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|The All India Christian Council has sought the intervention of the national Human Rights Commission against the appointment of engineer-turned Sangh Parivar pamphleteer N S Rajaram, calling him a bigoted minorities-baiter who has made a career of his sustained attack on Jesus Christ, the Pope and the Catholic and Protestant churches in India.
Rajaram has been accused by historians and Indologists for intellectual fraud in manipulating computer images of Harappan seals to substantiate the Sangh Parivar’s point of view on the origin of the Aryans. He is equally notorious for his book “Christianity’s scramble for India” published by the Hindu Writers Forum in New Delhi.
While the appointment of an engineer to the highest academic forum of professional historians has already raised eyebrows in the country’s academia, it has particularly distressed the Christian community. “It would almost seem the Ministry of Human Resource Development is rewarding him for his blasphemous writings against Christ and his communal tirade against the minorities,” Christian council secretary general Dr John Dayal has said in his letter to NHRC Chairman Justice J S Verma.
“How can a man of such bigotry and narrow-minded outlook enrich the intellectual and academic life of this great nation? On the other hand, his presence in the leadership panel of the body which gives a direction to the national historical research bodes ill for the future of intellectual endeavour unless it is immediately reversed,” Dayal said.
The Council has pointed out that together with some other leaders of the RSS and its sister organisations, Rajaram has mocked at the symbols, tenets and articles of faith of minority communities, and specially of the Christians. He has injured the religious sentiments and feelings of the community by his statements on Jesus Christ.
Rajaram has also sought to alienate and isolate the Christian community and to demonise it in the eyes of their fellow citizens by his litany of falsehood, propaganda and malice masquerading as scholarship in his books. He has not spared Mother Teresa, accusing her of recruiting nuns for churches in the west, and has alleged that missionaries in Karnataka are invading houses of others to force them into Christianity.
In his writings soon after the burning alive of Graham Stuart Staines and his innocent sons in Orissa, Rajaram all but justified the murderous terrorism saying that the Australian missionary had invited it upon himself because of his activities.
But he has reserved his worst for the Pope, the Vatican, the Catholic Church and evangelicals. “The Indian government should never have allowed the Vatican to set up an embassy in India,” Rajaram has said accusing the Vatican of “a new thrust to expand its presence in India. All that the Pope and his men in the media want is social lawlessness,” the newly turned historian says in his writings.
What sort of a message is the government of India sending to the rest of the world by appointing such a man to this prestigious position, the Council has asked, urging the NHRC to intervene urgently and order a review of the appointment.
The Council has also called on the Prime Minister to over rule the Human Resource development Minister, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, to ensure that such appointments, which act as irritants in inter religious dialogue and harmony, do not take place. q
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