The Candid Eye

October 11, 2009

Beef thrown at Goddess Laxmi in Orissa

Kandhammal – When we hear this word,what immediately comes to our mind is,the reported violence against Christians by Hindus.For many days MSM ran visuals of how the innocent Christian minorities had been persecuted  in Kandhammal district.Almost all the national channels were very serious and jumped into the ring and declared that entire Orissa was burning.The entire Orissa was in grip of violence unleashed against innocent minority Christians by he Hindus.

One my of Christian friends told me that Christians were killed and burnt alive by the Hindu fanatics and because of this she was sending some relief materials and money to the victims.I wondered why these fanatics should do such an act against innocent people.I also started worried on hearing my friend saying, it was the handiwork of some Hindu fanatics.If the Christians were burnt alive and attacked,it was wrong not to punish those people who perpetrated those crimes.

All national channels kept repeating the same news and videos of Christian persecution.On hearing this news,a question arose in my mind immediately.That was – Was there not any retaliatory attack by Christians?Have they become like Mahatma Gandhi?If so why there is violence in other parts of the world where Christianity is followed by majority people?

The answer is simple.It was neither preplanned nor throughly rehearsed.Violence between two mobs is committed by both.When MSM was showing relentlessly the affected christian victims in Kandhamal, they refused to take note of the atrocities perpetrated on Hindus.They just ignored those people just because they happened to be Hindus.Main Stream Media in India is 100% reserved for the minorities living in India.

Recently an incident happened in Kandhammal –

Goddess Laxmi

Goddess Laxmi

Odisha Today reported Orissa police have arrested two person for allegedly throwing beef at an idol of Goddess Laxmi on Sunday”

The arrested persons are Fransis Ekka and Ajit Munda. However the brother of Fransis Ekka claimed to be the main culprit. The police have also seized about two kgs of beef from near the idol.

A large number of people gathered in front of Goddess Laxmi puja pandal at Bolonda village and blocked the road for four hours, demanding arrest of the culprits those have thrown beef to an idol of Goddess Laxmi .

A team of police force led by superintendent of police, Diptesh Patnaik immediately rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

The three had allegedly slaughtered a cow at a nearby field Sunday morning before indulging in the incident.Police force had been deployed in the village to maintain law and order and efforts to nab the main culprit.

Some other news reports on the same incident are:

DNA said “Two persons were arrested on charges of throwing beef at an idol of Goddess Laxmi at a community puja pandal in Orissa’s Sundargarh district today, police said.”

None of the MSM reported this incident.They liked to overlook it.Finally,a website,fully supported by candle light activists, reported “Two persons were arrested for allegedly possessing beef near Goddess Laxmi at a community puja pandal in Orissa’s Sundargarh district today, police said.”

You may also want to read : Kandhammal – The untold part of the riots.

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April 15, 2009

Recall the Goa Inquisition to stop the Church from crying foul…

Filed under: Christianity,Hindu Persecution,India — thecandideye @ 4:35 PM
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Excerpts from Kanchan Gupta’s article on Goa Inquisition.

His Majesty the king has ordered that there shall be no Brahmins in his land and that they should be banished.’

‘In the name of his Majesty I order that no Hindu can or shall perform marriages…’

‘The marriages of the supplicants are superstitious acts or functions which include Hindu rites and ceremonies as well as cult, adoration and prayers of Hindu temples…’

‘I order that no Hindu temples be erected in any of the territories of my king… and that Hindu temples which already have been erected be not repaired…’

Anybody familiar with the brutalisation of Hindu customs and practices, indeed Hindu faith and belief, could mistakenly believe these extracts have been taken from royal decrees issued during Muslim rule. The harshness with which suppression is prescribed in these decrees, the callous disregard that is advocated for the other’s sentiment, the cruelty that is so palpable in both thought and action, suggest that these firmans could have been issued by one of the “shadows of god” who stalked this land, laying to waste Hindu lives and property.

But these are not extracts taken from firmans issued from the court of say, Aurangzeb. They have been taken from firmans issued by the Portuguese who ruled Goa and recognised no religion other than Christianity as the legitimate means of communion with god. It was no secular rule that they imposed, but a ruthless system of pillage disguised as trade and a cruel administration for whom the heathens, especially Brahmins, unless they embraced Christianity, were nothing more than “supplicants” to be crushed into submission or exiled into oblivion.

The horrors inflicted on Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition — the Vatican has only recently admitted that the Church was wrong and Galileo was right — are well known. Not that well-known, and tragically so, are the horrors inflicted by the Goa Inquisition. Every child reads about Galileo’s trial and how it is symbolic of the triumph of science over blind faith. But there is no reference — indeed, all reference is scrupulously avoided — to the brutal attempts of the Church to triumph over Hinduism by seeking to destroy all that was Hindu in territories conquered by the Portuguese in India.

And this silence is not because there exists no evidence: There exist, in full text, orders issued by the Portuguese viceroy and the governor. There exist, in written records and travelogues, penned not by the persecuted but by the persecutors, full details of the horrors perpetrated in the name of Christ. Yet this silence has been maintained — a silence willed by secular historians and politicians; an illegitimate silence legitimised by the popular belief that missionaries and their patrons were, and remain, a benign lot who could never hurt a fly.

Hindus who dared oppose the religious persecution by the Portuguese administration or the Christian clergy, were punished, swiftly and mercilessly. Those who were fortunate, got away with being banished from Portuguese territory. The less fortunate had their property seized and auctioned — the money was used, in large measures, for furthering proselytisation. The least fortunate were forced to serve as slave labour on the galleys that transported loot from Indian shores to Portuguese coffers.

Viceroy D Constantine de Braganca issued an order on April 2, 1560, instructing that Brahmins should be thrown out of Goa and other areas under Portuguese control. They had a month’s time to sell their property — it is obvious who gained from such distress sale. Those found violating the viceregal order, it was declared, would have their properties seized. Another order was issued, this time by Governor Antonio Morez Barreto, on February 7, 1575, decreeing that the estates of Brahmins whose “presence was prejudicial to Christianity” would be confiscated and used for “providing clothes to the New Christians”.

The attitude of the Portuguese administrators in India and the Church hardened over the years, to a point where each fiat, each decree, each order, each letter, became an instrument of religious persecution. The Third Concilio Provincial — a gathering of bishops and other clerics — met in 1585 to review, among other things, the progress of converting the “heathens” to the “only faith”.

The Concilio adopted a resolution which said, ‘His Majesty the king has on occasion ordered the viceroys and governors of India that there should be no Brahmins in his lands, and that they should be banished therefrom together with the physicians and other infidels who are prejudicial to Christianity, after taking the opinion of the archbishop and other religious persons who have experience in the matter. As the orders of His Majesty in this regard have not been executed, great impediments in the way of conversion and the community of New Christians have followed and continue to follow.’

It is apparent from the resolution that the Brahmins stood as an obstacle between the Church and the masses, preventing the former from converting the latter by exhorting the people not to discard their ancient faith to embrace an alien god.

It is also evident from the operative portion of the resolution that the Church had no compunctions about using the administration to remove this obstacle. The Third Concilio Provincial ordered that ‘from now onwards at certain times in each year the archbishop should obtain information regarding Brahmins, physicians and any other infidels who might be prejudicial to conversion to Christianity, and in consultation with the Christian priests, prepare a roll of their names which should be signed by him. This should be presented to the viceroy or the governor in order that the latter might issue orders for banishing them from the lands of the king, as His Majesty has ordered…’

However, to the great dismay of the Church, threats of banishment, loss of estates and forced slave labour on galleys did not quite break the spirit of the Hindus. So, the bishops, the viceroy, the governor and the prelates had to come up with something more draconian, something which would reduce the religion of the heathens into one that could neither be practiced nor preached. For this, they decided to ban all Hindu rites and rituals.

One of the orders, issued on January 31, 1620, to achieve this goal, declared that ‘…no Hindu, of whatever nationality or status he may be, can or shall perform marriages in this city of Goa, nor in the islands or adjacent territories of His Majesty, under pain of a fine of 1000 Xerafins.’ The Hindus petitioned the king and he agreed to let them conduct Hindu marriage rituals behind the closed doors of their homes, but prohibited Christians from attending these marriage ceremonies.

The Holy Office was incensed and wrote to the viceroy: ‘The marriages of the supplicants are superstitious acts or functions which include Hindu rites and ceremonies as well as cult, adoration and prayers of Hindu temples…’ The king hastily withdrew permission to Hindus to conduct their marriage rituals even behind closed doors.

One could quote from endless such orders, dictated by the Church and implemented by the state, that sought to destroy the Hindu way of life root and branch, supplanting it with Christianity. For instance, the Third Concilio Provincial recommended a ban on the traditional thread ceremony and the ban was imposed with great vigour. Those who tried to beat the law by going outside Portuguese territory for the ceremony were prevented from doing so with the strength of a viceregal order that said ‘I hereby order that no Hindu subject proceed beyond the borders of the state to celebrate the thread ceremony…’

Another order was issued prohibiting Hindu women from wearing a bindi on their forehead. Yet another order, issued by Governor Francisco Barreto, barred Hindus from seeking employment — all officials were instructed not to ‘utilise the services in any way whatsoever of any Brahmin or other infidel in matters of his office.’ The most blatant abuse of state power by the clergy to increase the number of its faithful was to issue an order that allowed the Church to baptise all orphans.

Compare these excesses, these crimes against an entire race and religion, committed in the name of Christ, though not decreed by the man who Christians believe is god’s own son, with the shrill cry of denunciation we hear today about ‘excesses’ against Christians. Compare the record of the Goa Inquisition with the popular belief, so assiduously fostered by our ‘secular’ establishment, that the Church and its missionaries came to India to preach the Gospel and serve the poor.

The history of Portuguese rule, and that of the Goa Inquisition in particular, is nothing short of sustained war against Hinduism and Hindu society. You may say that all these terrible things happened hundred of years ago and have little relevance today. But, it is precisely such thinking that has enabled the perpetrators of religious persecution in India in the name of Christ to get away without even an apology. And, emboldened them to make threatening noises against the government of sovereign India over stray incidents of protest against the revived zeal among missionaries who continue to believe that the heathens need to converted — an official trade delegation from Portugal is believed to have raised more than an eyebrow during a recent visit to Delhi.

The Vatican has apologised for the agony inflicted on Galileo Galilei. But the terrible agony inflicted on the Hindus of India during the Goa Inquisition remain buried in the carefully crafted history of the Church as a benign institution. It is time India demanded and secured an apology from the Vatican for the Goa Inquisition. In fact, we should go a step further and demand reparation from Portugal.

April 13, 2009

Kidnappings & Conversions of Hindus in Pakistan!

Filed under: Hindu Persecution,Pakistan — thecandideye @ 8:24 PM
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Increasing incidents of kidnapping of Hindu community members and “conversion” have caused concern in Sindh. Approximately 30 to 35 minority members had been kidnapped; one of them was killed. Seven are still believed to be in the custody of abductors. Around 18 Hindu girls had been converted to Islam; one of them was reportedly killed this year.

Some say that these incidents should not be seen in isolation and should be viewed as part of the general law and order problem. Similarly, girls have increasingly shown a tendency to marry with their consent.

Others say there is a plot against the minority members who are being targeted for various reasons. Of particular concern is the alleged blasphemy case in Umerkot, which had remained closed for a few days recently following violent protests. Sindh Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza was of the view that there was a conspiracy to grab the property and business of the Hindu community.

These issues were also highlighted during the last days of parliamentary year of the Sindh Assembly by the Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarian (PPP-P) minority legislator, Pitanbar Sewani.

Sewani was born in Bagarji, Sukkur, in 1953 and has been associated with the PPP since 1974. Starting from his political career as a member of district council Shikarpur in 1979, he had been elected as a member of the provincial legislature twice. He is among three senior legislators of the minority community. Two others were late P.K Shahani and Rana Chander Singh. One striking aspect of his personality is that he prefers a simple lifestyle. He spoke to The News about these issues.

KIDNAPPINGS: Three Hindus were kidnapped in Salih Pat. The kidnappers demanded Rs1.5 million as ransom. When the relatives sold their property to pay the ransom money, the abductors increased the original amount to Rs2.5 million. As the poor relatives were not in a position to pay the ransom, the abductors killed Mahender Kumar on the Hindus’ religious festival (Holi) recently “as if to present a ‘gift’ to us,” Sewani said. Two were still in their custody.

On the same day on which Kumar was killed, the criminals kidnapped three more Hindus in Ghotki. “The home minister personally visited the area and we hope that they would be recovered,” Sewani said.

The robbers gunned down Dr Darshan Lal in Larkana and snatched Rs2.4 million from him. The police made some arrests in the case but showed only Rs16,000 as recovery from the accused.

In this year, around 30 to 35 Hindus had been kidnapped, out of them seven were still in the custody of criminals. Among them is PPP-P district Jacobabad minority wing President Darshan Lal. Apart from kidnappings, robberies had also been increased, targeting the Hindus. The robbers stormed a temple in Jacobabad and snatched 450 “tolas” gold from 250 women. The police made some arrests but had shown recovery of only 10 to 15 Tolas gold.

Criminals stormed another temple in Daharki and robbed people. In the third incident, robbers stormed a temple in Ghotki and robbed people. However, the then district police officer (DPO) Irfan Baloch made arrests and recovered each and everything, which was appreciable. This is first time that the religious places had been robbed.

The minority community’s houses have also been looted. The robbers entered Natho Mal’s house in Sakrand city and took away Rs1.4 million. The police made arrests but had shown recovery of Rs500,000 to Rs600,000 only. In Shikarpur, a Panchayat leader’s (Mukhi) house was looted.

RELIGIOUS CONVERSION: Around 18 Hindu girls had been kidnapped and “converted” this year. Some of the events might be the result of love affairS. “We do not have objections over their becoming Muslims but we have objections over the method through which they had been ‘converted’,” Sewani said.

“First they kidnap the girl, marry her and subsequently she is presented before the court. We demand that first, the girl should be kept at a ‘neutral place’ then it should be decided as to whether she had been converted. How we would be convinced that she had not been converted under duress as there are incidents that girls were kidnapped for ulterior motives. One Hindu girl who was reportedly converted and married in Sukkur, was thrown from the third floor of the building on Eid-ul-Azha day and died. Her husband was arrested but later released on bail,” he said.

PLOT: The Hindu community in Pakistan was first targeted in 1972-73 when their women were insulted in Kandhkot under a conspiracy. It inspired Amar Jalil to write a short story on it. Subsequently, a pattern was set that whenever the PPP comes in power, the minority members are targeted as it is the only party, which strives to improve the condition of minorities and empower them, Sewani said. Certain elements want the government in Sindh to fail, and they target Hindus who are loyal to the party, he maintained.

When the PPP came in power in 1988, around 19 Hindus were killed in Karachi and their property was looted. When the PPP assumed power in 2008, Jagdesh, a factory worker was killed over alleged blasphemy. Hindus were targeted on their religious festival (Holi) in Umerkot and the home minister on the Sindh Assembly floor said there was conspiracy against the minority.

Source :The News

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