Conversion’ rankles here
Sidharth Mishra | Ranchi
The only concession that the Naxals allowed during Sunday’s bandh call was the Easter congregation in churches, which exist in the Jharkhand countryside in large numbers. From huge crowds outside the Ranchi Club to gatherings around smaller prayer houses in the countryside, the mood is celebratory. The day Jesus came back to life, is also the day of awakening in poll season.
The Congress candidate from Lohardagga, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Rameshwar Oraon, cannot let the opportunity slip by. He ensured that local newspapers here on Sunday carried his statement that local Bishop Cardinal Thelspore Toppo has not extended support to his independent rival Chamra Linda. A statement on Toppo’s letterhead supporting Linda has been doing rounds in the countryside, putting the Congress candidate in a fix.
Today, the Congress survival is totally dependent on support from tribal Christians. Toppo’s certificate to Madhu Koda that he was a gentleman ensured that the Independent-led UPA Government survived for more than a year despite the Congress incharge of the State Ajay Maken crying foul and recommending every fortnight to the party high command that support to the Government be withdrawn.
Toppo, though never directly, often makes it clear where his preferences lie. Or let’s put it this way: He never minces words in his addresses about the harassment of Christians at the hands of RSS cadre, who too are present now in large numbers through organisations like Vikas Bharati and Bharatiya Vanvasi Parishad.
In seeking the blessings of the proselytising missionaries, the Congress has handed over its legacy of fighting conversions to the RSS. This has allowed spread of influence of the Hinduvta forces among non-Christian tribals.
The movement for resisting conversion was started by Congress veteran Kartik Oraon. He even persuaded his party to bring a Bill in Parliament to counter the influence of missionaries by withdrawing benefits of Scheduled Tribes from tribal Christians. But he did not live long. He was a three-term MP and his wife Sumati made it to the LS for two terms. From him, the mantle to counter missionaries fell on Lalit Oraon, who became the first tribal MP from Jharkhand to represent the BJP. Lalit’s victory showed a definite trend in the BJP network shifting to the countryside.
Kartik Oraon was no fundamentalist. Born in a tribal family but possessing extra-ordinary intellect, he completed his Bachelor’s degree from the Patna College of Engineering around the time of Independence. He went to England for higher education and came back with a deep understanding of the Christian interests in Jharkhand. Before his death in 1981, he became the Minister for Aviation and Communications in the Indira Gandhi Cabinet.
Today, Kartik’s legacy has been effectively adopted by the BJP. With abject poverty and lack of appropriate development, the cause of conversion could be as trivial — by urban standards — as getting a good bucket for drawing water from fast-drying wells. The cause for re-conversion could be the failure of the proselytising agencies to replace the bucket when it became old.
In the time of polls, conversions and re-conversions also become a tool for scoring political points. On the occasion of Good Friday last week, several instances of Christian tribals reconverting to Sarna (traditional tribal religion) worship were reported. It’s a way of expressing political sinews. Today, the Congress in Jharkhand — which Gandhi saw as the crucible of his ideas — is beholden to missionary benevolence. Politics of religion indeed has a different connotation here.
It is quite shocking the grip the missionaries and bishops have acquired over the Congress. Hindus will do well for their own safety to shun this party of courtiers like plague, otherwise they will one day end up begging the missionaries for mercy. Congress is controlled by the Indian church, and the Indian church in turn is funded by White Christians of the Vatican who work in tandem with the CIA and MI6. Simply great!
Madhu Koda, the independent who became the chief minister of Jharkhand, was “allowed to continue” in power by the Congress, because the Bishop hinted he liked him!! What happened to the secularism of the secularists, the “separation of church and state”? These traitorous Hindu courtiers of the Congress are committing a grave sin against the Hindu civilisation in their lust for power and pursuit of personal greed. When the time comes, they will have to provide an explanation for their behaviour. Punishment will be swift and sure.
Long back in the 1950s, the Niyogi Committee report had warned exactly the same thing to the Nehru government. It discovered the seditious plans of the missionaries in the Chattisgarh and Jharkhand area and asked the government to immediately ban funding by Western evangelicals, prohibit proselytisation and deport all Western missionaries operating in the jungles, otherwise, it warned, the Western intelligence agencies through the Christianised tribals will sooner or later start a massive armed insurgency against the country for secession or capturing the state.
Nehru of course threw the report into the bin because it was spoiling his reputation as an “international statesman” with the Westerners (the very same Westerners who were sending in the missionaries!!).
The insurgency that the Niyogi Committee warned against has now arrived in the form of the Christian tribal Maoists of central India funded and armed by the missionaries operating in the same jungles. Don’t forget, the missonaries in India are recieving Rs 1,000 crores every month from Europe and America to do their seditious work and pay salaries to the Christian militia created by them. Traitors in the Congress are refusing to stop this money from coming into India under the influence of Sonia Gandhi.
Curse that turd-ball Nehru for not acting when this could have been nipped in the bud and the missionaries booted out from India. But he was too busy looking good to the Americans and British and licking their boots for a pat on his back. Truly, no bigger imbecile has ruled this land in the last 5000 years.
Want to read the Niyogi Committee report online? It is right here.