Monday, October 6, 2008

Why are Christians in India being victimised?


Peace loving Christian population in India, which constitute a mere 2.3% of the Indian population are being persecuted and victimized since Dec 2007 and the situation is not getting any better even today.

Each day there is news flashing on all newspapers and displayed on prime time television that Christian churches are wrecked, holy statues are broken down, Christians are beaten and burnt alive……my question is, Why are Christians harassed for being Christians????
Faith under attack
Faith is under attack here in India. We should be ashamed of the way we treat our Catholic brothers and sisters in India……but the feeling of guilt and shame will only be felt if you have a conscious. It is obvious that the people who are causing this kind of disharmony amongst the citizens of India are without a conscious or should I say they are deceiving their soul.

An individual can decide which faith he wants to follow. Whether he follows Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity or Buddhism, it is the faith that an individual wants to believe in. No-one and No-body can stop him/ her from following his/ her faith.

Yes, even I believe that forceful conversion is against the law and should be punished. However, if an individual wants to convert willingly - of his own conscious, of his own mind…..no one can stop this from happening…..neither you, nor me, nor anybody from the centre and the state authorities.
The Centre is humiliated
The centre is ashamed of the situation more because they are terrified of what people in the international arena’s will think about India which today is a liberalized country…..a country which thinks global…..a country which is in the pipeline of signing the nuclear deal……The centre is asking themselves questions like, “Would we loose our face internationally”, “Would we loose trade/ commerce with other countries?”
Has anybody asked the citizens of the country, the victims of this bloody attack on Christians, how do they feel? Do they feel secure living in the country which penalizes people for following their faith?


My views in a layman’s perspective
As mentioned earlier, faith is something that a person is grown up with. In some cases, an individual is born in one faith and then moves on to believe in another because he/she believes that a particular faith gives her the peace of mind and happiness.

Infact, we should be happy that a particular faith makes people happy and content….whether an individual follows Faith A or follows Faith B is not something that anybody has the right to question. India and WE Indians should be proud that we have so many cultures, faiths, traditions, ethnicities, because of all this variety…India is diverse and this is what makes us different for the rest of the world.

The girl who does the household chores at my residence is born in a Hindu family. At the age of 18, she ALSO started believing in the Christian faith? She just has one thing to say that she sees no difference in the two faiths that she follows. Both the faiths teach the same thing….to love your brothers and sisters and live and let live in harmony.

I envy this girl…..I feel she is really lucky to be able to follow two faiths in her one being.

The centre needs to take an immediate action now before the situation goes completely out of control. It needs to call a meeting with the persecutors and ask them what is their motive behind their horrific act and punish the defaulters for their cruelty.

"Religions die when they are proved to be true."

If you have your views on this situation in India, you can write to me at simplymearl@live.com or leave your inputs in the comments tab below.

Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself, God Bless and Remember, “You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”, so Keep The Faith Always!!

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