Suhag Shukla from HAF on Evangelism In India

Suhag Shukla of the Hindu American Foundation [1] recently made some observations [2] about the highly organized crusade for souls based on a faulty premise of supremacist religiosity launched by American and European based evangelical groups in India.

Three examples were provided to lay bare the rubric of aggressive evangelism:

  1. The Joshua Project [3]
  2. The Houston-based Central India Christian Mission
  3. The huge outpouring of foreign money into India for the express purpose of evangelism.

She does however rightly points to the contrast with pre-medieval and in fact even earlier non-dharmika arrivals into the Indian subcontinent who sought to live with amity unlike those that came in later as invaders and colonizers and brought along a vitriolic religious totalitarianism. Emphasis in bold added.

The sage Hindu observation — Ekam sat vipraha bahudha vadanti (The Truth is one, the wise call It by many names) — has fostered an environment in which an unprecedented diversity of traditions and religions have, for the large part, peacefully co-existed for millennia. Like America, India’s shores accepted and sheltered the religiously persecuted — from Jews arriving 2500 years ago, to early Christians bringing the message of Christ, not to Hindus, but to their brethren, the Cochin Jews. Later came the Parsis from Iran. Others came not to escape but on their own free will — Arab Muslims to trade, and others from far away lands seeking India’s spirituality. Each one of these newcomers sought to live and let live, mixing in, as the legend goes, like sugar in milk.

But since the 12th century, starting with the Islamic invasions and colonizing European missionaries to today, India faces a different kind of religious visitor — one that seeks not to sweeten the milk, but curdle it.

Readers are directed to the article [2] for more.

While it is always welcome to present such facts and elucidate the dangers of religious totalitarianism which is really what evangelism is an expression of, there has hardly been any comparable organized effort on the ground to counter the fanatical soul harvesting. Unless Hindu organizati­ons emulate the zealous evangelism­, the highly structured organizati­ons, the immaculate research and fund-raisi­ng of Christian missionari­es, 10 years from now someone else will write a similar article, while by then another 500,000 heathen/pa­gan/damned (Hindu) souls (and perhaps many times more) would have been harvested. Mere Internet activism and harping that Hinduism is "non-prose­lytizing" isn’t going to win this war. Which is what it really is. Make no mistake. Or else, many South Sudan’s will happen in the land which gave us buddha, rAma, kR^iSNa, nAnaka and mahAvIra. As it is Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan stand as examples of how parts of bhAratavarSha became severed when the population was converted to non-native denomination. Even now in India, Kashmir and Nagaland have festering secessionist movements. Needless to say both states have a majority population comprising adherents of non-native denomination. HAF along with other Hindu organizati­ons around the world can and must convince the AchAryas, santas, sAdhus of Hindu society to eschew the suicidal stupor and start on a campaign of religious conversion of non-dharmikas (both in India and abroad) to the path of dharma to oppose and defeat the rice bowl missionari­es. No doubt, there will be challenges­, risks and numerous sacrifices involved. But as the lesson from the sAgara manthana episode teaches: if amR^ita is desired, one must be willing to do sAgara manthana. And even so, only after facing halAhala does one acquire amR^ita.






3 thoughts on “Suhag Shukla from HAF on Evangelism In India

  1. The Acharyas have a touch choice. They hold on to caste etc as per traditions, which they cant get rid of. If they change, religion is compromised. If they dont change, they opening their mouth will endorse caste and will do more damage than good.

    1. I agree with some of your points and disagree with some.

      There are some dhArmika leaders as well as many community members who in a self-defeating exercise; which is only inimical to dharma; hold on to what is now known as caste in an almost intransigent manner. That said, there are also many who are working towards upholding and spreading dharma while eschewing any caste based malice. The latter however is not happening as fast and in as big a scale as it should. It is my personal opinion that what is now known as caste, in current times in its current form, is anachronistic and very unhealthy for dharma.

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