Monday, September 29, 2008

Two birds with one stone

Recent events in Orissa and all over India with regards to the treatment meted against Christians only prove a point. No matter how hard you step on a spring, saturated with momentum and rhythm, you only fuel the energy and the force that it gets to strike back.

Burning down churches and killing people only parades the martyr's faith. Deaths that wouldn't have been even announced on the Obituary page of the local paper get headlined on International newspapers. Thanks to the mindless violence and raising of the fist. And what does the dead care anymore? They are already where they should be the moment they left their mortal bodies. And the violaters only get to clean up the mess they made. Yes, no matter their associations and support from those at the earthly 'high places'. Justice is always at the end of the road, whichever street you are on.

Christians are being pushed into the limelight. At this instance, even unknowingly. A testimony of an unknown faithful is given a space on Internet or newspaper. He/she blurts out a personal belief, unknowingly, and somewhere across the face of earth, a soul is stirred through it. I read an article written by a journalist from Calcutta titled Faith Accompli for The Hindustan Times. Soumitro Das writes, 

Then, [a person] finds a God who, like him, suffered excruciating pain, who chose his  disciples among the poor and the wretched and gave his own life  so that others could find  salvation through his  suffering.  The Dalit also understands that, in the light of Jesus' story, the Hindus do not seem to have a moral order, that the only thing that counts for them is ritual purity and impurity. Instead of good and evil, Hinduism deals in the categories of ritual cleanliness and uncleanliness. The community, fortified by its realisation that the Hindu world view is only one among many others and not even of the most superior kind, gradually revolts and crosses over to Christianity. 

I am sure that it is not meant to be an attack on Hinduism. The writer himself could very well have been a Hindu. But my point is that events like the church burnings and killings give reasons for intellectuals and people who have influence in society to think about Christianity, to find out what is real and what is farce.

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Organisations also chose to voice their opinions and grievances to the Government of India by organising a Seven Days Sit In Dharna at the National Capital of India, Delhi. There were groups of even Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist communities who took part. Talk about unity in diversity against what is wrong.

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That's killing two birds with one stone.

8 comments:

dada destroyer said...

No. Hinduism is not like that at all. That is like judging Christianity based on The Dark Ages and the Crusades.

Ning said...

Well I didn't write that stuff. The writer did. My point is that Christians are in the limelight and we have the chance to make our point.

Ning said...

yeah i guess thats wrong about Hinduism too. Too much stereotyping.

dada destroyer said...

But you were quoting him. Thereby implying you agree somewhat with his opinions.

Ning said...

But thats also what the Dalit's view of their religion is, as imposed by the holymen of today. Most of them really don't have an opinion. The point is that for that person, rather than rituals, there is a choice of freedom.

dada destroyer said...

That's a matter of opinion.
I doubt it would make much of a difference, which reminds me. Your original point is bullshit. Are the lives of those Christians at stake here worth the 'limelight', 'exposure' or whatever your'e rying to push here?

Ning said...

if you think that way, i am sorry. just wanted to throw light on some positivity. i am not in any way be-littling the death of many people. I think I did mention the fact that they become martyrs by doing so. Martyrdom is vague I know, but then even life after death is.

dada destroyer said...

Matyrdom makes this sound like were fighting a war. going against the basic precept of religion itself. But one thing though, this time, the christians are not the agressors and they aren't retaliating either. Good.