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Missionary position -on Indian TV!

Missionary position -on Indian TV!

Author: B Haran
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 2, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/173315/Missionary-position--on-Indian-TV!.html

Is the Church fanning the flames of Tamil nationalism in pre-election Tamil Nadu ? A probe of Father J Gasper Raj's background may provide some valuable answers

The Christian Church has an old tendency to infiltrate non-white and non-Semitic civilisations and then influence people with propaganda aimed at undermining their faith in their own ancient culture. The objective is to eventually Christianise these countries entirely.

The Sinhala-Tamil divide is a result of that strategy. Just as the Church divided Tamil Nadu society through its bogus 'Aryan' (Brahmin) - 'Dravidian' (Non-Brahmin) theory to alienate non-Brahmins from the 'Hindu' fold along linguistic lines (Aryan: Sanskrit; Dravidian: Tamil), so too did they divide the Sri Lankan people capitalising on their language (Sinhala-Tamil) divide. On the one hand, it backed the LTTE fully against the government, and on the other, it successfully infiltrated the Sri Lankan establishment and influenced the government through the Sinhala Christian leadership.

The first Sri Lankan Tamil leader to raise the demand for separatism was a Christian - Samuel James Velupillai Chelvanayakam. He called for a "Greater Dravida Nadu" on both sides of the Palk Straits. It could be said that the LTTE followed his footsteps, backed by the Church and missionaries. Ever since ethnic riots took place in 1983, Anton Balasingham, a Roman Catholic, assumed the mantle of LTTE's political leadership and was second only to Velupillai Prabhakaran, also a Christian.

Ironically, the 85 per cent Hindu majority of Sri Lankan Tamils came totally under the control of a Christian minority leadership, thanks to the Machiavellian machinations of the Church. It is difficult to swallow this bitter truth, especially when recalling the glorious past of Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus under the leadership of great Shaivite scholars like Arumuga Navalar, Ponnambalam Ramanathan and Ponnambalam Arunachalam, and intellectuals like the Coomaraswamys. The Buddhists of Sri Lanka also had deep respect for these savants. Ponnambalam Ramanathan was the one who pushed for "Wesak" or "Buddha Purnima" to be a public holiday in colonial Sri Lanka.

Cut to 2003, the year Buddhist and Hindu leaders of Sri Lanka joined hands to draft a legislation at the request of the Hindu Affairs Minister, T. Maheswaran, to legally stop conversion activities by the Church. Despite the pressure applied by this joint committee which worked for six months to draft the new Act, the Church-influenced the government to freeze it.

The Church probably foresaw that unity between the majority (Buddhists) and the largest minority (Tamil Hindus) - could lead to permanent peace in the war-struck island and make the missionaries irrelevant. So, it sabotaged the process of legislation by favouring the creation of an 'inter-religious council' to hammer out a solution. This so-called 'inter-religious council' is a typical Christian strategy (much like the Church-backed inter-faith 'dialogues' in non-Christian countries) to thwart all attempts to ban conversions by an Act of Parliament.

Though organisations like the All Ceylon Hindu Congress (though pro-LTTE), Hindu Council of Sri Lanka and National Council of Buddhist Clergy are dead against conversion activities, the Church has been able to influence the political leadership across the spectrum to sabotage the legislation of the anti-conversion Law.

The former Hindu Affairs Minister in Ranil Wickramasinge's cabinet T. Maheswaran was assassinated on January 1, 2008 while worshipping in a Shiva Temple. Till date, the government has not completed investigations into the murder, though it was blamed for allegedly reducing his security level and for continuing with minister Douglas Devananda, who is widely alleged to have been involved in the murder of Wickramasinge. BBC Sinhala.com reported: "The DNA samples taken from the murder suspect of a Tamil legislator matched with the blood samples taken from the gun used for the killing, Sri Lankan judiciary said. The legislator's security guard managed to shoot the suspect, identified as Johnson Collin Wasanthan Valentine.

As early as June 1998, 'Tamilnet' reported that an international conference on Hinduism condemned the attacks on Hindus and the destruction of Hindu places of worship by the Sri Lankan security forces. Though this seems like a Buddhist-Hindu conflict, it must be understood that the security forces are controlled by a political leadership owing allegiance to the Church. The centuries-old cultural relationship and largely peaceful existence of both the Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus may be ascertained from two facts.

First, their coming together to draft a legislation against conversion activities of the Church and missionaries, and second, the statement from the Hindu Council of Sri Lanka that the long-standing cordial relationship between the two religious communities in the Island Nation would go a long way in solving the present crisis and creating peace and harmony.

At present, all parties in Tamil Nadu are using the Eelam issue as an election talking point. Each party is trying to whip up emotions to bring about a cease fire in Lanka and thereby save Prabhakaran and the LTTE.

When the powerful combine comprising the controversial missionary, Father Jagat Gasper Raj and DMK supreme Karunanidhi's daughter, Kanimozhi, floated the "Chennai Sangamam" cultural extravaganza in 2007, Jaya TV went to town with investigative reports on the LTTE's connections of Father Gasper Raj. AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa wasted no time condemning the government's association with the project. But, last year, both Jayalalithaa and her own TV channel, Jaya TV, maintained strategic silence during the Chennai Sangamam festival.

Over the past few days, Father Gasper Raj has been promoted several times by the national TV channels as a 'representative' of Sri Lankan Tamils. Participating in TV debates, he blatantly supports the LTTE as a 'human rights activist'. He criticised the Indian government, and in one debate he had the audacity to call Dr Subramanian Swamy a "paid agent of Rajapakse". Yet, it is unclear if he is a Sri Lankan refugee or an Indian citizen. His antecedents and present activities in Tamil Nadu need thorough investigation.

- The writer has given his consent to excerpt this from an earlier piece he had contributed to the website vijayvaani.com

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