This is a response to an Article penned by Mr Shashi tharoor and published by TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Opinion/Columnists/Shashi_Tharoor/Stop_the_politics_of_division/articleshow/3585029.cms) on 12.10.08
Well Mr Shashi you are entitled to have your opinion right or wrong. Yet as a reader I would like to comment on certain incongruities in the said Article.
You have stated that the Anti Christian Violence has occurred as a consequence to Conversion or divisive politics. You have conveniently ignored that the immediate cause of Violence in Orissa was the murder of a Saint Swami Laxamananand Saraswati and wide spread perception that it was engineered by Christian Missionaries. In Karnataka it was distribution of a banned and derogatory booklet.
As per “The Orissa Freedom Of Religion Act 1967” any and all conversions are to be done after informing the district collector and in his presence. Till now on no occasion or maybe at best a couple of occasions when advance information has been given to the concerned authorities. In 1993, 21 Pastors were arrested also under the said act. Government under Congress regime immediately transferred the SP of the district.
Any conversion not as per law invites legal penal action.Yet it has been going on for decades with an extreme non chalance with the covert Government (Irrespective of the party in Power) sanction.
Besides in Orissa there is a Gross disparate aspect to the violence which again has been overlooked by you. Here the main warring parties are Kandhas and Panas. Their enemity goes back over several decades. Again it is because of several layers of issues. Panas though are schedule cast people but being Christian are not entitled to the “Reservation”. Thousands of them have obtained false certificates showing themselves to be Hindus. This has caused ire amongst the other dominant community i.e,Kandhas (Hindus).
Causing angst and violence.
There was a picture and a quote of Swami Vivekanand in your article published in TOI. Read what Swamiji had to say about conversion “One Hindu converted is not one Hindu less, but it is one enemy more”.
When you contend that being a non Hindu does not mean being an anti national.
I too could largely agree with you but for the secessionist activities of Christian Dominated North East and ethnic cleansing and secessionist activities in Muslim Dominated Kashmir. Timor is another live example.
I would concur with you that Hiduism is an inclusive religion with “Ekal Satya….”.
Yet the way Vatican City has opened retail counters peddling christianity and conversion, it is abhorrent.
The way TOI has been virulent in the matter it appears that they have either sold their soul to Missionaries or their Shares.