Dr. Stephen Gill
nationalists, particularly the members of their ideological parent, the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (the RSS), are the Nazis of India. This label has
been given to them by minorities as well as by several opposition parties,
including the communist party of
These Hindu nationalists have attacked
Christians as well as Christianity from every possible angle, advocating a
national Church for
has conveniently over sighted the laws of
On the other
hand, the movement for the freedom of
the slogan for Indianizing the church, the Hindu nationalists should turn the
pages of history. They will be surprised that the words Hindu and
also conveniently forgot that
head of the RSS, an outfit of the Hindu nationalists, is violating Article 18
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the
General Assembly of the United Nations and accepted by
First of all,
the number of foreign missionaries in
The call for an Indianized church is vicious like other statements against a weak segment of the population, less then 3%, who cannot afford to have even a single daily national newspaper, whose population has decreased as per the government census, and who are proud of their Indian culture and want to live peacefully among the Hindus who are 80% of the population as well as with others. The call is vicious because it is to bring the church under the control of the government of the Hindu nationalists who will control everything, including finances, appointments and beliefs of the church. The presence of Home Minister L.K. Advani on the last day of the RSS rally confirms the worst fears of the Christians, particularly when he and Prime Minister Vajpayee are the members of this outfit.
The demand by the leader of the Hindu nationalists was criticized by churches as well as by the leaders of the opposition parties as an attack on the freedom of religion. "While Congress MP Arjun Singh was particularly acrid, Amar Sing, general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, made a simple point: To suspect anybody's patriotism and interfere in matters of faith is disgusting and intolerable."3
Telugu Desam's Yerran Naidu was more forthright in his disapproval. JD (U) spokesman Mohan Prakash said:
"The followers of a particular religion will decide how they want to run their institutions and it is nobody's business. To say that the followers of a particular religion are anti‑national is totally unacceptable. Anti‑national elements have no religion and can be found anywhere. It is absolutely wrong to say that missionaries are funding anti‑national activities. By saying this, they are negating all the good work that missionaries have done for the people. There are unlawful elements in all religions, even in Hindu religion. There are laws to deal with them. It is wrong to blame the entire community."
encouraging that among Hindus, there is no shortage of persons who give fair
credit to Christian institutions for producing skilled doctors, scientists,
lawyers, judges, and diplomats who administered the nation after the British
left in 1947 and are still administering for the betterment of the country.
nationalists call the British regime in
regime was however a blessing in disguise in some areas. It brought a political
What the Hindu nationalists advocate is carried out generally under totalitarian regimes. M.S. Golwalker, a founder of the Hindu nationalist movement, was an admirer of Hitler. The text books in schools where the BJP is in power, admire Nazism even today. Like Hitler, the nationalists also urge Hindus to be militant and proud of their Aryan heritage. They want to remove inferiority complex from the minds of the Aryan Hindus by making minorities, particularly Christians, their scapegoat.
of Hitler were the Jews in
Muslims are the proverbial enemies of the Hindus, they are ignored at present
for obvious reasons. Their number is much more than they are in
Another minority, slightly less than Christians, are the Sikhs. They are considered martial people, ready to defend the defenceless. They have retaliated fiercely in the past, shaking the fabric of peace and politics of the country.
Muslims and the Sikhs, Christians are most vulnerable section of the Indian
society. They are poor, scattered all over the country, do not believe in
retaliation, and are divided into denominations. Unlike the Arab nations who
protect the Muslims in
This situation has given a free hand to Hindu nationalists to malign the church with every imaginable weapon. They tried even to remove churches from the list of places of worship on the ground that wine is served in those places. They also tried to sue an evangelical group because its members invited the sick for divine healing through prayer. To collect more funds to finance their tirades, they circulate misinformation. They propagate that missionaries are involved through schools and hospitals in converting Hindus, although strict laws and a climate of hatred have made conversion almost impossible. These laws against conversion are being made stricter in some parts of the country. No missionary has been brought to court for breaking these laws.
This propaganda of untruth to produce hatred has sown the seeds of self-destruction. By burning doctors like Mr. Staines and his two young children; by killing the evangelists; destroying copies of the Bible; by mocking at Jesus; terrorizing minorities; idolizing Hitler; suggesting an Indianized church and removing churches from the places of worship; and gang raping the nuns, the Hindu nationalists grow the dragons of violence which are sure to push the nation to the situation that pervaded before the British rule in India. And that day is within a handful of years, unless the Hindu nationalists give up following the path of Nazis.
Golwalker, a co-founder of the RSS, admired Hitler when the Nazis were in
power. Golwalker also said that Muslims and Christians are outsiders. They will
be allowed to live in
K.S. Sudershan's statement shakes the
foundations of unity in the already shaken
Nehru, the first prime minister of
whom the Hindu nationalists have and are still adore, did not have good
opinions about Indians. Golwalker and other Hindu nationalists supported Hitler
for reviving the glory of the Aryans. Hindu nationalists even presented Hitler
as an avtar (reincarnation) of Vishu, a Hindu god. These illusions never pleased Hitler. In his
biography, Hitler has slapped such Indians with the words like "Asian
jugglers". He wanted
Although the world has changed, the nationalists have the same ideology that Savarkar and Golwalker had. The minorities and the opposition parties are aware of their hidden agenda that is to legalize persecution as the Nazis did. Under a climate of hatred they are trying to have a clear majority of the Hindu nationalist elements in the parliament. The history of the last seventy years or so confirms that they are successful to a great extent in using the strategy of misinformation and hatred to gain power. In 1984, they had two seats. In March 1998, they formed their own government with the help of twenty political parties. They fought another election and were able to form their own government in 1999, again with several alliances. They are able to form governments also in some provinces. They do not want to give up their government, although it is a motley of several groups of opposite beliefs. If the trend continues, and it will because of the food of misinformation that they dole out to the majority which can hardly read and write and are poor, the nationalists will be able to form their own government with their own numbers to have the power to legalize the violation of human rights, including the formation of an Indianized church, banning of conversion, mission schools, and encouraging the tradition of sati. They are sure to restrict foreign funds to anyone, except to the Hindu nationalist institutions.
Hitler pushed his agenda of hatred gradually in practice. The minority thought of those signs after the persecution started in full scale. Likewise, there is every sign of what is likely to happen when these nationalists would come to power. It is a fear which will be no longer imaginary within a handful of years.
propaganda or agenda, Hitler depended heavily on the donations from abroad. To
receive those donations, Hitler manufactured imaginary tigers of fear. Hindu
nationalists follow the same path to receive donations from the Hindus settled
abroad. All India Christian Council denounced the RSS on the 19th of October
for holding its claim of monopoly on patriotism. It also added that the coffers of the RSS and
its affiliates are filled with foreign currency that comes mainly from their
financial base in the United States.4 Due to this money from abroad, the Hindu
religion is prosperous in
It is in the
interest of peace and progress as well as in the interest of the Hindu
nationalists to stop looking to totalitarian regimes for a model, because
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