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A recent news report in Hindustan Times on forcible conversion to Christianity unveiled the atrocious nature of shelter homes run by many such foreign aided orphanages across the country.


Child abuseThe report claimed that children were inhumanely hung by their wrists from a ceiling fan and denied food if they failed to recite passages from Bible.

The ghastly ordeal of the children ended when Police raided the house and rescued them.

However, the incident has given a food for thought.

Promise of a better future:

Plenty of people are found in public places including metro stations, railway stations, market places distributing pamphlets and free copies of Bible. They target the people from the lower strata of the society and lure them of a better future. Promises are made to train them and place them in lucrative jobs.

Poverty and unemployment are still a menace in India. The Christian missionaries are very much aware of the fact and use it for their own interest.

There is always a condition attached when the needy people go to them. These shelter homes ask them to get converted to Christianity to live the promised dream. The people of the hungry nation have no way out. Poverty forces them to send their children to the shelter homes. And the ordeal begins.

The English and the western power blocs aided by some local factions have created a notion and misconception that speaking English is more advantageous and ensures the chance of getting a job.

But through the process of English teaching, the agents of the west, especially the Vatican, propagate Christianity. Their effort is so strategic that English language and Christianity gets entwined in the teachings.

Does one need to recite Bible to learn English?

Obviously not.

But it is a must in schools run by Christian missionaries. They claim that they are pure Christian institutions with the provision to admit students of other faith. But prayers and Bibles are fed to the students of other faiths.

This is a snob effect. These education institutions lure students with the propaganda that they make students smart, disciplined and job ready. But how does teaching Bible and luring people to get converted into Christianity make a person job ready?

Promise of a shelter

Homelessness is a stigma in a developing country like India. The ever growing population is making matters works. The Vatican people aided by the European Union are aware of it.

Bandel Church

The Portuguese came to Bandel, West Bengal in 1598 and set up a church in the banks of the Ganga river. Since then the Hindu population have been gradually diminishing.

In the last ten years, Bandel has witnessed a sea change with Vatican city sending huge funds for building colonies and revamping the age-old church. Numerous missionary schools opened and job opportunities increased. But the condition for getting a job was same.

Get converted.

Getting converted to Christianity also came with a bonus. A house and a land were also provided.

The Church offered a higher price to landowners to purchase lands thereby increasing the prices of the plots. It became impossible for a commoner to purchase a land. And in the lands, the Church made houses and gave them to people who embraced Christianity.

The local administration is still silent. Their sons and daughters go to the ‘premiere’ schools run by the Church.

Britishers are long gone but their legacy is still alive and kicking.

While the Muslims in India are claiming to be victims of growing intolerance, the Christians are remaining aloof but steadily spreading their tentacles to grab control over the nation. (Picture courtesy: huffpost.com)

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‘Religion’ in India- Types and its Connection to Country’s Civilization

The Ancient religions of India are Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

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Ancient Religions of India.

India’s economic and political strata in today’s world have reached a great level, but that is still not what the country is known for. The country is known for its diversity and religions because the term ‘religion’ in India is not just a system of belief and worship, but a way of life too. Since ancient times, it has been an integral part of its culture. For the citizens of this country, religion pervades through all the activities of life- from cooking chores to working and politics. The religion we follow plays an important role in our upbringing as well. Our conditioning is done based on the principles of our religion. India is a home to many religions- Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam and others.

How old is the Indian civilization?

The Indian civilization is around 4000 years old, with the existing Indian religions growing in that period. The antiquity of the religions in India begins from the Harappan culture. It’s a secular country which respects all kinds of religion and culture, but during the ancient times, when the Human civilization was developing, there were three main religions native to India- Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The predominant religion during this period was Hinduism, which is said have originated in the Northern India.

Religion wise Indian Population:

  • HINDUISM – about 82%
  • ISLAM – about 12%
  • CHRISTIANITY – about 2.5%
  • SIKHISM – about 2%
  • BUDDHISM – about 0.7%
  • JAINISM – about 0.5%
  • ZOROASTRIANISM – about 0.01%
  • JUDAISM – about 0.0005%   (stated by adaniel.tripod)

Hinduism

Religion
Brahma                                                                                                                                                          Pixabay

Hinduism is a polytheistic religion. Its followers worship several deities. Unlike the other religions, this religion does not have one teacher. Its followers, the ‘Hindus’ believe in a supreme divine spirit called ‘Parama Brahma’. The concept of Parama Brahma states that Brahma is omnipresent.

Hindus believe in vasudhaiva kutumbakam, which means the whole world is a single family. They also believe in Sarva dharma Sama Bhava, which means all religions are equal. The practice follows the ideas of mercy, charity, compassion, benevolence, non-violence and mercy. It believes the concept of ‘Bhakti’ or devotion.

The sacred writings of Hinduism include the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Upanishads.

Also Read: The history and development of Indian Handicrafts

Jainism

Religion
Lord Mahavira                                                                                                                                                   Pixabay
According to tradition, the founder of Jainism was first Tirthankara Adinatha. However, the religion was widely propagated by the 24th Tirthankara, Mahavira. He was born in Vaishali, Bihar, who belonged to the clan ‘Licchavi’. Mahavira was moved by the sufferings of people, and therefore, left his home at the age of 30 to seek the truth. He supported the teachings of the previous Tirthankaras, and added his own beliefs to the teachings.
He believed in the ideology of leading a good life and not doing any wrong. He did not encourage the practice of needing the help of God for everything.
Doctrines of Jainism:
  1. Ahimsa (Non-violence)
  2. Satya (Truth)
  3. Asteya (Non-stealing)
  4. Brahmacharya (Chastity)
  5. Aparigraha (Non-possession)

Buddhism

Religion
Lord Buddha                                                                                                                                                    Pixabay
Buddhism is a religion which consists of different kinds of beliefs and practices based on the teachings of Lord Buddha. Buddha’s name was Siddhartha. He was the son of the Shakya clan’s leader. It is believed that Siddhartha made three observations, which changed his life:  a feeble old man; a person suffering from disease; and a dead body being taken for cremation. This propelled him in finding the true meaning of life. He left his home at an early age and attained ‘enlightenment’ in Bodhgaya.
He also prescribed the four noble truths and eight fold path.
Four noble truths are:
  • Dukkha (truth of suffering)
  • Samudāya (truth of the suffering’s origin)
  • Nirodha (the truth of suffering’s cessation.)
  • Magga (Direction to eight-fold path)

The eight fold path are- Right aims, Right beliefs, Right conduct, Right speech, Right effort, Right occupation, Right meditation and Right thinking.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at twitter @ImMeghaacharya.