India, hunger, ‘forced’ conversion and Jesus: a (not so happy) skit

Scene: Outside a church (board) on a Sunday. There’s worship music in the background. People have begun going towards the church.

In walks a little boy (Raj) in rags, carrying a runaway-from-home bundle. He keeps looking to the pavement and feeling his stomach. A girl walks by, carrying a whole load of buns, towards the church. He stares longingly. Suddenly he spies that one of them has fallen on the ground. He runs for it and grabs it — a happy smile on his face.

Out of nowhere come two ruffians. They walk up to Raj as he’s about to bite into the bun.

Ruffian1 (grabbing hold of Raj’s hand): Give me that!

Raj (grabbing at the bun): Give it back. it’s mine.

Ruffian2: So, new here eh? (hits him on the head). Don’t you know the rules? Before you eat, ask us.

(Raj begins to weep)

R2: (boxing Raj’s ears) He won’t forget now.

R1: Let’s go.

(R1 and R2 leave, eating the bun. Raj goes and sits on the pavement, crying. Enter an Christian youth worker, notices Raj and walks to him.)

Youth Worker (YW): Why are you crying? Are you hungry?

Raj: (wiping face) Yes.

YW: Come, I know where you can get some food.

(YW takes him to the church where people are distributing food (buns) to the poor. Raj gets some buns and eats happily)

YW (walks towards the pavement and sits. Raj sits beside him, still eating): Where have you come from?

Raj: Udaipur. I’ve run away from home.

YW: Why?

Raj: I wanted to be rich. Like them (points towards the church). I don’t want to be hungry.

YW: Oh look, the pastor is about to start his sermon.

(Raj hesitates, but then decides to go to the door and listen from outside)

(They go to the church door)

Pastor: Today, I want to tell you the story about a man who can fulfill our hunger.
(Reading from his pastor notes). Once upon a time, God was born on earth, as a man called Jesus. He came to show mankind how much he loved him. When he was 30 years old, he didn’t eat for 40 days and nights! Can you imagine that!

(Raj shakes his head.).

Pastor: (continuing) Food stopped being important to him. Instead, he went around asking people to be good and to obey the only God. He had amazing powers. He healed the sick and made the blind to see. One day, he even multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish so that they could feed more than 5000 people! And whenever people asked him how he got the powers, he kept saying he was God’s Son. He taught that man is always hungry in his stomach but he was the bread of life. If anyway chose him, he would never be hungry in his heart. Many didn’t believe him and were angry with him. Later those people nailed Jesus to a cross. Everybody thought he was dead. They buried him. But on the third day he rose again! In fact, even then some people didn’t even recognise Jesus until he “broke bread with them.”

Raj: (looking at the church congregation that is looking sleepy) Why are these Church people looking bored?
YW: They are bored because they don’t understand what it really means to be hungry, and what Jesus was actually offering.
Raj: Hey I would like to know more about this Jesus.

(Enter Religious fundamentalist.)

Fundamentalist: Stop!!! You are forcing conversion!
YW: What? What are you talking about?
Fundamentalist: You are making converts by bribing them with food!
YW: I did no such thing. This boy was hungry, I gave him something to eat. I never forced him to listen to the message. Plus, I never promised him more food, in fact the message was about how God is beyond our need for food. If he really wanted food he would have run away.
Raj: (raises his hand to say something) excuse me…
Fundamentalist: That’s forcing someone to become a Christian. You Christians are all alike… you bring people to food, then scare them about stories of heaven and hell, and then these poor people have no choice but to become Christians….
Raj: Excuse me…
YW: I never asked him to become a Christians I just…
Fundamentalist: (to police) Arrest him…
Police: I’m sorry, at the moment I don’t have jurisdiction to…
Fundamentalist: (to mob) beat them!….

(Mob attacks and YW is hit, and the church building is destroyed.)

Fundamentalist: (to Raj) Now we’ve saved you. Why did you come here? Isn’t your religion good enough for you? Why do you need to change your religion? We’re a peaceful religion, a peaceful people. It’s only these Christians who have made us take up arms! Come with us.

Raj: I don’t want to.
Fundamentalist: If you don’t come with us, there’s no place left for you to go.

–the end–

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43 Responses to “India, hunger, ‘forced’ conversion and Jesus: a (not so happy) skit”


  1. 1 Avatar April 9, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    hi friend.
    you create nice stories .The story would have been better had you replaced religious nationalist with Hindu nationalist .
    why don’t the people understand that it was the Church which taught pe ople to love,brought civilazation to Africa,involved in scientific development and stopped second world war?
    I believe people should understand Evangelists and their offerings to society.
    Evangelists are so pure. They are highly enlightened people with no superstious beliefs ,respect the cultures and more importantantly they know that they are commissioned by God in their dreams to share christian love with poor souls of other religions and they have no intentions to convert people at all.
    I reaffirm that christians are the most selfless service providers in the whole world.

    • 2 sengar August 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      I reaffirm that christians are the most selfless service providers in the whole world.
      yeah thats why in the missionaries in villages they do not treat non-Christians like untouchables

      and force the poor vilaagers to convert you are right my friend very right

    • 3 globalcitizen October 30, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      Ddue,
      I understand that you are a christian, but dont forget following:
      – It was church that punished scientists in earlier centuries who did great jobs in astronomy and physics. Remember, church didnt admit that the earth was round until very late.
      – It was the church that discriminated against women… treated them as infiriors.
      – If christianity is such a peaceful and lovely religion why are they spreading and converting so many poor people by bribing them and exploiting their lack of scientific knowledge. Not all people in this world are at the same level – educationally, economically, socially. They need help with development… from these aspects. Why is there a condition of accepting christianity if you want to help others out? Forceful conversion is not the ideal way to go, buddy.
      – Which GOD says that those who follow non-christian people (those who dont follow Jesus’s word) will go to hell? is that what your god is telling, really? i dont think so… Jesus was great… really a god…. but people like you and those who forcefully convert others have undermined him and marred him for your own selfishness and benefits. Shame on them.

    • 4 Varadarajan Seshamani November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Holier than Thou! I recall that Jesus taught Humility. Remember and follow some of his teachings, then you would be at least an acceptable Christian and qualified to boast about what Jesus taught.
      All religions teach what you mentioned in your post. There is no ‘better’ or ‘worse’.

  2. 5 NAyK April 9, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Wow, avatar… your “story” (response) is even more amazing. It’s great! I know, Christians messed up. I know the Church has been abusive. Heck, I see Christians… messing up even today! Even as “minority” Indians. So I can’t help but see the satire (irony) of your appreciation. :) And even if it is not intentional, it does drive home the point real hard. Thanks for your response.

  3. 6 Avatar April 10, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    hey……..hi
    In a serious note, I condemn the charges against the ‘genuine’ Christian helpers of the poor by self appointed Hindu conservationists.

    I also know that those ‘genuines’ are of very little proportion.

    Considering the too much money being invested in India to plant innumerable churches ( ha.. for a small ‘minority’ population) , buying of morning time slots in major TV channels , seeing the posters and banners of “GOOD NEWS” in every nook and corner , doubts may arise whether they are really ‘helpers of the poor'( as they proclaim proudly) or acting on some hidden agenda.

    You do know the Evangelical explosion in the country,right?

    I cannot accept Christian God to be so lovable and provides food to the hunger ( I’m not the first to use the phrase ‘Christian God’ ,infact christians started it to distinguish their ‘God’ from universal definition of ‘GOD’) having gone through few pages of Old Testament .
    sorry…..i ‘ve no intentions to go through all 66 books of Bible or
    base my arguments on few pages of New testament.

    I ‘ve already texted you that I’m an observer in this world and I’m impartial to everybody and anything.

    I sometimes think whether there had been any country where Christian preachers entered without a zeal to convert but to help people???

  4. 7 NAyK April 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Hmm. This conversation is too depressing. I know Christians are messed up. You know Christians are messed up. Sigh! What is there to do! More sighs!

    But to push the conversation forward, a little… I don’t think evangelism is wrong. I think the way it is done can be wrong.

    In fact, I think evangelism is the very core of intelligent humanity, as we ‘proclaim’ our ideas, our visions, our PRICES, our cricket team, our whatever to others to “win” them to our side. Thinking of it like that… the world is a global discussion theatre, where we all have our arguments and counter-arguments.

    Hence I believe to evangelise, to proclaim the “Christian” God, is not wrong. In fact, it can be beautiful, even liberating to a few who choose to believe this God… as perhaps the other way round as well.

    The “way” evangelism is often done however is terrible! I don’t think all “conversions” are “forced” or even bribed. But still, there is certainly a lot of money at stake, and many Christians have zero sensitivity to people of other faiths and ideas and ideologies.

    This is inversely true as well… as the Religious fundamentalists and sometimes even normal people at the work place… can agressive evangelise their position without sensitivity to others.

    I want to recover “right” proclamation… and I believe it can be done.. and HAS been done.

    I believe WE are doing it right now… where there is freedom and respect.

    And this kind of evangelism I want to hold on to… I believe is a fundamental right… for any/every person (not just religious community).

    What do you think?

    • 8 Varadarajan Seshamani November 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      It is supremely egoistic of Christians to believe that only they know the Truth and the right way of life. It is sad to see Christ have such so-called followers. Know that everything has been said since time immemorial. What Christ came to do was to remind mankind of what is in the books and in the air and to follow what is right. Such Avatars (Prophets) have to keep coming inform our midst to show us the way that we keep packed away in the recesses of our minds and the books. Get out of your egoistic mentality and leave people to do what is right – they already know.

  5. 9 kalyan May 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Ha, Ha, Ha..

    What a ‘REAL’ story. We know well these people who give food first. There in west, people are getting bored with this christianity. We know these pastors, what they did in other continents in history. Long time back when these pastors converted so many tribals in to chirsianity by force. I have all those images. what terribles things they did to convert people into christianity. Does christ told pastors to do forceble conversions to remove hunger. Now these pastors are coming with secular mask. Intelligence allways wins. Thats what is ‘GOD’.

  6. 10 kalyani May 27, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    This is not going to work in India. There will be fullstop here. Till now you are saying stories. Soon you will here terrible stories. Not only you even your forefathers nvered heard those like.. :) Then we laugh at you. You may boast you never wait. but we will make you to wait :)

  7. 11 kalyani May 27, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Here stories will be different.

  8. 12 NAyK May 27, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    to kalyani: Whaaat?
    My point of view: It’s so typical that even in a STORY like this we gravitate towards the ISSUES of conversion or violence, and ignore the very person affected by all this. But that’s just life, and what you said, just confirms what I feel about this whole mess. You blame the Christians? Well, so do I! You feel Christians are abusive when in power? So do I! You want to fight against forced conversion? So do I?
    The difference Kalyani is that I believe sin is committed by everyone, even us Indians living here in India (not just missionaries). Not just Christians, but also Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs even Buddhists have done terrible things. And many Hindus (even Muslims) justify their violence saying that they were PUSHED to violence otherwise they are a gentle people. What rot! Violence, harming human beings, especially for ideological issues like religion should never be justified!
    My view is that we are all messed up, but I’m not going around accusing Hindus or Muslims of being the people messed up, I’m saying that we Indians (and I AM THAT!) are messed up… and the world we lived in is messed up.
    More personally, and on a gentler less ideological note, every morning I hear the very loud music of a temple next door. I don’t like listening to the music, it’s neither my taste nor does it make me feel peaceful. But it’s blared loud from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning and I’m forced to hear it. And then, just today, I heard a stupid church suddenly blare Christian music from a loudspeaker. Though I am a Christian, I found even that music as loud and unpleasant! I reject any justification of this kind of behaviour, both from the temple and the church, because both that temple and that church are wrong to worry about their own issues and totally ignore the rights and concerns of normal people who just want to live/survive!
    So what I’m saying is that let me try to bring attention of these gross injustices and mis-perceptions that affect us all. We talk about forceful conversion ignoring the real people who need help. Who will help them, you? Then do it!
    Hopefully you will not think you (or your community, whatever it is) is guilt-free. I certainly don’t!

    • 13 Varadarajan Seshamani November 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Well said. Think not of community or group, but of humanity and do good because it must be done and not because it will add points in your Church or mosque or Temple Group. Look not for the praise, but just do good. Then you would be a good ‘whatever’ (does it matter what the label is?) – anyway all pray to the same God, but some insist that it is necessary to pray to a particular God or representation. This is unnecessary. If somebody is doing good, it does not matter what he is, praise him. If somebody is doing bad, correct him, without a label being important.

  9. 14 Indian Catholic July 8, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I guess the catholics should stop building schools and hospitals…Everything we do is taken negatively…Its like some children put their parents in the old age homes once they grow up and are independent. In a similar way ..Hindus once educated in convent schools …u know what !!! .Btw nice story ..i think you could have joined Hitler’s army ..ur a good propaganda machine…If u feel that 2.3%(acc to google) is causing u a problem…its better for you to stay on the moon .

    • 15 Varadarajan Seshamani November 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Good people will do good not because they are Catholics or whatever, but because they see a need to do good for their beneficiaries, with no thanks, no benefits bringing good upon themselves with the resulting peace that will come.

  10. 16 NAyK July 8, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    To Indian Catholic: What? What are you saying man?

  11. 17 Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 8:49 am

    very good

  12. 18 Anonymous September 23, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Well its sad and unfortunate the way a Hindu’s tolerance is taken for granted in India.To Indian Catholic, the only way you build schools and colleges is to serve your own people and covert some Hindus. Check out the facts:most convents have 50% reservations for Christians!! So are you really working for the good???

  13. 19 Anonymous1 September 23, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    To Indian Catholic: wow !!!I liked that…U tght India will go to the ruins because of that …Plz stop building..it will stop half the problems..

    Moreover, first try to be an Indian before a Christian …

  14. 20 Anonymous1 September 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Also check out the no of churches that are there for a population of 2.3%(acc to google) .. we can as well use the land for helping others…….

  15. 21 Parimal September 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Hi,

    This is best example of justifying the conversion in India.Even churches also know that they are doing the conversion by offering not only food, money, work and other status.

    I am not only condemning chruches for this, we Indian open the door for them and they have come and sat in the home as a owner.

    Only why is kick them out like dog.

    • 22 Anonymous October 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Can you come on a media and tell the same thing – “To kick christians out like dog”. You will be in prison. And I think this forum is for some decent discussion. Better join some kids discussion forum before you are kicked from this forum like a dog

    • 23 Anonymous October 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      Could you please mention some hindu leader names of the recent past or present who is doing charity works without political aspirations?

  16. 24 Gavarava October 11, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Heyy Avtar,U say it was the church which brought peace and love in Africa.Now thats quite ironical.But it were the same people of the church who were bent upon destroying others religion.They were the ones who brought slaves from Africa,they destroyed the INCAs and Mayas from south america just to spread their religion.Love,peace and gods grace is only for those who are in their religion and all the misery is for those of other religions.
    What these Church people do is feed those in their religion,help those in their religion.In a secular country like India there are their minority institutions which provide benefits only to people of their religion.
    So the truth is you get the BUN only if u go to the church otherwise you wont get it.This is the truth of the church.We have been taught the if you pray to God while travelling in a Bus then god will protect all the people in the bus,while what they teach is if you want the BUN then come to us.This just means that they go to the church so that they get tomorrows BUN.This is where the irony lies.

    • 25 Sanjeev August 15, 2009 at 12:44 am

      You nailed the logical fault. Ironical it is, indeed. Let us work towards a society that accepts people as human beings, does not force a system of religion upon them,

  17. 26 Christian February 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Ask yourself.
    “How many times you feed the hungry people?”

    It is easy to put mud on others.
    Let us work together to help poor and needy.

  18. 27 merads April 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I consider it a rather cheap trick.Christianity is a great religion, it is not the religion that is at fault.
    What i dont like is the way some of these people treat Jesus like some product they have to sell.

  19. 28 naval bhatt July 16, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    this is my personal view after studying religions and there history ….
    The Problem is with the monotheistic religions ..
    everything they do is just for spreading the religion its not peace but the population which matters .
    There are few articles which I would like you guys to refer just fyi .. as I don’t want to start any debate here .

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2153026/posts

    anyway, I don’t have any right to tell you what to do and what not ….but before saying anything just remember that we are humans (Homo sapiens sapiens ) use your brain .

    and one more thing right now what most of the monotheistics are sleeping with the enemy … cause these missionaries and invaders forced your forefathers to follow something which they just want to spread so that they can rule .

    anyway …… sayonara please dont post any reply :-) I dont like arguments

  20. 29 Sanjeev August 15, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I was reading all those responses. Even a story out of someone’s imagination can lead to heated discussions.Underlying fact is that irrespective of the religions that people follow, tolerance is zero in so many instances. Tolerance alone can pave thw way forward towards a society where all religious systems function equally well, without entering into conflicts.There will have to be rules if conflict is to be avoided.Blaming each other is of no use, this blame game should stop first.Unconditional Love for all beings we see, irrespective of the religion they follow, is a difficult but practical and effective solution to implement. Try to love the other person unconditionally, then you have made a beginning.People follow different religions to suite their origins, so no organisation should try to convert others. The sole reason for a conversion should be personal, coming from within, not forced by coercive methods,propoganda and media.The fundamental right to choose one’s religion should not be tampered with. It is being tampered with, everywhere.Let others breathe. let them decide who they want to follow.Just love everyone unconditionally irrespective of what religion they follow.Do not hate, do not spread hatred.

  21. 30 Raj December 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    My Message to Indian Christians,

    All this Christians are creating more problems every day….
    They are disturbing the peaceful atmosphere even in villages…
    They should stop being so arrogant…we are not like African blacks
    to be mopped up & converted without resistence…

    We Hindus are more civilized than europians…Our culture
    is existing for the last 5000 years(that time ur white christian masters are using leafs as dress in europian jungles).

    Our Understanding of Mathematics is well known…Even to day arab’s
    uses the Indian Numerical system..Trignometry was invented by an Hindu.

    Ur Christian Masters captured our country not wholly with their
    military power..but with their cunningness…that wont happen again..So they want to convert whole India to Christianity & using the local Christians as tool for controlling our India

  22. 31 Gelwin January 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Everyone,
    I am a christian by birth, a muslim, a Hindu, a parsi and every other religion that exists by choice. I am human like everyone else in every other religion. But being what I am, forced conversion is followed by all religious sects. Period.

    I have been forced to be a christian by the church by n number of followers and preachers and food is not even the case.

    When I meet a muslim he tries is best to disavow my beliefs and follow his way.

    When I met a Hindu, he said that his beliefs are higher than all other sub religions in Hindu caste and kept phoning me to attend his meet again and again.

    Visiting a renounced music producer who called us and chose to help us record songs. He was a follower of some other religious sect and he forced us to join him and attend his bhajan sessions.

    I don’t say anyone is following the wrong religion. If you love your god please do. But why criticize the rest of the world who aren’t.

    This process is followed by everyone. Why don’t we accept that all of us are the same irrespective of our beliefs.
    Why can we never practice what all our religions teach us, to love one and other?

    I think Untouchability still exists in India and the world. Its not in our minds but it sure is in our hearts. Because we choose to love one and other based on their religion. We choose marriages best on caste even today. And when we do allow intercaste marriages we make it a point to convert or choose to follow two religions to please everyone.

    May God show all of us light and enlighten love in our hearts for each other irrespective of caste, creed and color.

  23. 32 Natasha February 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Thanx Gelwin!!! I hope this puts an end to an otherwise needless and useless argument/ conversation.

  24. 33 Truthful October 29, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Dear Author,

    There are two sides to the tale that you have mentioned. I know many charitable Christian people who do not force religion onto others.

    But, sadly enough, there are those who do.

    Those people are not worthy of any religion. People of all faiths must make genuine humanitarian intent come before personal ideology.

  25. 34 gotcha October 29, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Very true as Sanjeev, Truthful and few others say respect all relegion follow the relegion which you like. But do not force any relegion on others especially force it by bribing with benefits etc. this will degrade that relegion very much.
    Again I say Love, respect all relegion. Follow relegion(s) which you like

    As in the above story ‘…he kept saying he was God’s Son. He taught that man is always hungry in his stomach but he was the bread of life. If anyway chose him, he would never be hungry in his heart…… ‘. Jesus similar to Buddha, Mohammed…..and other prominant saints had realised GOD as his primary parent and called himself Gods son and preached that,God is the bread of life, on realizing God, person will never be hungry in his heart.

  26. 35 Anonymous November 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    this would be ok, except jesus wasnt the son of god, but a mad man in a white robe. christians are idiots and the poor people that belive it are idiots

  27. 36 Vijay Jethwa November 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Desmond Tutu said something like this

    “When the missionaries came to Africa we had the land and they had the bible.
    They said, Son, please close your eyes, kneel down and pray.
    So we closed our eyes and knelt down and began to pray
    When we opened our eyes we had the bible and they had the land”

  28. 37 cpmondello April 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.’s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it’s way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the “Father of the U.S. Constitution”, along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: “The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State.”

  29. 38 Sam October 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

    What is happening with a forced conversion?

    – A destitute hopeless person’s poverty is exploited by a foreign-funded missionary, who regards the former as an inferior being. In proving that inferiority, there are attacks on the rights of others to practice their religions – this is against secularism.

    – A person made destitute by a natural disaster is also at such risk of being exploited. One bishop described the Bihar floods as a divine event that “sent the heathen flocking” to the church.

    – A person’s religious affiliation is “bought.” Would we be concerned if votes were bought in a similar way? What implications does that have for democracy? Especially one in which political parties play religious politics, appealing to religious vote banks. Hence, conversion becomes a political event.

    – When one person converts, their family suffers, as it is tantamount to the convert rejecting the ways of his/her family. As such it is an act of violence, if they are forcibly converted in a “convert or die” ultimatum.

    Read Naipal’s Among the Believers and Beyond Belief to see the extent of the self-deception – invented relatives, denied family histories, the rejection of affinity to one’s own country replaced by a glorification of some foreign land. Quite a number of British Muslim converts from Pakistan hate Britain even though they are citizens. The Taliban extremists blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas, too, to cover up their pre-Islamic history.

    -According to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, “Conversion nowadays has become a matter of business, like any other. India is in no need of conversion of this kind. To those who would convert India, might it not be said, “Physician, heal yourself.” (Young India: 23 April 1931)

    – Usually conversion is a precursor to some other form of invasion. Her Majesty’s armed forces consisted of the Admiralty, the Air Force, the Army and the Church.

    – Those opposed to forcible conversion, such as Swami Lakshmanananda of Orissa, have been assassinated by those fundamentalists who will kill for the right to forcibly convert others.

    If this was a harmless thing, no one would oppose it. The fact is, forced conversions are harmful. To reject the harm caused by forcible conversions and saying it is ok, is to look at life with blinkers on.

  30. 39 Ram October 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Conversion- either by force or not- should be condemned. It spoils the cultural fabric of society. In a country like India, where people of all religions coexist peacefully, conversion has absolutely become an unnecessary evil. The oldest of all civilisations, the Dravidian civilisation- is under attack from the so called missionaries. There should be a coordinated effort from all the enlightened people of the society to educate the marginalised and downtroden people who easily fall pray to the missionaries against the evils of going to other religion for sake of food. Hinduism is not just a relegion, but a culture which was originated in this part of world called Hindusthan. Hindusthan is not just for Hindus, but happily accomodates all people peacefully who beleives in different relegions. Dont allow the foreign invasionalists capture us once again.

  31. 40 satch January 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    hi,

    I feel that people put too much stock in religions. Having read the “Bible”, “Bhagwad Gita”, the Quaran, (as much as i could understand) i realized the main message of each of these religions is the same. Love, understanding and tolerance. How the conversions started is anyone’s guess.

    For that matter, how did these religions start? Religion was devised by man to attain peace. To be not fearful anymore, to stay in control, to believe someone, somewhere was looking out for us.

    Being a secular and a democratic country we have a right to practice any religion (as long as the customs of this religion do not harm others) and talk freely about anything we like.

    Forcing your ideology, be it for religion, or anything else is just wrong. No mater which religion you follow, god gave us the gift of free will, the freedom to chose whatever, whereever, whenever etc…

    but does this also mean, parents teaching their kids about their religion, telling them to abide by it is forcibly converting them to that religion??

    wars/politics/relationships/marriages etc.. based on religious beliefs defeats the purpose for which religion was created, yet it serves one part of that very purpose excellently “control”. control using fear.

  32. 41 Katty November 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Don’t you all have any work to do than sitting on the comp. and fight like babies…!!>:( you all are so frustrating …& did u just saw your face in the morning when you woke up..!! ANd seriously speaking this stupid skit ..SUCKS!!

  33. 42 Xavier Arockia January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Reality is presented in a simple way. We Indians belong to a secular nation where religion does not play any major role. Keep writing such awareness skits, Gudoo!


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Passage for this Season

Philippians 2:11-13 (NIV) (12)Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (13)for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

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