Hindu Vivek Kendra
A RESOURCE CENTER FOR THE PROMOTION OF HINDUTVA
   
 
Preface

Being involved a dialogue with some Christians, I had an opportunity to peruse material relating to Christianity and its relationship with other faiths. While I concentrated on the encounter with Hinduism, I studied other encounters too, and what Christians have to say about themselves and their own system.

Looking at the totality, I was surprised at the vast chasm between what the impression most Hindus have about Christianity and what the fact is. I also realised that the Christian hierarchy and the apologists have mounted a sustained campaign of misinformation. 

The compulsion of writing this book was the way the issue of the attacks on Christian establishments has been politicised. In the programme, the Christian clergy has been amply supported by the laity and those who go under the rubric of 'secularist'. The objective of the whole exercise is not only to put Hinduism in bad light, but also India.

This book will not deal with the attacks, but will present the sociopolitical issues that are important to be tackled if Christianity is to co-exist in harmony with Hinduism. Careful thought will have to be given to them, since the history of Christianity in India is not something to be proud of The sad part is that this history is sought to be negated, and the 'secularists' are as much at fault as the Christian clergy. At least one can rationalise the behaviour of the clergy. But what is the excuse of the 'secularists' to authenticate the clergy's programme?

Much of the book is devoted to quotes from already published material. Many of them are from Christian sources. The objective is to inform the reader that the points being made are not new. However, they have not been addressed, and that the same old issues' are raked up again and again.

This book has four appendixes. They have to be read in totality to understand the flavour of the argument. As above, another objective of reproducing the whole texts is to inform the reader that the points made are not new.

Hindu philosophy has always been accommodative. It will continue to be so, provided Christianity reciprocates the tolerant spirit of Hinduism.


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