An NGO in Ukraine honoured Putin and Jayalalithaa.

Recapitulation of some earlier reports is prompted by Ravi Subramaniam approver in Sankararaman case turning hostile as reported in The Hindu of 22 Jan. 2010. 

Shankararaman, managing trustee of the Varadaraja Perumal temple, was murdered at Kanchipuram on Sep 3, 2004.

Let us start with the story of Dec. 9, 2004 about US hypocrisy in Ukrained reported by a US Congressman, Rep. Ron Paul.

It is amazing that a small state like Ukraine should be acting so big that it should be promoting a Human rights defence NGO :)--

It is reported that the ex-SP Cyanide Premkumar as he is fondly known has become blind.


December 9, 2004

US Hypocrisy on Ukraine

by Rep. Ron Paul


President Bush said last week that, "Any election [in Ukraine], if there is one, ought to be free from any foreign influence." I agree with the president wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, it seems that several U.S. government agencies saw things differently and sent U.S. taxpayer dollars into Ukraine in attempt to influence the outcome.

We do not know exactly how many millions – or tens of millions – of dollars the United States government spent on the presidential election in Ukraine. We do know that much of that money was targeted to assist one particular candidate, and that through a series of cut-out non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – both American and Ukrainian – millions of dollars ended up in support of the presidential candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.


Let me add that I do not think we should be supporting either of the candidates. While I am certainly no supporter of Viktor Yushchenko, I am not a supporter of his opponent, Viktor Yanukovich, either. Simply, it is none of our business who the Ukrainian people select to be their president. And, if they feel the vote was not fair, it is up to them to work it out.


How did this one-sided U.S. funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know thus far is that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the U.S.-based Freedom House.


PAUCI then sent U.S. government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.


Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Center for Policy Studies. It is an organization funded by the U.S. government through PAUCI. On its Web site, we discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros' Open Society Institute. And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the advisory board!

And this NGO is not the only one the U.S. government funds that is openly supportive of Viktor Yushchenko. The Western Ukraine Regional Training Center, as another example, features a prominent USAID logo on one side of its Web site's front page and an orange ribbon of the candidate Yushchenko's party and movement on the other. By their proximity, the message to Ukrainian readers is clear: the U.S. government supports Yushchenko.


The Center for Political and Legal Reforms, another Ukrainian NGO funded by the U.S. government, features a link at the top of its Web site's front pageto Viktor Yushchenko's personal Web site. Yushchenko's picture is at the top of this U.S.-government-funded Web site.

This May, the Virginia-based private management consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the U.S. government "for strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies worldwide." According to theorganization's Web site, several million dollars from this went to Ukraine in advance of the elections.


As I have said, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. There may be many more such organizations involved in this twisted tale.


It is clear that a significant amount of U.S. taxpayer dollars went to support one candidate in Ukraine. Recall how most of us felt when it became known that the Chinese government was trying to funnel campaign funding to a U.S. presidential campaign. This foreign funding of American elections is rightly illegal. Yet, it appears that that is exactly what we are doing abroad. What we do not know, however, is just how much U.S. government money was spent to influence the outcome of the Ukrainian election.


Dozens of organizations are granted funds under the PAUCI program alone, and this is only one of many programs that funneled dollars into Ukraine. We do not know how many millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars the National Endowment for Democracy(NED) sent to Ukraine through NED's National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. Nor do we know how many other efforts, overt or covert, have been made to support one candidate over the other in Ukraine.

That is what I find so disturbing: there are so many cut-out organizations and sub-grantees that we have no idea how much U.S. government money was really spent on Ukraine, and most importantly how it was spent. Perhaps the several examples of blatant partisan support that we have been able to uncover are but an anomaly. I believe Congress and the American taxpayers have a right to know. I believe we urgently need an investigation by the Government Accounting Office into how much U.S. government money was spent in Ukraine and exactly how it was spent. I would hope very much for the support of Chairman Hyde, Chairman Lugar, Deputy Assistant Secretary Tefft, and my colleagues on the House International Relations Committee in this request.

President Bush is absolutely correct: elections in Ukraine should be free of foreign influence. It is our job here and now to discover just how far we have violated this very important principle, and to cease any funding of political candidates or campaigns henceforth.   


It is not easy to track international money transfers and provide evidence to the satisfaction of a court of law. This has been well demonstrated by the protracted Bofors cases despite CBI and Interpol investigations. 

Similarly, it is not easy to provide 'hard evidence' in conspiratorial and diabolical events. But, a reasonable framework can be provided to raise a reasonable doubt about the conspirators involved in a criminal undertaking.

S'ankararaman's murder was a criminal act.

The question yet to be answered is: who murdered S'ankararaman? There is a larger question: Was there a conspiracy to destabilize the Hindu nation considering that a great Hindu institution was targeted in the wake of this murder?

Background and sequence of events pointing to a conspiracy

A day prior to the murder of S'ankararaman a midnight order was issued transferring the Superintendent of Police of Vishnukanchi was transferred to Cuddalore. The same person (fondly referred to by Tamil Press as Cyanide Premkumar) was brought back to head the Special Investigation Team to investigate the murder.


Premkumar's association with Christian groups has also been reported in the media.


The link with the Christian groups leads to a remarkable sequence of events preceding S'ankararaman's murder.


The AIADMK website contains photos showing the award of Golden Star of Dignity and Honour Award to Jayalalithaa, then CM of Tamilnadu. The Award was given by an organization called International Human Rights Defense Committee (IHRDC), Ukraine. She is the second recipient of the Award; the first was Putin, President of Russia.


The IHRDC has a Vice President who was also present during the Award ceremony. Her name is Natalya Krivutsa. Surprise ! She is an American, who lives in America.


Another surprise ! On the dias during the award ceremony organized by the Tamilnadu Government was seated a person called Mallavarapu Prakash who announced himself  as India Representative of IHRDC.


Another surprise! This Mallavarapu Prakash also happens to be Bishop of Vijayawada.


Yet another surprise! Mallavarapu Prakash who is an Andhra and who is based in Vijayawada was made the Chairman of the Tamilnadu Minorities Welfare Commission by CM of Tamilnadu. How come an Andhra and a Christian was named? Why wasn't a Christian or a Muslim resident of Tamilnadu named to this Commission? Was it a reward for the Award recommended by the India Rep. of IHRDC? The Award is so important that a Tamil translation of it calling it Thanga Taarakai Award is splashed in colourful posters all over Tamilnadu hailing the Chief. Amma she is called with reverence on these posters.


The Award was preceded by another surprise ! A two-page colour supplement appeared as an Advertisement in US Wall Street Journal. Such an Advertisement costs millions of dollars apparently paid for by the Tamilnadu Government. The Advertisement was full of praise and adoration of the CM of Tamilnadu. A special report was written about the contributions made by Jayalalithaa. The writer of this report is an evangelist, a reporter named Carlos Andrade who works for Times of India. Why this prelude of world-wide coverage of the glory of Tamilnadu and of TN's CM? Was it to justify to the world that the 'international award' was warranted?


Months after the murder of S'ankararaman, CM sends a team to Hyderabad where S'ankaracharya's had camped.


It was Deepavali night.


It is well known that Christists abhor this grand festival of lights whenever they attempt to proselytize and harvest souls.


On this well-chosen day, the Acharya, Jayendra Saraswati was arrested.


Surprise! He was brought in a police van by road, from Hyderabad to Kanchipuram. Two journalists appear on the scene and accompany the Acharya, in an unprecedented procedure of allowing journalists in a police van. The journalists were: N. Ram, Chief Editor of The Hindu and Jennifer Arul, Director, NDTV. After all, the event was so important that the work could not be assigned to mere staff reporters.


N. Ram's The Hindu is a communist politburo tabloid. Jennifer Arul has contributed to a website called where she has vowed to destroy Hindu dharma and plant the cross of Christ. Sordid details get announced on a CD pirated to Sun TV and other TV channels reporting concocted and sordid tales about the S'ankaramatham and sexploits there. One rumor was that sorbitol was administered during the journey. Another was that the Acharya was told by the cops to the effect that: To preempt the case being taken up by CBI, the state police had to act to fetch you to Kanchipuram, to keep the case within state control. In other words, the Acharya was duped into accompanying the police team with a false alibi.


Surprise! The CM of AP was also involved because he had to permit the TM police action in Hyderabad. It is unlikely that CM of AP (fondly called Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy) would have acted without informing the Catholic Chairperson of UPA and the then Chair of National Advisory Council (in otherwords, the supreme leader of the Central government).


The most stunning revelation was made in US Congress by a Texas Congressman called Ron Paul. The info. is detailed in his website and congressional record. He made a startling allegation that President Bush administration was transferring through USAID upto a billion US dollars under the US-Poland-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative and most of the money was going to NGOs to manipulate for example, elections in Ukraine. We have noted that IHRDC was an NGO based in Ukraine.


An interlude to the actions preceding S'ankararaman's murder is the enactment of Anti-Conversion Law and later repeal (after the rout of AIADMK in the Parliamentary elections).  The withdrawal of the anti-conversion law is lauded by US government in its annual report by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, USCIRF. In addition to lauding the withdrawal of the law, the Consulate of Chennai is directed to keep a tab on Tamilnadu Government on the implementation of the withdrawal.


Isn't the money trail apparent? Isn't the involvement of christist groups apparent?


When tsunami struck Tamilnadu coast, who gets photographed with CM of Tamilnadu for undertaking relief efforts? Mallavarapu Prakash, Bishop of Vijayawada. There are also reports of TN government entrusting relief efforts to christist agencies.


How come the new TN Government imposes a ban on Da Vinci Code with alacrity? (An action declared illegal by the High Court). Where did the money trail lead?


Surprise! The accused was identified well before the murder happened, because dossiers were constructed to prepare the ground for alleging animosity between the murdered and the accused. This was affirmed by a lawyer in Kanchi defending the acharya's.


Why did the CM of TN take undue interest in the prosecution of the case as was argued by Nariman in the Supreme Court?


Events following the murder have tell-tale signs. Benny Hinn comes to Bangalore adored by 6 CMs and Benny Hinn hails Sonia Gandhi in a public evangelizing platform. Nuns arrive in Tirupati. AP is littered with churches all along the Coromandel coast. Ron Watts claims to have converted 8 lakh Hindu's as Seventh Day Adventists, just living in Hosur on an illegal business visa after getting photographed with Sonia Gandhi and publishing the photo on cover page of his magazine. He is introduced to Advani by another Seventh Day Adventist who happened  to be an MP from Mizoram. There is another Mizoram resident who got elected as BJP MP from Bangalore, after retiring from Karnataka police force. The conversion spree has reached a crescendo with the christists having a firm grip over the state apparatus.


In Tamilnadu, the police force became a pocketburo, a private army acting at the dictates of the supreme and a reign of terror was let loose and nobody could talk even in a bus stop about the murder. Anyone who talked was booked by the cops under CrPC and the draconian criminal justice system of the land.


Nobody is safe. Not even an accountant of a Kanchi temple who had earlier worked in the Kanchi S'ankaramatham. His association with the Hindu institutions was his undoing. He became a victim of a christist conspiracy to demonstrate the impotence of the Hindu samajam, by booking a mathadhipati of a matham which is said to have been established by Adi S'ankara 2500 years ago and by choosing the sacred Deepavali day to make it happen. The humiliation of Hindu samajam is complete. S'ankararaman had to pay a price with his life to accomplish this humiliation.


Background notes:


Jayalalithaa is a product of the well known Sacred Heart Matriculation school, Chennai, conducted by the famous Presentation Sisters of Church Park. Bro. Berchmans asks the question: Had Jayalalithaa become a nun, would that have brought any positive change

in her life? Good question, ain't it? Try searching for an answer in the following link:

Let us see how in my opinion the christists manipulated Jayalalithaa and she succumbed to their guile.


The early and open wooing of Jayalalitha started with naming a street in USA after her.


Monument for J. proposed in Wisconsin.


Chicago Street Named after Jayalalitha

by Nand Kapoor, Chicaho Bureau Chief



Chicago, April 29 - On April 27 '96,


The Dr. J. Jayalalitha Way on Devon Avenue from Broadway to Lakewood Avenue was unveiled & dedicated with an Inter-Faith Prayer and an impressive community rally. Dr. J.Jayalalitha Way is located at a major intersection in the Northside of the City of Chicago where major roads, Broadway Avenue, Devon Avenue and North Sheridan meet. The Dr. J. Jayalalitha Way is the first portion of the long winding West Devon Avenue which bears Honorary street designations for Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammed Ali Jinnah and Golda Mier (Ex Israeli Prime Minister), at different segments of the Avenue.


For details just click:


One is now familiar of her being given the "most prestigious" award - the Thanga Tharagai or the Golden Star Award. Millions of posters were pasted all over Tamil Nadu hailing her as "Golden Star" Amma or "Thanga Tharagai"  Idaya Deivam etc.,


What is the origin of this Thanga Tharagai award and who are the persons behind it? And why should they suddenly cosy up to Jayalalithaa? Just keep in mind that this was the time the TN Forcible Conversion Act was in place and there was no talk of repealment by the government.


To get a logical answer to this, one must honestly look into the Presidential elections in Ukraine. What has the election of President of Ukraine to do with the Golden Star Award to Jayalalithaa?


The Bush Administration in USA wants a pliable president in the Ukraine. They consider it important to their affairs and what do they do? They locate a pliable candidate, Viktor Yushchinko. And decide to prop him up. So how do they go about funding his elections to the Presidency of Ukraine? Simple, they choose Poland as the medium. Why Poland? The former Pope is from Poland, stupid. This "initiative" is called as the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the US based Freedom House and funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID). Millions of dollars was granted by USAID to PAUCI in Poland. And PAUCI sent these funds to numerous Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ukraine and needless to say that these NGOs acted on the behest of US government to get their candidate elected as the President.


Take a look at this:


On 7 December 2004,   U.S. Congressman Ron E. Paul made this statement before the House of Representatives International Relations Committee.How did this one-sided US funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know thus far is that the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the US-based Freedom House.


PAUCI then sent US Government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.


Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Centre for Policy Studies. It is an organization funded by the US Government through PAUCI, but on its website you will find that the front page in the English section features a prominent orange ribbon, the symbol of Yushchenko's party and movement. Reading further on, we discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros's Open Society Institute. And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the advisory board!  


And this NGO is not the only one the US government funds that is openly supportive of Viktor Yushchenko. The Western Ukraine Regional Training Center, as another example, features a prominent USAID logo on one side of its website's front page and an orange ribbon of the candidate Yushchenko's party and movement on the other. By their proximity, the message to Ukrainian readers is clear: the US government supports Yushchenko.


The Center for Political and Law Reforms, another Ukrainian NGO funded  by the US government, features a link at the top of its website's front page to Viktor Yushchenko's personal website. Yushchenko's picture is at the top of this US government funded website.


That May, the Virginia-based Private Management Consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the US government for strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies worldwide. According to the organization's website, several million dollars from this went to Ukraine in advance of the elections .


As I have said, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. There may be many more such organizations involved in this twisted tale.


There has been a blackout in the American media about his statement. Instead, they have been focussing mostly on an alleged poisoning of the pro-Western candidate. If there is any side that will benefit most from the poisoning, it is the United States. It is probable they

poisoned their own candidate. The Cold War may be officially over. But as long as Russia remains a challenge to American power, the bleeding without fighting will continue.


What is relevant to us is that


1. USA wanted Viktor Yushchenko elected as President of Ukraine.

2. The US Goverment floated PAUCI

3. Sent millions of dollars to it from USAID

4. PAUCI floated hundreds of NGOs in Ukraine to which these millions were distributed for "election duty".

5. Coordinating the efforts was IHRDC (International Human Rights Defence Committee) is one such NGO based in USA with Natalya Krivutsa a Naturalised citizen of USA, with a Ukraine background.


Now to the vital question:


Who conferred the "Golden Star" or the "Thanga Tharagai" Award on Jayalalitha?

It is IHRDC (International Human Rights Defence Committee) headed by Natalya l Krivutsa.

It is claimed that this was a body under the United Nations (check the banners behind the photographs of the Awards function in Chennai). But the fact is that UN has nothing to do with this Organisation (Just check the UN website to find any relationshiip with this body - zilch) Bishop Mallawarappu Prakash, who is also associated with this NGO, as heading their office in India and with the Awarding of the Golden Star to Jayalalitha defended this saying that the website of the organisation shows that it is a UN organisation (can there be more silly argument than this?).

Now take a look at the Award function photos in the AIADMK website:

On 10 Oct. 2004,  Ukraine delegates in city to honour Jaya

Ukraine delegates representing the International Human Rights Defence Committee (IHRDC) which has selected Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for the Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award, have arrived in Chennai. The IHRDC will present the award to the Chief Minister for her stellar role in gender equality and protection of weaker sections of society.

See photos at

Now on to some simple questions that very badly need to be answered:

1. Who is Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash? Why was this BishopMallavarapu Prakash of Vijayawada  made head of the minorities welfare board in Tamil Nadu? Why not a muslim from Tamil Nadu?

Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash was on the dais as India representative of IHRDC of Ukraine when the Golden Star (Thanga Tarakai) Award was presented in October 2004 and was made the State's chairman of the Minorities Board, though he belongs to the neighbouring State, the State of Andhra Pradesh.

2. In Feb. 2005  a monument is proposed for Jayalalithaa, together with the Bharat Jyoti Award from India International Friendship Society.

3. The timing of the Thanga Tarakai award is after withdrawing the Anti-conversion Act. Is there a connection between this withdrawal and the award? Some kind of a thanks-giving and an incentive for more action?


4.The award celebration was certainly paralleled by


(a) The tax payers' money spent by Tamil Nadu Government on the 4 page Wall Street Journal advertisement eulogising the achievements of AIADMK government -- the interview was conducted by Ms. Carlose Andrade of Times of India; and


(b) US State Dept. (Office of International Religious Freedom of the US State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor) is backing such conversion initiatives.  The last paragraph of this year's report of USCIRF states that US embassy officials had been interacting regularly with TN Govt. state officials on the anti-conversion law and its reversal. (May 2004).


5.  There is an intricate web of a christist Prabhakar offering Bharat Jyoti Award from India International Friendship Society of USA, Bishop M. Prakash, IHRDC Ukraine, Natalya Krivutsa of USA, K.A. Paul coming in his private jet meeting CM and handing over unlisted materials post-Tsunami. The events take place in a suspicious order or sequence.


7. The take over of the Veera S'aiva (Lingayata) Matham in Kumbakonam on 16 Jan. 2005 and the crippling of the Kanchi Matham from Deepavali Day (November 2004).


All these lead one to wonder "is there any connection between the awards, the christists who were behind the awards and attacks on these Hindu institutions"?


The advertisement in Wall Street Journal hailing Jayalalithaa should have cost a fortune for the TN Govt. See the ad (interview by Carol Andrade) at


This jibes with the move to withdraw the anti-conversion bill through an ordinance after she got a drubbing in the TN Lok Sabha polls.


The interviewer whose interview becomes a TN Govt. ad is Ms. Carol Andrade. She is Times of India Supplements Editor and claims to be a journalist for 27 years.


She is also editor (for Economic Times) of Strategic Marketing (together with a guy from IIM, Calcuta).

Bishop Rt Rev Dr M Prakash noted that the downtrodden were given all privileges in the state and said, ``as many as 10,000 independent churches in the state would spread the peace message of Jayalalithaa to the entire world. And downtrodden are given all the privileges in the state.''


ANOTHER AWARD: By way of adding yet another feather in her cap, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister will be awarded International Best Statesperson Award in February 2005 by International Friendship Society in the USA.


Announcing this, Dr Vijay Prabhakar, president, World Federation of Tamil Youth, USA, said, ``this award will be conferred for being a

true statesperson.''

that this is on a Government site.


At that point of time, see what Vaiko, her current christist "brother" said:

Referring to the honour of `Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award' bestowed on the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, by the Ukraine-based International Human Rights Defence Committee, he said the award meant `nothing' since the organisation was not recognised by the United Nations. The award episode was `funny' given the backdrop of increasing violence and crime against women in Tamil Nadu, he said.


So we have a Natalya Kirutsva, a Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash, Dr K.A.Paul, who came in his Private Jet offering Rs4,000 crores relief to Tsunami and offering to adopt 400 children orphaned by Tsunami, Dr Vijay Prabhakar of World Federation of Tamil Youth USA, a Carlos Andrade, Uncle Sam and his Consul in Chennai plus a few church leaders thrown in for pepper. Great Team.

See photo of Natalya at in Russian)

See Bishop Prakash Mallavarapu of Vijayawada on the catholic hierarchy. As director fo the India Chapter of IHRDC based in Ukraine (funded by Uncle Sam), he is clearly the conduit for getting the award for Jayalalithaa.

Bishop Mallavarapu Prakash is also a member of the doctrine commission.

Dr K A Paul, chairman, Global Peace Initiative in Washington and Tamilnadu Minorities Welfare Board's chairman Bishop Dr M Prakash met the Chief Minister and handed over the relief materials for the Tsunami affected with Boxer Hollifield adding the punch to the team.

That Jayalalithaa was flattered from this "award" was evident from the number of posters her party men put up through out the State. In addition, look at what she has to say about the award:

Make Tamil Nadu a premier state: CM

Sunday, October 17, 2004


CHENNAI: AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday asked her partymen to work for making the state 'number one' in the country.

The Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award conferred on her recentlyby the Ukraine based International Human Rights Defence Committee was a proof to this, she said.

On receiving the International award instituted by International Human Rights Defence Committee (IHRDC) from Natalya l Krivutsa, Head of IHRDC, USA, for her efforts to eliminate gender inequality and protection of the weaker section of the society, Jayalalithaa said, ``A society that cannot protect the dignity and honour of its women cannot be termed as a civil society.''

Now pause for a moment and think:

1. A rather circuitous route from US Government is established through Poland, Ukraine and a web of NGOs and christist-activists, evangelists and they start wooing CM. It ends with the US government getting the Anti-conversion Act repealed by CM.

2. A street in USA is named after her and she gets an award from a dubious NGO with christists at the helm of affairs.

3. She makes a bishop from neighbouring state as the Chairman of the Minority Welfare Board in Tamil Nadu and he happens to be the India representative of the dubious NGO that gives her the "Golden Star" Award.

4. The US Consul in Chennai has specially posted officials dealing with her administration to repeal the Anti-conversion Act

5. Her Deva Prasnam Expert and astrologer says no harm will befall if the Kanchi Acharya is arrested.

And on the Diwali night, which is so holy to all Hindus, she decides to ruin the festival of lights for millions of Hindus, by ordering arrest of one of the most sacred Institutions of the Hindus, The Kanchi Acharya Himself.

It is said that there was a stage in her life when she would not even sneeze without consulting Unnikrishna Panicker. Her close aide, Sasikala reportedly visited Panicker one week before the actual arrest of Kanchi Acharya to make a "divine inquiry" if His arrest would bring her government down and if there would be any repurcussions from the Hindu Samaj. Panicker gave the green signal and the the brutal assault was executed on one of our most revered institutions, the Kanchi Acharyas and the Kanchi Mutt.

13 Jan. 2008

Mere emotions will NOT do. We have to do a lot of work to expose the
murderers of Sankararaman and to create a public awareness, first, on this
murder which was a result of a diabolical international conspiracy. Merely
saying that a wrong criminal case is ongoing devastating a great Hindu
institution is NOT enough.

Sure, every opportunity should be used to tell the former CM that she did
the Hindu institution enormous hurt and should make do prayas'cittam. How to
make this happen, I have no clue.

The target should be the undoing of the enormous hurt caused to the Hindu
sentiments with the murder charge on the Acharya. So, don't target the hero.
Use another forum and another format to target on the culprits of the hurt.

The true story of the murder of Sankararaman has not been told. Who murdered

Why was Mallavarapu Prakash, Bishop of Vijayawada and now Chairman, TN
Minority Welfare Commission sitting on the Govt. dais felicitating Thanga
Tharakai award? Why was the US Consulate given the charge of overseeing the
implementation of the repeal of the anti-conversion law?

Why were N Ram and Jennifer Arul accompanying the Swamiji in the vehicle
from Hyderabad on Diwali night?

The murder most foul was an international conspiracy and our Swamiji was
framed. If we have to successfully create a public awareness and counter the
diabolical attack on the great Hindu institution, Kanchi Sankara Matham, we
have to do homework on the true story of the murder and create public
awakening before we spread out confused messages and expose our weakness and
lack of resolve to protect dharma.

So, what have we done and what should be done to expose the foul murder of
the 21st century? Is the legal defense strong enough? Can we get rapid
justice working through the system?

Do the people of Bharatam know who the true perpetrators of the crime are?

Approver in Sankararaman case turns hostile

Staff Reporter, Puducherry, The Hindu, Jan. 22, 2010

In a new twist to the Sankararaman murder case, Ravi Subramanian, who had become an approver during the course of investigation, turned hostile when he was examined by the Special Public Prosecutor at the Principal District and Sessions Court here on Thursday.

During examination by Special Public Prosecutor N. Devadass, Subramanian informed the court that he became an approver under external pressure.

He was coerced by the police to turn an approver and give statement favouring the investigation.

Contradicting all the statements made before the lower court and the police about identifying the accused, his connections with a few accused persons and his visits to the Mutt to plan the murder, Subramanian said he neither knew the accused persons nor about the murder plan. He also informed the court that the police did not seize any documents from his custody.

Contradictory statements

Following his contradictory statements, the SPP informed Principal District and Sessions Judge D. Krishnaraja that he was treating him as a hostile witness.

Subsequently, Subramanian was cross-examined by defence counsel K.S Dinakaran and Prakash.

Subramanian deposed that before he was produced in the Kancheepuram Court on December 27, 2004, he was in illegal custody for around 15 days and was harassed by then Superintendent of Police Premkumar and Additional Superintendent of Police Sakthivel.

Maintaining that the harassment caused physical and mental agony, he said his wife and children were also in police custody and harassed.

Stating the truth

Since his wife and children were in the police custody, he, out of fear, gave a statement dictated by the police before the court, Subramanian said, adding that he was now stating the truth because the officers who arrested him were not in service.

Subramanian who was first treated as an accused in the case during preliminary investigation by the police later became an approver. He was then treated as witness in the case.

More witnesses to be examined

After examination and cross-examination by the SPP and defence counsel, Mr. Krishnaraja posted the case for February 11 and 12 when around 40 more witnesses would be examined.

The case has seen several prosecution witnesses turning hostile and retracting their statements to the police. The Kanchi Shankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, are among the accused in this case.

Saga of proselytisation in Orissa : Past , Present and Future   

By Debasis Tripathy in Bhubaneswar  (May 2009, Hindu Voice)

At last the balidan of swami Laxmananda Saraswati, the venerable saint who emerged as the nemesis of proselytisation, compelled the state government to confess the reality, may be in late. The patriotic blood of Swamijee has dragged the truth out, that “ Conversion to Christianity is the root cause of all problems in Kandhamal” , what the state government has submitted before the Supreme Court. It is an official declaration of the government admitting the allegations of uncontrolled and unlawful proselytisation, mushrooming growth of which is continuing since 1720 AD, even under the nose of the administration. Anti conversion laws have taken compulsory retirements in order to appease the evangelical vote bank of the sate whose number is ever increasing. The govt. has admitted that 24,000 Hindus have been converted to Christianity in Kandhamal within few years, which is openly denied by the evangelists. They do not want to loose their minority identity in spite of possessing an army of proselytisers in many parts of the state including Kandhamal. A series of church sponsored atrocities and conversion in the name of service and religious purity, made by the so-called god men in white gowns, has disrupted peace and composure in the state a great deal , which is being officially admitted today by the state government.  

The crusade of proselytisation first started in Orissa in the year 1720 AD , with a well chalked out plan to make this holy land of Lord Jagannath , a part of the evangelical empire by destroying Orissa’s deep rooted enriched culture and heritage. The church people left no stone unturned to make their unholy mission successful. The first school of proselytisation in Orissa was opened at Athgarh in Cuttack district , where a Hindu Sadhu namely Sundar Das was tortured by pastors and he was forced to accept Christianity . Sadhu bluntly refused to become converted for which he was sent to jail at the age of 110 years, basing on false allegations manufactured by the evangelists. How ever his two pupils namely Gangadhar Sarangi and Ramachandra Jachak were converted to Christianity through allurement that if they would become Christian, their writings would be published in the Church printing press. This was the first conversion in Orissa in the month of October 1827. Sadhu Sundar Das was a preacher of Bhakti Cult who was working as a soldier in the army of the then king of Athgarh during his youth. Latter he left army and started studying Sanskrit and scriptures , became a Sanyasi. The Church people first targeted him and did every effort to mould him towards Christianity. Two missionaries namely Bampton and Pegus came to him in the year 1822 and persuaded him to become Christian but Sundar Das was not ready to discard Hinduism. Sadhu Sunder Das also started his Sudhi programme and returned back his followers who were baptised by pastors. Hence he became sole target by the Church and breathed his last on 16th April 1838, in a very miserable condition. Though Sadhu Sunder Das was not directly killed by the Church, but he was compelled to die being imprisoned for false allegations made by the church people. The same thing was repeated,but in a different manner in 2008 ,in which Swami Laxmananada was murdered by the evangelists.  

Christian Press in Proselytisation- The evangelists  as a part of their tarnished ploy for proselytisation, started printing press in Orissa in order to attract people. As there was no such printing press , people thronged in to their press to get their literary works published. Taking its advantage, the church started publishing different blasphemous literatures defaming Hindu deities like Lord Jagannatah in a most uncivilised manner.  In 1838, Orissa Mission Press was established in Cuttack and two books were published in Oriya language namely “ Sat O Asat Jagannath”( True or False Jagannath) and “ Gundicha Yatra ra Mahaschrya Phal”  ( The surprising result of  Car Festival ). These books openly outraged Lord Jagannath and reprimand the deity and his devotees in a worst possible manner. Two more  publications namely “ Kutrabar Patra” and “Gayan Runa” were published from the said printing press in 1759 and in 1849 respectively by pastor C. Leysy as their editor. Both these publications worked as the  manifesto of proselytisation through which a good number of educated people were baptised . Apart from this, the church people in the name of spreading western education in the state harvested a good crop of converted Hindus through their mission schools. Convent schools were opened in different parts of the state. The famous Sunday School was started at Cuttack in 1822 and other 27 such schools were established in the coastal belt of Orissa during 1897 and the total student strength of these schools were 1248, all most all were baptised. In 1823 , four English medium schools were opened at Cuttack along with a boarding school. This boarding school which latter turned into an orphanage, was a workshop of proselytisation and all the children were converted to Christianity . Latter , in 1881 Cuttack Stewart School and in 1882 Mission School, were  established at Cuttack to fuel the fire of proselytisation.  


Revolution Against Church- It is a part of the known history that the Vanvasis of Orissa have been badly affected by the illegal conversion, their socio-cultural and religious lives have been contaminated by the church people. Kandhamal is the best example what the church has done there and how it has been spreading hatred among native vanvasis and how the same is being protested by the culture-loving tribals. The church people created panic in the tribal areas of the state through proselytisation, poor people were searching way how to get rid of the same , again spreading of blasphemous imputations against their deities made them furious . A revolution broke out against Christians 1815 in the tribal areas , famous as “ Ghumusar Revolution” and continued up to 1857. The book namely “ Administration of East India Company” authored by Mr. T.W.Kaye is the clinching evidence of this revolution. At page 595 & 596 , the author writes “ Missionary activities of Christian Padris all over the estate alarmed the people about the impending danger to their religion and civilisation and subsequently they took to arms to defend their faith and culture from being imperilled by the rising tide of Christianity in the region.” The revolution first started by Kamal Loachan Dora Bisoi, backed by the king Sreekar Bhanja and Dhanajaya Bhanja . In 1837, Dora Bisoi was captured by the British people and was sent to Ooty jail where he died in 1846. ( ref. letter of captain Macpherson to Mills dtd.27.12.1846. B.R.A. Vol. 1846 ) . The then princely states were also helping the revolutionaries to drive the missionaries out of the state in order to save the Hindu religion and Jagannath cult form destruction and to combat proselytisation. However , Dora Bisoi ignited the first flame of revolution against the evangelists in Khurda, Banapur, Puri areas and the same became successful and took the momentum as the famous Paika Revolution of Khurda of 1817. The second phase of revolution against Christians started by Chakara Bisoi, Nabaghan Kanhar, Bira Kanhar and others in the year 1846 and continued up to 1866. [ ref. Letter of Samuels to secretary to govt. dtd. 1.2.1856, B.R.A. Vol. 1855-57 ]. This revolution spreaded like wild fire against the Christians far and wide. Chakara Bisoi and his revolutionary friends led the revolution from Athagarh to Paralakhemundi, from Angul to Ghumusar, from Patanagarh to Nayagarh, from Boudh to Russelkonda mostly against the socio-cultural and religious exploitation and conversion by Christian pastors. In Kandhamal, the Kandha vanvasis killed 13 proselytisers including British officials at a place namely Udaygiri , which was their spontaneous reaction against the Christians.  

While this revolution against the Christians was in its full swing and was approaching towards its finality, the unfortunate calamity devastated Orissa , ill-famous as the Famine of 1866. About 10 lakhs people died out of starvation and the Christians did not miss the golden opportunity to catch fish from that troubled water. They started  food stalls where the hungry Hindu people were being provided food in exchange of their religion. These stalls were working as the open canters of proselytisation. Three evangelists namely William Brooks, William Billey and John Bookley were in charge of this mass conversion drive and many Hindus were converted to Christianity being compelled by the situation. [ ref. Letter of Mr. Derby to Thomas cook dtd.7.11.1888]. This historic famine broke the back bone of the poor people of Orissa and their revolution against the church sponsored atrocities was cool down.  

Table Showing Christian Population in Cuttack- Bhubaneswar


Year Catholics Total Population Percent Catholic Diocesan Priests Religious Priests Total Priests Catholics Per Priest Permanent Deacons Male Religious Female Religious Parishes Source
1950 12,500 4,900,000 .3% 3 21 24 520   21 42 6 ap1951
1969 46,862 7,620,000 .6% 32 40 72 650   55 77 22 ap1971
1980 24,277 7,387,000 .3% 29 6 35 693   7 84 19 ap1981
1990 33,271 8,780,000 .4% 34 23 57 583   35 158 19 ap1991
1999 49,391 9,935,372 .5% 50 30 80 617   41 163 30 ap2000
2000 49,391 9,935,372 .5% 50 30 80 617   41 163 30 ap2001
2001 52,000 9,935,372 .5% 55 29 84 619   45 167 31 ap2002
2002 58,196 9,935,372 .6% 59 33 92 632   59 160 31 ap2003
2003 59,775 11,500,000 .5% 55 35 90 664   64 182 31 ap2004
2004 61,378 11,500,000 .5% 51 33 84 730   58 194 32 ap2005
2006 62,985 11,580,000 .5% 70 45 115 547   91 181 34 ap2007

As per the census of 2001, the number of Christian population in Orissa has been reported as 1,468,575 out of total population 37,655,762 and the percentage of Christian population is 3.09%. But the data of Kandhamal district is quite disturbing where the Christian population growth has been reported as 66%. About 42,353 Hindu vanvasis are converted to Christianity in Kandhamal during 1991-2001, but among them only two persons have been converted as per law. According to data available with the district collectorate, the Christian population in Kandhamal was 117,950 in the 2001 census, up from 75,597 a decade earlier."The Christian growth rate in the district is 66 percent as against 18.6 percent for the overall population growth in the district," District Collector Krishan Kumar told Organiser .Kumar said that the Orissa Freedom of Religious Act, which came into action in 1989, allows people to change or adopt any religion but all such individuals need to submit a form to the district magistrate.” We have received just two applications not just between 1991 and 2001 but between 1989 and 2008. We must understand that every one must follow law," Kumar explained.However, he did not specify what action the district administration has taken to punish those who have violated the law.Asked if he attributes the growth of Christian population to conversions, he said: "It could be because of two reasons - conversion and migration. “Of the over 650,000 people in the troubled district, at least 53 percent are tribals. Of the nearly 118,000 Christians, a majority has converted from Dalit families. Dr. Kumar said . But on the other hand , Arch Bishop Raphael Cheenath says that Christians are minority in Kandhamal. But the question arises if only 2 persons are legally converted in Kandhamal then why proper legal actions are not being taken against others who are illegally converted and against those who baptised them unlawfully? 

The Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1964 which was enacted to combat conversion from one religion to another religion through fraudulent means , allurement or by applying force, has become a mockery in the hands of the callous executive machinery. This legislation and the Rule framed there under has been completely paralysed . The Christians demand for the repeal of the said Act in order to make their illegal proselytisation free from all barriers. Arch Bishop Raphael Cheenath publicly outraged this legislation  as a “ Draconian Legislation” and demanded for its repeal . No action has been taken against them. On the other hand in order to appease the Christian Vote Bank, the government has turned deaf towards illegal conversions. Late Nandini Satapathy, the former Chief Minister of Orissa raised this question of uncontrolled conversion in the state Legislative Assembly and demanded for a white paper on the issue on 25th March, 1998. It is a fact that the Congress governments in Orissa had shown undue favour to the Christians but the degree of such favour which Naveen Pattanaik has been  showing towards proselytisers has crossed all limits. In the aftermaths of Kandhamal incident of August ,2008 , about 1285 Hindus have been arrested all over the state and 16543 Hindus are being prosecuted in different charges, whereas the government has given the Christian goons free breath. “It is the notorious ploy of Shri Mohapatra, the chief mentor of the state govt. and political Guru of Naveen Pattanaik to finish Hindu unity . Shri Mohapatra is an ardent Communist   and hand in glove with Maoist ultras and Christians.” – says Shri Subas Chouhan, the National Co- Convenor of Bajrang Dal.  

Cultivation of Souls- A plan for 2000AD.  

What is the future plan of evangelists ? The answer is, total proselytisation of Orissa and to establish a Red corridor starting from Chhatisgarh to Bihar. In order to achieve this aim, they plan to-

  1. Occupy Orissa for Jesus Christ 
  2. Reach at each and every people and village
  3. Construct churches in each and every village
  4. send missionaries to every PIN code areas
  5. Distribute evangelical literatures among every educated people.
  6. Display evangelical movies in every village
  7. Fight with the non-believers.

[ Ref. 2000AD plan for Orissa by Reverend P.R.Parichha , Tulashipur, Cuttack-8]

Apart from these, the project Jesua-1 and Jesua-2 are in operation in the state aiming at complete proselytisation. Time has come , the Hindus must be united to combat this menace of Proselytisation , otherwise this peaceful state will turn into an other North East states like Nagaland and Tripura. Awake Hindus awake.

Criminals call the shots as hindutva hangs from the banyan tree

Jaunpur hanging of an IJP candidate is a direct result of Udit Raj’s machinations for conversions of Hindus by ‘Dalit International Foundation’ of which he is the chairman.

Jaunpur hanging is a metaphor for the rotten state of Hindusthan.

As the blame game proceeds pointing accusing fingers against SP and BSP for the alleged murder of the IJP candidate of Jaunpur, Election Commission lacks the competence to inquire into the root causes for the criminalization of politics with a heady mix of religious conversions thrown in.

Be it Kandhamal (with a criminal case sought to be foisted on a BJP candidate, an ex-IPS officer Ashok Sahu), be it Jaunpur, the criminalized polity in Hindusthan has become a bed of intrigue perpetrated by christist missionary gangs through many proxies.

Varun Gandhi episode (invoking the NSA against a political speech) and the likely release of Varun on bail, on April 16, by the SC, the issue is joined: many are the forces at work to denigrate the Hindu.

The bane of Hindusthan is this: criminalization of the polity and the onslaught by the christists and islamist-jihadi-terror operatives.

Advani is trying to fight a phony fight with phony leadership. Manmohan is only a dummy. The real sutradhari who has destroyed any semblance of constitutional propriety in the state is the lady from Luciana who has surrounded herself with a set of chamcha-s who think they are born to loot the wealth of the nation.

The question the young voters have to ask themselves is this. Why is it there is no discussion about their future in a vibrant Hindusthan?

Everyone is being taken for a ride. Media indulges in chamcha-giri of the worst kind by promoting the Luciana dynasty as though the be-all and end-all of Hindusthan rests in the welfare of this dynasty.

The electorate of Hindusthan have themselves to blame if they allow their votes to be wasted by voting for criminals who care little for the welfare of the nation or the welfare of future generations. Tax haven is the heaven; rest is mithya in the reckoning of the criminals who are the only contestants in the election. EC is running a sham election exercise with no clue as to how to rid the criminality from the voting exerice.

PS. What type of punditry advises Advani? Was it necessary for him to goof up and say that some back-door channels of communication are open with J Jayalalithaa? JJ promptly denied any such communication. So much for the credibility and smartness of pundits advising Advani.


IJP candidate from UP’s Jaunpur seat found hanging from tree

April 13th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI


Lucknow, Apr 13 (ANI): The body of an Indian Justice Party (IJP) nominee for the Jaunpur Lok Sabha constituency was found hanging from a tree on Monday.

Forty-eight-year-old Bahadur Sonkar’s body was found near Raja Ka Talab, barely 500 metres from his home in Ahiyapur-Rasheedabad locality, 200 km from here.

Central observers of the Jaunpur Lok Sabha seat have reached the spot and are investigating the case.

The tragic death of Sonkar has sparked off protests by party supporters and family members, according to whom a ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate is responsible for the killing.

Sonkar, who was contesting against the BSP’s Dhananjay Singh, had reportedly been concerned about his safety and had even asked for police protection from the Election Commission.

IJP President Udit Raj has blamed the Election Commission for the death, as they did not provide security to the candidate even after repeated requests.

Raj is demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case.

Meanwhile, the police has claimed that it is a murder and not a suicide case.

Jaunpur District Magistrate Aparna Upadhyaya has refused to comment on the issue. (ANI)


Election candidate found hanging from tree


Published on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 14:06, Updated on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 15:23


Lucknow: Dalit leader and Indian Justice Party's (IJP) Lok Sabha candidate Bahadur Sonkar was found hanging from a tree near his home in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur town Monday, a death his relatives blamed on the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party's nominee (BSP).


Sonkar, who was contesting against BSP's Dhananjay Singh, a mafia don turned politician, was found hanging near Raja Ka Talab, barely 500 metres from his home in Ahiyapur-Rasheedabad locality.


There was high drama with his relatives and supporters trying to prevent police from taking away the body -- recovered after the family found him missing from his bed in the outer verandah of his residence.


His slippers and mobile were lying near the cot while the mattress and sheet were also littered around the bed, indicating a scuffle before he was forcibly carried away.


Sonkar's family members said Dhananjay Singh had been issuing death threats to Sonka through a police officer.


A relative alleged that police circle officer Ditendra Chaudhary had been pressurising him to withdraw his candidature in favour of Dhananjay Singh.


"When Bahadur told the officer that it was not possible for him to pull out of the election fray, the cop warned him to be ready to face serious consequences," the relative said on condition of anonymity.


The candidate had informed election observers and had spoken to the media about the matter.

"Even last night (Sunday), he was referring to another phone call from the officer," said a brother of the victim.


IJP chief Udit Raj, who has arrived in Jaunpur, has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and sought the immediate arrest of the circle officer as well as a police inspector.


Udit Raj, who left the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), entered public life by launching IJP to promote the cause of Dalits. The party is seen as making a dent in the BSP's support base in a few places.


In Lucknow, a spokesperson of the Mayawati government said the guilty would not go unpunished.


"Anyone no matter how high and mighty would not be spared if he were involved in the killing," he said.


Jaunpur District Magistrate Aparna Upadhyaya said: "Until I get the post mortem report, I will not make any comment."


Udit Raj (born Ram Raj on 1 January 1958) was born in Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh into a low caste Hindu family, and studied for BA at Allahabad University. He was selected for the Indian Revenue Service in 1988 and served as the Dy, Commissioner, Joint Commissioner and Addl. Commissioner of Income Tax at New Delhi. On 24 November, 2007 he resigned from the government service and formed a political party namely Indian Justice Party. He is a prominent activist working on behalf of India's Dalits, also known as untouchables. After his conversion to Buddhism on November 4, 2001, he changed his name, following the tradition of Dalit intellectual and activist B. R. Ambedkar, who spearheaded the Dalit Buddhist movement. He is married to Seema Raj and they have two children Abhiraj and Saveri.

Among his more controversial activities are mass conversions to Buddhism, Islam and Christianity; making disparaging statements about aspects of Hinduism; and his marriage of a woman from a higher caste despite his visibility as a Dalitactivist

He formed Indian Justice Party, The All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations on 2 October 1997 and in 1996 founded the Lord Buddha Club.

He is a strong advocate of increased Reservation in India for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. He has dismissed arguments against this form of positive discrimination as "baseless"[citation needed]. Raj has formed partnerships with Christian organizations including the Indian Social Institute and the All India Christian Council. Raj has worked with prominent Christian leaders such as John Dayal and Ambrose Pinto and with Muslim leaders such as Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of the Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind. His Personal Secretary is C. L. Maurya.

Mass Conversions

On October 27, 2002 Udit Raj organized a controversial conversion ceremony in which thousands of Dalits 'converted' to Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. He has organized other conversion events including one at Chennai on December 6, 2002. These conversion activities have been criticized by some journalists as "deceptive","violent" and a "exercise in self-promotion" on the part of Udit Raj.[1] Giriraj Kishore, senior vice president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has been quoted as saying:

The only purpose of the rally is to establish Ram Raj politically, but he will not be able to gain political mileage. The BJP vote bank is not threatened by this political drama.[1]

In particular, when he mocked Hindu deities during his conversion speech, as a gesture of how he did not appreciate the religion, his audience was not amused and reacted with hostility. Raj has worked with Christian groups to proselytizeChristianity and convert away from Hinduism. Sometimes these prosetylizations are considered illegitimate. Critics have also pointed out that he is usually not coherent in his response to questions as to how conversion will help alleviate the status of the converted.[2]

He has organized other conversion events including one at Chennai on December 6, 2002. These conversion ceremonies aroused the ire of Hindu nationalist groups like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.[1]. Raj has replied, accusing of Togadia and other Hindu Nationalists fomenting violence against Dalits.[3] He reiterated:

The Jhajjar conversions were a direct reaction to the lynching of Dalits in the region and the confederation will wage a concerted battle against the forces of communalism, especially the VHP.

Reformist Hindu groups led by Swami Agnivesh, have expressed approval of the mass conversions, claiming that they are "an urgent and necessary cry for social justice".[4]

[edit]Marriage into a higher Caste

Commenting on his marriage to Seema Raj, from an upper caste (Khatri/Punjabi Kshatriya), he said "I am very dark, almost black, but my wife is as fair as an English woman and I must say that although ours was a love marriage in which her intrinsic qualities mattered more than looks, I found her fair skin very attractive".[5]


1.     ^ a b c Conversion: Ram Raj's rally was probably just an exercise in self-promotion

2.     ^ Preaching Buddhism,The Tribune

3.     ^ Togadia's charges baseless: Udit Raj

4.     ^ Encountering the Dalit Ferment by Swami Agnivesh and Rev. Valson Thampu

5.     ^ Black is blemish in India,

Udit continues to fight against social injustice and contributes to the cause of the exploited’s struggle for effective implementation of reservation (affirmative action) for the Dalits of India. On November 4, 2001, he and thousands of Dalits across India left Hinduism in search of religious ideologies allowing freedom of conscience and promoting human dignity and social equality.

Of that mass exodus event, Udit Raj said, “The conversion is a rejection of whatever caste stands for. It is a great walkout from Hinduism.”

He continues his outspoken campaign today for Dalit Freedom and is a friend of the Dalit Freedom Network.


Low-caste Indians hold high cards in election

8 hours ago

NEW DELHI (AFP) — Omprakash Ram spends his days cleaning the streets of New Delhi. Passers-by usually shun him, but this is election season and that means Ram is suddenly getting a lot of attention.


As one of 165 million Dalits, the lowest rung in India's rigid caste hierarchy, Ram belongs to a community whose votes could swing the result of the national polls that begin on April 16.

Ostracized by much of society, most Dalits -- or "untouchables" as they used to be known -- live in rural areas and lag behind upper-castes in education, employment and housing, often performing menial tasks such as cleaning sewers and collecting garbage.


But come election time, they find themselves courted by politicians of all stripes with promises of job quotas, free schooling and food subsidies.


Ram, 21, said he is doubtful that the election results will improve his quality of life.

"I don't think much will change," he said. "Politicians are all the same."

But although the first-time voter professes to have little faith in the mainstream political parties, he is adamant that his ballot will be counted.


"It's the only time I will ever be important," he told AFP.


In recent years, Dalit consciousness has risen to the point where they and other minorities turn out to vote in higher numbers than middle- and upper-class citizens.


"They know that for centuries they have been exploited and marginalised, and electoral politics is the one place where they can actually have an influence," said Vidhu Verma, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi who studies caste politics.


So-called "Dalit parties" such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have been successful on a regional scale but have had to co-opt other minorities and upper-caste voters to expand their base.


Mayawati Kumari, the BSP leader who serves as chief minister of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has shown how far Dalits can come in politics, and has her sights set on becoming India's first "untouchable" prime minister.


At a rally last week in the northern state of Haryana, thousands of supporters braved the heat to listen to her stump speech.


Ram Kishan, a Dalit labourer with six children, said he came to see Mayawati because he believed she would make his life better.


"I think she will deliver her promises. All I need is two meals a day for my family," he said.

But Mayawati cannot take nationwide Dalit support for granted as there are other regional parties vying for their votes, particularly outside the Hindi-speaking heartland of north India.

"They don't vote as a bloc throughout India, but they do vote together in different regions," said Verma.


Politicians from all parties are often accused of wooing Dalit votes, only to abandon the community as soon as they get elected.


And those Dalits who have obtained elected office with mainstream parties -- often as the result of affirmative action programmes -- often find it difficult to push pro-Dalit policy.

"Once they get elected they work for the party, not for the Dalits," said Udit Raj, chairman of the Dalit International Foundation, which fights against discrimination.


"That's the predicament," he said, adding that many Dalit politicians are afraid to challenge their own parties' core policies.


Raj is also president of the Indian Justice Party (IJP), which he hopes will serve as a voice for Dalit concerns across the country.


The IJP is fielding around 100 candidates on a platform of compulsory and equal education, a casteless society, and job creation.


A bronze bust of Dalit icon and the architect of the Indian constitution, B.R. Ambedkar, sits in a glass case on Raj's desk.


Raj followed in Ambedkar's footsteps and converted to Buddhism to escape the constant persecution he was subjected to as a Dalit.


He has married outside his caste and risen to the top of the Indian civil service as a tax officer -- and now he wants the Hindu caste system to be "annihilated."


Such views anger many upper-caste Indians, who resent quotas for Dalits in education and employment, and argue that continued benefits encourage Dalit segregation and limit their incentive to work hard.


But for Raj, such attitudes reveal a political elite unwilling to address deep-rooted social problems.


"Even educated people are not above the caste line," he said. "As long as caste is there, I don't think India is going to become a developed nation."


Defiant Udit Raj to install Periyar statues in Uttar Pradesh

April 15th, 2008 - 6:49 pm 


Lucknow, April 15 (IANS) Unmindful of the police action against him, the Indian Justice Party (IJP) chief Udit Raj proposes toinstall statues of controversial dalit icon Ramaswamy Periyar. Talking to mediapersons here Tuesday, Raj pointedly blamed Chief Minister Mayawati for preventing him from eulogizing Periyar, whom he described as a “great social reformer”.

“It is a question of individual faith. The constitution gives everyone the right to worship or praise anyone. So, if people were free to put up idols of Ram or Sita, then we should also be allowed to install the statues of Periyar,” Udit Raj said.

A former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who quit as additional income tax commissioner to start a socio-political movement almost a decade ago, claimed that he was thrashed by the UP police after being taken into custody Monday for defying the Mayawati government’s diktat against installation of a Periyar statue in the state capital.

He was arrested along with 67 supporters for “breach of peace” after they attempted to storm the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state headquarter here Monday. The activists accused then BJP of defacing a hoarding put up in Lucknow with portraits of Periyar and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.

“We will now put up statues of Periyar in each of the 70 districts of UP - let the government do whatever they can to stop us,” he said.

“Mayawati cannot digest the idea because she has forgotten her roots and was not only busy wooing the upper castes, but was also in league with the BJP,” he alleged.

Ex-nun’s confessions set to rock Kerala Church

Shaju Philip Posted online: Feb 19, 2009 at 0143 hrs


Thiruvananathapuram : Already reeling under several controversies, the Kerala Catholic Church is facing fresh embarrassment from a tell-all autobiography written by a nun who recently quit the Order alleging harassment from superiors.

‘Amen — an autobiography of a nun’, released last week, is written by Dr Sister Jesme, 52, who was the Principal of St Mary’s College, Thrissur, till last August when she quit the Congregation of Mother Carmelite (CMC).

“Dedicated to Jesus”, Amen is explicit in its details of the sexual repression and harassment behind the Church walls as well as the draconian rules and “greed” of the Order. Jesme claims that since the book was released, she has been getting calls pledging solidarity.

“Nuns mingle with the whole spectrum of the community around them. They teach students, comfort the aged and nurse the sick; still the brides of the Church remain an enigma. My work would throw light on the misunderstood convent life, engulfed in darkness,” says Jesme.

Apart from the Abhaya murder in which a nun and priests are accused, the Kerala Church was recently in the news for a priest “adopting” a 26-year-old woman.

Jesme’s autobiography includes a poignant version by her of how the convent authorities tried to twice prove that she had mental problems and get her admitted into a rehab centre after she reportedly spoke out against the malpractices within the Order.

Starting with her first days in the Church, 30 years ago, she talks of priets forcing novices to have relations with them and the closet homosexuality within nun ranks, “which the Church reckons as the dirtiest thing possible”. “If nuns developed unusual interest in each other, authorities would deploy other inmates to watch them,” she writes.

The book says Jesme herself was forced into such a relationship by a fellow nun, and that her complaints to a senior nun were ignored. According to her, the other nun said she preferred such a relationship as it ruled out pregnancy. There were others who had affairs with priests, she writes.

Another passage in Amen deals with a chance encounter Jesme had with a priest in Bangalore while on her way to Dharwar to attend a UGC refresher course in English. “My plan was to stay at the waiting room at the Bangalore railway station. But sisters in the convent gave me the address of a pious, decent priest. When I reached Bangalore, the priest was waiting to receive me. He embraced me and took me to his presbytery. After breakfast, he took me to Lalbagh (Botanical Garden) and showed me several pairs cuddling behind trees. He also gave a sermon on the necessity of physical love and described the illicit affairs certain bishops and priests had.”

Later, when they were in his room, she writes, he stripped and made her do the same.

Jesme claims that while nuns in the lower ranks were punished if caught for even minor offences, the Church turned a blind eye to those superior or with influence for major transgressions.

Talking about the Church’s draconian rules, Jesme writes in the book that she was not allowed to go home when her father died, or to even pray some extra hours for his soul. “I was able to see my father barely 15 minutes before the funeral. The alibi of the superiors was that the then senior sisters were not even lucky enough to see the bodies of their parents.”

During her time in the Church, Jesme often ran into problems with superiors. She was called “cine nun” after she provided office facility for a film festival at St Mary’s College, leading to the first campus film from the college, as well as when she shared dais with a sex worker for the release of a book on the life of a prostitute.

Since quitting CMC, Jesme has been staying alone in a flat in Kozhikode. She told The Indian Express she was still living as a “nun”. “I go for Church mass daily and have no plans to get married.”


Castes and Conversions: Is Christianity a solid monolith?   


G. Anil Kumar

19 Dec 2008


In India every debate on conversion to Christianity ends with Hindu society's caste-based "poison of divisions". Missionaries and their supporters present conversion as the only "antidote" available. And missionaries are "doctors," hell bent on administering that antidote! And our "secularists" have been repeating it. 
"Caste" was an old weapon of missionaries who established the conversion business in India. Anti-Brahminism, "Dravidianism," conversion as "the solution" to caste and the Aryan-Dravidian divide were effectively introduced as stratagems for conversion by Bishop Robert Caldwell. In his book "Christianity explained to Hindus: Christianity and Hinduism compared" (1893), he wrote that caste first arose from difference of race; people with black skin were "original inhabitants of India" (p. 20).
"On the other hand", he wrote, "Christianity teaches that God gave us life and continually preserves us. He is therefore our Father in heaven… The Brotherhood of man follows Fatherhood of God… But Hinduism makes life a curse instead of a blessing" (p. 20-21). Caldwell’s arguments are well known. His "Dravidian Grammar" was a trend-setter. But why did he painstakingly write so many books? If we read his lecture, "Progress of Christianity in India" we get the answer. 
He says, "an encouraging amount of interest in the progress of Christianity has now at last been awakened, and a demand for information has been excited: it is now felt that a great door and effectual has been opened to us in India, and that the conversion of India to Christ is one of the greatest works, if not the great work, to which the Church and nation of England are called" (Lectures on the Tinnevelly Missions, 1857, p. 4).
For sheer audacity and bigotry, Caldwell could today be called a "cultural terrorist". Yet his views are endorsed by a section of India's "secular" intelligentsia! They were reiterated in Karnataka's recent public debate on conversion.
The debate on conversion was launched by the oldest Kannada daily, Samyukta Karnataka, with some well-researched articles by selected writers and scholars (my own essay has appeared inKarmaveera, a weekly of the same group). Taking the cue, the largest circulated Kannada daily,Vijay Karnataka, provided a platform for a bare-all debate. Noted Kannada novelist Dr. S.L. Bhyrappa started with a big bang with  his  one-and-a half-page article. Every small and big, famous and notorious person in Karnataka has presented his or her opinion on the subject. 
Professional missionaries kept silent; our secularists did all the batting on their behalf! Once again, leftists are proving that they are "more Christian" than the original faith-sellers.
First of all, is it good to debate conversion as suggested by some political leaders time and again? Should anybody debate conversion with anybody else out on the street? Would one debate it with professional missionaries, who have taken a vow, or money, to compulsively meet a number of people everyday just to persuade them to embrace Christianity? Should we organize an open debate at an open forum where anybody, from a scholar to a street vendor, from a professional gangster to a professional pimp, could come and vent his "thoughts"?

I do not suggest we should shy away from such debates. While they do not solve any religious problem, they bring pertinent questions into the open. Let people be aware of everything vis-à-vis conversion and Christianity, and about castes. 
Hindus should not hesitate to debate caste as they have nothing to hide. But they should understand what Christianity is all about.  They should study and debate its history and methods of expansion, its "spiritualism" and "brotherhood." They should ask missionaries why casteless societies were converted to Christianity throughout the ages and throughout the world.
Missionaries' typical answers are well known. In India, "conversion is the best solution for caste-based differences within Hindu society;" in America, "barbaric tribes had to be civilized and spiritualized." They always proffer local issues to justify conversions. In India's case, most proponents of Christianity's "monolithic unity" and Hinduism’s "caste- based divisions" invoke B.R. Ambedkar to remain politically correct while attacking the faith! But all fail to explain why Ambedkar did not convert to Caldwell's "great brotherhood" called Christianity.

In fact, Ambedkar wanted to send a strong message through his religious conversion. After examining Christianity, he wrote in 1938: "caste governs the life of Christians as much as it does the life of the Hindus. There are Brahmin Christians and non-Brahmin Christians. Among non-Brahmin Christians there are Maratha Christians, Mahar Christians, Mang Christians and Bhangi Christians. Similarly in the south there are Pariah Christians, Malla Christians and Madiga Christians. They would not inter-marry. They would not inter-dine" (Selected Speeches and Writings, Vol. 5, Government of Maharashtra, 1989, p. 445-78).

Ambedkar converted to Buddhism as it was a "part and parcel of Bharatiya culture." He said: "I have taken care that my conversion will not harm the tradition of the culture and the history of this land" (Quoted in 'Ambedkar', by Dhananjay Keer, p. 498).

The hard truth is that even Buddhism is not a monolithic unity! It has different schools of thought and different traditional streams. For that matter where do we find the most unified, rock-solid group on earth? Is Islam one single entity? Is Christianity a superb monolith? If so, since when? Since its inception or through "spiritualism"? Since the First Council of Nicaea, when Emperor Constantine decided, at sword-point, what should and should not be the tenets of 'official' Christianity? Or since the Second Vatican Council, when it was decided to establish the supremacy of Catholicism once again? 
Let us examine the facts; consult their own sources.

Christians are not one; they are divided into separate churches and traditions. Over the centuries, Christianity has divided into numerous denominations. Each denomination has its own distinctive beliefs or practices, yet we hold them to be branches of the same religion. But when it comes to Hindu society, every Tom, Dick or Harry talks about caste and asks us "where is the common unity?" as if there is no common thread of beliefs among Hindus!
Although missionaries never talk about their internal divisions openly, conversion always happens to a particular denomination, to a particular church. One can never get converted to "Christianity". He or she can only become a member of a particular church.  When former British Prime Minister Tony Blair converted to the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican community and its church vehemently protested.
Why do street missionaries never talk about their internal divisions? This is an age-old strategy. The famous Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, who wrote Mere Christianity, in 1940s, reminded believers about this strategy: "our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is his only Son"!
Let us move on to the denominations. In 1985, it was estimated that there were 22,000 Christian denominations with 5 new ones being formed each week! There are nearly 34,000 (probably more) Christian and Messianic denominations and churches in the world now. These may be broken down to six different main blocks:

1] Independents   22000
2] Protestants        9000
3] 'Marginals'        1600 
4] Orthodox            781 
5] Roman Catholics 242 
6] Anglicans           168
    Total              33791
(Source: World Christian Encyclopedia, by Barrett, Kurian, Johnson; Oxford Univ. Press, 2nd edition, 2001, Vol. 1, p.16-18).
What are denominations? The encyclopedia explains: "a denomination is defined in this Encyclopedia as an organized aggregate of worship centers or congregations of similar ecclesiastical tradition within a specific country; i.e. as an organized Christian church or tradition or religious group or community of believers, within a specific country, whose component congregations and members are called by the same denominational name in different areas, regarding themselves as one autonomous Christian church distinct from other denominations, churches and traditions. As defined here, world Christianity consists of 6 major ecclesiastico-cultural blocs, divided into 300 major ecclesiastical traditions, composed of over 33,000 distinct denominations in 238 countries, these denominations themselves being composed of over 3,400,000 worship centers, churches or congregations" (Barrett et al, Vol. 1, page 16, Table 1-5).
Pope John Paul II once called Protestant missionaries "rapacious wolves" for converting Catholics! So much for "monolithic unity"! In the second week of August 2007, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Methodists, Pentecostals, Orthodox, Evangelicals (sounds like caste names!) gathered to map a "common religious conversion code" in France. The code, which has to be finalized in a year or two, was named "Ethical Conversion Code". 
"Conversion is a controversial issue not only in inter-religious relations, but in intra-Christian relations as well," admitted Dr. Hans Ucko, World Council of Churches programme executive and one of the organizers of the meeting.
So much for "monolithic unity" and "great brotherhood"!

The author is a columnist and Supplement Editor of the Kannada daily, Samyukta Karnataka