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    Hindu-Christian Conflict in India

    Proseletysing should be outlawed!

    Here is some historical background to the latest Hindu-Christian conflict in Orissa:


    The article below is a summary You can read the complete article at:

    http://www.christianaggression.org/i...&type=articles


    Christian Conversions and Terrorism in North-East India
    Posted March 10, 2006
    Reproduced courtesy, �Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram, 50 Golden Years�, A Shree Multimedia Vision Ltd. Presentation.


    North-East India is a term that usually refers to the seven states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Sikkim and the Darjeeling district of West Bengal belong to it geographically but are not normally included though often associated with the North East India Christian Council. An intense movement of conversion towards Christianity has taken place over the years; indeed, in several of these states, entire populations have been converted. The percentage of the Christian population in these states in 1991 is as follows:

    Arunachal Pradesh: 10.29%
    Assam: 03.32
    Manipur: 34.12
    Meghalaya: 64.58
    Mizoram: 85.73
    Nagaland: 87.47
    Tripura: 01.69

    It is true that Christian missionaries have brought education and civic amenities into this region. However, as in many parts of the world, Christianity has wiped out a whole way of life, erasing centuries of tradition, customs and wisdom. It has caused people to hold their own religion in contempt and look westwards to an alien culture. It has disrupted society by pitting the Christian converts against mainstream Hindu India.

    This creation of a class-conflict has insulated the tribals from Indian society, and made them a tool in the hands of Christian missionaries. Missionaries in India have often been a divisive force, which used the tribals for advocating a breaking-up of the country.

    Today, as in the past, Christian terrorists feel emboldened to use the gun to force Jesus down the throats of unwilling tribals. For example, in 1857, the Christian Missionaries of Chhota Nagpur offered to the British 10,000 armed converted Kols, in addition, Dr. Mason offered a battalion of converted Karens to put down the 1857 Indian War of Independence. The fear of segregating Indian Christians and training and using them for the purposes of political or religious blackmail on behalf of foreign interests in moments of crisis is not without foundation.
    Some of the methods used by the missionaries to convert and thus alienate innocent tribals and their impact are as follows:

    1) British Connivance:

    After the British administration entered North East India, Catholic and Baptist missionaries were encouraged to come and proselytize, and were given protection under the British Raj. According to an early evangelist Kemolhu, there was forceful opposition to Christianity in those early days and the evangelists had no place to lodge in nor did they have a place to preach the gospel. The village headman (Gaon Budha) appointed by the British government gave them shelter since they belonged to the government and no one could object to their stay.|( In and around 1822, David Scott Esq., )

    Christian missionaries virtually held a license during British Raj to trade in human souls and to proselytize by force, fraud, inducement and deceit.

    The Commissioner of Koch Behar first conceived the idea of Christianizing the Garo tribe of Assam. He wrote to Bayley, Secretary to the Government,: “I am satisfied that nothing permanently good can be obtained by other means (than sending a missionary) and that, if we do not interfere on behalf of the poor Garo, they will soon become Hindu or half-Hindu.” Secretary Bayley sent a most encouraging letter in reply closing with the words: “I do not think the favourable opportunity for making this interesting experiment should be lost .”


    2) Theological Deceit:


    Missionaries have spread the belief that the tribals of North East India had no religion. In fact, for most people of this region, belief in Supreme Being is a distinctive feature. He is the Creator and Sustainer of humans and the whole universe and is believed to be loving and benevolent (as against the jealous Christian God). They also believe in many secondary deities. The tribals also believe in the existence of malevolent spirits. They believe in the immortality of the soul and life after death. All religious rites are performed by functionaries like the Lyngdoh (Khasis), Putir (Ao), Puitham (Mizo), Kamal nokma (Garo) and so on. Pioneer Christian missionaries like JH Lorrain adopted the term �Pathian� used by the Mizos for their supreme Spirit to indicate the Christian God. Jesus was presented as �Christus Victor� or Jesus Christ the Conqueror (of all evil spirits).The belief of the Ao Naga people in life after death was linked to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. To this day, missionaries use theological deceit for conversion. They have been guilty of substituting the names of Ram and Krishna in the popular baar-geets of legendary Assamese Saint Sanardeva with the name of Jesus. When the local Vaishnava Sabha reacted angrily, they had to eat crow and withdraw the offending stanzas.

    3) Deceit By Other Means:

    Economic conversions are carried out by placing “miracle boxes” in local churches. The gullible villager writes out a request for a loan, a pucca house, or perhaps, fees for the son‘s schooling. A few weeks later, the miracle happens. And the whole family converts, making others in the village follow suit. Another example, small children have been invited for a day’s outing. The missionaries remove the spark plugs from the bus, so that it can not start. They are told to pray to their local deities to ask them for help. Nothing happens. After a short time, the children are asked to pray to Jesus for help. The missionaries surreptitiously reinstall the spark plugs, and “miraculously” their prayers to Jesus have been answered.

    4) Education:

    The introduction of Western education was the main missionary approach to convert the Naga into Christianity. After independence, the Roman Catholics also gained entry into Nagaland hitherto denied by the Protestant British. The key to their success was their educational policy. Father Thomas Menamparambil writes: The boarding houses in Shillong, Gauhati and Dibrugarh have played an important role in the evangelization of the region. They formed lay leaders and well-instructed religious teachers. Every year, a good number from among the senior students were baptized. It was precisely these youngsters that helped plant the church in the Garo Hills, in Nagaland, Manipur and to some extent in Mizoram. The experience of the Baptists in the Orphan school in Nowgong was to repeat itself again and again in dozens of our institutions to our own day. (This approach of sending children to boarding schools has been condemned by the Government of Canada, and Canadian Aboriginals have been granted compensation for the damage done in these schools.)


    5) Imposition of Roman Script:

    The first thing that missionaries did when beginning work among a new tribe was to reduce its language to writing. This the missionaries did to enable people to read the Bible. At first, for the Khasi and Garo languages, the Bengali / Assamese script was used but was later given up in favor of Roman. From 1970, the Church openly championed the use of the Roman script for the language of the tribals of Tripura and Boros of Assam.,,,. The imposition of the Roman script has on occasion been at gunpoint.

    On August 21, 2000, terrorists of the Church backed National Democratic Front of Bodoland gunned down Shri Bineshwar Brahma, president of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha. His only crime was that he favored the use of Devanagari script for the Bodo language. It is significant that English is an official language in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.


    6) Self Alienation:

    The tribals after conversion to Christianity were urged to abstain from their indigenous festivals because now these festivals and rituals are seen as evil. Hence we see the Christian Khasis of Meghalaya do not take part in the Sad Suk Mynstem festival or the Nongkrem festival. Those converted to Christianity in Arunachal Pradesh have distanced themselves or are made to do so, from festivals like the Solung or Mopin. The Christian Garos remain cut off from the Wangla festival dance. This phenomenon continues throughout the tribal populations. They remain aloof from their traditional dances, chose western names for their children, start wearing western clothes, sing western music and so on. This then causes major rifts within the community, and a breakdown of traditional values. (It is part of the colonial “Divide and Conquer” doctrine which worked so well to “keep the natives in their place” and make them incapable of ruling themselves in post colonial times.)


    7) Circumventing Laws:

    Missionary activities were very marginal, or almost nil, until 1962 in Arunachal Pradesh. However, these anti-national and divisive forces, in different names and forms, have been working through various agencies in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. Gradually and stealthily, they gained entry into Arunachal Pradesh with the help of the few local Arunachali students who had studied in Christian Missionary schools in Assam and Meghalaya and got converted there. By 1970, almost 8% of the people along the Assam -Arunachal border had got converted to Christianity. However, they could not very actively engage in proselytizing in Arunachal in a big way due to the Innerline Permit Restrictions on entry for non-Arunachalis imposed by the government. But a sizeable number of simple people of Arunachal had been lured away into Christian fold, in many causes, through material temptations including offer of money, and by threats. The Church has also engaged a number of local people as paid agents to carry on pro-Christian propaganda through various means, fair and foul.

    8) Harassment and Ostracism:

    Many reports have come of how Church congregations use harassment, ostracism and other forms of force to increase their flock. Non-converted portions of a family land into disputes with neo-Christian portions over funeral customs, ownership of land and other matters and this result in clashes between groups which newspapers promptly label as anti-Christian acts, whereas these are often clashes between converted and non-converted tribals.





    9) Extortion:

    The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), a terrorist organization has two main factions. Both the factions are headed by Christians and get financial support from World Council of Churches, a missionary organization. China provides arms and ammunitions to both the factions. The NSCN has its offices in New York, Geneva and Hague which display boards with legend Peoples Republic of Nagaland. It has twice raised its demand for an independent nation in the United Nations. The NSCN has its own government which collects money from the local people. One third of the salaries of the government servants is taken away as Nagaland Tax before disbursement. Most of the banks in Nagaland have closed down because of the huge sums extracted by this outfit. The letterheads and stamps of this unofficial government read Nagaland for Christ.

    Most of the terrorist organizations in the entire region follow this pattern. The Church in the North-East is also known to be associated with smuggling across the borders and circulation of fake currency notes. In December 1998, Bedang Tamjen, a JemiNaga missionary was arrested for making fake currency notes.


    10) Conversion at Gun Point:

    The Baptist Church in Tripura was set up by missionaries from New Zealand 60 years ago .It won only a few thousand converts until 1980 when a mass scale ethnic riot was engineered by the Church in which systematic ethnic cleansing of Hindu and Buddhist tribals was initiated. Thousands of women were raped and kidnapped and forced to convert to Christianity.

    The terrorists receive military aid from extremist Christian groups in Australia and New Zealand. They also have ongoing exchanges with Islamic terrorist and ISI who push in arms from the Bangladeshi border.

    In Tripura, the tribals constitute 30 percent of the State population, and 10 percent of this group had been converted to Christianity by 1991. These Christianized tribals are trying to convert the Hindu tribals forcibly to Christianity often getting the help of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), a Christian terror group founded in December 1989. About 90 percent of the top ranking NLFT cadres are Christians. NLFT has further links with the Inter Services Intelligences Agency (ISI), Pakistan�s external intelligence agency and its counter part in Bangladesh, the Directorate General of Field Intelligence (DGFI).
    During 1997-98, NLFT leaders are reported to have visited Pakistan to receive training and arms from the ISI. The ISI had allegedly arranged the passport and visas for the NLFT leaders. According to Tripura Police, the NLFT has also linkages with the Nagaland-based National Socialist Council of Nagaland- Isak�Muivah (NSCN-IM), the Manipur based Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which is active in Assam. Since its inception the NLFT has been engaged in an armed struggle to carve out a separate Christian nation Tripura. The forcible conversions are accompanied by murders of Hindu priests in the area, forcible bans on Hindu festivities, abductions and killings.

    The backing of the Baptist church right from the beginning has enabled this organization to spread its base. Due to its terrorist activities, the organization was banned by the government in 1997 but it continued its operations from across the Bangladesh border. The priests of the Baptist church supply arms and ammunitions to these terrorist rebels.

    Nagmanlal Halam, the secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura was arrested by CRPF in April 2000 on charges of aiding insurgents and possessing a large quantity of explosives including 60 gelatin sticks, 5Kg of potassium, 2Kg of sulfur and other ingredients for making powerful bombs. Two junior members of the same church, who had been arrested earlier, tipped the police off about the explosives which were meant for terrorist organization like the NLFT. Mr. Halam confessed to buying and supplying explosives to the NLFT.

    Another church official, Jatna Koloi, who was also arrested, admitted that he received training in guerrilla warfare at an NLFT base (8). It is now apparent that the pattern of forced conversions at gunpoint are irrefutably linked to the Baptist Church in Tripura. The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura�s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control.

    For decades Tripuras indigenous tribal population has been dragged out of their homes and forced to convert to Christianity under threat of violence. Whenever any of the tribals organize Hindu festivals or rituals, the terrorist groups attack to desecrate and kill the participants. There have been incidents of issuing a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Pooja and Saraswati Pooja. The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura. The hill tribe Jamatiya worship in the month of March their traditional god Gadiya, who is supposed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The terrorists have issued an order that the Gadiya be prayed on the Christmas day instead.

    Hundreds of the RSS volunteers were attacked, threatened and blackmailed. Several of them were murdered and a number of them were kidnapped and held hostage by the Christian terrorists.

    In August 2000, Swami Shantikali Maharaj, the famous Hindu sage known for his social services was killed by the terrorists. In December 2000, Lavkumar Jamatiya, the priest of the Jamatiya tribe was killed, two Hindu temples and one Buddhist temple were destroyed and order was issued to end all non Christian methods of praying.

    In the year 2001, there were 826 terrorist attacks in Tripura in which 405 persons were killed and 481 cases of kidnapping by the rebels. The case of Jamatiya tribals provides a telling example. These tribals have strong spiritual leaders and a network of social service organizations headed by their religious leaders. These indigenous sects are neither exclusive nor expansionist. The Baptist Church has always failed miserably in its conversion efforts with regard to this well-knit community.

    Hence, it is no wonder that the NLFT has made Jamatiya institutions and their religious leaders the targets of their attacks. In the August of 2000, religious leaders of the Jamatiya community like Jaulushmoni Jamatiya and Shanit Kumar Tripura were killed by the NLFT, and Jamatiya families were uprooted from their homelands and made refugees. The death threats issued by the NLFT to the inmates of these institutions have already forced the closure of 11 Jamatiya institutions like schools and orphanages, set up by the slain religious leaders in various parts of Tripura.

    Shorn of its mask of love and compassion, the true color of Christianity is evident in all its nakedness in the North East. Fortunately, the tribals are realizing that their Christianization has led to loss of identity and self-alienation. They are slowly reviving their ancient traditions and customs. Our tribal brethren need our active support to overthrow the yoke of Christianity. Are we going to respond to their call?






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    Namaste Devi: Detailed post. Thanks for once again bringing the problem to light. India's secular government seems to discriminate against Hindus. I wish they'd really get out of controlling temple monies. Either that or take over the control of the mosques and churches too. I read today that of the top 20 "Aid" agencies in India, 8 were Christian, and none were Hindu. Of course the researchers wouldn't be able to track some of the smaller scale aid done locally by local Hindu groups. This was international aid.
    However there was a mass reconversion back to Hinduism of some tribals recently. The trick is to get them before its too late. Not more than a few years. And of course to be there right beside the Christians. But you're right, it would be simplest just to ban prosyletizing altogether. Aum Namasivaya

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    Namaste Devi and EM,

    The Orissa Freedom of Religion Act of 1967, the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Svatantraya Adhiniyam of 1968, the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act of 1978, and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Ordinance of 2002, all prohibit conversion from one religious faith to any other by the use of force or inducement or by fraudulent means or matters connected therewith. Forced conversion is a cognizable offence under sections 295 A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, which stipulates that malice and deliberate intention to hurt the sentiments of others is a penal offence punishable by varying durations of imprisonment and fines.

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    Namaste Everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by sarabhanga View Post
    The Orissa Freedom of Religion Act of 1967, the Madhya Pradesh Dharma Svatantraya Adhiniyam of 1968, the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act of 1978, and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Ordinance of 2002, all prohibit conversion from one religious faith to any other by the use of force or inducement or by fraudulent means or matters connected therewith. Forced conversion is a cognizable offence under sections 295 A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, which stipulates that malice and deliberate intention to hurt the sentiments of others is a penal offence punishable by varying durations of imprisonment and fines.
    The Tamilnadu anti conversion ordinance has since been relegated to the shelf by the DMK government that assumed office after defeat of the Jayalalitha's party in the last Assembly elections. Even during the last months of her career, Chrisitian religious VIPs brought pressure on her to withdraw the ordinance. In Arunachala Pradesh and other NE Indian states, the Christian missionaries are hyperactive and there are reports that Hindus have become minority in some areas and that they are not allowed to celebrate their festivals in public. There were even incidents of Christian terrorism against the Hindus. In Tamilnadu, Muslims have become the majority in some villages resulting in murder of Hindu activists. The secular goverment in the state and center, however, has turned a blind eye to the entire scenario and continues to be anti-Hindu in its own, nowdays-not-so-subtle ways.

    Last week in Orissa, VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, who was injured in an attack in Kandhmal district, which led to large scale violence and arson in the district, on Tuesday night alleged that a senior Congress leader was behind the attack on him.

    Eighty-year-old Saraswati, who led an anti-conversion movement was shifted to the SCB Medical College Hospital at Cuttack from Darinigibadi government hospital, told reporters that a group of villagers launched an attack on him yesterday at the instruction of the Congress leader. "They attacked to eliminate me," he said adding this was for the seventh time that they failed to kill him. Saraswati, who is a member of the VHP's 'margadarshak mandali', was attacked by a group of villagers while he was on the way to Brahmanigaom yesterday.

    Hindu tribals in the Kandhmal district of Orissa have joined hands with the VHP in repelling Christian religious conversion atrocities and in the clashes that followed between the Hindus and Christians there, some small churches were torched. The secular media as usual blared that the VHP torched churches, without publishing the details of the reasons behind the act. The New Indian Express, however, wrote an editorial that asked the Orissa government to 'go tough' on induced conversions, and find a lasting solution to the tribal-Christian problems.

    In another incident, the Website http://www.cafepress.com/ has insulted the Hindu religious sentiments by publishing pictures of Lord Jagannath, Sri Krishna and Ganesha on teashirts and inner garments. After the priests of the Puri Jagannath temple staged a 'dharna', the Orissa government has asked the US embassy to take up the matter with the Website and the police have registered a case.

    Under the proxy rule of the Italian Catholic and Vatican-instructed Sonia Maino, who is striving to groom her useless son Raul (aka Rahul) and force him on the Indian people, Hindus are having a tough time as never before. However, the BJP's turnaround in the recent Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, and the prospect that Advani will take over as PM if BJP wins the next parliament elections in 2009, give some hopes and a silver lining.

    For a factual analysis of the Orissa violence check:
    http://offstumped.nationalinterest.i...t-communalism/
    http://www.kanchiforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1998 (posts dated 29th Dec 2007)
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    Namaste Saidevo,

    and thank-you for the update on the situation in Orissa and elsewhere. It is what I was looking for. All of the other accounts I have read are biased towards the missionaries. The destruction of societies and cultures caused by Christian zealots over the centuries is tragic.

    The Romans first used conversion as an imperial tool before the fall of their empire. This was quickly followed by the Holy Roman Empire in Europe, and then of course, the Crusades, (which were eventually unsuccessful but which US and others would like to revive) the Inquisition, and other similar campaigns.

    The destruction of societies and cultures through Christian conversion was the single most powerful weapon in maintaining the great colonial empires. This has resulted in a breakdown of family life, chaos and anarchy, which the colonialists required to maintain control over the indigeneous population, particularly in Africa.

    Historically, for the most part, India and Hindus have faired reasonably well under the unslaught of these "peaceful" missionaries. Sanatan Dharm has protected its devotees. Take for exmple, the case of Guyana, a colony that was first populated by Black slaves, and then by Indian indentured servants. If you look at the cultural conditions of each of these groups, you will see that the Hindus (who have maintained Sanatan Dharma) by and large have managed to maintain their culture, their traditions and family values and have prospered. Whereas, the Blacks, who were converted to Christianity, have had a general breakdown of their family structures and now have, for the most part, a chaotic and impoverished existence.

    Christian missionaries have become more sophisticated in their methods in recent times, and so the danger of has become greater.

    In all cases of conversions, the converted, who were promised by implication that they would become part of the Christian society, have been marginalised and subjugated, and continue to be regarded paternalistically as second class citizens.








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    Namaste: Here's deception, another example. I was reading my local paper about the World Bible Translation Center. From their leader.."In India, the center's translation is not called the Bible. Instead it's titled "The God Who Loves the World' "The words, "Bible' and "New Testament" mean nothing to them, but the concept of a loving God is very striking. They don't know a God who loves. To them, God is one to fear. So a love of God is a very attractive notion for them."

    What utter nonsense. Love is all over Hinduism, even equated with God. I'll be checking out their website right away here, see if there is a feedback section. I'll recommend they read a copy of "Loving Ganesha" etc. But this is just another deceptive tactic. I remember for awhile here the ISKCON people were being deceptive. I met some all dressed in suits, looking like Mormon missionaries, asking for donations to feed the poor internationally. I told them as a Hindu, I much preferred them in robes, and that I wouldn't be giving a donation, based entirely on the deceptive part. Bede Griffiths was another great example, dressed in Swami gear, etc. The attempts at conversions are downright insiduously violent.

    Aum Namasivaya

    Here's the copy of the email I sent them.

    Please forward this to Ervin Bishop:
    Mr. Bishop: I am quoting from the article written by Mark Agee for Mclatchy Newspapers, and reprinted elsewhere. This is what he quoted you as having said. "In India, the center's translation is not called the Bible. Instead, it is titled "The God Who Loves the World. The words, "Bible", and "New Testament" mean nothing to them, but the concept of a loving God is very striking. They don't know a God who loves. To them, God is one to fear. So a God of love is a very attractive notion to them."
    Obviously, you know little of Hinduism. Love is a common theme throughout Hindu scripture, and within Hindu society. Even the late Reverend Pope's translation of an ancient Tamil scripture called Tiruvacagam was subtitled "Love of God according to Saiva Siddhanta". Recently, Himalayan Academy published a book called "Loving Ganesha". These are just two short and simple examples. I would strongly encourage you to do more reading about Hinduism before making such statements as I italicized above. God is certainly not one to fear. Perhaps that is true of Islam, but certainly not of Hinduism.

    Regards, and in love. Aum Namasivaya
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    Namaste Devi Sarada.

    Quote Originally Posted by devisarada View Post
    In all cases of conversions, the converted, who were promised by implication that they would become part of the Christian society, have been marginalised and subjugated, and continue to be regarded paternalistically as second class citizens.
    You have hit the nail on the head. The converted can't become the Pope, or a major religious leader, just like a negro or a non-American cannot become the US President. The height of hypocrisy in India is that the missionaries treat the Hindu converted on the lines of their original castes such as the Christian Naidu, Christian Nadar, Christian dalit etc. and in the process not only marginalize them but want Government quotas for them! Elsewhere in HDF you might have read about the deceitful tactics of no less than a personality like Mother Teresa.

    I am glad to read your narration about how the Hindus were protected by Sanata Dharma in Guyana. Here is a list of some valuable books on the Christian missionary problem in India and what she must do to protect her dharma:

    1. History of Hindu-Christian Encounters by Sita Ram Goel
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/hhce/

    2. A complete statistical analysis of the concept of conversion with exact figures
    http://www.esnips.com/doc/a0fee134-6...4a/conversions (192 KB)

    3. The Ferengi's Columns (François Gautier)
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/tfc/index.htm

    4. Hindu Society Under Siege by Sita Ram Goel
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/hsus/

    5. Holy Vedas and Holy Bibles : A Comparative Study by Kanayalal M. Talreja
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/hvhb/

    6. Nationalism And Distortions In Indian History by Dr. N.S. Rajaram
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/dist/

    7. Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate by Koenraad Elst
    http://www.bharatvani.org/books/ait/

    I have read the first book in full and glanced through the others. I wish somebody take the initiative to drum it all up to the grassroots Hindu level who form the gullible majority of voters who decide the fate of political parties in the elections.

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    Source: Hindu Press Interational, Dec. 27, 2007 Issue
    Christian Institutions Top List of NGOs Operating in India in 2007
    mha.gov.in
    NEW DELHI, INDIA, December 27, 2007 (HPI note): Each year, the Government of India's Ministry of Home Affairs releases a report (URL above) entitled, "Receipt of Foreign Contributions by Voluntary Associations." Most of the donations go toward relief work, rural development, medicine and education. "Maintenance of priests/preachers/other religious functionaries" is 15th on the list of purposes, receiving $21 million dollars of all foreign funding. Of the fifteen top donor agencies given in a chart on page 20, eight are Christian, seven are secular and none are Hindu:

    Name and Country Dollars remitted to India
    Gospel Fellowship Trust India, USA -- $60,305,263
    Gospel for Asia, USA -- $36,100,000
    Plan International, UK -- $29,257,895
    Foundation Vicent E Ferrer, Alicante, Spain -- $27,428,947
    Christian Aid, UK -- $21,094,737
    Miseror Mozartstrasse, Germany -- $20,457,895
    Foundacion Vicente Ferrer, Madrid, Spain -- $2 0,118,421
    Oxfam, UK -- $19,721,053
    NOVIB, Netharlands -- $19,321,053
    Deptt for International Devpt (DFID), UK -- $15,723,684
    Kindemothilfe, Germany -- $14,318,421
    Save the Children Fund, UK -- $13,594,737
    Manos Unidas, Spain -- $13,050,000
    Missio, Germany -- $12,900,000
    Population Service International USA -- $12,826,316
    Total funds sent to India: -- $336,218,421


    The following is a brief description of each organization:

    Gospel Fellowship Trust India, USA, $57 million,
    here. The URL says that, "Gospel Missions of India (GMI) is an IRS approved non-profit, tax exempt, religious organization based in Michigan, USA to support Christian workers and ministries in India associated with the Brethren assemblies. GMI is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and Christian Ministries Management Association, both of which stand for fina ncial integrity and public accountability. GMI stays abreast of the work of the missionaries and ministries in India to ensure that gifts are faithfully invested for the Lord's work."

    Gospel for Asia, $34 million,
    here, Gospel for Asia is a Texas-based Christian missionary organization whose, "Focus and goal as a ministry is to reach the 2.7 billion people in the 10/40 window who have never heard about the love of God. In India alone, there are over 500,000 villages with no Gospel witness."

    Plan International, UK, $28 million,
    here, The URL explains, "Plan is a child-centred community development organization with no religious and political affiliations, enabling families and communities in the poorest countries to make lasting improvements to the lives of their children. Plan's work is made possible because more than a million people across the world support us through sponsoring children. In doing so they benefit many other children, and entire communities. Plan's also supported by the UK Government's Department of International Development, the European Union and partners and governments worldwide."

    Foundation Vicent E. Ferrer Alicante and Madrid Spain - $26 million and $19 million (the organization occurs twice in the contribution list),
    here - Until 1970 Vicente Ferrer was a Jesuit missionary associated with the Society of Jesus. In 1996, the Foundation was created in Spain to promote economic development in rural India by organizing small cooperatives to dig wells, form seed banks and irrigate small plots as well as building community hospitals and schools. The foundation is viewed as a cooperative between a sponsoring Spanish family and a corresponding family in India.

    Christian Aid, UK, $20 million,
    here, This organization was formed after World War II by British and Irish Church leaders to help European refugees. In the 1950's Christian Aid began responding to emergencies in Africa and Asia and in the 1980's Christian Aid received government funding. In the 1990's Christian Aid "Became one of the first aid agencies to highlight 'unsexy' and complex global economic issues. Our celebrated Banking on the Poor campaign alerted people to the need to cancel Third World debt, while the culpability of the World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund was exposed in our 'Who Runs the World' campaign. We were not afraid to confront governments and challenge the rules of the day that said charities should be apolitical. This resolve helped change government trade policy and establish the Fairtrade Foundation - our campaigning works Christian Aid was also quick to respond to humanitarian crises in Rwanda, the Middle East and, at the end of the d ecade, working across ethnic and religious divides in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo."

    Miseror Mozartstrasse, Germany, $19 million,
    here, Miseror is affiliated with the Catholic Church in Germany. The organization has mandated to, "Fight the causes of hardship and misery as manifested chiefly in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the forms of hunger, disease, poverty and other forms of human suffering thus enabling the people affected to lead a life of human dignity and to promote justice, freedom, reconciliation and peace in the world."

    Oxfam, UK, $19 million,
    here, Oxfam UK is an affiliate of Oxfam International. Oxfam International is described as a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam UK is known for specializing in crisis aid such as clean drinking water and tents.

    Novib, Netherlands, $18 million,
    here, The URL says, "Oxfam Novib is and will remain an independent organization, rooted in the Netherlands. Twelve independent Oxfams are collaborating, dedicating their efforts to the five basic rights of people throughout the world: the right to an honest income, to drinking water, to healthcare and education, to safety and to one's own opinion, for women and minorities too. Cooperation takes place in development projects, emergency aid and campaigns that bring a just world without poverty closer.

    Deptt for International Devpt (DFID), UK, $15 million,
    here, Represented by both the Cabinet and the House of Commons, the 1997 White Pater on International Development describes the focus of DFIB as, "A commitment to the Millennium Development goals. Much of this involves direct poverty reduction work, through our development activities, and work with multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union."

    Kindemothilfe, Germany, $14 million, Kindemothilfe was founded in 1992 and encourages monthly sponsorship of a needy child in a third world country. The sponsorship of 60 marks a month is transferred to the native churches and Christian organizations of third world countries and from there a welfare organization called the 'child help in need' coordinates the cash dispensing for meals, clothes, and medicine.

    Save the Children Fund, UK, $13 million,
    here, This humanitarian organization was founded by two sisters at the beginning of the 20th century to assist starving children in Berlin and Vienna. Under the initial leadership of Eglantyne Jebb the ideals spread worldwide and inspired the present UN Convention on the rights of the child.

    Manos Unidas, Spain, $12 million,
    here, Manos Unidas, "Is a Catholic development organization which fights against poverty, hunger, malnutrition, lack of education and underdevelopment as well as against their causes: injustice, unequal share of goods and opportunities between people and countries, ignorance, prejudice and lack of solidarity. The purpose of its work is to contribute to the full development of the countries of the South, to take an active role in the fight against famine and inequality and to support those countries in their process of liberation from poverty and dependency."

    Missio, Germany, $12 million,
    here, Missio is the German Catholic Bishops' Agency for International Mission Work and has been known to campaign against sex tourism and child abuse. The main site is in German.

    Population Service International, USA, $12 million,
    here, The URL says that, "PSI is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that harnesses the vitality of the private sector to address the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 60 developing countries. With programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV, PSI promotes products, services and healthy behavior that enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives. Products and services are sold at subsidized prices rather than given away in order to motivate commercial sector involvement. PSI is the leading nonprofit social marketing organization in the world."
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    Re: Hindu-Christian Conflict in India

    Namaskar,
    It is said that India has "all" the laws one can think of, yet, who follows them and how they are implemented is a discussion for another time and place...

    Hinduism is minority in india with hindu tax monies used to sponsor all types of christian propanganda and muslim haz, gov't controlling hindu temples. What nonsense.
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    When will India give birth to another Sita Ram Goel?

    All I see on TV is the new generation singing and dancing competing in 'indian idol' shows...and worst of all their parents encouraging this!
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