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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

India needs Stringent Anti-conversion law

V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.

"Hinduism and many of the occult activities that come out of the Orient are inspired by demons and demon worship...There"s this concept that all religions are the same and all are good. That is not true. The worship of the Devil is not good" -Pat Robertson
(Pat Robertson is a typical intolerant Missionary that advocate keeping Hindus out of America while denouncing Hinduism as Demonic.)

Swami Laxmananand Saraswati and four of his disciples were killed in his ashram at Jalespata in Kandhamal District on Saturday-Krishna Jayanti Day - 23 August 2008. The Swami was relaxing at his Ashram at Jalespata when as many as thirty armed men gate-crashed and shot him and four others in this operation. The killing took place at a time, when the entire tribal community in that area was celebrating Janmashtami, the Birthday of Bhagwan Krishna.

The Hindu Seer had received a threat letter on Friday and he had informed the Tumulibandha Police Station and yet no security was given to this Swamiji. As a counter blast to the planned murder of this Swamiji by the terrorists, there has been an open mass Hindu rebellion in Orissa against this outrage during the last four days. When the body of the Swami was being carried to his main Ashram at Chakapada in a procession on the 24 August 2008, there was a sudden outburst of public outrage and violence all along the route. Three Churches and a vehicle were set on fire. Unidentified persons torched a "community shed". The police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World Vision, a Christian Charity, from Khadagpur while escaping from the district at Buguda. In another drive, the police have arrested Vikram Digal and William Digal. They have admitted to having joined a group of 28 other assailants.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the whole attack on Swami Laxmananand Saraswati has been planned, organised and launched by criminals hired by or belonging to well connected organizations in Orissa. Orissa VHP General Secretary Gauri Prasad Rath issued a statement to this effect on Sunday, 24 August 2008: "Christians have killed Swamji. We would give a fitting reply to it very soon. We want a high level probe into the whole issue and a ban on Churches working in the district. We would be forced to opt for violent protest if action is not taken against the killers. As a mark of protest, we would shut down Orissa on Monday. We have called a 12-hour shut down on Monday protesting against the killing". True to their word, the VHP and other Hindu Organisations have paralyzed normal life in Orissa during the last 72 hours!

The open Hindu rebellion in Orissa can be compared in letter and spirit with the mass Hindu rebellion now taking place in Jammu. But there are vital differences between these two rebellions. In Jammu, the Hindu rebellion is directed against the pro-Muslim and anti-Hindu policies of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union government of Manmohan Singh. The Hindu rebellion in Orissa is directed against militant Christian Conversion Agencies like World Vision, Seventh Day Adventist Missionary Agencies etc. Fully backed by the money power of the West, especially the United States, these fraudulent anti-National Agencies are noted for their ridiculous vanity and unrestrained anti-Hindu autocracy.

The brutal murder of Swami Laxmananand Saraswati on 23 August 2008 is only the logical culmination of a criminal process that was let loose against him by Christian Conversion Agencies like World Vision in December 2007. In these columns, on 29 December 2007, I had written an article under the title "Attack on Laxmanananda by Christian Mob in Orissa" and I had put the photograph of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati lying in hospital in Cuttack after being savagely attacked by Christian marauders at Brahmanaigaon in Khandamal District on 24 December 2007. THIS WAS DELIBERATELY CONCEALED BY ENGLISH MEDIA AT THAT TIME.

A grand old-man of more than 80 years Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati has been leading the Anti-Conversion Movement in the undivided Phulbani District of Orissa for several decades. He has served the local tribal people, especially Kandhs, in this District with selfless devotion and unsurpassed public spirit, which has won for him the lasting trust and affection of the local people. Saffron-clad Swamiji, with his Ashram at Chakapad, has spread his wings through Seva and Sanskar among the tribal people in the region. Thus his contribution to the socio-economic empowerment of these poor people has posed a major threat to the illegal conversion activities of anti-national missionary agencies.

There have been almost 7 attempts on the life of Swamiji in the last several years. At last they succeeded in killing him on Krishna Jayanti Day last week. The murderous attack on the 80-year-old Hindu monk who for decades has been campaigning against the proselytizing activities of Christian missionaries in tribal-dominated areas of Orissa, only serves to highlight the conflict caused by conversions through deceit and subterfuge. Orissa has long suffered on account of Christian missionaries "harvesting the souls" of impoverished and un-educated tribals by exploiting their vulnerability and innocence.

The unrestrained conversion of tribals and other poor people to Christianity has always met with resistance, initially by Hindu community leaders at large and later by organised groups, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Following the report of the Niyogi Commission in Madhya Pradesh in 1956, Orissa became the first State to adopt a law against forcible or surreptitious conversion. Yet, despite the legal restrictions, Christian missionaries continue to flock to poverty-hit areas of Orissa (as well as other States) to convert tribals and Dalits through inducement and other equally objectionable means.

The resultant inevitable social conflict is only to be expected: Neither secularism nor tolerance means that society should ignore the illicit "harvesting of souls" by International Missionary Agencies using their unlimited global funds for forced or induced illegal conversions banned by law. Swami Laxmananda Saraswati would not have been brutally murdered if the Police and other Law Enforcement Authorities had not been so lax, especially since the police were aware of the threat to his life. Blaming the Maoists makes no sense; it is a shoddy effort to suppress the truth. However, in view of the past 7 attempts on Swamiji"s life against his successful anti-conversion drive, it is quite possible that the Christian terrorists used the Maoists as hired instruments for Contract Killing or it may have been a jointly planned operation. The police have arrested Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the World Vision, a Christian Charity who has admitted to having joined a group of 28 other assailants who killed swamiji.

The fact of the matter is that neither the Christian Conversion Agencies, the Congress and other secular parties nor the mainline English media want to understand the simple fact that our Constitution sanctions "freedom" only for the practice and propagation of any faith or religion and certainly not for induced or forced "conversion".

This fact was asserted by the Supreme Court of India as well, way back in a landmark verdict in 1977, (Stanislaus V State of Madhya Pradesh, AIR 1977 SC 908). The Supreme Court declared that the fundamental right under Article 25 of Indian Constitution (the freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion) is not an absolute right, unlike some other fundamental rights like protection of life and liberty (Article 21) and right against exploitation (Article 23). The Supreme Court decided that Article 25 is subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of Part III of the Constitution.

It also said that "propagation" of one"s religion couldn"t impinge on the "freedom of conscience" of other citizens. As a matter of fact, the State of Madhya Pradesh has been having an anti-conversion law in its statute books for the last 40 years and its constitutional validity was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1977 itself. We have a similar law in Orissa dating back to 1967.

With the advent of the UPA government in 2004, in the last four years, induced/forced evangelization has been on the increase throughout the country to an alarming extent and the need of the hour is a stringent "Anti-conversion law" and its strong enforcement.

The UPA government today has become an apex missionary organisation for pro-Christian, and pro-Muslim propaganda. The out-going Bush Administration in USA and the equally UPA Government in New Delhi are acting together to evangelise India in a manner, reminiscent of the dark Days of the Holy Spanish Inquisition in 16th century Europe and Portuguese Inquisition in Goa from 1500 to 1812. The Hindus of Jammu and Orissa have risen in open revolt. I have no doubt that if the Christian agencies in India and the union government do not mend their ways, there is going to be a similar Hindu rebellion in the rest of India.

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At 10/09/2008 03:31:00 AM, Anonymous Harsh Thakar said...

I completely agree with your opinion. The act of killing is wrong and has to be condemned, but that does not mean ignorant people won't indulge in it.

The main problem are the statements :
"There is NO GOD but ALLAH and Mohammad is HIS prophet"

"The Only path to Heaven is opened if you accecpt Jesus as your saviour, else rot in hell"

and similar statements. These statements breed nothing but intolerance and conflict is inevitable. Casteism was created by similar statements.

What should be banned are these statements. We have to put a law which makes it compulsory to say

"There is only ONE god and His names are Allah, God, Ishwar and you can go to heaven by following any prophet or saint of any religion". This is the basis of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism i.e. the eastern religions.

 

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