Friday, November 11, 2005

from the mailbox: Conversions are a problem for Indian government if it's christists who are being converted

nov 12
no conversions, insists the indian govt.
why? because the people getting converted are tribal christists! they were converted in the last 100 years by australian and new zealander missionaries who were given the carte blanche by jawaharlal nehru. the chrisists in the northeast will want to secede soon.
so it's okay to convert hindus to christism by the bushelful, but it's not okay to convert christists to judaism!
chalk up yet another victory to the baptists and vatican, courtesy sonia gandhi.
can you say hypocrisy and double standards, boys and girls?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: S
Date: Nov 9, 2005 11:59 PM
Subject: Conversions are a problem for Indian government..

.. only when the evangelical hunters get hunted

Israel has bowed to COMPLAINTS FROM THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT and stopped trying to convert to Judaism thousands of people in India who believe they are a Biblical lost tribe, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Around 7,000 people in northeast India claim they are members of Bnei Menashe, or the children of Menashe, one of the 10 "lost tribes" of Israel.

Efforts to convert them by a specially despatched team of rabbis were called off after India, a major buyer of Israeli defence exports, voiced its displeasure.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate had given the green light to convert Bnei Menashe in India.

"The Indian authorities, through official channels, told us they do not view positively initiated efforts at conversions to other religions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said.

"When the Indian government issues a complaint we take it seriously. At the moment there is a freeze on all such conversions taking place," Regev said.

Some 800 members of Bnei Menashe have immigrated to Israel since the late 1980s and many live in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Some members of the community were among the settlers evacuated from Gaza in an Israeli pullout completed in September.

An Israeli official, who asked not to be identified, said any Bnei Menashe members who choose to immigrate to Israel would be converted to Judaism after their arrival.

Exiled by the Assyrians around 720 BC, the tribe wandered through Afghanistan and China before ending up in a part of India nestled between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Decades after being converted to Christianity by missionaries, descendants in various areas began to reconnect with Judaism in the 1970s.

While much of their Jewish traditions had been lost on the way, Bnei Menashe still practised customs which were Jewish in origin. These included sanctifying a baby on the eighth day after birth, the time when Jewish males are circumcised.

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san said...

Various demographic maps of India:

This is one for mobile phone users, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

san said...

An interesting NYT article on using cellphones to track traffic patterns:

India has plenty of cellular users, and could do the same thing, to more efficiently guide its road-building efforts.

san said...

India to launch spy satellite for Israel:

san said...

Russia May Turn on Iran:

Haha, read one of the follow-up posts by an Iranian commenting that Russia is no more trustworthy than the Indian Congress Party.

san said...

Here's an article by K Subrahmanyam on China, the world's newest anti-proliferation convert:

He basically rubbishes China's recent shrill complaints.

Sameer said...

this is hypocrisy.
These bastards, christists, do not want people to realise that they have been guiled.
they see to it that people do not go back to their ancient religions from which they were converted, either through force, or cheated or bribed as Rajeev mentioned through milk powder (ha ha)