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for my hypothetical blog August 20, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in india, rant.

For sometime about an year ago I nurtured the idea of having an anonymous blog where I would just post links to those ridiculous – un-commonsensical and/or unconstitutional and/or unreasonable – things that governments in India often do. Somehow I did not and I don’t really regret. For, I wonder if one person alone can keep track of accounts of indiscretions emanating from those hallowed corridors of power.

Here is one piece of news that would have gotten into that hypothetical blog :

One of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in the country, Tirupati and 19 other temple towns in Andhra Pradesh have a special religious status thanks to the AP government’s order number 747. And the state law — that prevents the propagation of any religion other than Hinduism within 110 kilometres from the identified temples — has left many Christian groups feeling alienated.

If this is not struck down by a court as unconstitutional, I will….I will be immensely disappointed.



1. Ravi - August 23, 2007

Some one in Madhya Pradesh would be the only likely candidature of filing a Public Interest Litigation! As a matter of fact, apart from Hyderabad, the rest of AP shouldn’t have a problem with that! Not that I dont!

2. Vishnu - August 29, 2007

What’s “un-commonsensical and/or unconstitutional and/or unreasonable” about this government order?
Infact it is good that it came up. Did you know that christian missionaries were deliberately and at times forcibly trying to convert Hindu’s to Christian’s by luring them with promises of money in rural areas surrounding Tirupati? scores of temples were occupied by christian missionaries deliberately. And Christian missionaries deliberately tried to acquire all the lands close to other temples which were famous. And there was a move by Christian missionaries to buy large amount of land on the seven hills which are considered sacred according to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Here is a bit exaggerated account of the atrocities done http://www.savetemples.org/images/pdfs/flyer_for_chicago.pdf (don’t go by propaganda here just look at the facts listed at the end).
This is when people agitated and the AP government responded with this order.

But at the same time I would like to convey that the same should hold true for other religious places like Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. It is really pathetic to note that on every Ganesh Chaturdhi’s immersion occasion a procession is carried out which passes right in front of Mecca masjid and miscreants everytime throw stones or hurl abuses at Muslims praying in the Masjid.

3. sharath - August 29, 2007

In my arguably unrealistic world-view, these problems wont be around because there would be no religion.

In a slightly less unrealistic world-view people would not care what the religion of the other person and its practiced so as to not conflict some basic rights that every citizen has.

In an ever less unrealistic world-view, missionaries have the right to deliberately buy land, do whatever to preach their religion and convert people as long as no physical/psychological intimidation/force is used.

If the person being converted willingly accepts money, it is not any of our business to have any objections. Except that if he regrets his decision and screws up, he should not expect the government to take care of him. Whats the problem with money – its purely his business – will you have problems if he converted for ‘knowledge’ – say a guarantee of lifetime supply of any number of any book he wanted ?

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