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A Federation of Swadeshi Churches

A Federation of Swadeshi Churches

Publication: Hindu Vision

RSS Sarsanghchalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan has called for forming a federation of Indian Christians who subscribed to the idea of a Swadeshi Church. This, according to him, would be the first step towards the creation of a National Church in India which would be free of foreign controls of all kinds.

The RSS Sarsanghchalak was recently speaking in Nagpur as chief guest after releasing the book The Indian Church? written by senior journalist Virag Pachpore.

Concept of National Church

Shri Sudarshan said all sects of Christianity could be included in the federation. If the Christian community in India has to assimilate with the cultural mainstream of the country, it should adhere to the concept of a National Church, the RSS Sarsanghchalak emphasised.

Shri Sudarshan further said that the Christian community should come out of foreign influence and discard foreign funding, and added that the power and wealth of Indian Churches should be only in the hands of Indian 'Christians.

Tracing the progress of Christianity since its advent in India Shri Sudarshan said Christians living in this country since the fourth century had assimilated the culture and traditions of India. An ideal form of Christianity existed in Kerala, he said, but the advent of the Portuguese vitiated the atmosphere.

Pointing out that there is no place for 'women in Christianity, the RSS chief quoted St. Peter's words in which the latter had said that woman was not in the original scheme of things, and that she, being created out of a rib of a man, was an afterthought.

Woman is Animal?

A debate was spurred in 6th and 7th century Europe on the issue of whether woman be considered human or be classed with animals. In the 18th century an assembly of Bishops ruled that Christian women may be considered human while women belonging to other faiths were between humans and animals.

This ruling had an inexorable impact on the European society where countless women were burnt alive and subjected to inhuman tortures after being labelled witches, the RSS Sarsanghchalak said. Many books are now being written in Europe bringing out the darker side of Christianity, he informed the gathering. Only Way to God?

He further said that around 1000 representatives of various religious faiths who gathered at the New York Peace Summit held last year had signed a declaration upholding the equality of all religions as different ways to reach the One God. However, the Vatican, while decrying the New York summit declaration, came out with a 36-page document stating that no other religions are equal to the Roman Catholic faith. The document also mentioned that those who were trying to equate with the Roman Catholic faith were crossing the limits of tolerance.

Discussing the issue of Dalit Christians in India, the Sarsanghchalak said their condition is worse. Dalits in the Christian community in Kerala had demanded reservation in Christian institutions, but were denied it. Later a demand of reservation for dalits and OBCs on a national level was made by Church leaders.

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