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Treat Conversion as Politics and Offer No Concessions

Treat Conversion as Politics and Offer No Concessions

Author: N.S. Rajaram
Publication: Intellibriefs.Blogspot.com
Date: May 31, 2009
URL: http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/2009/05/treat-conversion-as-politics-and-offer.html

The LTTE is a Church supported terrorist organization with a fascist ideology. The recent turmoil and tragedy in Sri Lanka should serve as a warning to India. Christian officials often serve as imperial agents.

I have been a student of religions, especially Christianity and its history for nearly two decades. I am the author of several books and articles on the subject that have been published worldwide. This has convinced me that conversion is to Christianity what Jihad is to Islam- an expansionist doctrine in the guise of religion and service. Everywhere they have gone- Latin America, the Philippines, East Timor (Indonesia) the churches and its officials have installed a politico-religious establishment to the serve the interests of foreign masters, particularly in the exploitation of natural resources. What we are seeing in Sri Lanka is a repetition of this five century old pattern going back to Columbus.

This neo-imperialism follows the same pattern as the classical imperialism practiced by European powers. It has the following aspects:

1. Create social turmoil through conversions.
2. Infiltrate and control crucial areas of the state like the civil service, police, the judiciary, and if possible, the armed forces.
3. Control crucial service areas like health care and education that have the greatest contact with the masses.
4. Monopolize the media and maintain a continuous propaganda campaign to demonize opponents and promote oneself.

This being the case, oft repeated statements like 'Christians are less than 3 percent of India's population' are misleading. Christian institutions control disproportionately large assets, including real estate, health care, education and the media. This has two reasons: first, they were beneficiaries of colonial patronage. Next, even after Independence they continue to get government benefits as minority institutions. Further, they serve as liaisons for foreign institutions like the Vatican and U.S. government sponsored organizations like the USCIRF (United States Commission for International Religious Freedom).

USCIRF is a foreign institution, yet its spokesmen in India are the likes of Father Cedrick Prakash. When Narendra Modi's name came up as a possible future prime minister of India, he issued a statement saying, "Modi cannot nurture prime ministerial dreams unless he is acceptable to the Western world…"

Father Praksh was serving or trying to send a message to the West that he was prepared to serve as an agent of Western interests. Prakash identifies himself as a human rights activist, in which capacity he has typically taken positions against Hindu leaders and organizations. In this context, one is entitled to ask, why were their voices silent when Kashmiri Hindus were driven out of the Valley? (The same question can be put to Dravidian politicians shedding tears over the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka.)

All this lends support to the position of the critics of Prakash and his ilk that the Indian Christian 'leadership' has never accepted India as a free sovereign nation, especially led by the Hindus. The USCIRF is a third rate mercenary outfit that is not taken seriously by most countries. China has never allowed it in their country.

Following the defeat of the LTTE by the Sri Lankan forces, a massive propaganda campaign has been set in motion to paint its slain leader V. Prabhakaran and his men as 'Hindu terrorists.' One newspaper went so far as to claim: "Velupillai Prabhakaran, the slain leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was inspired by Bhagavad Gita, says one of his close associates in the formative stages of the Tamil militant movement in northeastern Sri Lanka. Prabhakaran's ideology was derived from Bhagavad Gita."

This is totally false. He named his eldest son Charles Antony, and most, if not all of his closest associates were Christians. His ideology was the same Dravidian ideology as formulated by that inveterate Hindu hater 'Periyar' E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker. His supporters were hard core Dravidianists who harbored the dream of Tamil Eelam. This was let out by none other than M. Karunanidhi who called him a 'friend' and 'not a terrorist'.

What is more significant is that the LTTE has long had the support of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Quite early, LTTE joined hands with Radio Veritas, a worldwide Catholic broadcasting station. The Hindustan Times (May 25, 1999) reported that the "Voice of Tigers (VOT) has established …a coordinating office to tie up Radio Veritas at St. Sebastian Church in Mallavi located in the Wanni. Radio Veritas is a Catholic outfit run by the Asian Catholic Bishops Conference."

I am preparing a journal article on the rise and fall of the LTTE, which places it in the historical context of Christianity as an aggressive imperial movement. What I found during my research was that the LTTE is a church supported Naxalite type terrorist organization that by no stretch of the imagination can be called Hindu. In fact they have destroyed many Hindu temples while leaving the churches mostly untouched. Many of the Tamil Tigers are Christian, including the late Miss Dhanu (Thenmozhi Rajaratnam) who was Rajiv Gandhi's suicide-murderer. These were Christian fanatics.

The point of all this is that we must see conversions as part of an expansionist movement that tries to achieve political aims behind the cover of religion. Once they establish a strong enough base, they may begin to resort to violence if necessary. We have already seen instances of this in the northeastern states. But the immediate danger in allowing aggressive conversion activities is the risk of social turmoil. This kind of religious aggression is what caused the 1857 uprising. Writing about the uprising, which the British called the Sepoy Mutiny, the great historian R.C. Majumdar observed:

"A vague dread that the [British] government was determined, by hook or by crook, to convert Indians to Christianity pervaded all ranks of society, and the sepoys, fully shared these apprehensions with the rest." These aggressive methods included "open and unchecked denunciation of their cherished social usages and customs in most violent language, and filthy abuses of their gods and goddesses by bands of Christian missionaries."

Judging by the activities of many missionaries, this dangerous and indefensible practice still continues. If it continues unchecked, a similar reaction should not come as a surprise. Least of all such anti-social activity should not receive government patronage in the name of minorities. Their goal is always the same- gain control of the institutions of the state.

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