On 12th of July, 2020, this awareness poster was released on the social media platform Facebook. As of date it has reached 9000 People and counting. This confirms the seriousness of this issue. Blatant plagiarism of Hindu motifs into Christinaisation is a serious cultural offence.
By Avinash Kumar – 30th June, 2020, Toronto
Where does one start, on the subject of, the abject apathy and confusion of Hindus in the era of postmodernism?
Do you start with the blissfully oblivious or the other end of this extreme idiocy – the furious, hurting Hindu attacking wildly at anything that he or she perceives to be even slightly offensive to Hinduism?
One is utopian, the other a headless chicken. The one in the middle tries to balance both.I call this the Hindu scale of wokeness.Let us start with the first category – Hindu Utopianism.
Adherents of this category of Hindus, swear by “Vasudaiva Kutumbakam” and “Sarva Dharma Sambhava” dogma as their moolaha mantraha.
Although they seem to have cast of the colonial baggage – they proudly expound on Hindu values, albeit in ignorance – the neediness and the longing for approval indicates otherwise.The result is, a Hindu who is content with small insignificant gestures of “respect” from the left elite, in exchange for the Hindu’s silence or ignorance of more pressing issues.As an example, the following is a conversation between a Hindu in the middle of the scale, and the another at the front end – the Utopian.
Utopian Hindu [UH]: Schools are not secular anymore. Why are they opening religious spaces in schools?
Balanced Hindu [BH]: What is un-secular about that? No one stopped Hindus from advocating for Hindu spaces.
[UH]: Religion is a very private matter. It should be confined to our homes and temples.
[BH]: It may be a private matter to you, but to non-Hindus it is not, and that is why when the school teaches about religion, non-Hindus are the first to claim this space. We should also demand the same. It is after all, our right as Canadian citizens!
[UH]: (horrified) Demand Space??? That sound very communal. It is not our values as Hindus to demand something. When we do not want others to impose their beliefs on us, why would I do the same? Maybe some religions are insecure, which is why they try to impose on others. But I go by the understanding that our values are great, and I do not need to demand anything from anyone. We are not in a competition.
[BH]: Maybe you don’t see it as a competition, but other groups do. And if you don’t claim the space, someone else will. It takes pride and identity away from your children. When you claim that space, your children are in a position to set the Hindu narrative for themselves, instead of the other way around. You surely have noticed how the school board sees a history of violence in Hinduism and propagates the same in their Hindu oriented functions?
[UH]: Of course, Mahabharata has violence and it is about war, but its war against evil. We need to educate them about our beliefs.
[BH]: Hindus have been educating the west about Hinduism for the past 100 years, from Vivekananda to ISCKON today. I think we have educated them enough; don’t you think? Even after tall this education if they see violence in Hinduism, do you think this thinking is borne out of their ignorance or deliberation? It would be very naïve on our part, to call this ignorance.
[UH]: That is not true. The school board is very respectful of Hinduism. I get invited to light the lamp and for Goranti at every Deepavali. Look I do not know what you are doing, but It doesn’t work for me. We have to show our greatness and values by being polite, not by being aggressive.
[BH]: I am in fact talking about being assertive, not aggressive.
[UH]: Sorry that can be seen as very communal. I cannot support this stand.
As seen from the above exchange, the Utopian Hindu has pride – no doubt – but it is misplaced. He/she is unaware of the effect this has on children and the trans-generational trauma we are passing on to them.In exchange for small concessions, the Utopian Hindu is more than happy to let non-Hindus dictate what their religion is all about.
(To be contd)
Hindu activists can be broadly accommodated in the following categories,
- Social media observers,
- Social media activists
- Pan Canada activists
- Spiritual Oriented
- The Lone rangers
- Free spirited
- The qualified activist
- Celebrity activists
Social media observers: They are freelancers and occupies a very high quantity of activity. They monitor daily happenings on newspapers, TV and online publications and the battle grounds are SM platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. Advantages, a) A sensitive and quick reaction team, b) Respond to the raw emotions. Energies rapidly moves from one topic to another. They specialize in forwards of posts and messages. This provides emotional release to viewers from the claustrophobic effect of Hindu-phobia. Success is measured by the sheer rush of emotional responses. LEVEL 1.
Social media Activists: They are people who create Facebook & Twitter pages and WhatsApp groups. Their main goal is raising awareness on Hindu phobic activities and choose impressive page names with high ideals & goals. Success here is measured by number of page likes, shares. They display strong “leadership skills” and generally do not tolerate any opposition to their point of view. WhatsApp group leaders demonstrate their firmness by removing members and members demonstrate their individuality by leaving those groups: LEVEL 2
Pan Canada Activists: They recognize the absence of an all Canada Hindu Identify. They start websites, that have basic research. They pool in available resources including web design and try to bring a presentable face. Many go to register themselves as not for profit and have a structure of committee and officers. Fund raising is one of their goals and there are numerous players in this department who have demonstrated varying degrees of success. LEVEL 3
Spiritual type: These are the people who stay away from all kind of activist activities. They believe that practicing Hinduism and passing it to their kids and community is good enough. In our opinion these are the preservers of our faith. Members of this group will also be part of any of the above 3 levels.
The Lone rangers:These people have made peace with fear and pursue their activism in sheer individual determination. They are on streets, on social media and continue their work inspite of all obstacles and little support. Level 4
Free spirited: These are the Hindus who neither believe in activism nor believe in spiritualism. They are also the ones who jump in to criticize all the above. Their priorities are the next free meal, the next movie release, the next party, the next extra buck etc. The most common trait is “fear” Fear of unknown, fear of losing jobs, fear of their kid’s future, fear of deportation and fear of being stopped at airports. They do not admit their fear but instead advise solutions to internal issues or be grandiose on the eternal nature of Hinduism or worse speak the language of Hindu- phobists. Be extremely wary of them and do not involve them in your work. they will deflate motivation in no time. LEVEL Destroyers
– “Intra-activist” rivalry and they constantly run down each other. Team work is a huge challenge,
– There is huge battle to take credit for activist work done & contest for holding positions in NFP’s,
– They oscillate their energies to events happening in India and Canada, and dilute their energies,,
– They respond to Hindu-phobia at superficial level while not touching the depths of Hindu Phobia,
– Almost all of them suffer from fragile ego’s, get hurt quite easily and go into a sulk zone,
– Most of their activism is “superficial” & are satisfied with “some activity” irrespective of results.
Goal is the Qualified activist: These are people who are not prone to emotions, who have a clear understanding of the depths of Hindu phobia, who are well read of important developments, whose solutions are based on level headed courage, who have the ability to differentiate between rights and irrational fear, who have simplicity of actions with clear polite and firm communication and who are mostly self starter. Our experience is we scan 500 Hindus, we may get one fully qualified activist. LEVEL 5
The good thing is the qualified activists graduate from all or any of the levels above. It is a time-consuming process. We believe that irrespective of the levels all Hindus are quite intelligent people and can easily identify good leadership. We hope to provide good leadership and also hope to win qualified activists to our group. Hindu baiters and Hindu Phobia will continue to be have a upper hand unless we see the graduation of more Qualified activists from the ranks above.
Celebrity activists:They have proven areas of success and our salutes to those. However its difficult for ordinary activists to reach your citadels and your support and encouragement is much appreciated.
By Gopala Krishna: 27th June, 2020
By Avinash Kumar
It is not lost on the Hindu community that we are severely under-represented. Be it governance, media, human rights, academics, business, or entertainment. Not only are we under-represented, we are misrepresented, caricatured, and disrespected. Hinduphobia is rampant and ubiquitous. That this, is not causing alarm bells to ring in societal structures is shocking, to say the least. More appalling is the apathy demonstrated by sections of the Hindu community itself.
Those few, who are concerned and motivated to change this unfortunate situation, have mobilized into organizations to fight various aspects of this problem, independent of each other. Over the last decade, many such organization have been formed, and more than half of them have disappeared. Those that survive are holding on and fighting small battles. Battles they can take on. There is a small but growing support base for these organizations. But considering the state of modern Hindu perseverance, this support is fluctuating and fickle, at best. Nevertheless, these organizations are still in the fight, for the moment.
For the organizations that did not make it, the reasons for failure are several. Like any business or product that is launched – funding and public support are the resultant of certain traits that need to be inherent – professionalism, vision, clarity of thought, long term strategic planning, leadership, and teamwork. These very qualities are visibly missing right from the word go, in many Hindu mobilizations.
One other major factor however, at least for organizations involved in religious activism, is guidance and support from its religious institutions and leaders. This factor singularly has the potential of transforming the landscape of Hindu mobilization, as was the case with multiple Hindu revivals in history.
Sadly, the people who head Hindu temples come from within our community. Hence the issues that plague the ordinary Hindu, also afflict our temples, and afflict them in force. Not only are Hindu temples incapable of guiding a new Hindu revival, they are under attack by other theologies.
Some attack overtly and others very subtly. The overt is obvious, visible, and easy to counter against. The subtle attack is invisible, imperceptible and does not feel like an attack. It is a slow dilution of Hindu theology, intended to cajole Hindus into rejecting our inherent value system in exchange for the value system of the attacker. The attacker then begins the process of cultural appropriation, slowly digesting our values and theological knowledge into its own.
It is evident which group is infamous in such tactics. Such tactics resulted in conversion of a multitude, in the most staunchly Hindu state of southern India and is now spreading its tentacles slowly into the rest of India.
Similar tactics are being employed against American and Canadian temples. The organizational structure being employed to effect this change is a complex network. It involves churches, universities, and theologically flexible Hindu temples. In collaboration with one another, these three entities are now slowly but surely infiltrating temples and re-directing temple energies and resources to activities that will result in the total collapse of Dharma in next few decades. If this trend is not reversed, a general Hindu mobilization cannot commence, and the remaining few Hindu groups will also wither away.
The responsibilities of Dwarapalakas then, are five-fold:
-To act as a firewall between the evangelistic network and Hindu temples.
-To sensitize Hindu temples to take a leading role in fighting Hinduphobia publicly.
-To empower Hindu temples to become beacons for the Hindu revival movement.
-To act as a unifier and a messenger between Hindu organizations, increasing collaboration.
-To fight Hinduphobia in all aspects of public life.
We work on three areas, Un-Ethical Evangelism / Dwarapalakas / Canadian media.
Its explained below
1- UNETHICAL EVANGELISM
The following things are happening in India
1- Evangelicals from North America bad mouth Hindu religion, Hindu gods,practices & train Indian evangelicals in Hostility. This should stop.
2- Dis-proportionate number of new churches are built intrusively in a pincer strategy by various christian denominations,
around a Hindu religious place. This land grabbing + religious intimidation should stop.
3.Hindu imagery, terms, symbols and practices are copied and re-introduced with Christian touch. Cultural plagiarism should stop.
4.Hindu festivals are copied and re-invented as Christian festivals and timed to release with Hindu festivals. This intrusive practice should stop.
So Our work
1- To motivate Canadian Evangelicals visiting India to adhere to the Evangelical code of Conduct
2- To motivate federal and provincial governments in India to bring in a level playing field for religious harmony
3- To get United Nations to declare Hinduism as a protected religion
4- Hindu nations like Nepal, Sri-Lanka etc have to form a nation bloc and jointly address the issue of unethical evangelism
The following things are happening in Canada
1- Hindu Temples are being approached under the banner of Hindu-Catholic dialogue
2- On the platform of sameness, Temple managements are being influenced &
3- In the process Christian programmes are being introduced at Hindu Temples
So Our work
1- To communicate with Hindu Temples on the need for religious alertness
3- CANADIAN MEDIA
CBC,Toronto Star, Globe & Mail etc.. to name a few
1- Media has demonstrated their limited Understanding of Hinduism & India
2- That has been demonstrated on their reporting multiple occasions
So Our work
1- To communicate with Media on the need for unbiased and inclusive reporting
The numbers are available on Wikipedia and Google and represents all denominations of Christianity. We bring to your kind attention the tweet of Mr.Mohan Lazarus.He is head of Pentecostal church in the state of India Tamil-Nadu, India. As per his tweet this is the statistics,
Tamilnadu | 38,000 churches | 6 Million | 1 church for 157 people:
And that is just one denomination, Pentecostal. One can see that the ratio of people vs churches in a Tamil Nadu is disproportionately high as compared to world statistics. It is said that Christians constitute 6 % of six million population of Tamilnadu. 6 %. That means 360,000 Christians in Tamilnadu. o by his tweet Tamilnadu has 38,000 churches for 360,000 people. 1 Church for every 9 Christians.
You would have noticed the shrill language of Tamilnadu Church. To maintain religious equality and keeping in view the international numbers, We request you consider initiating a pause on further construction of new churches in Tamilnadu.
Post On:9th Dec 2019
Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations
– Five years in Jail
– Security forces ordered to break up any celebrations
– Contrary to Islamic faith and could damage Muslim community
– Al-Shabab could carry out attacks against Christians
– Santa is Banned
– Christian symbols like crosses, lighting candles, putting up Christmas trees against Islamic faith
– Singing Carols, sending Christmas greetings are against Islamic faith
– Muslims wearing “hats or clothes that resemble Santa Claus” would be committing an offence
INDIA – HYDERABAD: Gearing up for Christmas:
– One state govt from Hindu India,has sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each to 200 churches in the city.
– $ 2000 per church for 200 Churches. Total $ 400,000.00.
– 500 gift packs of clothes to each church at the same time.
– Churches from all 199 constituencies of the state will be included in the package
– A Christmas feast before 19 December
– 400 Christians each from the 119 constituencies are invited
– Last year, 22 crores (4.1 Million dollars) spent to distribute gift packets to poor Christians.
– Distributing Christmas gifts from 2015 onwards, terming it a “humanitarian gesture”.
For more such information on “Christian persecution in India”please email us at email@example.com
In response to the Humanitarian gesture of the Hindu Government from India, the Indian Christian community plagiarized the popular Hindu festival of Bathukamma as their own!!Thank you for your kindness of reciprocity.
Post On:10th November 2019
Compiled by Swami Aksharananda
(Track No. 010119.1, Jan. 19, 2001)
I Call Myself a Sanatani Hindu
I call myself a Sanatani Hindu, because I believe in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas, and all that goes by the name of Hindu scripture, and therefore in avataras and rebirth; I believe in the varnashrama dharma in a sense, in my opinion strictly Vedic but not in its presently popular and distorted crude sense; I believe in the protection of cow. I do not disbelieve in murti puja. (Young India: June 10, 1921)
Why I am Not a Convert
Hinduism as I know it entirely satisfies my soul, fills my whole being. When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one ray of light on the horizon, I turn to the Bhagavad Gita, and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. My life has been full of tragedies and if they have not left any visible and indelible effect on me, I owe it to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. (Young India: June 8, 1925)
I Disbelieve in Conversion
I disbelieve in the conversion of one person by another. My effort should never to be to undermine another’s faith. This implies belief in the truth of all religions and, therefore, respect for them. It implies true humility. (Young India: April 23, 1931)
Conversion: Impediment to Peace
It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today. It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace. Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity? Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man? (Harijan: January 30, 1937)
No Such Thing as Conversion
I believe that there is no such thing as conversion from one faith to another in the accepted sense of the word. It is a highly personal matter for the individual and his God. I may not have any design upon my neighbour as to his faith which I must honour even as I honour my own. Having reverently studied the scriptures of the world I could no more think of asking a Christian or a Musalman, or a Parsi or a Jew to change his faith than I would think of changing my own. (Harijan: September 9, 1935)
No Conversion Designs Upon Me
I am not interested in weaning you from Christianity and making you Hindu, and I do not relish your designs upon me, if you had any, to convert me to Christianity. I would also dispute your claim that Christianity is the only true religion. (Harijan: June 3, 1937)
Conversion must not mean denationalization. Conversion should mean a definite giving up of the evil of the old, adoption of all the good of the new and a scrupulous avoidance of everything evil in the new. Conversion, therefore, should mean a life of greater dedication to one’s country, greater surrender to God, greater self-purification. (Young India: August 20, 1925)
Aping of Europeans and Americans
As I wander about through the length and breath of India I see many Christian Indians almost ashamed of their birth, certainly of their ancestral religion, and of their ancestral dress. The aping of Europeans by Anglo-Indians is bad enough, but the aping of them by Indian converts is a violence done to their country and, shall I say, even to their new religion. (Young India: August 8, 1925)
Why Should I Change My Religion
I hold that proselytisation under the cloak of humanitarian work is unhealthy to say the least. It is most 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? (Young India: April 23, 1931)
Missionary Aim: Uprooting Hinduism
My fear is that though Christian friends nowadays do not say or admit it that Hindu religion is untrue, they must harbour in their breast that Hinduism is an error and that Christianity, as they believe it, is the only true religion. So far as one can understand the present (Christian) effort, it is to uproot Hinduism from her very foundation and replace it by another faith. (Harijan: March 13,1937)
Undermining People’s Faith
The first distinction I would like to make between your missionary work and mine is that while I am strengthening the faith of people, you (missionaries) are undermining it. (Young India: November 8, 1927)
Physician Heal Yourself
Conversion nowadays has become a matter of business, like any other. India (Hindus) is in no need of conversion of this kind. Conversion in the sense of self-purification, self-realization is the crying need of the times. That however is never what is meant by proselytization. To those who would convert India (Hindus), might it not be said, “Physician, heal yourself.” (Young India: April 23, 1931)
Missionaries: Vendors of Goods
When the missionary of another religion goes to them, he goes like a vendor of goods. He has no special spiritual merit that will distinguish him from those to whom he goes. He does however possess material goods which he promises to those who will come to his fold. (Harijan: April 3, 1937)
If I had the Power and Could Legislate.
If I had the power and could legislate, I should stop all proselytizing. In Hindu households the advent of a missionary has meant the disruption of the family coming in the wake of change of dress, manners, language, food and drink . (November 5, 1935)
The Only Begotten Son of God?
I regard Jesus as a great teacher of humanity, but I do not regard him as the only begotten son of God. That epithet in its material interpretation is quite unacceptable. Metaphorically we are all sons of God, but for each of us there may be different sons of God in a special sense. Thus for me Chaitanya may be the only begotten son of God. God cannot be the exclusive Father and I cannot ascribe exclusive divinity to Jesus. (Harijan: June 3, 1937)
Western Christianity Today
It is my firm opinion that Europe (and the United States) does not represent the spirit of God or Christianity but the spirit of Satan. And Satan’s successes are the greatest when appears with the name of God on his lips. (Young India: September 8, 1920)
I consider western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ’s Christianity. I cannot conceive Jesus, if he was living in flesh in our midst, approving of modern Christian organizations, public worship, or ministry. (Young India: September 22, 1921)
Christianity and Imperialistic Exploitation
Post On:February 15, 2017
I am not against Christian Evangelism, because everyone has a right to choose and practice any religion that is presented to them either by inheritance or proselytising. Then what is that I am against? Let me reference the 2nd Gulf war. Two things happened after the war.
1) Dismantling of the prevalent power structure &
2) Abrupt withdrawal of American administrators
Even if the political administrators are Harvard graduates, they still would have difficulty administrating a new place unless they factor in the local conditions. And when that is compounded by power vacuum caused by abrupt withdrawal, it becomes a fertile ground for radicals to fill in. Now what is the situation there? Those parts that were invaded and abandoned are in chaos. The rapes and killings would never prick the world conscience. But the pain and killings are real and people who created it do not have the heart to fix it. It’s a classic “movie explosion walk away scene”
Now why is this relevant to India? My argument is that any intervention by alien’s powers does not take into consideration local factors. The pain and sufferings of the locals is not something that would bother them. Today on the streets of India, Indian evangelicals actively aided, trained, funded and motivated by western evangelicals are engaging in a cultural war with stated intentions of wiping out Hinduism in India. The side effect of evangelism in India is hate against Hindus and everything India. The hate born again’s have against Hinduism / Hindus is potent and deep.
If political conditions worsen, (god forbid) the hate that is being planted today will create consequences similar to what is happening in the Syria / Iraq now. Indian evangelicals will end up being remote controlled by western evangelicals. How can we expect western evangelicals to be considerate towards Hindus and Indians in strife? They have not done it in peace time and will they do when India bleeds?
The blood that flow has to be stopped even before it starts. The immense hate that is being planned designed and executed against Hindus / Hinduism by the evangelical machinery has to stop.
My chosen work is to bring in moderation in Caucasian evangelicals visiting India.
Post On:April 12, 2016
It was in Chennai. Seeing Vibuthi and Kumkum on my forehead a young Tamil Evangelist who was barely in his 20’s walked up to me. His approach had an element of disdain in him. His desire to get me buy his theory was balanced by his lack of intellect. That was complimented by his animosity towards anything Hindu. He was not even aware of how hostile he has turned himself into.
Curious I undertook a journey into other parts of South India to cross check the facts of the encounter. The animosity levels of other evangelists were consistent with that of the first conversation. Something is not right in the manner and style of Evangelists operating in India. In contrast the few evangelists I encountered in Canada seem reasonably dignified.
Few questions arise,
1) Who are the people behind the haste fostering new age evangelicals on the streets of India?
2) Freedom of religion is fine, but what explains those very high levels of hostility?
Travelling across USA, Canada and other parts of the world I have noticed that Caucasian Christians of the west are polite people. Growing up in Chennai I could see that the society had a general sense of respect towards Christians in India. That sense of respect is in erosion. It seems and to be attributed to the behaviour of the new age aggressive evangelicals. That is truly sad.
The young evangelicals of India seem to fine Hindu men / Women before conversion. On conversion they are supposed to have embraced the religion of love. I did not see love. I see only rudeness and hostility. Why is it so? It truly baffles me.
This “cultivated hostility “on the streets of India has to be addressed.
How do we communicate on this sensitive subject? If we talk about unethical evangelism, Christians may think that this website is against Christians. Let’s assure that “it’s not true” simply because Hindus of Canada are not doing in Canada what Evangelical Christians of India are doing in India. On the contrary Hindus of Canada go out of their way to assimilate. A Hindu of Canada is aware that Canadians are “sensitive” to immigrants and hence try their best to blend in, and they do it the way sugar blends with your milk or coffee.
Back in India, Hindus may be mean to each other but are not hostile. Hostility is a product of outsource from North American evangelical schools. Mostly American but Canada is not too far behind. It sounds like that the techniques that were used in Native Indian residential schools in Canada during the 1800’s are being re-furbished and unleashed on unsuspecting Hindus of India. Evangelicals have no rationale to foster hostility in India under the guise of freedom of religion.
One has to look at the statement of Ms. Stephanie Nolen of Globe and Mail. In a series of articles about Caste in India and advocating evangelism as a solution, she famously said, “Evangelicals work to foster righteous anger in Hindus!” In plain English it means they create trouble. What kind of righteous anger was she talking about? Does not the history of Church abuse of the natives exceed that of caste?
Agents of conversion have to understand that their actions are seen as rude and offensive. Where is courtesy is when He / She accept the hospitality of a Hindu and in exchange abuse Hindu culture & Gods? Dear Evangelical that is simply not right!
Because, it’s a democratic world. A Hindu has a right to worship a million gods if he / she wants. We see your one god theory the same way you see our million god theory.
Post On:June 22, 2015
As a Hindu I am marked. We are a prey waiting to be finished and erased from the face of the earth. My peaceful protest is considered as weakness. I am supposed to be super placid all the time. My faith is in my faith is routinely ridiculed and I am supposed to be smiling, people from my faith including children are poached and then turned against us. I am still supposed to be smiling. We are given a “Serengeti treatment”. The look we are given by evangelicals is similar to what a carnivore gives an herbivore. That look gives us a sneak preview of their intensity to finish us off. And I am still supposed to be smiling. I am not supposed to protest. I am supposed to resign to the fact that it’s a matter of time before we are finished off. Because the desire to finish us off is the combined objective of all Christian nations with all their industrial, diplomatic financial and military might. That is a much formidable formation, much stronger than the allied forces of WW-1 and WW-2. What is our crime? Oh we were peaceful. We did not indulge in Crusades. We had empathy to see the pain and effort of the evangelical. But he wants more. He wants me, my family, my money my country.
Why am I into this? Because what is happening on the streets of India in the name of JC is simply bad, like real bad. The first step of conversion is detaching the Hindu roots of a Hindu. To achieve that goal they have to bad talk about Hinduism. Hindu spiritual texts are intense and multi-layered and truth is presented in a step by step process. If the intention is not positive one can easily dig in between the multiple layers and pull out negative things. The evangelical army does just that, every day. So when a poor Hindu is presented such distorted info with other inducements, ($) he / she presses the conversion button on himself. So here is the million dollar question, “A Hindu is weaned away from Hinduism with distorted info and how will he see other Hindus after conversion?” With respect or disdain? Of course with disdain. That disdains percolates so deep that the born again starts hating fellow Indians. This raises the spectre of violence, its real.
My objective is to give in my 2 cents of effort to prevent it before it becomes a reality. I wish to educate the need for respecting cultural space. How do I plan to proceed? This is where Canada comes in. It was and is amazing to see the manner in which “Canadians” handle issues. They have this ability to communicate their concerns and even anger in meaningful words. They manage to express their emotions in a polite respectful manner. I shall ever be thankful to Canada for giving me an introduction to those traits. In my opinion bad evangelism is like a Hydra headed Goliath. It needs a peaceful and intelligent response with the help of multiple David’s of Canada. May be from the hundreds of thousands of Hindu homes I can find an ally who is on my same page.
Mahatma Gandhi was an enigma. What was he thinking when he said, “An average Hindu is a coward”. Did he see something which most do not see? He also said, “Jesus is good but Christians are not”.
Post On:April 16, 2015
Good Karma is real. Realized it when was lucky enough to be one of the photographers when Modi Ji visited Toronto. Thanks to the individual and the institution that recommended my name. Felt that there is a story to be told, a story from many perspectives: photographer, admirer, political student and an Indo-Canadian.
Story 1: There was a line-up of up to 500 VIP’s of Canada waiting for a photo-op with Modiji. Security screening started 2 hours in advance, after which people were ushered into their seats, the PM came on time. It started right-away. One group/ one family at a time walked up the line, walked to the stage and had their moment with him. The line-up had people of all age groups. Each one was jostling to get a good hand shake with him, and also to say few words which they felt was super important. Many of them forget that it was important to strike a pose. Just to look into the Camera and smile. They were alternating between excitement while the security was giving them a gentle nudge to enable the next person in line to have his time with Modiji. So As photographer I had to jump around like a middle aged acrobat trying to get the best angle. That acrobatics continued for 3 + hours. The line-up got extended as some came back to re-join the line for a second opportunity with Modiji. Finally the SPG walked up to him and told him, “It’s complete and time to leave”. Our team must have snapped around 1000 to 2000 pictures. All along was hoping will get one picture with him, but gave up the thought, as closing time got closer.
Then Modiji said something magical, “why not take a few pics with the photographers”? That was beyond words. To have than empathy to see the pain and expectations of people around him was something special. If not for that intervention by him, our team would not have got the opportunity to have pics with him. As I posed with him realized that I was confused, sharing the stage with no less a person than the prime minister of India. The excitement was too good, that I did not realize I put my hands over his shoulder as if he was my friend. Indeed he is a friend of India, and of the whole world.
Story 2: This is from the perspective of a photographer: He has an amazing connect with the shutter release of a camera. This is something fellow photographers may understand. Standard shutter speed is 1/125 second in most auto settings. He had this almost instant connection with that. The moment the shutter sound gets going he knew it and turned his gaze in that direction. The first camera that gets going gets his gaze. At least that’s what I thought. So at the risk of losing a shot, I thought I will give it a try. I moved to manual settings and upped the shutter speed to 1/ 250. I knew the shot was going to be blurry, but still went for it. In an instant his gaze turned towards the camera I was holding. It was magical. I have not seen that kind of rapport any person having with the camera. Wonder that the lucky photographer will be who will get a full photo session with him.
Story 3: Been a witness of cold politics unleashed by various political leaders of India I was surprised that Modiji did not indulge in any vengeance politics in spite of getting a stunning majority. He did not sack the RBI governor, he did not put his political opponents in jail, and he did not silence journalists who went beyond their duty in being rabidly anti-Modi. Politics demands all that and wonder why he has not done that!
Story 4: Why do so many NRI’s like Modiji? The answer is simple. Living in western countries many Indians see for themselves how Indians are being treated and looked down in the west. Indians are considered soft and bulliable, which is a welcome treat for those who have a proclivity to bully. Visiting Indian politicians have done little to bring in self-respect. When Manmohan said that British rule of India helped India, it was so embarrassing. And one had to see the interview of Mr. Kamal Nath on CBC Television Canada. It was so humiliating. In comes Modiji who brings in confidence and self-respect to Indians with his style of strong Indian ethos, and an approach which gives the message that being Indian is a proud thing. The west in general likes people who respect themselves. An Indian politician doing that is something that Indians living abroad love it. That is the reason I believe NRI’s compete with Indians to love Modiji.
Post On:Early 2017
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- Religious workers travelling to India not honest with their intentions.
Why hide behind a tourist visa and engage in proselytizing? The immigration officer’s at Intl airports in India should be trained to identify religious workers. Like Immigration officers in the west, The immigration officer’s in India should ask simple questions like, where are you coming from? Where are you going to? What all places do you plan to visit, Where do you plan to stay? Are you an religious worker? Indians irrespective of how they look and sound, are intrinsically smart.They can differentiate between apples and oranges.
- Religious work should be supervised for spiritual content:
The strategy of alien religious workers visiting India sounds diabolical. They see that to win to new converts from Hindus, Hindus have to be first detached from the faith of their ancestors. That approach motivates them to invent ideas to scoop out faults with Hinduism. They present the faults to Hindus in an amplified/distorted format. In the process they cross the border of civility. They bad mouth Hindu religion, Hindu gods,practices. This should stop.The training of Indian religious workers to alien religions should be open to random video inspection by government and police.Police officials should conduct awareness programs on such matters by releasing advertisements in newspapers, radio and Television.They should encourage the public to approach them if alien religious workers speak bad about native religion
- Respecting Cultural space:
We are seeing that new churches are built strategically in the geographical vicinity of a Hindu religious place. The objective seems to be to build a new church where ever Hindus congregate and have their place of worship. This is deliberate cultural intimidation.This should stop. There should be adequate space and room for cultural tranquillity. Hindu religious practices are then copied and re-introduced with a Christian touch to coincide with the dates of the Hindu festivals. This causes a traffic jam of devotees that has a potential for conflict. Example: Padayatra on lines of Sabarimala: Such measures must be declared illegal.AoC should not distribute flyers to Hindu devotees at spiritual destinations.Example: One Christian website said 1 Million flyers were given at Kumbh mela.
- Camaflouge & Cultural plagiarism:
Hindu imagery, terms, symbols and practices should not be used as a tool for conversion. Why would evangelicals dress up in Hindu costumes and approach innocent Hindus? Why be fake?. That also seems to be a deliberate current strategy. AoC should use their real names while doing religious work.They should not hide behind Hindu names and conduct proselytizing work.
- The financial difference:
Visiting religious workers have a huge advantage in terms of dollar VS rupee exchange rate. This offers them huge advantage to exert financial control over natives. Indian temple funds are managed by the government of India, so why are church funds excluded? Church finances have to be under govt control the same way Temple funds in India are.Secularism means equality.