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Monday, November 25, 2002
Religious Intolerance in India: History is replete with examples of great civilizations which have been destroyed by the misutilization of religion and religious fervour towards political ends.
Time to take notice: The leaders of the RSS and Bajrang Dal make no bones about the fact that they are the defenders of the faith and will do whatever it takes to ensure that the people "keep the faith".
Why I walked to work: I wonder whether the 'Government of India' has any plans to fight the terrorists within its institutional folds or do they feel that they can guard every temple, car or public place from future 'revenge bombers/terrorists'.
The Travesty at Anjediva! Despite pleadings from Church and Heritage groups, one of the oldest Roman Catholic Churches in the East, is set for desecration by the Indian Navy!
The Siddis of India: Mainly sold by Arab traders as slaves to Indian Princes, some bought by Portuguese colonialists and transported from Africa to Goa as slaves, the descendants of these hapless people remain at the very fringes of Indian society.
Afro-Indian Caribbean conflicts: The East Indian people of Guyana were discriminated against during the regime of President Forbes Burnham. However, Afro-Caribbean people claim that Indians routinely discriminate against them. The fact is that West Indians of African as well as East Indian ancestry are prejudiced against each other; their overt togetherness notwithstanding.
Hinduism's Political Resurgence : India has changed fast after Hindu nationalist rage in 1992 led a crowd of Hindu men to demolish a 16th-century mosque in Ayodhya.
India should make the Conversion activities by Christian Missionaries an offence: If a Christian missionary, whilst propagating his own religion, comes to me and calls me a sinner, he is denigrating my own religion and my own belief.
Growing up & Tolerance in a civilized society: The justification of violence because one's religious beliefs are denigrated, cannot be tolerated in a civilized society.
Jesuits in saffron and Sanskrit? Any attempt to pervert it, or to give a wrong rendering of the historical events, will be resisted not only by the Hindus (courtesy Gomantak Times).
Don't cry for us, Pakistani Christians: We can take care of ourselves.
The Catholic Church in a Lurch : A few sick & unscrupulous individuals masquerading as priests, rock the Roman Catholic Church.
Falsely accused Catholic priest cleared of charges : And you wont find much comment about this piece of news!!
A Catholic's view of Hindus : 'Would you prefer a dishonest and hence nominal Christian over an honest Hindu or Muslim or Sikh......and vice-versa?'
Christian Missionary activities: a Hindu Perspective : Right Wing Hindus associate Christianity with the intolerance of science, the killing of women suspected of being witches, the crusades and the of victims in the Goa Inquisition.
A Hindu view of Muslims : India's Prime Minister Vajpayee claims that Muslims don't want to live in harmony.
Indians killing Indians: There will never be an end to Indians killing other Indians as we saw in Gujarat. Not as long as we let ourselves think of such massacres as "old and outdated subjects." Not as long as criminals are passed off as patriots. (courtesy Rediff.com)
Christian Missionaries are like the Mafia:
Christianity has over the years been destructive of the cultural systems
of many countries; it is the most violent doctrine with its holy book,
the bible, is mainly a gospel of hate.
Not opposed to Conversion, only proselytizing:
I have never opposed voluntary conversions or conversions by conviction.
I am opposed to the proselytizing activities being carried out by the
Muslims, not Hindus destroyed Buddhism:
actual decline of Buddhism was largely due to the conquest of India by
the Mohammedans and not due to the intolerance of the Hindu Kings.
Portuguese Hindus commemorate 20 years: Sant Shri Morari Bapu and Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji arrive in Portugal to join in the festivities which mark the 20 years of this community in Portugal.
The place of women in Hindu society - a Sikh perspective : The birth of a female child was a sign of misfortune. So female infanticide came to be practised.
System of India :
The Decline and fall of Buddhism : The reason why Buddhism was destroyed but Brahmanism survived, the massacre by Muslims must be understood.
Religious Extremism : They dig up graveyards of history to show how temples were demolished to make way for mosques. If they dig further, they would find scores of Stupas being demolished to build temples.
The Most Unholy Inquisition:
Terrorists come in various garbs and disguises : Like the VHP!
Viva Timor-Leste! : The brave East Timorese gain Independence but only after 200,000 of its people are killed by fighting, famine and disease that followed Indonesia's 1975 invasion and subsequent occupation.
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