Jobs @ MG
Anti- Christian violence is cultivated
‘The intense anti-Christian propaganda, which preceded anti Christian violence, is based on the falsification that Christian missionaries are using fraud and inducement to convert the gullible Adivasis. The decline in the percentage of Christian population tells another tale while quashing this baseless charge. As per the census of India the population of Christians in India stands as follows- 1971- 2.6%, 1981-2.44%, 1991- 2.32 %. At a time when the Christian population is actually declining, the myth has been popularized that conversions are on the rise. And this myth is now being used to rouse the sentiments and emotions of average people to generate the hatred against the Christians.
The anti Christian violence came up as a part of the SP campaign to get bigger foothold amongst the Adivasis. It is in these remote areas that missionaries from decades and centuries are busy with their social work. SP’s aim is to arrest the secularization process, which is marginally helped due to educational, and health related activities of the missionaries. The violence, which has been cultivated, has passed through different conveyor belts. The RSS manufactures the basic hate philosophy, BJP provides the political cover, VHP specializes in the vehement anti-minority propaganda and Bajrang Dal takes up physical intimidation of minorities, in this case Christians.
With most of the anti Christian crime getting exonerated by the state machinery, ruled by BJP led coalition at centre, and dominated by the silent and violent supporters of SP at different levels the word has gone round that one can get away after attacking Christians. So now all and sundry lumpens and criminals of different hues and shades have discovered the soft target in Christians.’
(Conclusions of the Report of the Citizens' Committee Investigation of the attack on Girls Hostel at Abhona in Nasik district on 9 May, 2000 conducted by EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Campaign and Advocacy for Human Rights and Centre for Study of Society and Secularism).