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To: 7.62 x 51mm; sukhoi-30mki; wesley_windam-price; conservlib; NormB

Another interesting one. I must warn you though, keep your bucket of salt handy, because I can't say anything about the credibility of this article, just as I have nothing to say about the credibility of the original article about Christians being attacked in a movie theatre.

Sukhoi-30mki(a Freeper) lives near the area, and so he may be in a better position to keep us informed.

Anyway, here goes:

http://www.hvk.org/articles/0900/81.html


Hindu hard-liners to counter Christian militants in NE
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Publication: Gomantak Times
Date: September 19, 2000
A hard-line Hindu group with close links to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s BJP party vowed Monday it would “not tolerate” attacks on Hindu temples by Christian guerrillas in India’s northeast. The Hindu Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP - World Hindu Forum), said it would prevent separatist militants from the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), targeting Hindu temples and priests in the region.

“We have decided to form a religion protection committee to save Hinduism from the onslaught of the pro-Christian NLFT,” Sitaram Agarwal, general secretary of the VHP, said.

“We will not tolerate interference with our religious freedom.” Agarwal said the VHP’s religion Protection committee had already enlisted local Hindu villagers to guard temples and was mobilising public opinion against the separatist rebels.

“Despite repeated pleas, the government has not provided security to the Hindu population against militant attacks. The religion protection committee will be an alternative security arrangement for the People,” said Agarwal.

The VHP alleged that in the last fortnight NLFT militants had killed a Hindu priest in Tripura state, and warned people against celebrating the biggest Hindu festival in the region, Durga Puja, in October. “The militants backed by Baptist missionaries have threatened to close down several of our temples in Tripura and we consider this a direct threat to Hinduism,” Agarwal said. Christians make up a little over 2 percent of Tripura’s 2.46 million population.

The NLFT, a pro-Christian group fighting for an independent homeland in the state has been accused of intimidating tribal Hindus into converting to Christianity. Christians make up roughly two percent of India’s’ one billion predominantly Hindu population.

Christians say attacks on churches, hospices, missionary run schools and facilities have increased since Vajpayee’s BJP Party took Power in late 1998.

However, radical Hindu groups such as the VHP accuse Christian missionaries of forcibly converting poor Hindus in rural areas - a charge Church leaders strongly deny.


24 posted on 04/01/2005 7:44:11 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Fundamentalism in ANY religion produces intolerance.


42 posted on 04/01/2005 8:46:53 AM PST by conservlib
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However, radical Hindu groups such as the VHP accuse Christian missionaries of forcibly converting poor Hindus in rural areas - a charge Church leaders strongly deny

Cannot believe such thing. Yes there are intolerant closed minded Christians, but no I cannot believe a Christian preaching love of all, and forcing people to convert. Perhaps making it attractive to convert by providing financial aids.

43 posted on 04/01/2005 8:50:21 AM PST by conservlib
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