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Urban Naxals plotting unrest, supporting elite intellectuals and unconnected emeritus experts petitioning for their release! [1]

August 31, 2018

Urban Naxals plotting unrest, supporting elite intellectuals and unconnected emeritus experts petitioning for their release! [1]

 Urban naxals or witch-hunt

Bhima-Koregoan violence and the consequent arrests [December 2017 to June 2018]: The June 2018 incidences, arrests with the Bhima-Koregoan violence have been discussed earlier in June 2018 in the blogs- in two parts, pointing out the role of Congress in it[1].  Everyone knows that the Bhima-Koregoan incidences resulted in violence, spreading to Mumbai incurring loss of life and properties[2]. The anti-Modi lobbyists attended the functions and spoke without mincing words[3]. Incidentally, last July 2017, in the International Ambedkar Conference held in Bangalore, some of them had attended. When they discussed, they delved upon the issue of ousting BJP out of power[4]. Of course, one of them tried to oppose Congress also, for name sake. Consequent to the filing of FIR , police searchers, recovery of incriminating documents, “urban naxals” arrested were – Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawle, Surendra Gadling, Soma Sen and Mahesh Raut. As they have been elite, sophisticated and experts in their ideology, propaganda and perverted intelligence, they have been trying to divide people under the guise of right to think, express, speak, write and so on. In the name of “human rights,” they comfortably forget  the rights of the affected.

Arrested Maoists - Rola Wilson, Mahesh raul

Plot to kill Modi? [Letter dated 18-04-2017 recovered from Rona Wilson laptop]: The nation wide raids conducted at the homes of prominent activists who allegedly have naxalite links is probably one of the biggest exercises. The raids were conducted at Delhi, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Goa and Mumbai were conducted after the police went through 25,000 GB of data seized from five arrested persons[5]. The police while going through the data stumbled upon the names of several persons, whose homes were raided on 28-06-2018. It was found that these persons living in the cities were either directly or closely associated with the naxalites. Very strong links have emerged, said an official part of the exercise to OneIndia. The data that was analysed in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case revealed that these persons were closely associated with the banned CPI (Maoist)[6]. They were allegedly involved in conspiring and taking part in movements with an intention of creating violence, officials also said. It may be recalled that it was during the same investigation that the police had also found that some persons were conspiring to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The police also raided the residences of left wing activists, Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves who was arrested under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2007, activist Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, trade union activist Sudha Bharadwaj and human rights activist Gautam Navalakha in Delhi. The house of Stan Swamy in Ranchi, Anand Teltumbede in Goa was also searched. Anand Teltumbede attended the Congress conference held at Bangalore in July 2017.

Arrested Maoists - Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen

Earlier arrested – Sudhur Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling etc in June 2018: On June 6, 2018, the police had arrested Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Mumbai-based Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal, Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson of Committee of Release of Political Prisoners, Nagpur lawyer Surendra Gadling of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, and Mahesh Raut. The name of Rao had come up when the Pune police arrested, Surendra Gadling from Nagpur in June in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. A letter was recovered from Gadling, in which Rao had complimented him for the success of the attack launched by naxalites in Gadchiroli. There were also letters discussing the assassination of Modi which were recovered from Rona Wilson, also an accused in the case. In addition to this the police also raided Fereira’s house in Thane. The police say that he is an alleged sympathiser of naxalites and had been arrested in the past as well. He was however discharged in all the cases.

Urban naxals detained on 28-08-2018

The Police appraised the position: The moment Uraban naxals were arrested, as expected, their supporters from all intelligent groups stated opposing. Their propaganda has been so offensive, the Pune Deputy Commissioner of Police Shirish Sardeshpande had to arrange a press meet and clarify the position. During the press meet held in the city’s Shanivarwada area, said that the preparations including mobilization of funds and inciting the masses, were on since long before the Elgar Parishad was involved[7]. Elaborating, he pointed out that the alleged plot came to light after the police analysed the electronic devices, documents and other “highly incriminating evidence” seized from the five arrested persons, showing their links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)[8]. This is the first official reaction from the Pune police justifying Tuesday’s arrests of –

  1. Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer-activist,
  2. Gautam Navlakha, civil liberties activists,
  3. Vernon Gonsalves,
  4. Arun Ferreira and
  5. Varavara Rao

from different parts of India, triggering a massive outcry. However, it is ridiculous to think that the police could arrest the “experts” just like that.

varvara rao, navalka, teltumbde

Should police reveal all evidences to the media?: The Police commissioner told, “We have scanned computer hard disks, pen drives, memory cards, resolutions of meetings, documents, emails and other elaborate communications between the members of the banned CPI (Maoist) and the five arrested accused,” he said. The CPI (Maoist) had formed the “All India United Front (AIUF)” as per a resolution passed by its Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB) — an underground unit — and had hatched the conspiracy to topple the legally elected government. They analyzed 25,000 GB data to get the details. Efforts were underway to launch a similar front (AIUF) through the Elgar Parishad and included plans to collect funds, assign responsibilities, and acquire arms for the larger conspiracy. Howeve, he cannot reveal all the relied upon documents to the media, as the media people have been aiding and abetting the terrorists by sharing all information. In fact, had the arrested been really, involved, they could easily destroy such evidences incriminating. In fact, already, they started asserting that the “relied upon documents” are fake.

varvara rao

Naxals involved in killing innocent people: Besides, the evidence also reveals plans of the “urban Naxals” to influence and radicalize the youth and students, arms training and other details, he said. He revealed that the Maoists have been involved in many unlawful activities leading to the killings of a large number of security forces and civilians, besides links with other like-minded organisations, which were not named. In Tuesday’s [28-08-2018] operation, he said, a total of nine places were raided and the said five activists were arrested. The intellectuals should respond to their methodology of exploiting violence, killing and sabotaging to solve their problems.

5 renowned persons filed petition to release U-naxals

Five eminent experts, but unconnected filed petition to release the arrested: Among those who have moved court include Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande, Maya Darnall[9]. How these came together has been surprising and intriguing. In the petition, which was mentioned by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the historian and other right activists have sought release of all activists who have been arrested during raids in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case[10].  They have also sought an independent probe into the arrests[11]. The petitioners have also urged the apex court to seek explanation from Maharashtra for ‘sweeping round of arrest’ in the case. The raids were carried out as part of a probe into the violence between Dalits and the upper caste Peshwas at Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune after an event called Elgar Parishad, or conclave, on December 31 last year, 2017[12]. However, these were keeping quite for the 31-12-2017 violence and June 2018 arrest of their collegues. Now, it is not known what compelled them to come together and file a petition in Supeme Court.

© Vedaprakash

31-08-2018

Supporting Urban naxals, Prashant Bushan, Aruntati, Aruna etc

[1] Vedaprakash, Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (1), June 7, 2018.

[2] https://indiainteracts.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/congress-playing-divisive-and-dangerous-politics-by-exploiting-anti-national-forces-including-maoists-1/

[3] Vedaprakash, Congress playing divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (2), June 7, 2018.

[4] https://indiainteracts.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/congress-playing-rioting-divisive-and-dangerous-politics-by-exploiting-anti-national-forces-including-maoists-2/

 

[5] OneIndia, After analysing 25,000 GB data and raiding urban naxals, police unearth ‘Break India conspiracy’, Written By: Vicky Nanjappa, Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 9:57 [IST]

[6] https://www.oneindia.com/india/after-analysing-25000-gb-data-and-raiding-urban-naxals-police-unearth-break-india-conspiracy-2764615.html

[7] TimesNow, Maoist conspiracy hatched to overthrow the elected government: Pune Police, Updated Aug 29, 2018 | 23:06 IST | IANS.

[8] https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/malegaon-blast-case-framing-of-charges-against-lt-col-shrikant-purohit-on-september-5/277112

[9] DNA, Eminent persons including Romila Thapar move SC against arrest of activist Sudha Bhardwaj and others, Updated: Aug 29, 2018, 11:44 AM IST.

[10] https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-eminent-persons-including-romila-thapar-move-sc-against-arrest-of-activist-sudha-bhardwaj-and-others-2656331

[11] Deccan Chronicle, Romila Thapar, 4 others moves SC against arrest of rights activists, PTI, Published Aug 29, 2018, 11:36 am IST; Updated Aug 29, 2018, 11:36 am IST

[12] https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/290818/romila-thapar-4-others-moves-sc-against-arrest-of-rights-activists.html

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Congress playing rioting, divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (2)

June 7, 2018

Congress playing rioting, divisive and dangerous politics by exploiting anti-national forces including Maoists! (2)

Bima Goregaon -Mahar killed Beswas

Jignesh Mevani, Radhika Vemula, Umar Khalid attended Bhima-Koregaon celebration: Thousands of persons from more than 250 progressive social outfits, including several left-leaning and Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra participated in the event, symbolically held at the Shaniwarwada fort — the erstwhile seat of Peshwa power — on December 31, 2017 as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon. The event, which lasted nearly eight hours, witnessed the participation of Gujarat Assembly MLA Jignesh Mevani, Radhika Vemula and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid. Several speakers sharply criticised the BJP government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Speeches were made condemning the ”rising” atrocities on Dalits and minorities. Speakers exhorted the audience to take inspiration from the Bhima-Koregaon battle and form a “joint front of progressives” to combat the “new Peshwai tyranny” represented by the RSS and the BJP. It is ironical that these intellectuals still harp upon the outdated hypotheses and theories of race, racism, racialism, brahmin-non-brahmin, whites-black etc., even today. Instead of appreciating the positive aspect of the freedom struggle and connected issues, they have taken the pride to celebrate the defeat of the Peshwas, , not because, they were  Marathas, but “Brahmins.” Many groups of people, including Brahmins helped the British and it does not mean that they won or lost, whenever, they or the natives involved. Even during the Mughal , Vijayanagara, Maratha periods, Hindus and Mohammedan soldiers were there on either side. It does not mean that Hindus fought with Hindus or Mohammedans with Mohammedans or vice versa.

Dalit riots- pune- Mumbai affected - Mewani

The left versus the Right (April 2018): A court in Shirur Taluk in Pune district in April 2018 directed radical Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote, the prime accused in orchestrating the Bhima-Koregaon riots of January 1, 2018, to four days of police custody. The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Shirur gave the directive against the Hindutva leader based on a complaint lodged under section 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections under the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Property Damage Act at Shikrapur police station[1]. However, in a parallel development later in the day, the Pune District and Sessions court granted bail to Ekbote following a hearing on the latter’s application for the same[2]. In response, advocates Tosif Shaikh and Kumar Kalel moved an application under Section 14 (a) of the Prevention of Atrocities Amendment Act, 2015, requesting a stay in the granting of Ekbote’s bail. He said the prosecution had argued that the Hindutva leader had been stirring up religious tensions since 1995 and had at least 23 cases against him for disrupting peace and communal harmony. Ekbote, who has a rash of charges against him following the Bhima-Koregaon riots of January 1 this year, was finally arrested by a team of the Pune Rural Police on March 14 after the Supreme Court cancelled his interim bail relief.

Elgar Parishad

Extensive searches carried on as Maoist role suspected in the riots: In April this year, the Pune police carried out extensive searches at the residences of those arrested[3]. Additionally, the police had raided the homes of four KKM activists — Harshali Potdar, Jyoti Jagtap, Ramesh Ghaichor and Deepak Dhengle — in Pune[4].  On January 8, the Vishrambaug Wada police station in Pune lodged an FIR against six KKM members, including five of those whose residences were searched, for making allegedly ‘provocative’ speeches and presentations calculated to promote enmity between two groups at the ‘Elgaar Parishad.’ The complaint had accused the KKM activists of making a number of “inflammatory” speeches and delivering “socially divisive” presentations during the course of the troupe’s performance and recitals. On January 3 this year, the Vishrambaug police similarly lodged a case against Mewani and Khalid for allegedly “promoting enmity between two groups” with their supposedly provocative speeches at the Parishad.

Left versus Right playing

Prakash Ambedkar annoyed with questioning his links with the arrested persons: Hours after Times Now aired the exclusive expose on Congress’ possible involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh’s leader Prakash Ambedkar has issued open threats to the channel’s senior editor Anand Narasimhan[5]. Ambedkar first warns to stop ‘these ongoing thing’ meaning the channel’s report regarding the explosive letter that was accessed by them and threatens Anand using foul language that the government will change in 6 months and then he can harm Anand. The letter, allegedly written by a Maoist activist to Rona Wilson, stated that Congress senior leadership will provide all the legal and financial help to exploit the Dalit-Bramhin divide and instigate ‘chaos’ all across the country to stop the Modi Juggernaut in 2019. The letter hailed Jignesh Mewani, Umar Khalid as ‘young fighters’ and allegedly added that with the help of Prakash Ambedkar, the trio will help to consolidate Dalit struggles all across the country in a few years[6]. The letter had also stated about using the death of a young man to exploit their agenda of violence further.The letter was allegedly seized by the Maharashtra Police among the documents and laptops/mobiles seized from Rona Wilson’s house. Prakash Ambedkar has been changing his stands politically. Actually, there was a proposal that he would join with BJP, but as Ramdass Athawale joined and got minister-ship, he felt neglected. Ddit Raj has also been given importance with MP post. So he stated moving towards Congress. He was with Congress-men during the Ambedkar international conference held at Bangalore last July 2017. Thus, it is evident that with dalits, Congress want to play politics.

Letter of Rona Wilson addressed to Comrade-M

Maoists want to bring down the Modi juggernaut in 2019: Times Now channel had reported on 06-06-2018, that they have obtained an explosive letter that was allegedly one of the documents seized by the police from Rona Wilson. It was a letter written by an individual named Comrade M to Rona Wilson. The channel claimed that the letter was obtained by their staff member from her sources in Maharashtra Police. As per Times Now, the letter was dated 2nd January 2018, a day after the Bhima Koregaon violence took place and the letter is being considered as an appreciation letter from one Maoist comrade to another. The letter contains explosive information regarding Congress links to the Maoist in mobilising and funding the agitation. It states that senior comrades from the CPIM leadership have had ‘prior talks’ with ‘friends in the Congress’ who suggested them to make the Dalit mobilisation more aggressive and promised all required legal and financial help[7]. The letter, per TimesNow, also mentions that all help will be provided from Congress through the conduit comrade Jignesh[8]. The Maharashtra Police has reasons to believe that the ‘comrade Jignesh; is none other than Congress endorsed Dalit MLA Jignesh Mewani. The letter also allegedly claims that the Maoist agenda has a strong support from Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar.The letter goes on to state that Dalit sentiments are clearly against Bramhin centred BJP and RSS and this should be converted into large-scale mobilisation and chaos. It adds that for the first time since coming to power, the state government has been heavily cornered on this issue and we must keep the pressure through simultaneous programs across many states. It further states that this will undoubtedly help to bring down the Modi juggernaut in 2019.

Maoist-congress-link against BJP

The Congress started playing divisive and dangerous politics: The Congress with the advice of the old cong-men, has decided to play politics with soft Hindutwa, dividing Hindus with “Lingayat” like minority status, tempting “dalits” with MP, waiver of loans to farmer and so on. In Bangalore, it has won partially. In Maharastra, through Bhima-Goreghava riots, it has experimented, but led to the exploitation of Maoists. By inviting Thirumavalavan, Rahul has started game-plan for Tamilnadu. Noting the pattern carefully, there is a reason to believe that its or Maoist role can be noted in Jallikkattu, the anti-nuclear, anti-cricket, anti-Modi and other demonstrations. The ultimate attack has been Modi, BJP etc., but the dejure attacks have been Hindus, Hindu religion, Brahmins and so on. The defacto attacks have been on India, nation, people and associated factors. Violence is resorted in different form, by making people to fight with each other or bring law and order problem so that police, paramilitary, anti-riot and military forces enter the scene leading to killing of people. The pattern is seen from Kashmir and the stone-pelting, petrol-bomb trowing, mob-violence and all other scenes are exactly repeated in rioting. Therefore, such orchestrated, sophisticated and anti-national intellectuals have to be checked, controlled and tamed.

© Vedaprakash

07-06-2018

Ambedkar International conference, July 2017

[1] The Hindu, Bhima-Koregaon violence: Sessions court grants bail to Ekbote, Shoumojit Banerjee, APRIL 04, 2018 19:59 IST; UPDATED: APRIL 04, 2018 19:59 IST

[2] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bhima-koregaon-violence-sessions-court-grants-bail-to-ekbote/article23436224.ece

[3] The Hindu, Bhima-Koregaon clashes: Pune police conduct raids in several cities, Shoumojit Banerjee, NAGPUR , APRIL 17, 2018 17:20 IST; UPDATED: APRIL 17, 2018 17:42 IST

[4] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/bhima-koregaon-case-pune-police-searches-nagpur-lawyers-home/article23573992.ece

[5] OpIndia, ‘Govt will change in 6 months’ : Prakash Ambedkar threatens TimesNow Senior Editor Anand Narasimhan on air, By OpIndia Staff, Posted on June 7, 2018.

[6]  http://www.opindia.com/2018/06/govt-will-change-in-6-months-prakash-ambedkar-threatens-timesnow-senior-editor-anand-narasimhan-on-air/

[7] OpIndia, Congress and Maoist nexus with Jignesh as conduit? TimesNow claims to have accessed incriminating letter, By OpIndia Staff, Posted on June 7, 2018

[8]  http://www.opindia.com/2018/06/congress-and-maoist-nexus-with-jignesh-as-conduit-timesnow-claims-to-have-accessed-incriminating-letter/

“Thomas myth” raked up by the Kerala Church to suppress the multi-crore land scam racist, liturgical and  catechetical problems (2)

April 17, 2018

“Thomas myth” raked up by the Kerala Church to suppress the multi-crore land scam racist, liturgical and  catechetical problems (2)

Discussing Thomas myth- Thelakkat and Narayanan

G. S. Narayanan pointed out that Kerala was not habituated during first centuries: Noted historian M G S Narayanan said there were no historic documents to suggest that St Thomas had come to India for evangelisation work[1]. “There were no human habitations here at that time in Kerala. There was only forest here. How would he visit such a place? For what? . Human settlements began towards the end of Mauryan dynasty, he said. It is common for religious heads and political parties to twist history for their benefit, he told a Malayalam TV channel. The Syrian Christian community in Kerala believes that St Thomas came to this part in AD 52 and had established churches. The community considers St Thomas as the ‘Father in Faith’ of Christians in India. The Syro-Malabar Church has over 30 dioceses in the country and four outside– in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and Britain–serving over five million faithful. M.G.S. Narayanan had earlier questioned the claim[2]. “Thomashleeha (as St. Thomas is known in Kerala) is an imaginary thing. He is one of the apostles. He should be Christ’s contemporary. If he had come to Kerala, there would have been only forests in Kerala, let alone Brahmins,” Narayanan told Outlook. “Syrian Christians’ trade relations with Kerala started in 2nd and 3rd century. Brahmins came as a hegemonic community in Kerala only in 8th Century,” he said. Pius Melekandathil, professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who is an expert on maritime history and church history, admitted that it is a matter of dispute however saying that the probability factor has to be taken into consideration.

Geevargheese Mor Cooilos denies Brahmins were converted by Thomas
The Bishop, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos asserted that Thomas never converted Brahmins[3]: The Bishop of Niranam diocese, historically one of the oldest dioceses of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in Kerala, has criticized the upper caste tendencies among believers fuelled by a “mythical” belief that St. Thomas converted Brahmins to Christianity in Kerala[4]. It is also widely believed that St Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Christ, had converted members of top Brahmin families in Kerala to Christianity. Though the Abrahamic faith is devoid of caste hierarchies, Christian families often hold get-togethers to celebrate their lineage and put out books proclaiming their Brahmin origin[5].  The Bishop, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, however, in a Facebook post announced[6] that he would not attend any such get-togethers, dubbing them as “programs to assert their artificially created upper caste identity and lineage.” “They say their ancestors were Brahmins converted by St. Thomas. They even put out their family history in books proclaiming such false notions. These baseless, savarna caste-oriented and reactionary myths have to be busted,” read his statement in Malayalam, adding, “I did attend such events due to my personal intimacy with them. But, I regret it. I can’t (do it) any more”.

Geevarghese Mor Coorilos asserts that Brahmins not converted by Thomas

Supporting Brahmin or Dalit – the Church divided: “It is a matter of debate. But, many historians have seen it as highly probable and reliable. The earliest reference to St. Thomas preaching gospel to Brahmins is from St. Jerome of 4th century. Among the converts , the Brahmin converts seem to have been quite significant enough to attract the special attention of St. Jerome, who mentions that the apostle went “ut Christus apud Brachmanas praedicaret” (to preach Christ to the Brahmins),” he said. “This needs more investigation. It is more nuanced and complex. Brahmin does not mean one single category of social group. There were different categories of Brahmins in Kerala. It was not a period where there was absence of Brahmins. It’s true they came as a hegemonic group only in 8th Century. But, there were Brahmins as scattered and fragmented community even before that. Duties and obligations of Brahmins under Chera empire are mentioned in Sangam literature,” he said. Melekandathil also said that there are written documents of maritime trade agreement between Muziris (in Kerala) and Alexandria from 2nd century obtained from Vienna archive in 1985. The Bishop, who also serves the World Council of Churches as moderator of its Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME), later added, “Many address me as ‘Thirumeni’, a myth created by the upper caste[7]. They can call me a friend or father. If they want it to be formal, it can be Bishop. We have to change and should change many things,” To make his point, the Bishop quoted writer OV Vijayan’s statement “The English language is the best weapon to challenge the caste”.  He had also supported the hartal organised by Dalit outfits on 09-04-2018, Monday. “Normally, I do not support hartals as such protests in Kerala have not served their purpose. But I support the Dalit hartal wholeheartedly as it is against the atrocities faced by the marginalised sections under the fascist and feudal system. The people who are opposing the strike should introspect over their approach and mentality to the caste system and Dalits,” he posted on Facebook[8].

SC- converted christians- controversy

Catholic drama of caste, casteism and savarna: Fr. Paul Thelakat, former Syro Malabar Church spokesperson, echoed Coorilose’s statement. “In India we have bane that we irrespective of our religion have Manu sleeping within our consciousness. Everyone wants to establish one’s own upper caste glory. It is found in the ancient Christians of Kerala e.g certain families claiming to have been baptised from Brahmin families by St Thomas himself. St Thomas is supposed to have come to Kerala, it would be in the first century. Brahmins came to south India only in the 8th century. I am sorry to say upper caste mentality can be found also in Marxists in Kerala. Even though Marxism has a universal humanistic ideology, we find the upper caste surname kept, like Nampoodirpad, Menon, Pillai, Nair etc,” he said. Firm on his position despite the sharp and mixed reactions to his statement, Coorilos later wrote on the same post: “I am adding this after reading many comments to this post. Many of you are calling me ‘Thirumeni’ (a feudal honorific). That’s also a product of the savarna consciousness. You can call me a friend or Father. Or, if you want to make it more formal, you can call me Bishop.” “(Writer) OV Vijayan had said that English is the best weapon to resist caste. We must change. Change is must,” he said.

Church corrects Thelekkat - MM- 15-04-2018

Rs 80 crores land sold for Rs 27.30 crore: Just like Vatican, the Indian Church has also been involved in many scandals from sex to money swindling and other activities. Particularly, from Kerala, the crimes related to the Church have been horrible from murder, sex and financial scams involving all types of priests, bishops and cardinals also. Pressure is mounting on Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church based in Kerala, to resign after allegations that church land had been sold below market value in a deal that he had approved. Alencherry, 72, was ordained as a Cardinal, a priest of the highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church, by Pope Benedict XVI in February 2012. He is one of only five Cardinals in India. The deal in question concerns the sale of three acres of land in Kochi by the Ernakulam archdiocese in 2016 to repay a Rs 60-crore bank loan it had taken to build a medical college. The agent appointed by the church to conduct the deal had estimated the value of the land at Rs 27.30 crore, but the church has so far received only Rs 9.13 crore of that amount. However, priests and lay people critical of the action claim that the plot was actually worth at least Rs 80 crores However, Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) doesn’t seemed to be amused over the controversy. “There is no need to discuss the issue now. Those who raised the issue should solve it,” said KCBC official spokesperson Fr Varghese Vallikkatt[9]. But church sources pointed that Fr Thelakkat’s statement was made in connection with the ongoing land controversy in the Eranakulam-Angamali archdiocese and the tiff between the Ernakulam-Angamali diocese and the Changanacherry archdiocese respectively[10].

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17-04-2018

CPM organises 'BEEF FESTIVAL' inaugurated by 'Fr' Paul Thelakkat. Reported with glee by 'THE HINDU'.

[1] Covai Post Network, Historian Narayanan rubbishes St Thomas’s visit to Kerala to convert Hindus, April 15, 2018.

[2] https://www.covaipost.com/kerala-news/historian-narayanan-rubbishes-st-thomass-visit-to-kerala-to-convert-hindus/

[3] Indian express, Kerala Jacobite Church Metropolitan Geevarghese Mor Coorilos fires salvo at faithful’s ‘false beliefs’, By Express News Service | Published: 10th April 2018 03:24 AM, Last Updated: 10th April 2018 03:24 AM

[4] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2018/apr/10/kerala-jacobite-church-metropolitan-geevarghese-mor-coorilos-fires-salvo-at-faithfuls-false-belief-1799309.html

[5] Outlook, Bishop Demolishes The Biggest Conversion ‘Myth’ of Kerala , 13 APRIL 2018 Last Updated at 5:21 PM.

[6] https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/bishop-demolishes-the-biggest-conversion-myth-of-kerala/310974

[7] News.18, Histories of Old Christian Families in Kerala ‘Fabricated’, Chandrakanth Viswanath | News18Updated:April 10, 2018, 11:45 PM IST.

[8] https://www.news18.com/news/india/kerala-syrian-church-bishop-calls-histories-of-old-christian-families-in-kerala-fabricated-1714533.html

[9] Times of India, Fresh row in church over St Thomas’s ‘visit’ to Kerala, TNN | Apr 13, 2018, 10:50 IST

[10] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/fresh-row-in-church-over-st-thomass-visit-to-kerala/articleshow/63742878.cms

 

“Thomas myth” raked up by the Kerala Church to suppress the multi-crore land scam racist, liturgical and  catechetical problems (1)

April 17, 2018

“Thomas myth” raked up by the Kerala Church to suppress the multi-crore land scam racist, liturgical and  catechetical problems (1)

Saint Thomas myth book - Tamil and English

Why “Thomas myth” raises head then and there?: Definitely, 120 or 130 crores of Indians, hardly few lakhs would be worried about the myth, fable, legend, story, tale, parable etc., about Thomas, doubting Thomas, doubtful Thomas or saint Thomas of any category, character or thing. However, the fanatic Christians, in spite of unhistorical nature, then and there used to repeat like parrot, “St. Thomas visited India”! Even, I  did not know anything about this. However, when the nuisance interfered with academic curriculum of the schools, I brought out a book “Saint Thomas myth in India” in 1989[1], exposing the useless, utter nonsense and unhistorical narratives spread not in accordance with history or with historical analysis. Ishwar Sharan brought out “Mylapore Siva Temple and Myth of Saint Thomas” in 1991[2] and 2010[3] [these books can be downloaded from the links provided at the footnotes]. As 90% of Indians have been secular, they do not bother about such myths, as they are concerned about their livelihood, attending to family affairs and other important work. Yet, the Christians used to disturb them with the fairy tales. So now, in 2018, the myth has started exploding again for unknown reasons. First, the rivalry among the “Thomas church” groups was reported, later turning into multi-crore land scam involving cardinal, bishops, and other Christian priests. As Indians used to think, “It is all their internal affair,” they read, heard and ignored the news and reports. But, the Christians want to draw attention of others. So the myth-debate has started.

Attack on Chidananda sami and promoting Ghulam Ali

Attack on Hindus, Hindu religion etc: Unlike other states, in Kerala, not only, the Hindu population is less, but, also, Hindus are targeted by the dominant, Communist, Mohammedan and Christian forces by many means. Now, everything is viewed in political perspective as 2019 General elections are nearing. Moreover, in Kerala, the power has gone to the Communists from the Congress.

Religion Population %
Hindus 1,82,82,492 54.73
Muslims 88,73,472 26.56
Christians 61,41,269 18.38

Evidently, the 55% Hindu population has been divided mainly by communist ideology and secularist principles followed and of course, the caste division of the Hindus. However, the slogan “Congress-mukt Bharat” has caught up the educated elite of the Keralites and some of them have started drifting towards BJP, mainly because of the charismatic leadership of Modi. Even Congress leaders like Shashi Tharoor have appreciated Modi. The Christian clergy has been having dialogue with RSS cadre. However, the uncompromising Marxists and Mohammedans have been fighting with right-wing groups in Kerala, many times leading to violence. Under such circumstances, the Church in Kerala might resort to strategy to target Hindus under the guise of raking up “Brahmin-SC/Dalit” issue under the bogey of “thomas myth,” as that serves them in many ways.

Church refutes -corrects Thelekkat - Mathru Bhumi- 15-04-2018

The Syro-Malabar Church issued statement refuting Fr Paul Thelakkat who reportedly declared that “st Thomas never came to India”: The “Thomas-myth” has been the worst type of falsified Christian propaganda circulated in India, in spite of historians making tall claims about “secular history, “secular temper” to deal with history and all. Perhaps, in recent times, it has come out in the media. Amid a controversy triggered by reported remarks of a senior priest questioning the belief that St Thomas visited India in AD 52[4], the Syro-Malabar Church today said the disciple of Jesus Christ did visit India[5]. “The official stand of the Syro-Malabar Church is that St Thomas had visited India”, the Church said in a statement here[6]. The statement was issued after Fr Paul Thelakkat, a former spokesperson of the church, last week [08-04-2018, Sunday] reportedly said there was no evidence to suggest that St Thomas had come to India[7]. Some newspapers and TV news channels quoting former spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Church had reported there is no evidence to prove St Thomas had come to India[8]. Some media even said this is the official stand of Syro-Malabar Church. “This is baseless…,” it said. The Syro-Malabar Church originated from the evangelisation works of St Thomas, said the statement issued by Bishop Sebastian Vaniyappurackal[9]. “World famous historians have accepted it as a fact. Many historic documents are there to support this,” he said. The “Business Standard” carried the story with caution[10]. The propagandist church however did not name such “World famous historians”!

Fr Thelakkad Denies Saying That St Thomas Did not Visit Kerala, Mathrubhumi
Fr Thelakkat clarifies that he never questioned the belief of his coming but converting Brahmins: Evidently perturbed by the Church attack, Fr Thelakkat today [15-04-2018] said he had never made a statement about the traditional belief that St Thomas had come to India. He clarified he had made certain remarks regarding prevailing upper caste feelings in Church while joining a debate kick started by Bishop Geevarghese Mor Coorilos of the Niranam diocese of the Jacobite Syrian Church on the issue. After all, Catholic priest cannot go against the hierarchy, Pope and the Vatican. “We should not rely on glory of a caste or tribe. That is dangerous,” Thelakkat told PTI. The Jacobite priest had recently criticised some church members for conducting hollow family meetings. He had said in a Facebook post that some of the families believe in fake myths that their forefathers were members of the Brahmin community and St Thomas converted them to Christianity. These kinds of false beliefs should be broken, he had said. Whether Brahmins were or not, the motive behind such belief, the drama of opposing and supporting myth etc., in the context has to be analysed.

SC- converted christians- controversy

Christians cannot fool, hoodwink or suppress Indians for their denominations existing for their ow reasons: Syrian Christians are divided mainly into Syrian Catholic, Jacobite, Orthodox, Marthoma churches depending upon whether they owe their allegiance to the Pope in Rome, the Patriarch in Antioch, Catholicos in Kerala’s Kottayam or Metropolita in Thiruvalla. In other words, it is their theological, liturgical, catechetical problem as to how they have been divided or to be divided. They just want to provoke Hindus by raising the casteist issue to suppress their racist and denominational divisions. Coorilos, who belongs to Jacobite Church, has mercilessly swung an axe at the root of the age-old belief that is pervasive across all the four sects – that their ancestors are Namboodiris who were converted to Christianity by St Thomas. It also questions the existence of churches like Malayatoor that is famously believed to be the meditative halt of St Thomas during his Kerala leg of his sojourn. Brahmins’ conversion to Christianity under St. Thomas had been a point of dispute for long. .

The Papal bull Gregory VX accommmodating caste

Caste and Christianity – Pope’s tactful accommodation: The Pope Gregory XV (1621-23) has definitely accepted the caste. The Bull of Pope Gregory XV, “Bulla Romanae Sedis Antistitis”, dated 31 January 1623, accedes to the requests of the missionaries to accommodate themselves to certain caste practices and usages of the new converts[11]. Why not then the present Pope annul the Papal Bull issued, instead of recollecting what he had said in 1986. In fact, after his visit, there had been so many “caste problems and issues” within the Indian Church. The Supreme Court itself pronounced that if the Chuch wants reservation based on untouchability and caste, such factors of existence in Christianity should be proven (Soosai vs UOI – AIR 1986). Then, started the research of Athony Raj, SJ with funds to prove that untouchability and Caste system were there in Christianity and practiced even today. The Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa (DRC) has separate Churches for whites, black and coloured ones. The Apartheid Enquiry Committee in its report clearly pointed out that the Bible was responsible for caste like division. Why then even in non-Indian societies such divisions should exist?

© Vedaprakash

17-04-2018

caste, christianity, SC- reservation

[1] The Tamil book, book “Saint Thomas myth in India” – can be downloaded from here –https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AE9JnTvwIEO8PVc&cid=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6&id=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%21144&parId=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%211423&o=OneUp

[2]  Ishwar Sharan’’s “Mylapore Siva Temple and Myth of Saint Thomas” 1991 edition can be downloaded from here – https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AFZpdl8nyZY-SGE&cid=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6&id=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%211429&parId=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%211423&o=OneUp

[3]Ishwar Sharan’’s “Mylapore Siva Temple and Myth of Saint Thomas” 2010 edition can be downloaded from here –https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21APmNJmffAGILUmY&cid=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6&id=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%21154&parId=F97FE5FFAA8BA3D6%211423&o=OneUp

[4] Note in spite of the fact that CE and BCE notations are used by  historians and researchers, the media persons still use the “christian” notations!

[5] Malayala Manorma, Church corrects Fr Thelekkatt, says there is proof of St Thomas visiting India, Sunday April 2018 08:28 PM IST.

[6] https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2018/04/15/st-thomas-church-india.html

[7] Mathrubhumi, Syro-Malabar Church refutes Fr.Paul Thelakkat’s remark on St. Thomas’ India visit.,, Published: Apr 15, 2018, 02:27 PM IST……

[8] http://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/syro-malabar-church-refutes-fr-paul-thelakkat-s-remark-on-st-thomas-india-visit-1.2744403

[9] Business Standard, Church says St Thomas visited India, Press Trust of India | Kochi, Last Updated at April 15, 2018 19:35 IST; First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:35 IST.

[10] This is the appened warning: (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/church-says-st-thomas-visited-india-118041500554_1.html

[11] http://hindooraashtrcom.fatcow.com/pdf/Caste-in-Christianity-Papal-Bull.pdf