'Conspiracy' behind the arrest
Posted December 2, 2004
The arrest of the a greatly revered Hindu religious leader in the dead of night on what increasingly seem like trumped up charges has raised suspicions about the real forces and motives behind this extraordinary episode. The Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has alleged that it is part of an international conspiracy involving some European parties working through Sonia Gandhi. He has since been joined by the VHP President Ashok Singhal who also sees a deep international conspiracy that goes far beyond the Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.
Others have alleged the involvement Christian organizations pointing out that two of the key officials in the case, DGP Alexander and the Kanchi police superintendent Davidson - both now shifted - are Christians. It seems inconceivable that the police would act in such high-handed fashion against the seer without assurance of support at the highest level, meaning Sonia Gandhi. So the suspicion naturally falls on her as the focus of some international interests with designs on India.
One hopes that the case will be properly investigated and the full truth eventually made known. No matter what the truth, a student of world Christianity has reasons to see this as part of an evolving geopolitical picture. The Indian intelligentsia, the media in particular, seems to be entirely oblivious to the geopolitical developments in the past several decades, which are making Christian organizations like the Vatican resort to increasingly desperate measures in their struggle for survival against Islam. As they see it, the situation has become urgent following September 11 attacks and its aftermath, with Islamic aggression menacing European heartland.
The Christian worldview is colored by the undeniable fact that Christianity has collapsed in the West, while Islam is growing dangerously, even in Europe. Muslim leaders have no trouble finding recruits for their Jihad, while the Christians of Europe, with declining birth rates, are not willing to lay down their lives to protect the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury or whoever sees himself as the leader of the Church. This has made gaining converts in India an urgent necessity.
Collapse and paranoia
It is necessary recognize this paranoia on the part of Christian leaders to understand the increasingly desperate steps being taken by Christian missionaries everywhere. It explains also the rise of apocalyptic cults in America as well as self-destructive conspiracies in India- like the engineered serial 'Church bombings' by the Pakistan based Deendar Anjuman cult a few years ago in attempts to dislodge the Vajpayee Government. Kanchi Shankaracharya's arrest without evidence and later fabrications fall in the same category.
I would like to summarize the Christian worldview as follows: it fears that expanding Islam may soon consume Europe, including the Christianity, while Christian organizations have no capacity to defend themselves. Their hope is to somehow use India's vast manpower resources to defend Christianity in the war against Islam. It is triggered by an apocalyptic reading of its history.
In the first millennium, Christianity lost Jerusalem to the Arabs; in the second millennium it lost Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the Turks when the Ottomans conquered the Eastern Roman Empire (or the Byzantine Empire) in 1453. Churches fear that Rome might be the next to fall. Now, with Islamic soldiers poised in Kosovo, less than a hundred miles from the Italian border, they feel besieged.
Weighed down by this memory, Church leaders are recalling that the Ottoman conquest of the Roman Empire also began at the same place with Sultan Bayezid's defeat of the Byzantine forces in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. At a recent closed door seminar in Barcelona organized by the Vatican secret service known as Opus Dei, participants concluded that "a parallel exists between the present situation in the Occident (Europe) and the fall of the Roman Empire."
Musharraf and Sonia Gandhi
So here is the problem as Christianity sees it: the West, Europe in particular sees Islam encroaching on all sides, but with declining populations and lack of will power to fight among its people, who are Christians in name only, it has to find others to fight for its survival.
Just as America is looking everywhere for allies and soldiers for its war against terror, Church organizations are aggressively looking for converts to fight its war for survival against Islam. They probably look at Sonia Gandhi in the same light as America sees President Musharraf. They see her as a godsend.
This is what has made Christian missions particularly aggressive in their conversion activities. They see time running out. But in order to convert the Hindus, it has first to weaken Hinduism's hold on India. With the return to power of the Congress with their favorite Sonia Gandhi at the helm, Christian organizations worldwide have become much bolder in their attempts to weaken Hinduism and gain Christian soldiers through conversion.
So Subramnian Swamy was probably not far wrong when he claimed that the campaign against the Kanchi Shankaracharya was part of an international conspiracy working through Sonia Gandhi, except that it is not new. It has been going on for decades. What has made it urgent and aggressive are the September 11 attacks and the increasing terrorist activity in European countries.
Fight Islam with Indians
The idea to use Indian converts to fight Christianity's war is also not new. The British could maintain their empire only because of their Indian soldiers. The only difference is that the British did not interfere in their soldiers' religious feelings, especially after the 1857 mutiny, which was mainly due to missionary activity. As R.C. Majumdar wrote:
"The sensitiveness of the sepoys [soldiers] to their religious beliefs and practices and the dread of conversion to Christianity worked as a nightmare upon their minds… A vague dread that the government (with the missionaries) was determined, by hook or by crook, to convert Indians to Christianity pervaded all ranks of society, and the sepoys, fully shared these apprehensions with the rest..."
Here is a history lesson for everyone: assaulting the religious sensitivities of people is a dangerous enterprise as the British learnt the hard way. But missionaries seem not to have learnt it. One Father P. Augustine Kanjamala recently boasted: "The objective of conversion and numerical strength - the top priority during the colonial mission - is not rejected here."
Reinhard Bonnke, regarded as the world's foremost evangelist, stated at a press conference in Kochi that during 20 years of his activity in Africa, the Christian population rose from just 2 percent to 40 percent. (He forgot to mention that it led to civil wars in countries like Sudan in which millions of his converts are being killed.) He went on to add: "And now, India is at the top of my agenda."
So Christianity's plan is no secret: Indians are to be turned into pawns in its game for survival against Islam.