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India Modi’s Dangerous Silence

Nov 23, 2010
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From the New York Times
The Opinion Pages | Editorial
Modi’s Dangerous Silence

By THE EDITORIAL BOARDFEB. 6, 2015

What will it take for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out about the mounting violence against India’s religious minorities? Attacks at Christian places of worship have prompted no response from the man elected to represent and to protect all of India’s citizens. Nor has he addressed the mass conversion to Hinduism of Christians and Muslims who have been coerced or promised money. Mr. Modi’s continued silence before such troubling intolerance increasingly gives the impression that he either cannot or does not wish to control the fringe elements of the Hindu nationalist right.

Recently, a number of Christian churches in India have been burned and ransacked. Last December, St. Sebastian’s Church in East Delhi was engulfed in fire. Its pastor reported a strong smell of kerosene after the blaze was put out. On Monday, St. Alphonsa’s Church in New Delhi was vandalized. Ceremonial vessels were taken, yet collection boxes full of cash were untouched. Alarmed by the attacks, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has urged the government to uphold the secular nature of India and to assure its Christians they are “protected and secure” in their own country.

There is also concern about the mass conversions. Last December, about 200 Muslims were converted to Hinduism in Agra. In January, up to 100 Christians in West Bengal “reconverted” to Hinduism. Hard-line Hindu nationalist groups, like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (V.H.P.) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (R.S.S.), make no secret of their support for a “homecoming” campaign designed to “return” non-Hindus to the fold. More than 80 percent of Indians are Hindu, but Pravin Togadia of the V.H.P. says his organization’s goal is a country that is 100 percent Hindu. The only way to achieve that is to deny religious minorities their faith.

The V.H.P. is reportedly planning a mass conversion of 3,000 Muslims in Ayodhya this month. The destruction of the Babri Mosque there in 1992 by Hindu militants touched off riots between Hindus and Muslims across India that left more than 2,000 people dead. The V.H.P. knows it is playing with fire.

Mr. Modi has promised an ambitious agenda for India’s development. But, as President Obama observed in a speech in New Delhi last month: “India will succeed so long as it is not splintered along the lines of religious faith.” Mr. Modi needs to break his deafening silence on religious intolerance.
 
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I too am troubled by this. First I am concerned about conversions no matter the direction and this stink started in recent history with the Christian's despicable tactics. I don't like to think that my fellow Hindus are now doing the same. Proselytizing is not in my Saivite philosophy but respect for all believers and the one truth for which there are many paths is. I have doubts that these Hindus burning churches and such are living "God" centered lives.
 
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I have heard that places of worship of other religions are also attacked often, rather their number is much more.Secondly why is there a hue and cry over conversions.we have been hearing of conversions since childhood perhaps.Why object?If someone doesnot want to convert, he can take a stand. And it happened recently.
 
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I have heard that places of worship of other religions are also attacked often, rather their number is much more.Secondly why is there a hue and cry over conversions.we have been hearing of conversions since childhood perhaps.Why object?If someone doesnot want to convert, he can take a stand. And it happened recently.
Christian evangelists and missionaries used prosperity theology promising relief from poverty if Hindus converted. To get their message across they would feed the poor tribals only after being preached to. They certainly applied pressure with false promises. I believe one should stay in the faith they were born to until there is a conviction in their heart that a change of path is correct.

I have my doubts about Modi, furthermore I believe religion should be kept out of politics.
 

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