LESS THAN AN INTRODUCTION

“…over the past generation the presumption that a single shared sense of India – a unifying idea and concept – can at once define the facts that need recounting and provide the collective subject for the Indian story has lost all credibility.” Sunil Khilnani, The Idea of India, 2.

Enough is enough. I have to say it: Indians can be Christians; Christians can be Indians. As obvious as this sounds to many people, it’s not obvious to other quarters. I’ve quoted Shashi Tharoor and Sunil Khilnani above to support my case. But there are a growing number of voices, arising from within what is termed as Hindu Nationalist ideology that would question my Indianness. I want to listen to those voices, but I reject any claim to take away my Indian nationality from me. I am, and will be, truly and fully Indian.

But regardless of the previous outburst in the above paragraph, the purpose of this site is more to continue to discover the Christian implications of my land-given = God-given identity as an Indian, as a citizen of this country and an inhabitant of this world. For me, both Indian and Christian are not contradictions, but one of the many crucial descripters of a person. I am both a Christian and an Indian, though I also know that sometimes these simply become labels. For indeed it is often our actions and our character that reveals more correctly who we really are.

I entirely reject the “Hindu Fundamentalist” ideology that says Indian Christians (and Indian Muslims and any other Indian who doesn’t believe them) are not Indians. I also entirely reject “Christian Fundamentalist” ideology that does not listen/learn, forces Christianity upon others, and creates a god who is measured in terms of comparisons. But for me, the errors of some Christian ‘fundamentalist’ beliefs does not remove my right (nor another person’s right) to be an Indian and a Christian/Muslim etc.

I want to recover/rediscover and proclaim anew my Christian (theological) views about being Indian and about issues that concern us; and I also want to recover/rediscover my Indian perspectives about Christianity/Christian theology and other related issues that concern me.

I fully support freedom and regeneration, I fully reject force/allurement for conversion.

I will not let anyone take my country away from me. And I will continue to hold on to faith in my God.

And so I reject passive silence. And I embrace active engagement with culture, love/service for humanity, protection/nurture of all creation, worship and prayer that brings us to the door of God.

(ps. the header of this site is adapted from http://pixdaus.com/pics/1270453001WBqmHj1.jpg)

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11 Responses to “About Regeneration”


  1. 1 kerepoklekor June 2, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Cool! Was searching for an Indian Christian blog and found yours! Greetings from Malaysia. Haha

  2. 2 charles July 2, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    hi,

    was looking for something similar, and found your blog. I read your article and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would appreciate if you would help me find some more resources related to the subject of “national identity of Christians.” And would be even better if it is from a Indian theologian’s perspective.

    Will check out more from ur blog as the time permits.

    God bless,
    Charles.

  3. 3 charles July 2, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    hey,

    forgot to leave my e-mail id and my blog id. please let me know if you come across some resources.

    charles.

  4. 4 pongam November 12, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    This is very very interesting. Will definitely be back at more leisure.

  5. 5 Sakthi May 26, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Interesting thoughts

  6. 6 Anonymous1 September 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Stop using language to twsit facts …

  7. 7 jonasbro February 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    nice work…..good to see indian christian bloggers out here in the web……….will keep visiting….

  8. 8 Jon June 1, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Interesting Blog. I was wondering – do you know of any Indian Theologians who have published their work? I am about to do a course in “majority world theology” and will be doing research into Indian theology… but I’m needing a book which presents a solid, contextual, Indian theology.

    Thank you and God bless,

    Jon

  9. 9 Andrew October 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I found you blog via a comment of the BBC news page about Churchhill. I think India is a fascinating country much like many of my fellow countrymen have done over hundreds of years. Fortunately, when I do eventually manage to explore the country properly I will do so in a country that is strong, independent and culturally rich and diverse. A country that is soon to be one of the worlds most important economies.
    I do, however, find it a pity that in 2010 so many people still have to look to religion to resolve their personal and political conflicts. I consider myself to be anti-religious believing that religion only separates rather unites people and that together with fights for land, as can be testified by many of the wars throughout the last few centuries, causes for too much unhappiness in the world. What a waste of time and energy to read that people who look alike, eat the same food, like the same music, women, cars and have probably similar hobbies find themselves obliged to hate each other because of their differing religious tastes. Muslims and Christians are a good case in point here.
    Finally, if it is so important to have a religion, to me it is most worrying, that an Indian would want to have a Mediterranean based god and follow such a doubtful leader as Jesus, if indeed he really ded existed, who in turn embodies such a conservative and grey religion such as Catholicism? The Hindu religion, for example, seems so rich with its different gods and far more optimistic attitude towards life as it is now and less obsess with sin and sufferance. It is not male centred and exclusive as is its patriarchal western counterpart, either.
    Christian missionaries still invade many poorer parts of the world supposedly showing the ignorant ‘the light’; this occurs where I currently live in South America. How arrogant to presume that people with pagan religions going back thousands of years would have a need of a non-existent saviour, whose image ever since the christian invasion, when the face of Jesus was painted over images of the sun which in turn had decorated churches throughout Europe, would want to believe in such a fanciful creation as Jesus.
    India is coming out of poverty and is soon to be if not the big boy then one of the big boys on the world stage. How refreshing it would be that unlike the South American countries that I know, it could throw off or avoid the encroaching christian shackles and stick to its original, traditional beliefs.

  10. 10 JI November 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

    An interesting blog. I agree with everything you say above. Be Indian, be Christian and be proud.

  11. 11 John Arun Kumar November 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Good discussion. i appreciate.


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