Archive for August, 2008

Why Hindu kids should participate in protest by Christian missionaries and churches??

As many of us know, Swami Lakshmanananda ji is killed by the Christian missionaries in Kandhmal of Orissa. He was one of the persons who served the Vanavasis in that region. He started many service projects for Vanavasis and tried to protect the Vanavasi culture. He created awareness about the fraudulent techniques of Christian missionaries to convert innocent Vanavasis into Christianity. Under his guidance Vanavasis got organized and started telling Christian missionaries ‘No entry’. This made Christian missionaries unhappy and they hated him to the core and tried to kill him in December 2007 also. There were many attacks on him by them and luckily he survived, but this time it was misfortune of Hindus that we lost him. As an impact of his killing, a lot of sorrow and anger among the Hindus of Kandhmal which took the form of violence.

If there is some violence in Orissa there is a reason behind it. It is the killing of Swamiji, which is causing the violence there; not the hatred towards Christians without any reason. Hindus are tolerant by nature and this sort violence does not take place without any reason. Just imagine that the good work that Swamiji would have done for the people of that area, that his killing has created such a great anger among Hindus.

Now, Christian missionaries and churches have called to protest the attack on Christians in Orissa, by closing the schools run by missionaries and churches through out Bharat on 29th August 2008, Friday. If they have protested the killing of the Swamiji, it could have been justified, because he was the one who was serving the people by starting a huge number of social service projects. Rather they protest the protesters who protested the killing of a social worker, who did not create any hatred in the society, who was struggling to bring peace among the Vanavasis.

This is something that all of us have to think seriously about. If they have to protest, they can always ask their followers to do so. They do not have any right to ask the schools, in which children from all religions study, to close and protest the Orissa violence. They cannot do it just because it is run by them. Parents send their children to study in schools and not to participate in the religious protests. Have they taken the permissions from the parents of the kids? Have they taken permission from the education department? Is it not illegal to do so? Many questions arise. We all have to think about it and protest. You can write letters / emails to Education department, Governor, Chief Minister and Prime Minister and ask them to take action on these people. It may not stop them doing so tomorrow, but it creates an impact on them. It stops them using the schools for such protests in future. Circulate this message among others too.

Suicide Accessories Uncovered from Catholic Church

Suicide Accessories Uncovered from Catholic Church

22 August, 2008

COLOMBO: ACCESSORIES NEEDED to prepare suicide jackets were uncovered from the inside of a Catholic Church in COLOMBO FORT by the Army troops Friday morning (22) around 8.10 a.m..

Following information received by Army troops on duty near the FORT railway station, a search was conducted inside St. PHILLIP NERI\’S Catholic Church on OLCOTT Mawatha, and found a bag laden with eleven MR type switches, eleven PT type switches, one PR type switch, five remote antennas and one bag of garments.

Investigations are still on.

Amarnath, jammu and Hindus

Its a good video on Jammu’s protests on Amarnath issue. Very inspiring.

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=Mom7hukrn8E

Donations, goatskin sale funded SIMI

‘Donations, goatskin sale funded SIMI’
Rakesh K Singh | New Delhi
Zakat (donation) by devotees and the money collected from the sale of goatskin offered at mosques during the celebration of Bakr-Eid are major sources of terror funding for the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India.
 
The confessional statements of SIMI chief Safdar Nagori and a senior commander of the outfit, Aamil Parvaz, have revealed that the outfit responsible for several terror blasts across the country also received significant contributions from its former members based in the Gulf.
 
The money received from the Gulf has particularly been used by former ansars (full-time members) of SIMI, mainly for meeting litigation expenses, top SIMI commander Aamil Parwaz told interrogators while providing details about the finances of the outfit.
 
Parwaz also told the officials that the funds were also used by the Shaheen Force, a front of SIMI, to attract children into its fold with a view to catching them young for terror activities. The children and relatives of SIMI members were “activated” for the Shaheen Force which, in turn, would bring their friends into the fold of the front. Religious books and sweets were distributed among the members of the front. “Besides, Quranic teachings were also recited on occasions,” Parwaz told the interrogators and claimed that the front was inactivated after the ban on SIMI.
 
The revelation came during the interrogation of Parwaz by the Madhya Pradesh police earlier this year. Parwaz is currently under the custody of Gujarat police for interrogation into the Ahmedabad serial blasts.
 
During his interrogation by the MP police and intelligence sleuths, Nagori revealed that collection of funds prior to the ban on the outfit was done in a “normal” manner. After the ban, however, the outfit members collected donations from other members and sympathisers at the local level. After deducting the expenses for local activities, the remaining amount was sent to the treasurer of the outfit.
 
Parwaz, 34, also told the interrogators that SIMI finances were also strengthened by donations from well-off members of the community, including from Manzoor of Pakeeza Collections of Indore, owners of Mayur Hospital and Balwas Hotel of Bhopal. Other influential community members who knowingly contributed to SIMI included Hazi Israr, Abdul Rais and the owners of Madhumilan Talkies of Indore.
 
In his confessional statement, Parwaz also told the investigators that these community members contributed despite the knowledge that SIMI was a banned outfit under the law.
 
The interrogation report of Parwaz, classified as top secret, also reveals the mobile telephone numbers used by the top SIMI commanders. While Parwaz largely operated from his cellular phone (number 9755121736), Safdar Nagori used number 9907788584 and Kamruddin operated through his connection (number 9907788564). The input is expected to be analysed by the Gujarat police to further unravel the perpetrators behind the Ahmedabad serial blasts, which had killed over 50 persons and left more than 100 injured.
 
Parwaz, an accused under the National Security Act, also revealed that services of ex-Armyman Rasid Khan were also used for furthering the cause of the outfit.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=front%5Fpage&file_name=story3%2Etxt&counter_img=3

Kandhmal: anti-conversion law imperative

 

Kandhmal: anti-conversion law imperative
Sandhya Jain
27 August 2008

In a virtual replay of the post-Godhra riots of 2002, the secular and foreign media has worked overtime to delink the ugly, provocative murder of 80-year-old Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and four disciples on Krishna Janmastami day with the violence that subsequently rocked some districts in Orissa. This is simply not on.

 

Swami Laxmanananda was actively involved in the protection of tribal dharma from aggressive Christian evangelists in the state’s tribal belt since 1966. He was killed in his crowded ashram at Jalespata, Kandhmal district, while performing Janmastami prayers. The murder came close on the heels of a letter warning he would suffer for preventing Hindus from converting to Christianity; in fact, his efforts had caused thousands of tribals to return to the Hindu fold, to the chagrin of the missionaries.

 

As the Swami had been previously attacked on 25 December 2007 for the same reason, he personally lodged a complaint with the police and enclosed the threatening letter along with the FIR. He sought police protection, but fell to the determination of his assailants before it could arrive. A gang of 20 to 25 goons barged into his ashram around 9.35 pm, lobbed a hand-grenade at the gathering of devotees, and fired indiscriminately with sophisticated weapons, killing Swami Laxmanananda and four ashram inmates, including Mata Bhaktimayee, on the spot.

 

Initially, the administration suggested that the killers could be Maoists, identifying a group known as the People’s Liberation Revolutionary Group. But Hindu leaders vigorously refuted this, accusing Christian groups of sponsoring the attack, especially as the district witnessed fierce Christian violence against Hindus last Christmas. A BJP state leader Suresh Pujari said Swami Laxmanananda had no enmity with the Red rebels, and was only opposed to religious conversion taking place in various parts of Orissa. He alleged that those opposed to the saint’s anti-conversion activities had killed him.

 

However, it may be pertinent to note that most Maoist activists in the district are also recent converts to Christianity. Security forces are said to have seized 20 guns from 47 Maoists arrested in connection with the burning of villages inhabited by Hindus. In this respect, the murder of Swami Laxmanananda may be said to closely resemble the murder of Swami Shanti Kali ji Maharaj in Tripura in August 2000; he too was shot in his own ashram by gun-wielding goons after several dire warnings for anti-conversion activities in the state’s tribal belt. Subsequently, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar admitted the involvement of the Baptist church with the insurgency in the state.

 

It is surely pertinent that Orissa police arrested one Pradesh Kumar Das, an employee of the aggressive Christian organisation, World Vision, from Khadagpur, while trying to escape from the district at Buguda. Two other neo-converts, Vikram Digal and William Digal were arrested from the house of Lal Digal, a local militant Christian, from Nuasahi at Gunjibadi, Nuagaan. They admitted having joined a group of 28 other assailants. Orissa has also seen an influx of rich American Baptists, for obvious reasons.

 

In a television debate on the violence that followed the Ashram murders, Biju Janata Dal MP Tathagata Satpathy asserted that regardless of the actual efficacy of an anti-conversion ban, there could be little doubt that there was an urgent need for anti-conversion legislation as aggressive evangelization was seriously harming the social fabric of the state.

 

Violence broke out in the state as public sentiments ran high when the body of Swami Laxmanananda reached Chakapada in Kandhamal district for last rites; some shops and vehicles were torched though Home Secretary Tarunkanti Mishra said the bandh called by the Sangh Parivar was “total and by and large peaceful.”

 

It is true that two persons, including one woman, were burnt to death when unidentified persons torched an orphanage run by a Christian organisation at Phutpali in Bargarh district. The twenty children at the orphanage were unhurt. One Rasananda Pradhan was also burnt to death when his house was set ablaze at Rupa village in Kandhamal district. Nearly a dozen churches were attacked in Khurda, Bargarh, Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Boudh, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur and Kandhamal districts and Bhubhaneswar.

 

Yet the secular media, particularly the electronic media, has highlighted the violence of the post-Ashram murders as though it were a suo moto, unprovoked assault by the Hindu community, particularly the agitating VHP cadres, completely glossing over the original sin. Media has sought to diminish Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati by calling him a ‘VHP leader’ opposed to conversions – as though that vindicates his murder! In contrast, a woman who died in the subsequent violence was erroneously and repeatedly identified as a ‘nun’ and projected as a victim of religious persecution.

 

The truth is otherwise. It is those working overtime – with foreign funds and foreign missionaries – to annihilate the native faith of this country who are aggressors and cultural iconoclasts; this point needs to be understood by all concerned. In the specific context of Orissa, there is need to revisit the sensational murder of Australian missionary Graham Staines in January 1999, and honestly assess the tribal anguish that led to that sad denouement. One of the reasons why there has been no sober voice on the Staines murder is the tragic fact that his two minor sons died with him; but now that we are nearly a decade away from that event, we need to give the tribal agony due respect. A blanket ban on missionaries operating in tribal areas could go far to assuage tribal feelings. Indeed, the recognition that missionaries may have gone too far in provoking the increasingly affirmative Hindu community forced some Christian groups to condemn the murder of Swami Laxmanananda by evangelist religious fanatics.

No doubt the Judicial Commission set up by the Orissa Government under Justice Basudev Panigrahi will bring out the truth about the previous December 2007 violence in which Swami Laxmanananda was attacked; he escaped four attempts on his life before falling to the last attack. The Commission’s findings will also throw light on the events that resulted in his eventual murder.

Initial reports suggest that Swami Laxmanananda was also active in the movement against illegal beef trading, and was demanding a high level probe into an alleged illegal beef trading racket in Kandhamal. The multi-faceted Swami devoted considerable energy to the socio-economic development of local people in remote areas of Orissa. He opened several social service institutions including schools and hostels for tribal boys and girls, with free education and hostel facilities. This cut at the roots of the evangelists and created much ill-will towards him.

 

A major reason for the heightened tensions in Kandhamal over the past few months was due to the fact that the important Kandha (Kondh) tribe was extremely vigilant about protecting its religion and culture. The second local group, the Scheduled Caste Panas, have mostly converted to Christianity.

 

As a result of conversion, the Panas lost the reservation benefits due to SCs under the constitution. Guided by the missionaries, they began to agitate for Scheduled Tribe status on the specious plea that they also spoke Kui, the mother tongue of the Kondhs, which is also the principal language of the district. This agitation created deep apprehensions in the minds of the Hindu STs and SCs, that converts would grab their reservation benefits. Their fears deepened when the UPA-appointed Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission recommended extension of all reservation facilities to converts among the Dalits, which would include the Panas in Orissa.

 

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati took this simmering discontent head-on, calling for an open debate on conversions, which were at the root of the unrest in tribal-dominated areas. He asserted: “I have told the National Human Rights team that conversion and foreign funding to NGOs were the reasons behind communal riots in Kandhamal.” He asked the NHRC to probe the fake caste (Scheduled Tribe) certificates fraudulently obtained by non-tribals and take appropriate action against them.

 

Now that this valiant warrior for Hindu civilisation and India ’s foundational ethos has been struck down, the State and Central Government owe it to the nation to scrutinize the flow of foreign funds to Christian missionaries and make public the manner of their utilization. There must also be a complete ban on the foreign funding of faiths not indigenous to this soil.

 

The writer is Editor, www.vijayvaani.com

Let’s help them helping others!

See the below mail from my friend who lives in Combatore.

Hi,

I have a friend at Coimbatore, city where I live and work, who goes to the remote villages inside Nilgiris forest every day. I was wondering what he does there. Later, I came to know that he would conduct classes for children there in the villages. It was even more shocking for me to know that he is a single teacher in the school, which is run by him and there is no Government schools in the nearby villages. When I enquired further, there were many shocking things that were told by him. People in the villages are basically ‘tribals’ who are leaving inside forests and they are not exposed to the modern days life. Only off late, they are getting some facilities like roads, drinking water. Electricity, health centre, schools are still dreams for many such villages. The families there do not have anything but poverty. Many families do not even have a proper shelter. He says that he has seen ladies who have only one or two sets of clothes and have to manage only with that. Children get food for only two times and adults may get only one time a day. Ooops….such a bad state they are at. And, since they are not a vote bank, politicians are least bothered about them too.

My friend is putting his 100% effort to help the people in those tribal villages, by running a school. Helping them to market the products that they prepare out of the material available in forests. He does not take salary; he only takes his travel and other expenses from his organization. And the organization is ‘Vanavasi Kalyana Ashrama’ which many of you would have heard about. This is a non-profit service organization. I was wondering what makes these people to work day and night for no salary!! It is just the passion about the society and motherland. He says that his organization has so many such people who are working like him for more than 3-4 decades. My salute to them !!! And, we here crib that the salaries we are getting in lakhs is not enough! And, spend for luxuries without which we can live healthily and happily. Whereas those tribals do not even have proper clothing for them and children have no enough food. What a pity is it!!

This organization attracted me and I started digging more and more about this ‘Vanavasi Kalyana Ashrama’. When I googled I got so many links. I realized that more than 8% of the Indian population are tribals (I prefer calling them Vanavasis) most of which are in similar pathetic state. And, realized that Vanavasi Kalyana Ashrama (VKA) has spread its activities through out the country and still there are many areas which are not entered by VKA, which means still there are so many people who do not have anyone to help them….I can write pages on this topic, I have become an expert in Vanavasi affairs now 🙂

 

Anyway, coming back to my friend’s case, he used to travel only by bus, which goes only once in a day to those villages and if he goes one village, that’s it’ he can’t go to another village on the same day, as the bus service is not available at that time. He used to spend a lot of time in traveling and waiting for bus, than conducting classes or helping the self help groups (SHG) that are working in other villages. Looking at this, I felt that I should give my bike to him as I am not using on weekdays. So, I did that. With this, he says that he can travel extensively and extend his help to the needy. He can spend more time in training his volunteers, guiding self help groups, supplying medicines to health centres that are run by VKA. He says, that his operational capacity has tripled now and people are happy to get his help whenever they need it!!

My bike is temporary, it moves with me when I get transferred 😦 So, solution is to get a new bike permanently for him. I need your help here. A bike costs around Rs. 40,000. Request you to make donation towards this. Let us help the people who are helping the people in need! Let the Vanavasis come to mainstream and live like you and me. Money is the only thing that we can give them as we do not have time to give! Please contact me if you are willing to donate. I will arrange for a receipt, which has 80G tax benefit also.

Son of Devaki

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3396388,flstry-1.cms

Tarun vijay writes a good article on Amarnath. Its very good as usual. Here is the statistics he has given, which is part of the article.

Sr. no                                         Jammu region                                  Kashmir valley region
1  Area                                          26293 sq kms                                 15948 sq kms
2  Total revenue generated                       75 %                                             20%
3   Total Voters                                    3059986                                       2883950
4 Assembly seats allotted                         37                                                 46
5 Voters per seat-                                  66521                                        49728
6 Area per assembly seat                       710.6 sq kms                              346.6 sq. kms.
7 Loksabha seats                                             2                                        3
8 Cabinet ministers(till 7th July,08)                 5                                     14
9 Districts                                                        10                                       10
10 Area per district                                       2629 sq. kms                   1594 sq. kms
11 Unemployment status                                        69.70 %                       29.30%
12 Representation in state govt. jobs                    1.2 lakhs                       3lakhs
13 Percentage of employees from local area        less than 25%                            99%
14 Power generation                        22 Mega Watt                                      304 Mega Watt
15 Annual tourist traffic                  80 lakhs plus                                      Less than 4 lakhs
16 Expenditure of revenue on tourism sector less than 10%                                  Plus 85%
17 Rural electrification                           less than 70%                                          100%