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I want a “subsidy” to visit Bali

Some of you may have already picked up this report: AP to give Christians subsidy to visit Israel

“…the Andhra Pradesh government of chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday decided to dole out subsidies, on the lines of the Haj scheme, for Christians who want to visit holy sites in Israel.

Governor N D Tiwari in his address to the joint budget session of the Assembly and Council said, “My government has decided to extend the Haj pilgrim scheme to Christian minorities also for their religious visits to Christian Holy Lands in Israel.”

RealityCheck has a great tongue-in-cheek response to it …in which he says (emphasis mine):

…Therefore, the AP Hindus should try to get something similar.

Unfortunately, foreign trips are not possible because their religion is a local one. Trips to Mt Kailash are great, but the damn Chinese wont give permission for thousands to visit. Vaishnodevi, Badrinath, and Amarnath are great wonders, but once the beauty of the Himalayas sink in you will have to face the lack of infrastructure there. Trips to other glaciers are no fun because you may have to spend cold nights in army tents.

Sabarimala is a good candidate, but the communist government there want the “intellectuals” to decide on serious gender discrimination issues.  Even worse, it may actually be a buddhist shrine. As the media tells us, “too much cont-raw-varsy”.  How about a trip to the Venkateswara temple at Pittsburgh ? I heard US Telugu hindus have contributed a lot for it. Only problem is that the temple might be too small to handle the influx.

How about Srisailam or Tirupati ? With a special one-time only duty free shopping concession at the new Hyderabad airport. Any other ideas ?..”

to which Dosabandit responded:

How about Bali in Indonesia? Would be a nice vacation too..

After all, Bali (also known as “the island of the thousand temples”) may have “…more temples than houses…

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February 17th, 2008 Posted by | Featured, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement | 4 comments


  1. UPDATE: Andhra Pradesh to create welfare department for Christians

    …The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to create a separate department for Christians on the lines of minorities welfare department.
    The department will be headed by a principal secretary and will look after all issues related to Christians.

    The Chief Minister also decided to constitute a separate finance corporation for Christians. The meeting decided to arrange mass marriages for Christian and Muslim minorities. Poor couples will be paid Rs 15,000 towards marriage expenses, it was decided.

    Comment by B Shantanu | July 19, 2008

  2. Y. Samuel Rajashekar Reddy is a generous man bestowing gifts to minorities. His earlier attempt at providing 5% reservation for muslims was thwarted by supreme court and he had to settle for some lesser percentage(not sure of exact figure). Now to woo voters of his adopted faith he came up with this brilliant idea. I am partly responsible for this misadventure, I did not vote in last elections.

    Comment by vinay | July 21, 2008

  3. http://DeshGujarat.Com/2011/06/18/passport-to-be-issued-without-police-verification-to-muslims-on-hajkrishna/

    I have no knowledge on the above link..is it good news or bad news?

    Comment by Indian | June 18, 2011

  4. Tamil Nadu joins the fray.
    From Christians on pilgrimage to Jerusalem to get State aid:
    Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday (20th Dec ’11) announced the State government’s financial assistance to Christians to take pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

    “In the first phase, 500 Christians belonging to all denominations would get the assistance,” she said while participating in Christmas celebrations organised by her in Chennai.

    Recalling her promise made by her last year in this regard while participating in the celebrations in Arumanai in Kanyakumari district, Ms Jayalalithaa said she would also consider other demands of the community.

    Comment by B Shantanu | December 21, 2011

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