Gujarat police & X'an NGOsBy P.N.BENJAMIN 14/04/2003 At 13:52
Gujarat police & X'an NGOs We all know that Christian evangelists who denigrate Hindu gods and abuse Hindu rituals as barbaric are the root cause of tension between Christian and Hindu communities all over the country.
Gujarat police & X'an NGOs What's wrong in the Gujarat police probing into Christian NGOs' funding? (Asian Age 18 March) Why are you making a mountain out of molehill? Why should it be a lead story and front-paged? Law and order is a state subject. We all know that Christian evangelists who denigrate Hindu gods and abuse Hindu rituals as barbaric are the root cause of tension between Christian and Hindu communities all over the country. The state government must therefore ensure that the money Christian NGOs receive from abroad is not used for creating communal tension leading to law and order problems. The NGOs argument that they file their reports to the Home Ministry and that the state government is "simply not authorised" to enquire into the NGOs' funds is infantile and silly. It is not out of context to tell you that during 2001-02 the total amount received by religious organisations under FCRA regulations in KARNATAKA was Rs.534 crores. Out of this, Rs.471 crores were for Christian organisations. The Catholics got Rs.183 crores and the Protestants, especially the fundamentalist, and born-again and breast-beating organisations that spew venom at Hinduism got Rs.288 crores. Please do not forget that the rest of the organizations including the Hindu and the Muslim got only Rs.63 crores in total. Mind you, Christians constitute hardly 4 per cent of the Karnataka population. This situation is replicated all over the country. Can someone enlighten me with the details of foreign funds received by various Christian organisations in other states, including Gujarat? P.N.BENJAMIN, Coordinator, Bangalore Initiative for Religious Dialogue(BIRD) Flat No. 3, Rucela Apts., 43/2 Promenade Road Bangalore 560 005