The North-East Christian Missionaries

Written by Dr TS GIRISHKUMAR

Shri. Kummanam Rajashekharan, who was the president of BJP Kerala has been recently appointed as the Governor of the state of Mizoram of the Union of India. Shri. Kummanam assumed office in a most unassuming manner, simply simpler than the simplest, with hardly any baggage even. Those who know him know him as an earnest Swayam Sevak of the first rate with the natural selflessness of highest degree. Coming from a reputed family, son of a leading advocate of Kottayam, elder brother retired as District Judge, Kummanam took a flair of journalism and joined news papers after graduation, and went for government job for a time, and then, left everything to become RSS Pracharak. His Pracharak life is well known to Kerala, mostly through the agitation against a nefarious plot of the Kerala Christians to create tensions and confusions among the Hindus of Kerala on account of an ‘implanted’ cross near the famous Ayyappa temple of Sabarimala. The late Swami Satyananda Saraswati was with Shri Kummanam shoulder to shoulder along with many selfless Swayam Sevaks who overthrew that nefarious plot from the Christian caucus of Kerala.

Evangelisation had been most meticulous and deft among the tribes of the North-East of Bharat. The tribes, who had their original Sanskriti and Religion, were totally uprooted and alienated from their own naturally original self through Christianisation. Unfortunately, influence of the Vedic Dharma was minimal to these societies, though all their religions of pre-Christianisation did bear the unmistakable mark of Vedic Hindu Dharma. The missionaries are ill reputed as great destroyers of civilisations all over the world and such instances are abundant in history of civilisations. They started with the great Greek civilisation and in spite of an established philosophy, the Greeks had lost their Hellenistic religion. At the same time, we also find the mediaeval theologians employing Greek philosophy in their theologies those got disguised as philosophy in later days. Augustine, Aquinas and Anslem, they all were at these.

Evangelisations had been fundamentally exclusive to societies who are not very conscious through education as well as backward and poor. On the one hand economic help was extended, and on the other hand, the ignorance was exploited. Tribes of North-East were exclusive small societies with much less exposure, and the infiltration of evangelists were very successful. Evangelists carried the strong missionary zeal of going to any extent, because their theology convinced them that they were the only right ones and all others are simply wrong. Semitic theology insists that I am right and you are wrong, mine are the only right ways and all others are wrong, mine is the only God and all others are not Gods, redemption and salvation are only for us where as all others shall be doomed, we shall only have heaven and all others are destined for hell and so on. Semitic theology woks through two techniques, fear of punishment and promises of rewards. The decalogues – ten commandments are explicit for the missionaries to sacrifice everything. The very first of the commandments say that “Thou shall not have any God before me”. The second commandment forbids from making idols and so on. This story: and the threat of punishment of disobedience to God as well as promises of luring rewards posthumously in a projected heaven did the job of Christianisation all over the world, and also in the NER.

Evangelisation was at the instance of European and American missionaries to begin with, but subsequently Kerala missionaries took over the command. They flooded NER and kept bringing more and more people, missionaries and others like teachers to be with their movements. Eventually, they were in considerable control of things and events.

It is natural for such theologies to destroy anything other than what is theirs. In their normal language, they also termed the tribal religions paganism: and in their attempt to ‘civilise’ the barbarians, they ended up in westernising the societies. Kerala missionaries heartily continued the process and succeeded in furthering their own alienation from the mainstream of Bharat.

Ironically, what is most discussed among the tribes of North-East is ethnicity and cultural identity. One wonders what identity is spoken of, as most have already lost identities through Christianisation. As a matter of fact, there is a paradox of contradiction: those who seek cultural identities actually do not know what they are seeking, or how to go about such identities. When it is exclusive tribal ways, it should begin with their faith systems and rituals as well as practices, which they have long lost. Should anyone try to look for such things, then he shall be objected by the ‘autochthons’ of tribal culture. Even with a religion of redemption, these people are beyond redemption as on now. But they keep calling a Hindu who says aloud that he is a Hindu fundamentalist and communal.

Shri. Kummanam is an RSS Pracharak and so is the PM of Bharat and also there are many more. Who tells these people that Mizoram is a Christian state? And they have the atrocity to say it aloud and they do not want a Hindu – RSS man as governor to them. Just by virtue of a society being more Christian, how on earth it is said that they are a Christian state? Such matters are to be looked into and who creates such ideas are also to be looked into.

RSS is an organisation that faced much atrocities from what Pujaniya Guruji mentions as the Tridoshas right from the very inception. The Semitic trained minds can not understand the Rg Vedic Sukta of Ekam Sat, or for that matter the notion of Vasudhaivakutumbakam. For a Hindu, there is no distinction between the ultimately real and he himself. Unlike the Semitic theology, there is no ‘two levels’ – of a creator and creation: where the creation is absolutely at the mercy of the creator. When it is ‘Sarvamkhalvidam Brahma’ it is also ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ for the Hindu. Indeed, the RSS bases itself on the Vedic Dharma, but the Vedic Dharma is absolutely different from the Semitic notions of religion. The Epistemology of the Vedopanishadic knowledge tradition is that of co-existence; and what more is further required to demonstrate this other than the last Sukta of the Rg Veda itself! The Vedopanishadic texts are not like the texts given out in the Semitic world; they are just knowledge texts. The Rg Veda alone demonstrates this; for instance, look at the first Sukta of the Rg Veda, which speaks of ritualism. But do not remain there, there is a Purusha Sukta, there is a Nasadiya Sukta, Prithvi Sukta and also the last Sukta of the epistemology of co-existence. And which missionary is capable of knowing these? They are afraid of the RSS in their utter unknowledge and that is it.  They just think that we are like them.

He is a good man, but what to do, he is a RSS man is the expression often from learned intellectuals of Kerala. Let us consider it as their own problems, and we shall have nothing to do with it. It is their understandings, their problems, their difficulties of relating with us. Really not a matter of our concern. The RSS knows what they are and what they are up to, it is for others to know, and when they don’t, it becomes their problem alone. Shri. Kummanam knows what he is, and what he is doing, let the Mizo students strive against him, it doesn’t matter at all.

Congress before Shri Narasimha Rao was Islamised, and after Shri Narasimha Rao, got Christianised. The talks against Shri. Kummanam should be seen in this context. When Jesus was to be crucified, on the way to the site, he seemed to have said that ‘these people do not know what they are doing’. Truly enough, those citizens of Bharat who burn against RSS also do not know what they are doing, if at all they have any feeling for the Nation.   

About the author

Dr TS GIRISHKUMAR

Professor of Philosophy, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

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