Thursday, October 30, 2008

Diwali Celebration

India is a land of festivals where you will see at least one major festival each month. Deepavali (or Diwali) which literally means "rows of lamps" is one of the four main festivals of India. Throughout the world all Hindus celebrate Deepavali or Diwali with great pomp and enthusiasm.

The celebration of Diwali lasts six days, beginning on the 12th day of the month of Kartik (as per the North Indian lunar calendar). The day before Diwali, in order to evoke the grace of God, women fast. It is not that God wants you to go hungry or takes pleasure in your suffering - the principle is that you gain only by giving up. That evening, devotees worship Gomata (the cow) and her calf and feed them special food. Women pray for the welfare of the entire family. This holy day is called Vasubaras.

The first official day of Diwali falls on the 13th of Kartik. People set about cleaning houses and shops, and decorating doorsteps and courtyards with rangoli or multi-coloured designs. They purchase gold ornaments, new vessels, clothes, and other such items. Devotees arise early in the morning before sunrise and take oil baths. If possible, they wear new clothes. In the evening, people worship coins representing wealth. Families decorate houses and courtyards with lanterns giving a warm glow to the night. This day of celebration is called Dhantrayodashi or Dhanteras.

The second day is called Naraka Chaturdashi. People take an oil bath in the early morning and then in the night they light lamps and burn firecrackers. People visit their relatives and friends, exchanging love and sweets.

On the third day, people worship Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. People decorate their houses with lit lamps and lanterns to welcome Lakshmi to their home and hearts. On this day businessmen close old accounts and open new accounts. The earth is lit up by lamps and the skies are coloured by the multi-hued lights of fireworks.

In North India, the Govardhana Puja occurs on the fourth day of Diwali. Devotees in the North build large mounds made of cow dung, symbolising Govardhana - the mountain that Krishna lifted up with his finger to save the villagers of Vrindavan from rain - and decorate and worship them. North Indians observe this day as Annakoot, or the mountain of food.

The fifth day of the festival called Bhaiyya Dooj celebrates unique and fun customs. Every man dines in his sister's house, and, in return, presents her with gifts. North India calls it Yama Dwitiya. Thousands of brothers and sisters join hands and have a sacred bath in the river Yamuna.

The Legends

The scriptures mention the divinity called
Dhanvantari emerging from the churning of the ocean holding a kalash (pot) filled with Amrit (ambrosia). Due to the fact that Dhanvantari, who revealed the science of Ayurveda to the world, first manifested on this day, all over India, doctors following the Ayurvedic system of medicine organise joyful celebrations during the annual Dhanvantari festival.

Naraka Chaturdashi
There is a legend about a king of Prag-Jyotishpur, named Narakasura. He was a powerful king who misused power to harass his subjects.
Sri Krishna destroyed this oppressive asura king on this day. Unjustly imprisoned people celebrated their freedom with friends and family. The citizens celebrated their deliverance from Narkasura's reign by lighting lamps.

Sri Rama
Deepavali falls on a no-moon day - in fact the darkest day of the year. The illuminations and fireworks, joy and festivities, are to signify the victory of divine forces over the powers of darkness. On Deepavali day, triumphant Sri Rama is said to have returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, the asura king of Lanka.

Goddess Lakshmi Devi
The Puranas say that it was on this day that Goddess Lakshmi, who emerged from the churning of the ocean of milk (Ksheera Sagara), married
Lord Vishnu, the repository of all divine qualities.

Govardhana Puja
In order to shelter the gopis and gopas and their cows from the torrential rains sent by Indra, Krishna lifted a hill near Mathura called Govardhana with his finger and sheltered all the people for a period of seven days under it. By then Indra saw Krishna's greatness and asked him for forgiveness.

Bhaiyya Dooj
The river Yamuna and Yama, the God of Death, were brother and sister. As they grew up they went their different ways. On this day Yama supposedly visited his sister Yamuna, who in her joy at seeing her brother after such a long interlude set up a feast for him. Pleased, Yama granted her a boon. He declared that every man that receives a tilak or vermilion mark on the forehead from his sister and presents her with lovely gifts on this day would attain higher worlds.

The message of Deepavali
The traditional name of India is Bharata and Indians are Bharatias - or 'those who revel in light'. During the night of Deepavali the myriad little clay lamps (diyas) seem to silently send forth message of Deepavali: "Come, let us remove darkness from the face of the earth."

The dharma of fire is the same wherever it is: in a poor man's house, in a rich man's house, in America, in Antarctica, or in the Himalayas. It gives light and heat. The flame always points upwards. Even if we keep the lamp upside down, the flame will burn upwards. The message is that our mind should be focused on the Atman, the Self wherever we are. The lamps remind us of our dharma to realise our divine nature.

"The Self is pure consicousness which is self-luminous. The cognition of all objects arises from the light of pure Consciousness." -says Bhrihadaranyaka Upanishad

One lamp can light several others. You can even light another 1000 lamps, and still the flame and the light of the first lamp will remain as it is. By becoming manifold, the light looses nothing. The lights of Deepavali represent Brahman and creation. It conveys the message of the mantra:

"Purnamada Purnamidam Purnaat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnamevasishyate"

The rows of lamps teach yet another important lesson of unity. The light that shines forth from the Sun, the moon, the stars, and fire is all the same. To see and recognise that one light, the light of consciousness, which is manifesting and pulsating in and through all of creation is the goal of life. Thus, recognising all of creation to be an expression of your true Self, spread the light of love and compassion.

The lights of Deepavali are displayed at the entrance doors, by the walls of houses, in the streets and lanes. This means that the inner spiritual light of the individual must be reflected outside. It should benefit society. Passers-by may thereby be prevented from stumbling on their way to reach their destination.

Feeding empty stomachs, lighting blown-out diyas and bringing light to those whose lives are in darkness is the true spirit of Deepavali. This is true prayer.


Slow Dance. This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer. She
wants to see how many people get her poem. It is quite a poem.
This poem was
written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital. It! was
sent by a medical doctor - Make sure to read what is in the closing
statement AFTER THE POEM.


Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the
fading night?
You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask How are you?
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done !
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You'd better slow down
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child,
We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say,"Hi"
You'd better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened
Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

A new website of RSS

A new website was launched at Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal Baithak
held at Gudilova(Vishakhapatnam) recently.
The new website is
Please spread this information as far as possible.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Journalist Francois Gautier on Source of Hindu-Christian Violence in Karnataka

Journalist Francois Gautier on Source of Hindu-Christian Violence in Karnataka
TAMIL NADU, INDIA, October 6, 2008: An excerpt from this editorial piece by journalist Francois Gautier:
“I am also aghast at the one-sided coverage by the Indian media of the Christian- Hindu problem: blasts after blasts have killed hundreds of innocent Hindus in Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai train blasts, Jaipur, etc. Yet, neither Manmohan Singh nor Sonia Gandhi have pronounced once the word “terrorism.” But when furious Hindus, tired of being made fun of, of witnessing their brothers and sisters converted by financials traps, of seeing a 84-year-old swami and his Mataji brutally murdered, of reading blasphemy about their Gods, vent their anger against churches, many of them makeshifts, the Indian government goes after the soft target which the Hindus are.
When dollars are used to buy new converts and it angers the majority community of India, Washington has the arrogance to issue a warning, and Manmohan Singh does not have the pride to tell the US to mind its own business. Neither the Indian press nor the western correspondents bothered to write about what made Hindus angry in Karnataka: Newlife, one important western-funded missionary centre (, began making conversions in and around Mangalore by accosting poor people in market areas, or in bus stands, befriending them and then taking them to churches to introduce them to the fathe. Upon introduction they were paid US$60 per person and then taken to the Velankanni shrine, in Tamil Nadu, where they would get another US$70. When they finally converted to Christianity by changing the name, they got an incentive of US$ 250 onwards. Newlife would then give them instructions to abandon wearing tilak on forehead, not to visit and offer prayers at the Hindu temples, replacing the photos and idols of Hindu gods and goddesses with a Cross, etc.But what really angered local Hindus was when Newlife went one step further and published a book in Kannada — Satya Darshini — which was widely distributed by its missionaries. Here below is the translation of some of the most abusive passages: “Urvashi — the daughter of Lord Vishnu — is a prostitute.”
For the entire article, click URL above.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The moment you are in TENSION

The moment you are in TENSION

You will lose your ATTENTION

Then you are in total CONFUSION

This may spoil your personal RELATIONS

Ultimately, you won't get COOPERATION

And get things into COMPLICATION

Then you may raise CAUTION

And you have to take MEDICATION

Why not try understanding the SITUATION

And try to think about the SOLUTION

Many problems will be solved by DISCUSSION

This will work out better in your PROFESSION

Don't think this is a free SUGGESTION

It is only for your PREVENTION

If you understand my INTENTION

You'll never come again into TENSION

Gujarat vs Bengal

Gujarat vs Bengal
Singur-Tata drama.
There are various lessons
to be drawn from the Singur-Tata drama.
The one
I wish to comment on here
is the dramatic swiftness with which
bagged the Nano project,
within five-odd days of the exit from

Observe the contrast.
Bengal takes two-odd years
and despite the concentrated attention,
of the entire top political and state leadership,
still makes a mess,
which leaves everyone a loser.

And Gujarat,
seemingly within a week,
handing over all the 1,000-odd acres sought by Tata,
free of encumbrances and tension,
matching all the other concessions
offered by rival state bidders.
not in some rural wilderness
within a half-hour drive of the political
and commercial centres.
We aren't commenting on the merits of
rival bids or even joining
the chorus of clucks of sympathy for
deprecations of
Mamata Bannerjee's stubborn stand.

There is a huge irony in
India's top businessmen
and chambers of commerce insisting that
the refusal of peasants in Singur to sell their only property
asset at state-determined terms must be steamrolled
by fiat for the greater good.
that a political leader
who stands up for the poor man's right to say
and an insistence on a better deal
for the loss of home and livelihood is a hindrance
to both sense and progress.

What concerns us here is
how Gujarat was able to do in a week or two
what Bengal was unable,
despite top-level enthusiasm and hard work,
to do in two years.
Part of the answer
has to be the quality of governance,
at least in these matters.

Administration in Gujarat
is marked by the same ills as elsewhere
— red tape,
slovenliness, etc.

they have shown they can move very fast
when they wish to and with pragmatism
that other states could draw some lessons from.

The chief minister
appears to have told his top bureaucrats,
the same day Tata gave the first public indication that
the Singur standoff had to end fast,
to identify alternatives in Gujarat
with the same area and free of such hassles.
It was done,
as was the other homework on
land titles,
access, etc.,
within days;
the Tata scout team was sold,
and the deal signed the day after
Ratan Tata flew into Ahmedabad.

This ability to deliver fast,
to customer satisfaction and sans internal turmoil,
deserves study — and emulation

Hearty Congratulations


Shri Narendra Modi

Chief Minister, Gujarat

Sriram Savarkar ©
Hinduism is more a way of life than a method of worship.
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshithaha
If you protect Dharma, Dharma will in turn protect you.
Hindus, If people slap you once, slap them twice!

Charges that the Jamia Nagar encounter was fake belong in the Wonderland.

Charges that the Jamia Nagar encounter was fake belong in the Wonderland.

The scene near Batla House, Jamia Nagar, after the police gunned down two terror suspects and arrested a person on September 19.

"Sometimes," said the Queen in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, "I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Ever since last month's encounter in New Delhi's Jamia Nagar, critics have been claiming that the two men killed by the police were innocent students, not Indian Mujahideen terrorists. A number of well-meaning commentators and politicians have expressed concern over the encounter. Few seem to have paused to wonder if there was, in fact, anything mysterious about the shootout. If it was indeed fake, the story would read something like this: Hoping to redeem their anti-terrorism credentials and whip up anti-Muslim paranoia, the Delhi police shot dead two innocent Muslims. For some reason, though, they left a third innocent Muslim, Mohammad Saif, alive to tell the tale. Either because of incompetence or to get rid of an inconvenient honest officer, depending on who is telling the story — the Delhi police also killed one of their own. They also shot another officer, but let him live.

A riveting fiction? The truth about Batla House is, in comparison, mundane.

When inspector Mohan Chand Sharma walked through the door of the flat where he was to die, all he knew was that he was looking for a man with two missing front teeth. Soon after the Gujarat bombings, a Bharuch resident contacted the police to report that the vehicles used as car bombs in Ahmedabad had been parked by his tenant. Gujarat Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner Abhay Chudasma had little to go on, bar one small clue: the mobile phone used by the tenant to communicate with the landlord. It turned out that the phone went silent after the Ahmedabad bombings.

Based on the interrogation of suspects, Gujarat police investigators determined that the cell phone was one of the five used by the perpetrators between July 7 and 26 — the day of the serial bombings. They learned that the perpetrators had observed rigorous communication security procedures, calling these numbers only from public telephones. Between July 16 and July 22, the investigators learned, another of the five Gujarat phones had been used in the Jamia Nagar area. This phone had received just five calls, all from public phones at Jamia Nagar. Then, on July 24, the phone became active again in Ahmedabad.

The investigators also found evidence of a second link between the Ahmedabad bombings and the Jamia Nagar area. On July 19, the Bharuch cell phone received a call from Mumbai, made from an eastern Uttar Pradesh number — the sole break in the communication-security procedure. Immediately after this, a call was made from the eastern U.P. phone to a number at Jamia Nagar, registered to local resident Mohammad Atif Amin. The authorities mounted a discreet watch on his phone but decided not to question him in the hope that he would again be contacted by the perpetrators.

Mumbai police crime branch chief Rakesh Maria made the next breakthrough last month, when his investigators held Afzal Usmani, a long-standing lieutenant of ganglord-turned-jihadist Riyaz Bhatkal. From Usmani, the investigators learned that top commander 'Bashir' and his assault squad left Ahmedabad on July 26 for a safe house at Jamia Nagar. Armed with this information, the investigators came to believe that Atif Amin either provided Bashir shelter or the two were one and the same person. Inspector Sharma was asked to settle the issue.

'Vodaphone salesman'

Sub-inspector Dharmindar Kumar was given the unhappy task of trudging up the stairs in the sweltering heat, searching for Bashir. Dressed in a tie and shirt, just like other members of Sharma's team, Kumar pretended to be a salesman for Vodaphone. At the door of Amin's flat, he heard noises — and called his boss.

According to head constable Balwant Rana, who was by Sharma's side, the two men knocked on the front door, identifying themselves as police officers. There was no response. Then, the officers walked down an 'L' shaped corridor which led to a second door. This door was unlocked. Sharma and Rana, as they entered, were fired upon from the front of and to the right of the door. When the rest of the special team, armed only with small arms, went in to support Sharma and Rana, two terrorists ran out through the now-unguarded front door. Saif wisely locked himself up in a toilet.

It takes little to see that Sharma's team made several tactical errors. However, as anyone who has actually faced hostile fire will testify, combat tends not to be orderly. In the United States or Europe, a Batla House-style operation would have been carried out by a highly trained assault unit equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment. Given their resources and training, Sharma and his men did as well as could be expected.

Judging by Sharma's injuries, as recorded by doctors at the Holy Family Hospital in New Friend's Colony and later re-examined at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences' Trauma Centre, he was fired at from two directions. One bullet hit him in the left shoulder and exited through the left upper arm; the other hit the right side of the abdomen, exiting through the hip. The investigators believe that the abdomen wound was inflicted with Amin's weapon and the shoulder hit, by Mohammad Sajid.

Much has been made of a newspaper photograph which shows that Sharma's shirt was not covered in blood, with some charging that it demonstrates he was shot in the back. Forensic experts, however, note that bleeding from firearms injuries takes place through exit wounds — not, as in bad pop films, at the point of entry. In the photograph, signs of a bullet having ripped through Sharma's shirt are evident on his visible shoulder; so, too, is evidence of the profuse bleeding from the back.

In some sense, the allegations levelled over the encounter tell us more about the critics than the event itself. In part, the allegations have been driven by poor reporting and confusion — the product, more often than not, by journalists who have not followed the Indian Mujahideen story. More important, though, the controversy was driven by the Muslim religious right-wing whose myth-making, as politician Arif Mohammad Khan recently pointed out, has passed largely unchallenged.

In a recent article, the University of Delaware's Director of Islamic Studies, Muqtedar Khan, lashed out at the "intellectually dishonest" representatives of Muslims who "live in denial." "They first deny that there is such a thing as jihadi terrorism," Dr. Khan noted, "resorting to conspiracy theories blaming every act of jihadi violence either on Israel, the U.S. or India. Then they argue that unjust wars by these three nations [in Palestine, Iraq and Kashmir] are the primary cause for jihadi violence; a phenomenon whose very existence they have already denied."

It is easy to rip apart the pseudo-facts that drove the claim that the Jamia Nagar encounter was fake — or that the Indian Mujahideen is a fiction. Much political work, though, is needed to drain the swamps of denial and deceit in which the lies have bred.

Celebrating Ramadan Jihadi Style

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and serves as a spiritual boot camp for Muslims. In this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk everyday; abstaining from food, water, sex and anything unpleasant and immoral. One is not allowed to get angry, speak rudely or even think of bad things. The purpose of the month is to take a break from deep entanglements in mundane affairs and make a systematic and concerted effort to reconnect with the divine and work on improving one's personal moral character.

For me, Ramadan is about returning to the fountain of truth and drinking from it as deeply as possible. It is not the parched throat but rather the parched soul that is my concern, so I study the Qur'an and contemplate on it. Other Muslims adhere more closely to rituals. I believe that while rituals discipline, knowledge is more transformative. But to each his own. The goal in Ramadan is really is to find a way, ritual, spiritual or intellectual, to get closer to God.

Unfortunately, for some Muslims, murder and mayhem rather than prayer and fasting have become the way to celebrate Ramadan.

On September 6, in the first week of Ramadan, two suicide bombers killed over 50 people in Peshawar, Pakistan. On September 13, five bombs killed over 30 in New Delhi, India. On September 15, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at a Ramadan fast breaking ceremony killing 22 people in Diyala, Iraq. On September 17, a truck bomb and some militants attacked the US embassy in San'a, Yemen killing 16 people. And on September 20, a massive truck bomb killed over 60 people in Islamabad, Pakistan.

All of these attacks have been conducted by people who call themselves "Jihadis", this they claim is their struggle in the path of God. One cannot imagine to what extent the minds and the hearts of these people have become poisoned that in the month of Ramadan, when even frowning is undesirable, they chose to murder and maim indiscriminately. The most incomprehensible aspect of these atrocities is that a vast majority of their victims are the very people on whose behalf these wars are waged!

If they want to fight and die for God, they are welcome. There are over 200,000 American soldiers, in
Iraq and Afghanistan, who are there specifically to oblige them, why not go and fight them.

These cowards, who call themselves Jihadis, run and hide from soldiers seeking to fight them and instead target helpless and unarmed civilians. They repeatedly confirm that they have no regard for social order, for law, for human life and even for the sacred injunctions from the God whose pleasure they seek through violence.

If they really wish to wage a Jihad (struggle) in this holy month of Ramadan, then their first target should be their own cowardice and the profound Jahiliyyah (ignorance) that disables them from seeing what is right and what is wrong.

There are three kinds of Muslim responses to these never ending atrocities. Some Muslims condemn, oppose and actively reject the Jihadis and their agenda of global anarchy. I wish they would be better organized and more effective.

Another minority, unfortunately, appreciates and supports the Jihadis. I pray that this Ramadan may open their eyes to the true reality of the Jihadi phenomenon. It preys on the weak and the helpless, has achieved absolutely nothing of value for Muslims, and has pushed a large number of people in the world to despise Islam and hate Muslims.

And then there is a significant Muslim population that lives in denial. They also are intellectually dishonest. They first deny that there is such a thing as jihadi terrorism, resorting to conspiracy theories blaming every act of Jihadi violence either on
Israel, the U.S. or India. Then they argue that unjust wars by these three nations (in Palestine, Iraq and Kashmir) is the primary cause for Jihadi violence; a phenomenon whose very existence they have already denied.

Unless Muslims wakeup to the culture of terrorism in their world and act to eradicate it, they may find themselves isolated and shunned from the rest of the world, while also being the biggest victims of the very phenomenon they do not fight.

Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Who can not be bought.

Who can not be bought.
Whose word is their bond.
Who put charachter above wealth.
Who possess opinions and a will.
Who are larger than their vocations.
Who do not hesitate to take chances.
Who will not loose their individuality in crowd.
Who will be honest in small things as in great things.
Who will make no compromise with wrong.
Who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"
Who are true to their friend in adversity as well as in prosperity.
Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning & hard headness are the best qualities for winning success.
Who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular.
Who can say "NO" with emphasis, altough all the rest of the world say "YES".
Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires.

RSS deconverted 50,000 Christians in Uttar Pradesh

राष्ट्रीय स्वयं सेवक संघ के विभाग प्रमुख विद्याराम पाण्डेय ने कहा कि सहसवान तहसील के ग्राम खिरकवारी में चर्च अभी भी मौजूद है। उस स्थान को मंदिर का रूप दिया जायेगा। कहा कि संघ का घर वापसी अभियान जारी रहेगा। पांच साल में ब्रज क्षेत्र से पादरियों को भगा देंगे।

संघ कार्यालय पर गुरूवार को पत्रकारों के साथ बातचीत कर रहे श्री पाण्डेय ने कहा कि खिरकवारी में ढाई सौ ईसाई पुन: हिन्दू बन चुके है। वहां के जब सभी लोग हिन्दू बन चुके है तो वहां चर्च का क्या काम। उसी स्थान को मंदिर का रूप देने की तैयारी की जा रही है। उन्होंने कहा कि खिरकवारी में पूर्व प्रधान प्रेमचन्द के नाम से चर्च की स्थापना हुयी थी। उन्हीं के साथ सभी लोग पुन: हिन्दू बन चुके है।

गत दिवस एक पादरी द्वारा खिरकवादी की घटना पर टिप्पणी करने को ओछी मानसिकता का परिचायक बताया। उन्होंने कहा कि ईसाई मिशनरियां हिन्दू आबादी का अपहरण कर रही है। इसे अब और बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जायेगा। प्रलोभन देकर दलितों को ईसाई बनाने और चर्च की स्थापना करने के विरोध में अभियान चल रहा है। अब तक 25 चर्चे धर्म जागरण विभाग अपने कब्जे में ले चुका है। अब तक ब्रज प्रांत में 50,000 लोगों की घर वापसी हो चुकी है।

Vijyadashmi Message from RSS Sar-Sanghchalak Shri. Sudarshan Ji

Time has come for the awakened Hindu Society should to shed its image of being docile, always prone to be bullied and attacked by others. We never go to attack anybody but if anybody attacks, in self-defense we should never hesitate to resist. The resistance should be such that the attackers get a lesson that we have authority of law to retaliate in self-defense. The self-defense should be such that the attackers get a lesson for their life that the attack on the Hindu society will only be counter productive.

Today, shedding its centuries old torpor, our country is rising. When we use the term Hindu, it encompasses all those who accept Bharat mata as our mother, all the great personalities of the nations as our ancestors and subscribe to the main ingredients of our 'sanskriti' i.e. ethos that says that the truth is one and the wise men describe it in various ways, as also the principle that there are many paths leading to the Ultimate goal and all those paths are true. Those who say that only our way is the true one, all others are false, cannot be a part of Hindu society. Those who indulge in proselytization by force, allurements and inducements have no place in this Nation's life.

My response to 'Don't target converts' -- by Hilda Raja

Dr. Hilda Raja was a professor at Queen Mary's College, Chennai. She is a Roman Catholic by religion and has held an advisory position in the Catholic Bishops Conference in India.

Aggressive policy of conversion followed by some fundamentalist churches and fundamental Christians cannot justify taking law into one's hand and no amount of provocation can justify violence is correct theoretically and logically. But if such logic rules the hearts and minds of men/women why is there so much of violence in the world? Why do countries violate the rights of other countries? Why do law makers turn into law breakers? Why do those in the Khaki who have to operate the law on the streets become violators of human rights? In the midst of such oppression, exploitation can we expect the people to meekly be submissive and subservient? Or is the author's theory held good only in the provocation rising in the business of conversion?