Índia: perseguição dos cristãos ou provocação pelos cristãos?

 

Recentemente tenho visto artigos e opiniões nos jornais, revistas e websites portugueses lamentando a perseguição dos cristãos em algumas regiões da Índia. É uma tendência europeia simpatizar com os cristãos das suas ex-colónias e não só. Consideram o cristianismo com uma herança civilizacional que lá deixaram, embora fosse antes uma estratégia que lhes permitiu ganhar colaboradores nos seus negócios e para as suas políticas coloniais e pós-coloniais.

O que importa é ver a situação actual e local sem simpatias ou antipatias preconcebidas. Talvez o seguinte artigo de François Gautier publicado em  http://tinyurl.com/4vcyvm poderá ajudar a compreender o fenómeno de forma mais crítica.

I was born in a Catholic family. My uncle was a priest, a wonderful man of
warmth and compassion and I spent most my early years in Catholic boarding
schools. When I was young I wanted to become a missionary and to ‘convert’
pagans in Asia. What I was taught by priests was that Hindus worship false
gods and they needed to be brought back to the True Word by Jesus Christ.
 
Then of course, I came to India and discovered that actually Hindus, far
from being the heathens, as had been portrayed in Europe, not only believed
God’s diversity, the wonderful concept of avatar, but had given refuge to
all persecuted minorities of the world, whether the Syrian Christians, the
Parsis, the Jews (India is the only country in the world where Jews were not
persecuted), the Armenians, or today the Tibetans.
 
I am also aghast at the one-sided coverage by the Indian media of the
Christian- Hindu problem: blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of
innocent Hindus in Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai train blasts, Jaipur, etc. Yet,
neither Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi have pronounced once the word
‘Islamic terrorism.’ But when furious Hindus, tired of being made fun of, of
witnessing their brothers and sisters converted by financials traps, of
seeing a 84-year-old swami and his Mataji brutally murdered, of reading
blasphemy about their Gods, vent their anger against churches, many of them
makeshifts, the Indian government goes after the soft target which the
Hindus are. The same thing applies to the United States: they never warned
Muslim organisations in India about the killing of Hindus, but when dollars
are used to buy new converts and it angers the majority community of
India,Washington has the arrogance to issue a warning, and Manmohan Singh
does not have the pride to tell the US to mind its own business.
 
Neither the Indian press nor the western correspondents bothered to write
about what made Hindus angry in Karnataka: Newlife, one important
westernfunded missionary centre ( http://www.newlifevoice.org), began making
conversions in and around Mangalore by accosting poor people in market
areas, or in bus stands, befriending them and then taking them to churches
to introduce them to the father.
 
Upon introduction they were paid Rs 2,500 per person and then taken to the
Velankanni shrine, in Tamil Nadu, where they would get another Rs. 3,000.
 
When they finally converted to Christianity by changing the name, they got
an incentive of Rs 10,000 onwards.
 
Newlife would then give them instructions to abandon wearing tilak on
forehead, not to visit and offer prayers at the Hindu temples, replacing the
photos and idols of Hindu gods and goddesses with a Cross, etc.
 
But what really angered local Hindus was when Newlife went one step further
and published a book in Kannada ? Satya Darshini ? which was widely
distributed by its missionaries. Here below is the translation of some of
the most abusive passages: “Urvashi ? the daughter of Lord Vishnu ? is a
prostitute.
 
Vashistha is the son of this prostitute.
 
He in turn married his own Mother. Such a degraded person is the Guru of the
Hindu God Rama. (page 48).
 
When Krishna himself is wallowing in darkness of hell, how can he enlighten
others? Since Krishna himself is a shady character, there is a need for us
to liberate his misled followers (page 50). It was Brahma himself who
kidnapped Sita.
 
“Since Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were themselves victims of lust, it is a sin
to consider them as Gods. (page 39).
 
When the Trinity of Hinduism (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) are consumed by lust
and anger, how can they liberate others? The projection of them as Gods is
nothing but a joke. (page 39). God, please liberate the sinful people of
India who are worshipping False Gods. (Page 39).” When blasphemy and much
worse is brought against the most sacred Hindu Gods, Hindus are supposed to
take it meekly as sheep and let themselves be converted to a foreign
religion! There are more than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries involved
in conversion activities across different states.
 
In Tripura, there were no Christians at the time of independence. There are
1,20,000 today, a 90 per cent increase since 1991. The figures are even more
striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1,710 Christians in
1961, but 1.2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh,
churches are coming up every day in far-flung villages and there was even an
attempt to set up one near Tirupati.
 
Christians throughout the ages have strived on the concept of persecution
and as a brought up Catholic, I remember feeling bad about all those
martyred saints of Christianity. Christians in India like to say that they
are only two per cent and can do no harm. But it is a sham: in the Tamil
Nadu coastal belt from Chennai to Kanyakumari, there must be now 10 per cent
Christians post-tsunami and the same may be true in other parts of south
India.
 
My heart goes out to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa who took a
courageous stand against unethical Christian conversions, but is now under
pressure from the Centre.
 
The BJP, having learnt from bitter experience that the Congress has no qualm
in invoking President’s rule under fallacious pretexts in states which are
ruled by non-Congress governments is in a quandary: it must show some action
against militant Hindu groups while remaining true to itself.
 
This is why Yeddyurappa took some action against Hindu groups while saying
that his government will not tolerate forcible conversions and will take
stringent action against missionaries involved in conversions.
 
And ultimately, the blame must fall on Hindus: they are 800 million in
India, the overwhelming majority; they have the brains, they have the money
and they have the power. But either their intellectual and political class
sides with the minorities, out of fear, inferiority complex imbedded by the
British or just sheer crass political opportunism, or the bigger mass is
indifferent inert, selfish, un-civic conscious. Every Hindu is the inheritor
of the only surviving spiritual knowledge which at the moment is under a
concerted attack by Christian missionaries, Americanisation, Marxism and
Islamic fundamentalism.
 

2 pensamentos sobre “Índia: perseguição dos cristãos ou provocação pelos cristãos?

  1. François Gautier é um conhecido simpatizante dos fundamentalistas hindus. Por muita razão que queira dar às reacções violentas dos hindus, a Índia proclama-se como uma nação “secular” e positivamente aberta a todas as religiões. Os seus chefes políticos fazem bem em não se pronunciarem sobre questões religiosas. Mesmo assim Advani, o líder dos hindus militantes declarou há dias que considera a violação de uma freira por alguns fundamentalistas hindus como um crime contra a humanidade. Com isto não podemos perdoar os excessos descabidos de algumas seitas americanas que abusam da liberdade religiosa na Índia.

  2. Escrevi um artigo que foi publicado faz ja alguns anos, no Indian Express, onde refutei o artigo escrito por Paul Gautier, que anda a escrever artigos sem fundamento historico.
    Transcrevo ca o artigo escrito em Ingles.

    Sir: The article written by François Gautier, “Christ and the Northeast” (IE, Nov.20) needs a few comments. After commending the Person of Jesus as a “great avatar of Love” and the work of the Christians, particularly the missionaries who worked in India for the poorest sections of the society, Gautier decries their “exclusiveness”, this feeling of sole ownership of the Copyright of God”. True, there have been aberrations in the past. But today we cannot say that there are forcible conversions to Christianity. The Church does not allow this type of proselytism. There are less churchgoers in the West, but it does not mean that religion is fading in the West. Youth is seeking another type of religious experience, often without knowing exactly what they want.
    The mission of the Church is to evangelize, to proclaim the good news of liberation given by Jesus of Nazareth, the “great avatar of Love”, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world. Today’s world needs the good news brought by Jesus. Not only the poor, oppressed tribals from the Northeast of India, but all the rich people of India do need the liberating message of Christianity. What the people need in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland, for example, is to uphold their dignity and human rights. The Catholic schools are shining in India because of the dedication of the missionaries, priests, sisters and lay leaders. Christian missionaries do not preach separatist, secessionist slogans…Christians cannot preach violence, but they are expected to struggle for justice and brotherhood. Conversion to Christianity does not uproot the way of life, tradition and customs, but it has to transform the whole ethos with genuine values. This is the conversion process. Yes, the Christian community has influenced India with their values, imbibed from the message of Christ, the revolution of love, respecting the cultures of the people in India… Let this process continue in the Third Millennium!
    Dr.Ivo da C.Souza (Goa)

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