Last modified on Aug 12, 2001
Few days back Bajrang Dal had attacked a Christian priest in Thane (near to Mumbai). We need to condemn this, but at the same time be happy that they did not follow the example of NLFT of kidnapping and then killing the RSS members in Tripura.
NLFT is funded by Christian missionaries to convert the tribal people in
Tripura to Christianity, by spreading terrorism. NSCN in
the Indian state of Nagaland is doing the same.
The All-India Christian Council has asked Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee -to rein in the vigilantes of the Sangh Parivar who have taken the law into their own hands and have attacked Christian religious persons at several places.
Cardinal Ivan Dias, the Catholic Archbishop
of Bombay, condemned the attack on the priest as "senseless and barbaric".
If just few injuries is "senseless and barbaric" then killing of
RSS members by NLFT, must be called the height of senselessness
and barbarism. What about the killings in the whole of North-East
India. Tribal Hindus are killed (and not just injured) on almost daily
if they refuse to get converted to Christianity?
In a statement issued by Council president Joseph D’Souza and secretary-general John Dayal said, "The Council has also written to the National Human Rights Commission to take cognisance of the activities of the vigilante groups in several States, and in particular in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who had been threatening, coercing and intimidating management of orphanages, church groups and evangelists in recent weeks.’’
Why did not the same Council spoke about human rights when the RSS members were killed in Tripura OR the Manipuris and other non-naga people are killed by NSCN in Nagaland?
Catholic schools and colleges in the city of Mumbai and Thane will be closed on August 13 to protest against attack on Father Oscar Mendonca of St John Baptish Church. Church seems to mix the Religion and Education. Is Church saying that attack on Christians is bad and attack on Hindus is not bad because Hindus refuse to convert to their religion? Are all the students in the schools attached to Churches are having Christian students? It seems that Church which has gone the Madarsa way in North-East India is trying to do a repeat in other parts of India too. These are dangerous trends. This way the religious fanaticism will grow.
The Bajrang Dal attack was a reaction and not an action, which still needs to be condemned. Every action has equal (or less in case of peace loving Hindus) and opposite reaction. Hence good action like building of Hospitals, Orphanages, Schools needs to be encouraged but bad actions like alluring and forcibly converting people to certain religion needs to be condemned. If bad action dies bad reaction will also die.
Any sort of Religious fanaticism needs to be condemned, may it be Bajrang Dal, NLFT, NSCN, Laskar-e-Toiba, Hizbul, SIMI, Lashkar-e-Jabar, NLA, Hamas, PLO etc
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