President Pratbha Patil urges to check Foreign Funding to NGOs

A four-member delegation representing the Kandhmal (Orissa) tribals and other Hindus affected by the recent Christian attacks met the President of India Pratibha Patil, last week and demanded that the Government of India should check foreign funding to the NGOs and Church establishments and frame laws to scrutinize the activities of these organizations.In a memorandum they urged to protect all the rights and facilities provided to the SCs (Scheduled Castes) and STs (Scheduled Tribes) and to prevent others (non-SCs & non-STs including convertees) from taking away those facilities by fraud.

They also urged for duly check and audit their income and expenditure profiles and seize and confiscate their accounts wherever those may be in existence. They made it clear that ”Propagation of Religion’ does not mean the ‘right to convert’. Therefore, all conversion activities, that undermine the holistic indigenous culture and religious traditions and work against the unity of the people by breeding disaffection amongst them and threaten the integrity of the country, must be banned, they added.

They demanded to arrest, prosecute and punish those offenders and their accomplices who murdered an innocent person and made an attempt on the life of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and torched the houses of Hindus. The delegation stated that let a Central Law be made to prohibit conversions by force, allurement and fraudulent means presently going on in Bharat and restrain those that converted to Christianity from being declared as ST.

Later addressing a Press Conference, Orissa VHP general secretary Gauri Prasad Rath and Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram’s Orissa general secretary Dr Laxmi Kant Dash said that the incidents that happened in Kandhamal district of Orissa were unfortunate. “We are very much worried about the life and property of the minority Hindu community of Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district who were very much affected by the recent violence. “

According to them, the most dangerous facts which comes out of the analysis of the incidents happened during this period indicates the aggressive attitude and evil design of the converted Pano Christans motivated by Church and other Christian Organisation like YMCA, World Vision, Phulbani, Jan Kalyan Sabha etc.

The conflict started at Brahmanigaon on December 20, 2007 as the Church people with the local Christians constructed a huge gate covering the main road and a portion of the Durga Puja Mandap. When prevented by the local public on 23rd Christians started beating and even dishonor the peace meeting of the administration.

They referred to the fatal attack on Swami Laxmananda Saraswatiji, his driver, security and his associates obstructing his vehicle on way to Bramhanigaon at Darsingbadi by a group of armed Christians on 24th December 24, 2007.

Christian women petted stones at the Hindus returning from a procession when an old tribal Khageswar Mallick fell down, he was brutally stoned to death on 24th evening.

When Bhikari Sethi a Vendor of Birikot village of Gajapati district was alone near Bramhanigon some Christians burnt him with kerosene. He is saved by the Police and other Hindu villagers and now undergoing treatment at M KC G Medical College hospital.

On 27th nearly 3,000 Christians of nearby villages of Ganjam, Gajapati with the local Christians attacked the Bramhanigaon villagers with arms and ammunitions and also with the help of naxales.

When the villagers fled away and surrendered at the police station, the Christians torched the whole village and attacked the police station. Exchange of fire continued for more than four hours. One police and the Gajapati S.P. who were there at that time were injured. One Christian was killed by the police firing.

A young Christian who was seriously injured in the fighting later found hiding in the Christian Sahi confessed the plan and program of the attackers before the S.P. which has been recorded. The most important factor which has made the Kondh tribal most disturbed is the illegal demand of S.T. status to some converted Pano Christians who are deprived of S.C facilities due to their conversion by a planned conspiracy.

Radhakant Nayak an Retd I A S, now a Rajya Sabha member, who is a converted Christian got SC facility stating himself as Hindu is charged as the main conspirator by the Kandha community.

A large number of Christians who are converted are getting SC facilities by false Caste certificates and some of them even got S.T. certificates and serving in various Government departments like Radhakant Nayank, John Nayak IPS retd., Isac Behera IAS retd and several others. A list of 130 such names has been submitted by Kandh organization to the State Government.

According to a Oria daily `Samaj’ report Christians have forcibly and illegally constructed houses, Churches and other Christian establishments on lands of tribals which they could not get back after Court order causing resentment amongst the tribal like Barakhama and Sukhananda and many other places. Houses, shops and vehicles of Hindus are looted and burnt in many villages where Hindus are in minority.

The delegation recalled that during the whole incidents not a single Christian was attacked. Nearly 25 Hindus were injured by Christians at different places. Large quantity of Arms was seized from the Houses of Christians at Bramhanigaon.

Christins have beaten and threatened to kill in many villages where Hindus are in minority like Gadapur, Katingia, Tiarigaon, etc which compelled the villagers to flee to the jungle or to a safer place. Around 95 families comprising 430 persons in Katingia and Tiarigaon of Bramahnigaon Police Station are fled away to Merikot of Ganjasm District and several others are in the jungle.

The All India Christian Forum leader John Dayal has admitted that Christians have attacked Bramahanigaon village and involved in the violence.

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