases of Indian nationals on allegations of involvement in religious activities in that country were increasing.

The statement said the Saudi religious police recently arrested nine Indians for preaching Christianity.

"He (the ambassador) has therefore expressed the view that it is urgent and important that all Indian nationals be forewarned prior to their departure from India against carrying any religious scripture, photographs or idols with them to Saudi Arabia," said the statement.

The ambassador said the Indian nationals should also be strictly briefed against organising group religious activities in private residences or undertaking missionary or preaching activity.

"This would be a major preventive measure in promoting the welfare of the Indian nationals in Saudi Arabia," the statement added.

--Indo-Asian News Service

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At 8/10/2005 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Sameer said...

This shows two things..
First that how uncivilised and how intolerant Saudi Arabia is....
And how our mullahs talk of reservation for muslims (It is a reality in AP though) and other things, how they destroyed our temples esp at Ayodhya.
Second is to show how hardcore these christians are..
These fellows dont mind going in to dangerous zones like Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan or even China to convert as many as they can. If this is what they are trying in such regimes, then imagine what is happening in a free society like India, rather anti-hindu society like India.... they must be minting christians...
India needs to awake soon.....


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