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"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Who are the real Dalits of India?

Who are the real Dalits of India?: "2. The vilifying of the caste system: 'Caste was originally an arrangement for the distribution of functions in society, just as much as class in Europe, but the principle on which this distribution was based was peculiar to India,' wrote Sri Aurobindo.

But the British and Christian missionaries quickly targeted the Adivasis and the Dalits for conversion by telling them: 'You are the first inhabitants of India and you were colonised by the bad Brahmins, during the Aryan invasion. By converting to Christianity, they continued, you will become free from the grip of your masters, who have enslaved you both socially and religiously.'

Thus they set the Dalits and Adivasis against the mainstream of Hindu society and sowed the seeds of an explosive conflict which is ready to blow-up today. Missionaries have also always been advocating covertly a breaking-up of the country.

Kancha Ilaiah has been lobbying hard at the UN so that the Adivasis and Dalits are recognised as 'the original settlers of India.'

Belgium historian Koenraad Elst writes that the missionaries were ultimately all set to trigger a Christian partition in India: 'At the time of Independence, Christian mission centres had dreamed up a plan for a Christian partition in collaboration with the Muslim League. The far Northeast, Chota Nagpur and parts of Kerala were to become Christian states, forming a non-Hindu chain with the Nizam's Hyderabad and with Pakistani Bengal.'"

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