Christian missionaries making false claims of attacks on churches: VHP
Close on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks against Mother Teresa, another right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Christian missionaries accusing them of indulging in false claims of attacks on churches.
New Delhi: Close on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks against Mother Teresa, another right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Christian missionaries accusing them of indulging in false claims of attacks on churches.
Demanding a free and fair enquiry into the attacks, the Hindu-outfit maintained that such false campaigns had been launched during the previous NDA regime too by the missionaries to bring a bad name to the country.
"It is very well known that Christian missionaries have been carrying out a vicious, aggressive campaign."
"Whenever this horizonal religious conversion programme of the missionaries faces a threat of getting exposed, the missionaries get into the act of playing victim and try to draw sympathy," VHP's joint general secretary Surendra Kumar Jain told reporters here today.
Jain, who led a delegation to the National Minority Commission to submit a memorandum for an enquiry into the attacks, also referred to the latest attack on a school in Vasant Vihar here recently and alleged that the school administration deliberately suspended classes to "blackmail the Government".
"We have requested the Commission to conduct an impartial enquiry which could go a long way in maintaining communal harmony in the country," he said, adding that a copy of the memorandum has been sent to Prime Minister and Home Minster.
Defending Bhagwat's remarks against Mother Teresa that conversion to Christianity was the main objective behind her service to the poor, he claimed she had herself said during a dharna here that there was nothing objective in the world.
"It means there was some subject and the subject was nothing but conversion," he said.
She had said this when she was asked whether her service to the poor was intended at religious conversion, he noted.
Jain said the VHP today submitted to the Commission evidence of "hate campaign" and "hate literature" launched by the missionaries as well as atrocities committed against nuns by Christian priests in places like Kerala.
He also accused the missionaries of supporting extremist groups in the Northeast and attacking Buddhists in Tripura.
The VHP leader said an impartial investigation into the attack on churches would expose the "falsehood" propagated by the missionaries as "ceaseless insult" of India, the Indian government and Hindu community is an "unpardonable crime".
Rejecting suggestion that religious conversion and 'ghar waapsi' campaign by Hindu-outfits reflected in BJP's poor show in the recently held Delhi Assembly polls, Jain maintained that there is secularism in India because Hindus are in majority".
He also spoke about a Delhi Police report on the initiative of the Prime Minister which said last year only three attacks were reported against churches as opposed to 206 against temples.
"While the Hindus took these incidents as normal attempts of burglary, the Christian missionaries tried to gain undue mileage out the incidents by highlighting these attacks on religious places of worship, which they definitely were not," he said.
He also questioned the motive behind construction of churches and mosques in places where there were no concentration of minority population.
Talking about the growing atrocities against women in Delhi, he said VHP has submitted a proposal to the Government here for a ban on bars and sale of liquors.