Excerpts from a slightly dated but still relevant article by Francois Gautier: “Are we heading towards a Christian India?“.
“I am a westerner and a born Christian. I was mainly brought up in catholic schools, my uncle, Father Guy Gautier, a gem of a man, was the parish head of the beautiful Saint Jean de Montmartre church in Paris…There are certain concepts in Christianity I am proud of : charity for others, the equality of system in many western countries, ‘message of love and compassion’.
Yet, I am a little uneasy when I see how much Christianity is taking over India under the reign of Sonia Gandhi : according to a 2001 census, there are about 2.34 million Christians in India ; not even 2,5% of the nation, a negligible amount. Yet there are today five Christian chief ministers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
One should add that the majority of politicians in Sonia Gandhi’s closed circle are either Christians or Muslims…Ambika Soni…is General Secretary of the Congress and a very powerful person, with close access to Sonia Gandhi…Oscar Fernandes…Margaret Alwa…AK Anthony…Valson Thampu (a Hindu hater, is Chairman NCERT curriculum Review Committee)…John Dayal, another known Hindu baiter, has been named by Sonia Gandhi in the National Integration Council…and Kancha Ilaya…is being allowed by the Indian Government to lobby with the UN and US Congress so that caste discrimination in India is taken-up by these bodies.
…since she (Sonia Gandhi) is at the top, Christian conversions in India seem to have gone in overdrive.
More than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries are involved in conversion activities across different states.
In Tripura, there were no Christians at independence, there are 120.000 today, a 90% increase since 1991.
The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1710 Christians in 1961, but 1,2 million today, as well as 780 churches!
In Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming-up every day in far flung villages and there was even an attempt to set-up one near Tirupati.
…In Kerala, particularly in the poor coastal districts, you find “miracle boxes” put in local churches: the gullible villager writes out a paper mentionning his wish: a fising boat, a loan for a pukka house, fees for the son’s schooling. And lo, a few weeks later, the miracle happens ! …During the Tsunami, entire dalit villages in Tamil Nadu were converted to Christianity with the lure of money.
…The other day I was at the Madras Medical center, the foremost heart hospital in Madras. Right when you enter the lobby, you find a chapel, inviting everybody to pray, there are pictures and quotations of Christ everywhere and a priest visits all the patients, without being invited at all.
Educational institutes and orphanages run by Christian organisations have become big business…
schools…force their pupils, mostly Hindus, to say Christian prayers every day and attend mass. They are constantly fed anti Hindu slogans and biases under different forms, whether it is in history books, or discourses by priests during religious classes.
…In my country, France, a Christian majority nation , it would be unthinkable to have Hindus – or even Indian born French for that matter – in so many positions of power.
Impossible also to find a non-elected, non French, non-Christian person being the absolute ruler of the country behind the scene as Sonia Gandhi is in India.
Indians like to say that the greatness of India is that it accepts a foreigner and a Christian like Sonia Gandhi. But is’nt it rather a weakness, and an aberration ? Can’t we find a worthy leader amongst one billion Indians ?
This is an India where you see today Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati of Dwarka Peeth, made to disembark from an Indian Airlines flight for carrying his holy dand, a thin bamboo stick which is a symbol of their spiritual designation, inside the aircraft cabin (See here).
Are we heading then towards a Christian India under Sonia Gandhi’s helm? It would be a tremendous loss not only to India, but also to the world….”
and finally, Francois Gautier on Conversions