Church of north India to focus on tribal Christians' development

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    SURAT: Pipalwada, a nondescript tribal village in Vyarataluka bordering the Dang district, was the centre of attraction on Sunday when tens of thousands of Christian community members from across the state and neighbouring Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh converged at 'EktaMohatsav' organized jointly by the Church of North India's (CNI) Gujarat Diocese and the Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB). This was the first village in south Gujarat that had witnessed communal tension in 1996, two years before attacks on Christians in 1998.

    It was a big day for the Protestant Christians in Gujarat. Around 210 churches constructed by the FMPB in south Gujarat since 2004, including Dediapada, Ahwa, Dang, Netrang, Uchhal, Dharampur, Vyara etc. were merged into CNI's Gujarat Diocese in the presence of the community leaders.

    The tribal-dominated areas in south Gujarat, including Dang, Tapi and Surat, have come a long way after the communal unrest against Christians in 1998. More than two decades after the attacks, Christians are now feeling safe and secure with not a single incident of attack reported from the tribal-dominated areas.

    A sea of people gathered at Pipalwada village and they arrived by all means, including transport buses, luxury buses and private vehicles. Even the tribal villagers from the neighbouring Ahwa and Dang, too, had arrived to witness the historic event.

    Bishop of Gujarat Diocese,Reverend Silvans S Christian, while addressing the gathering, said, "We want to give a whole new identity to the tribal region in south Gujarat. Now since our strength has increased with the merger of 210 churches in the region, we want to focus on the holistic development of the region and its people."

    Christian added, "There is an air of change blowing in these areas after what they witnessed in 1998. Ours is a big platform and we are committed to give all sort of assistance to Christian community members in tribal areas. We are also setting up youth development centres to empower youths, taking up health care activities and also developing animal husbandary."

    Union minister of state for highway Dr Tushar Chaudhary, who was chief guest at the function, said, "The missionaries of FMPB have really worked hard to protect the rights of the tribal Christians. It is due to their efforts that the Christians have got a new identity in these areas after the heinous attacks in 1998."

    Church of north India to focus on tribal Christians' development - Times Of India
     
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    More like, ''TRIBAL CONVERSION DEVELOPMENT''.
     
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    Hindu swamis and religious leaders should sit together and chalk out way for conversions to Hinduism. Let Hindu organisations also link social service to being/becoming Hindu. AFAIK Hindu organisations do not make it a condition for a recipient of aid to be a Hindu. For example Akshaya Patra of ISKCON Bangalore functions in 8 states feeding poor children in govt schools without regard to the caste or creed or religion of the child.
     
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    Churches have nothing to do with development, their sole objective is conversion. There is plenty of poverty and lack of development among Christians all over the world, be it Africa, South America, India or even parts of US and Europe, but these churches do nothing about them. Once someone is converted the churches move on to infect the others and all the 'development' be blown.
     
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    Churches do have a lot of development initiatives. There are many good padre out there helping out. A helping hand should never be denied not matter who extends it...A human being in the throes of extreme poverty is not bothered about the semantics of worshipping and the politics of religion. Pray we never got to experience such a situation,,
    Having said that there are also lot of fat cats sitting around in the hihger authorities of churches and spreading malicious discontent amoung the population..
     
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    PredictablyMalicious Punjabi Senior Member

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    Tribals and all the other downtrodden communities have not gained anything from Hinduism. All it has brought them is perpetual misery and suffering for thousands of years. Indeed, if I were in their place, I too would want to convert out of Hinduism. Since hindus have consistently failed to alleviate these people's sufferings and better their standing in society, chuches will look to fill this void. If they can, I say good for them.
     
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    Well any religion sou moto has not lead to the gain or loss for any individual. In today's India you can even belong to the most down trodden community but still have your slippers worshipped if you have enough amount of the other gods worshipped in India called - MONEY & POWER. Also though we categorize then as SC/ST tribal have thier own unique customs and traditions which are only loosely bound to Hinduism per se.
    There are today many native church organized relief and support activies that contribute a lot to the local community. these are constructive forces. Just like the Hindu mission hospitals all over India provide relief no matter what religion .
    But equally we have many foreign funded and organized evangelical missionaries cropping up with the sole aim of spreading religion. They are manned by people from various western nation who have SUDDENLY "found god" and want to share their glory with others and also pack a lot of money power. These are destructive forces that contribute to the break down of millenia old social cohesion and raise the flag of victimhood of one community,set each one against the other and thereby contribute to the seeds of communal hatred. I was there in nagapattinam as part of a NCC camp support after the dec '04 tsunami . You had so many groups whether Muslim, Hindu heck there was even relief material from parsi groups....In that time of need for the fishing communities. NONE of them where indulging in any propaganda about gods punishment and hellfire for not being believers etc.. and all that EXCEPT for the foreign christian NGO's who had supposedly come to assist. Scavenging on the misfortune and fear of people after a disaster. Made a lot of enemies that day also embarrassed a lot of local christians people there.
     
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    Many of these tribals are not even "Hindu" in the first place. Mundas for example have their own religion called "Sarna" which has nothing in common with "Hinduism" as it is practiced by millions of people. Nor do tribals have concepts of jati/varna/caste which exist among Hindus. These forms of social stratification don't exist in most tribal societies.
     
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    this is true to an extent but not all.

    I was born in ranchi and i can assure you that oraons and kols of ranchi are very zealous defender of cows and it is easier to get beef in mainstream hindu follower kerala than this "tribal " area.
     
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    I have a friend in VHP who is from near Dangs he said conversions have drastically lessened last 2-3 years
     

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