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Submitted by Proud Indian (India), Jan 29, 2009 at 05:10

Dear Kman,

I hope you know that you are turning into the same thing that you yourself abhor!!!! Thrusting your faith on to others!!! I am a hindu and i happen to stay in a city where we have a 500 hundred year old church, I wish to tell you that that place becomes a pilgrim spot every christmas and for every christain who attends mass there are 3 non christians who visit the church. We have never witnessed any incident of hatred , mistrust or voilence against the local christian population.

Just answer me the following questions and i hope we clear the air!!!

1) The missionaries in thier zeal to increase the numbers in rural india publish pamplets degenerating hindu gods. Would you like it if some hindus produce pamphlets on the character of Mother Mary?? Jesus's relation with Mary Magdalene and try to show the good deeds of lord rama or preach the vedas?? just imagine if they try to open a shop in the vatican city would the local people engage in peaceful dialogue or firebomb the place?? The tribals are convereted surreptiously, the most common practise is use the same rituals of worshipping jesus as hindus do, offer flowers , burn incense sticks, distribute prasad but in place of hindu idols, they use the holy cross. Customize the rituals to indian traditions so that it is accepted.

2) There have been numerous evangalists who have thier TV channels where the "Deaf hear the words of Jesus", "The mute speak the word of Christ". Let me remind you there is a nation wide drive to arrest and jail fake self proclaimed hindu gurus who claim to do the same thing but not a single case gets registered against the evangalists.. In fact, Benny Hinn and his likes are welcomed as state guests!!!

3) You talk about christian missionaries opening churches and educational institutes in india. I agree that is indeed a noble thing to do, but why aren't the conversions happening in Urban cities?? why only rural population opt for conversions?? Isn't this allurement at work?? My mother was admitted to one of the hospitals run by a missionary, every evening the priest use to come by her bedside to share the teachings of bible.. he even tried to convince me to attend a bible study group. you are welcomed to india and check if any hindu priest teaches bhagwad gita or the vedas to non hindu patients in a charitable hospital run by hindu trusts.. you will surely be dissapointed!!!

4) You often use the words Jesus as the ultimate saviour!!! Doesn't it sound as Mohammed is the gods only prophet and Allah is the only god!!! Do we hindus claim that lord Rama is the only saviour of mankind or the bhagwad gita is the ultimate guide to existance?? Our religion has survived for eons and will survive and yes we do not need to spread the word of our Lord or practice dawa to spread it.. Our land has spawned buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and tolerated refugees from all over the world, parsees , jews , everybody.. but still we do not feel threatened ..This is because of the liberal outlook of hindusim and the core value of peaceful co-existence. That is probably why we have survived this long.

Yes we have a few diseases known as caste system, untouchability, but tell me dont you have roman catholics, protestants, assyrian, ??? we are tryingto eliminate the maladies and we will suceed eventually!!

Poverty exists in every religion, but to use poverty as a tool to sell christianity and to allure people to abandon thier faith probably defeats the very purpose of the good deed. A poor hungry christian would probably accept hindusim if i were to do the same thing!!! does it mean we go to latin american countries and spread the word of vedas / upanishads. I am sure the local population will probably do the same thing what happened in Orrisa.

I quote a line from our Bhagwad geeta, quoted by lord Krishna - Do a good deed without expecting anything !!!.You say if we are helping them stand on thier feet, provide them with food, shelter, then whats wrong if we also introduce christianity?? Isn't it somehow diminishing the effects of the good deed??

In one of your blogs you mentioned Hindus as cowards,. We have been called cowards for thousands of years!!! If bieng a survivalist is called a coward, then i dont mind bieng called a coward. We survived 750 years of islamic onslaught, 300 hundred years of british rule, yet we are majority hindus, and you call us cowards!!

Please read the full story bfore you make comments. I know what ails my country and yes orrissa and kandhamal will be a blot on the face of secular india for years to come!!! We will eliminate the rotten eggs amongst us eventually!!!

We all have a common enemy that is fundamentalism!!! it can be Christian Fundamentalists , hindu radicals or Islamic Jehadis.. Lets deal with the worst for now and i am sure we are capabable enough to put our own houses in order

Warm regards,

Proud Indian

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