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Now having a central government of their choice, local administrations with RSS are ready to take it on minorities and their activities. The central government can say "we are not doing any thing in that line" or that "we do not approve it". But the atmosphere created by BJP with RSS behind, is enough to give confidence to the anti democratic attitude of the local people to do what they want to do in locally. Still the chorus from those among "the seventy" chosen to be the herald of Christ (cf. Luke 10:1) will be in good standing "Modi model is the best one for India's development".

In Bastar, 50 villages ban non-Hindu missionaries


Villagers of Sirisguda at the Special Gram Sabha to ban the entry of non-Hindu religious missionaries. Photo: Special Arrangement

An aggressive campaign by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had led to a ban on the entry of and propaganda by non-Hindu missionaries, especially Christians, in more than 50 villages of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region in the last six months.

According to Suresh Yadav, Bastar district president of the VHP, over 50 gram panchayats in Bastar have passed orders under Section 129 (G) of the Chhattisgarh Panchayat Raj Act banning all “non-Hindu religious propaganda, prayers and speeches in the villages.”

The Sirisguda gram panchayat in the Tokapal block of Bastar passed the order at a special Gram Sabha organised on May 10.

The order, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, says, “To stop the forced conversion by some outsider religious campaigners and to prevent them from using derogatory language against Hindu deities and customs, the Sirisguda Gram Sabha bans religious activities such as prayers, meetings and propaganda of all non-Hindu religions.”

In Sirisguda, the dispute started when Christian families refused donations for an annual Hindu religious festival.

“They refused donations and used derogatory language against Hindu gods so the Gram Sabha banned them,” claimed Sirisguda sarpanch Jamuna Baghel.

PDS rations denied

In the recent past, some Christians were allegedly attacked in the village and have been denied ration on the orders of the village panchayat.

“It’s been over two months now that we have been denied ration in the village and 10 Christians were attacked when they went to collect ration,” claimed Sonuru Mandavi, whose family converted to Christianity in 2002.

“The villagers came to us with their problems. The VHP only told them about the law. Now that the gram panchayats have passed the orders, it is the responsibility of the district administration to implement it otherwise we will protest. We will also approach the CM and the Governor to get the ban imposed,” asserted Mr. Yadav.

The Chhattisgarh Christian Forum (CCF), however, has alleged that the ban is “illegal and unconstitutional”.

“It is similar to what khap panchayats do. How can you ask us to block our religious activities on the basis of a panchayat Act?” asked Arun Pannalal, CCF president. He said the Constitution guaranteed the freedom of religion to all.

To a question, Bastar Collector Ankit Anand said, “In Bastar, religious conversion is not such a big issue. We will ensure that distribution of ration to the villagers is not interrupted.”


Respected Thirumeni,
How would you like it if the Hindus went around saying that Jesus had secret relationship with Magdalene, if they say that Virgin Mary had an illegitimate son and he became a preacher because of the hardships he suffered? How would you like it if they say that some priest in the Seminary where she was fathered that child and foisted her on the old man, Joseph who was afraid of their religious authority?

Without understanding or giving due respect to the Hindu religion, which has survived for longer than Christianity and which does not abuse Christ, the missionaries try to spread their version of Christianity. Hinduism is closer to Orthodoxy than some Christian groups.

Does the divinity of Jesus depend on our having to badmouth Sree Krishna?
How much do we reflect our religious convictions except for preaching what we do not practice? As Dr. Radhakrishnan said, there are many willing to die for Christ, but few to live for Him.

Why is it that Hindus, including Gandhiji, respect Christ, but despise Christians?
I am with Rumi in my convictions. (Poem, Moses and the Shepherd). It is easy to preach, but difficult to live a life of integrity.

What does God ask of us? Simple things which are difficult to do. Let us first purify our Sabha and then point our finger at Hindus whose tolerance has allowed many religions to grow here . All said and done, this is a Hindu nation, and what if they were like the Muslim nations of Saudi, Pakistan and Syria?

The verse 'in the beginning was the Word...' Is directly from the Vedas. Christianity has borrowed heavily from other religions, hasn't it?

I love my Country and the Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis etc.
I love my God and if all good comes from Him, all the good in these religions are also from Him. He would open doors that need to be opened at the right time.

I apologise if I sound impudent.
You may delete this comment, but it pained me to see your post which would further hatred. Shouldn't we win the Hindus by accepting their right to worship in their own way and provide secular education so that people are empowered to a dignified life? Food, medicine, shelter, education and the rest will follow.

Christianity has challenged the Hindus into an awakening. They must realize that their ill treatment of their less privileged brothers, appropriating knowledge for themselves etc. could not withstand the challenge posed by a Saving Compassionate God who came down to be man.

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. ( William Cowper)

We fools think that we do. But unless He opened the door, even Paul could not preach.

Your humble servant
Susan Eapen
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

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It is important to try to practice what we preach. Otherwise people will make fun of us. It is sad to say that the church feud in Kerala has caused it to loss its testimony of Jesus among the non-christians. Jesus says, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35).