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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Evangelists offer lure of prosperity

By Keshaba Mishra

When all other national and regional Doordarshan Kendras all over India have refused to telecast this programme in any other Indian language, our ‘brave’ Doordarshan Kendra in Bhubaneshwar is telecasting this programme in Oriya.

THE government-controlled media—Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneshwar—has converted itself into a Christian religion propaganda platform.

In its DD-6 Oriya cable channel, since about last one year, it has been telecasting on daily basis (from Monday to Friday, at 9.30 p.m.) a Christian religious missionary programme named Ananda Dainandina Jibanara (Enjoying Everyday Life). The host of this self-sponsored dubbed programme is an American missionary named Joyce Meyer (website address ). She has her India office in Hyderabad.

It appears that the sole purpose of this programme is to effect religious conversions by giving a lure of prosperity. This programme says: Jesus Christ is the Supreme God above all other gods. Any one, who follows him will become rich and prosperous.

In addition to prosperity preaching, this TV programme offers job opportunities to people who convert to Christian religion.

It has also been informed that when all other national and regional Doordarshan Kendras all over India have refused to telecast this programme in any other Indian language, our ‘brave’ Doordarshan Kendra in Bhubaneshwar is telecasting this programme in Oriya language.

Television is a very powerful medium and it directly reaches our homes and community centres. The problem of religious conversions by offering monetary gains is common in poor rural and tribal areas of Orissa. It will be impossible to resist and control religious conversions in these rural and tribal areas of Orissa, if telecast of such type of Christian missionary programmes continue to originate from cities like Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack. Therefore, any talk of resistance to religious conversions will be useless without first stopping the telecast of such types of programmes.

To protect Oriya Hindus from this conversion allurement, the telecast of this type of programmes should stop. It is indeed sad to note that our government is preaching Christian religion through its captive media.

(Hindu Bhabadhara Mancha, At/Po./District, Koraput, Pin-764020, Orissa.)

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