Sunday, February 24, 2008

The battle for the Hindu mind

Evangelical Carpet bombing Although Hindus constitute 85 percent of population, it is the mullah, padre, comrade, corporate brigade which has a free run in India.

The leftists are in control of the media and they are aided by the other three in consonance with Stalin’s idea of a common front. As for academia, it is the Christian missionaries with their large network of educational institutions who are dictating terms. As for the Corporate brigade, their entry into several sectors has raised the shackles of the unorganized business and industries of India. Regarding the Islamic incursions, the less said the better. When the US – with less then one percent of Muslim population – could feel the heat, the Indian situation with Arab petro-dollars is not difficult to imagine. It is as if all the four are ticking time bombs – waiting to explode.
There are several dimensions to the war. While jehad and Communist violence (Naxalites) are downright physical, the Corporate-evangelical war is more or less cultural or financial.
It is a culture war, a paradigm conflict. It is a political invasion from within. It is a bloodless war for the minds, hearts, and souls of Hindus. It is being waged with force, foreign fund and deception in television, in the class rooms, in the media and in the political fields. It is a constant and continuing war on the spiritual tradition of India. It is a war for the Hindu mind. It is a war, which is meant to dominate.
The evangelical incursions: Christian missionaries in India enjoyed much support from European Christian colonial masters who controlled the political, economic and educational institutions for centuries, to 1947. With the active support of the European Christian colonialists, missionaries founded churches, large scale political organizations, and educational institution.
Even after independence, political parties handed over to Christians an influential position in India. Leaders of the Church became key advisers and also exercised political, economic, and educational functions as government leaders. The missionaries have created fronts in the press, economic institutions, commercial enterprises, as well as grabbed urban and forestland, established non-governmental organizations, schools, colleges and formed political parties.
Thanks to minority rights, the Hindus could scarcely match the missionaries in education, media and commerce. Political Christianity formed a special clique, finding their ideal in real estate, education, health industry, media, plantation and commerce. Their ulterior motive was that Christians should be strategically placed in policy decision bodies.
Political Christianity in India is naturally averse to Hindu consolidation and likes to divide Hindu society for practical purposes. That is why these missionaries support caste based organizations and regional political parties. Then Hindus would continue their class division and the Church would accomplish their goal. Christians make it a point to dismiss Hindu spiritual and cultural traditions. The Church had a clear mission to liberate Hindus from their cultural roots and enslave them with rigid, closed, divisive and linear Christian dogma.
Missionaries with the closed, rigid and uncompromising dogma are obsessed with the idea of converting Hindus who believe in pluralism, tolerance and the all inclusive Vedic philosophy. Spiritual vedic thought has always posed a serious challenge and dilemma for the Christian Church. For centuries, unable to challenge the broader and systemic Hindu philosophy, Christian missionaries have resorted to deceptive mind manipulation strategies to trap and convert Hindus.Political parties and secular leaders allowed Christians not only to influence government policies, but also tolerated their attack on Hindu spiritual practices. This political patronage enabled Christians to exercise an influential anti Hindu role in public life and in government.
The power of the Church in India is enormous. Massive inflow of foreign fund helped the Church to influence the media, own large tracts of urban and forestland, control political parties, as well as own commercial and educational institutions. Their explicit purpose, among other things, is to stop Hindu consolidation and get them to fight on caste lines. In order to solidify their growing hegemony, Christians have made alliance with the Congress party, the Marxists, and regional parties as well as with parochial organizations.The explosive effect of this unholy alliance can be gauged by the emergence of Christian power in central and several state governments. Control of educational institutions, trade, plantation and real estate brought wealth to Christians in ways Christians had never known. All the while, Christian organizations received massive amounts from abroad for conversion activities.Christian conquests are more and more commercial and less spiritual. Well-established business, trade and commerce proved better, more wealth producing mode of occupation than spirituality. Concurrent with commercial success, the Church with the help of foreign fund elevated the role of political interference with absolute control of government in many states. Political influence of Christians in India marked the modern scene to an extent unknown before.
Deceptive practices: One of the more alarming trends in India in recent years is the growing number of evangelical Christian organizations. This growth has been accompanied by an astonishing increase in Christian missionary activities, which target Hindus for conversion. Well over 3,000 missionary groups spend over a billion dollar each year for conversion work in India. Evangelical Christian groups sponsor hundreds of full-time missionaries. They also sponsor television and radio programs. Missionaries have sponsored thousands of non-governmental organizations for overt and covert activities for furthering Christian causes. These evangelical Christians use deceptive tactics to attract secular Hindus, journalists, academicians and westernized intellectuals. Evangelical missionary groups use Hindu names for their organizations to attract and trap innocent Hindus. They frequently misquote, mistranslate and misrepresent Hindu scripture and texts in order to use it as a bait and switch game.
Evangelical missionaries are specially trained in human psycology. They know well how to conceal, camouflage, and distort reality. They use sophisticated psycho programming for softening people up for the kill. Like most power plays, softening people up for the kill is dangerous. It is not transparent enough for Hindus to see through and choose to stay out.
Missionary Agenda through other means: Evangelical Christian organizations advertise under the garb of Human Rights, dalit organizations, solidarity movements of the oppressed, Environmental Protection groups and social service agencies. Their goal is to mislead Hindus, to fabricate false reality, erase memory, and soften them for "thought implant". Pamphleteering and misleading advertisement of evangelist Christians are on the increase. There is an upsurge in Christian pamphlets being distributed at Hindu festivals, temples and sacred places of pilgrimage. Missionary groups aggressively distribute Christian publications to denigrate Hindu deities at Sabarimala, Thirupathi, Guruvayoor, Ujjain, Benares, Palani, Uduppi, and Sivagiri where Hindus congregate in large numbers.In addition, missionary groups employ scare tactics, intimidation and violence to discourage and prevent Hindus from organizing protest against deceptive conversion tactics. Evangelical missionary groups engage in a variety of relatively benign deceptions intent to leave secular Hindus with a more positive impression on them. The real purpose for engaging in hidden agenda power plays is conversion of innocent Hindus. Hidden agendas, psycho programming and mind manipulation techniques are used to entice unsuspecting Hindus. Beneath the polished exterior of Christian educational institutions lies a burgeoning political and cultural war machine that strikes at the traditional spiritual values of India.
The Evangelical Carpet bombing : Most of these NGOs display signs of "messiah madness" and manifest a great sense of urgency to convert as many Hindus as possible for creating a Christian vote bank. Recent Christian violence in Orissa, Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are perfect example of the deceptive practices used by evangelical proselytizing groups. There are at least 500 Christian proselytizing organizations that operate with foreign fund in Orissa and Bihar alone, which are actively targeting Hindus for conversion. Recently deceptive and aggressive conversion efforts have led to escalating tension throughout Bihar.
Putting an end to conversion activities: Conversion is an attack on the basic dignity of human beings. The Missionaries use the desperation of the masses to lure them into their faith. This fact goes unrepresented in the Indian media, which seems to receive the Christian largesse.
There has been an ominously deafening silence from secular political leadership at all levels. This silence itself is complicit in creating a favorable atmosphere for Christian conversion groups. Phony secular leaders engage in ineffective maneuvers to maintain the status quo and avoid unpleasant thoughts because reporting on deceptive missionary conversion practices only makes matters worse
A REPEAT OF EUROPE: Hindus must exercise constant vigilance and educate the masses about the true nature of the hidden agendas of Christian groups and foreign funded NGOs. The value of free speech and the basic right to free expression is not absolute under the Indian constitution. Hindus have the right to oppose Christian hate speech and deceptive practices that may be deemed offensive. Awareness, education and assertive protest seem to be the best way of confronting conversion. In a way, the Hindu society faces the same problem, which Europe faced in the 18th century. The Europeans rejected the Church during the renaissance and chose progress. Even the founding fathers of the US Constitution were aware of this problem. Thomas Jefferson had chosen to create riders that kept the missionaries at bay. The Hindus should do likewise – reject Christianity and choose progress while retaining the best of Hindu spiritual traditions.

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