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The death of John Allen Chau and the implications: Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?

November 28, 2018

The death of John Allen Chau and the implications: Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?

Sentinel near to Myanmar, Thailand

Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?: Recently, the death of one Christian hit missionary headlines and breaking news of international and national media with mixed reactions and died down within a weak. Most of the Indian media carried the news, just like that with sensation. Of course, the people of Sentinel have been made known to many, because of the media coverage. When the modernized, hi-tech and neo-global breed human species have been engaged in all sorts of terror activities, they still call the Indians as “tribals”! Comfortably, all forget the human dignity, human rights, privacy, individual rights and so many other stuff of modern day sermons. As usual, the Christia media cried foul and showered him as the martyr / sacrificial victim for Christian religion and so on. Had he been a Catholic, he would be canonized soon. However, as he violated the Acts and Rules of India and also involved in suspicious sojourns and other activities, evidently, all want to down play and forget. Ironically, the American Consulate Chennai knew the affairs rill death and thereafter.

Andaman tribes killed missionary - 21-11-2018-John Allen Chau

John Allen Chu detah was reported by the American Consulate: The news about John Chau’s death was not detected by the Andaman and Nicobar Authorities, but was reported through an email from the American Consulate on November 19, 2018[1]; the consulate told the Island authorities that they had received information from John Chau’s mother that such an incident had taken place[2]. And, based on the email, the Andaman police registered a case under section 302/34 IPC against the tribe – basically, accusing them of murder. Zubair Ahmed has pointed out several cover-ups in the incidence. The intrusion into the territory of tribes has to be seen as a crime being committed and the case filed against the tribal members is nothing but a mockery of the regulations that are already in place. This is a stark reminder about the many lapses on the side of the authorities – of their failure to protect the tribe from such misadventures.There have been reports in the past of fishermen – both local as well as Myanmarese – found in the vicinity of the Island. Earlier, two fishermen whose country boat had drifted to the Islands in June 2006, were killed by the tribe and buried on the seashore, and the Sentinelese resisted attempts by the authorities to approach the Islands by shooting arrows.

Sentinel satans strongghold

“Satan’s Last Stronghold…?” US Man Wrote Before Death On Andaman Island[3]: The night before John Chau returned for the last time to North Sentinel Island, he struggled with a sense of fear that his death might be imminent. “I’m scared,” wrote the 26-year-old American from Washington State, who had traveled to the island on a clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity. “Watching the sunset and it’s beautiful – crying a bit . . . wondering if it will be the last sunset I see.”  His initial contacts with the Sentinelese, a tiny tribe of hunter-gatherers who reject contact with the outside world, had not gone well. One teenager shot an arrow at him, which pierced his waterproof bible. Yet Chau decided to return to the island and try again, galvanized by the feeling that he was God’s instrument. “Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had the chance to hear your name?” he wrote in a diary of his last days provided to The Washington Post by his mother. Really, it is shocking because, who is/ was he to dub Indian island as “Satan’s last stronghold” and all? “A clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity” could bring such a obnoxious attack on Indians?

John Chau letter - plan to convert-landed

Efforts to get the body: Police officials in Andaman Islands are trying to recover John Allen Chau’s body. He left the 13 pages, written in pen and pencil, with the fishermen who had transported him to the island. The morning after Chau’s final trip to the island’s shores, the fishermen saw his body being dragged and buried in the sand. Police in the city of Port Blair, the capital of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this week sent a helicopter and a team of officers by boat to assess whether it is possible to recover the body. U.S. diplomats are also in Port Blair to lend assistance. But, now, they abandoned for obvious reasons. So without burial, perhaps, he would not get ressurection, when the day of judgment comes! Or for him, there is no redemption.

John Chau letter - plan to convert

Clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity: Chau’s diary reveals a portrait of a young man obsessed with the idea of bringing Christianity to the Sentinelese, who number in the dozens and have lived largely without contact from the outside world for centuries, protected from visitors by Indian law[4]. It also shows that Chau knew his mission was illegal. He wrote of maneuvering to avoid the Indian authorities who patrol the waters near North Sentinel Island. “God Himself was hiding us from the Coast Guard and many patrols,” he stated in a description of the boat journey, according to Washington Post.  It suggests that Chau knew that his trip was dangerous and illegal[5]. He had told no one about his plan to hire local fishermen to take him to the tribal area because “he did not want to put others of his friends at risk,” one of his associates, Bobby Parks, wrote his mother after his death, according to an e-mailed she shared with The Post[6].

John Chau -illegal entry-- plan to convert-landed

John Chaus’s illegal entries since 2015: John Allen Chau had made four prior trips to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands starting in 2015. Critics say his brazen violation of Indian law was selfish and put the fragile tribe at risk — potentially exposing them to modern diseases they have no immunity for. An avid traveler who graduated from Oral Roberts University, Chau had visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands four times before and was awed by the area’s natural beauty and isolation. On the boat to North Sentinel Island – traveling at night to avoid detection by authorities – Chau wrote of seeing bioluminescent plankton under a canopy of stars as fish jumped in and out of the water like “darting mermaids.” After paddling in a kayak to the island, Chau tried to engage the inhabitants by offering gifts of fish, scissors and safety pins and singing “worship songs.” A section of his diary is devoted to his impressions of the Sentinelese: He jotted down details of their language (“lots of high-pitched sounds”) and gestures. The Sentinelese fired arrows at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter that went to help after the 2004 tsunami. Toward the end of the journal, Chau wondered whether he should abandon his quest or return to the island and risk the consequences. “I think I could be more useful alive . . . but to you, God, I give all the glory of whatever happens,” Chau wrote. He asked God to forgive “any of the people on this island who try to kill me, and especially if they succeed.”

John Chau -illegal entry-body not traceable

John Allen Chau: Who was US man killed in remote islands?[7]: BBC gives information about Chau under this caption.

  1. Christian missionary: According to local officials, the 27-year-old was a Christian missionary.
  2. Adventurer: But on social media and in an interview attributed to him, Chau presented himself as an adventurer.
  3. Illegal entrant: According to reports, Chau was killed by Sentinelese tribal people after he bribed fishermen to take him to the island illegally. “Police said Chau had previously visited North Sentinel island about four or five times with the help of local fishermen,” journalist Subir Bhaumik, who has been covering the islands for years, told BBC Hindi.
  4. Paramedic: Andaman Director of the General Police Dependra Pathak told the News Minute, an Indian news website, he was told that Chau lived in the US state of Alabama and was “some kind of paramedic”.
  5. Portent killer of tribes: Advocacy group Survival International said that by contacting the community, Chau may have passed along pathogens that have the “potential to wipe-out the entire tribe” of about 50 to 150 people.

BBC makes him to be “Master of all” with dexterous capabilities[8]. Therefore, it becomes mysterious as to why he came there and what was the real intention.

John Chau -bble-rejected by sentinel

Chau met holocaust survivor and imagined himself as “Jesus Christ”!: Christian travel organization says John Chau visited Jerusalem and heard from a Holocaust survivor during a 2015 visit, which he said later had strengthened his faith[9]. While there, he worked with the university’s missions and outreach department. According to the Covenant Journey organization, which organizes trips to Israel, Chau participated in a tour of the country in August 2015. Photos posted on the organization’s website show Chau meeting with a Holocaust survivor and visiting Jerusalem. “This trip impacted my faith by opening my eyes to the complete reality of being where Jesus Christ actually had been when He was my age!” Chau wrote[10]. Chau also posted snapshots from his visit on his Instagram account. Of course, it gives his general background as, Chau was from Washington state, where he attended Vancouver Christian High School. He went on to graduate from Oral Roberts University, a Christian college in Oklahoma, in 2014, with a degree in health and exercise science.

John Chau -Satanic sentinel

The  reaction of church etc: As pointed out, the missionaries reacted in their own way. The Christian media came out with the persecution stories. The source[11], who asked not to be named, said Chau wrote that he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island … Do not blame the natives if I am killed.” Chau also said in the blog: “I definitely get my inspiration for life from Jesus.” Chau made two or three trips to the island by canoe from November 15, making contact with the tribe but returning to his boat. International Christian Concern released a statement calling Chau a missionary. William Stark, ICC’s regional manager, said[12]: “We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John’s family and friends.” The police have done duty of arresting the fishermen who took bribe from John Chau and dropped him on the island[13]. They recorded the statement also[14]. In India bribe giving and taking is also illegal. Of course, the bribe giver has gone forever and he cannot be arrested!

© Vedaprakash

27-11-2018

Location sentinel

[1] TheNewsMinute, The misplaced sympathy for John Chau exposes administrative apathy in the Andamans, Zubair Ahmed, Saturday, November 24, 2018 – 15:55 IST.

[2] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/misplaced-sympathy-john-chau-exposes-administrative-apathy-andamans-92144

[3] NDTV, Twenty-six-year-old John Allen Chau was obsessed with converting fragile islanders to Christianity, All India | (c) 2018 The Washington Post | Joanna Slater, Annie Gowen, The Washington Post | Updated: November 23, 2018 14:57 IST.

[4] https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/fear-and-faith-inside-the-last-days-of-an-us-man-john-allen-chau-killed-by-remote-tribe-1952049

[5] MSN.news,The 26-year-old American killed by an Indian tribe said God helped him reach the remote island he called ‘Satan’s last stronghold’, by Alexandra Ma, November 23, 2018.

[6] https://www.msn.com/en-xl/asia/asia-top-stories/the-26-year-old-american-killed-by-an-indian-tribe-said-god-helped-him-reach-the-remote-island-he-called-satans-last-stronghold/ar-BBQ1mcX?li=BBJDXDP – image=BBQ1mcX_1|2

[7] BBC, John Allen Chau: Who was US man killed in remote islands?, 21 November 2018.

[8]  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46293221

[9] Times of Israel, American missionary killed in India ‘grasped the humanity of Jesus’ in Israel, By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, 22 November 2018, 12:01 pm

[10] https://www.timesofisrael.com/american-missionary-killed-in-india-grasped-the-humanity-of-jesus-in-israel/

[11] South China Morning Post, Why are they so angry’: US man John Allen Chau, killed by remote Sentinel Island tribe, was trying to convert them to Christianity, Novemver 24, 2018.

[12] https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2174420/why-are-they-so-angry-us-man-john-allen-chau-killed-remote – comments

[13] Nzstuff, Seven people arrested for helping missionary John Chau before his death, Nov 24 2018, 17:54.

[14] https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/108841164/Seven-people-arrested-for-helping-missionary-John-Chau-before-his-death

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Is Sabarimala for  the devotees or for dirty women like Rehana Fathima Pyarijaan Sulaiman and journo trekkers, atheists etc? [2]  

October 24, 2018

Is Sabarimala for  the devotees or for dirty women like Rehana Fathima Pyarijaan Sulaiman and journo trekkers, atheists etc? [2]

 

Who were these two tried to enter Sabarimala-1

Suhashini Raj with an American walked briskly towards the route to temple

Suhashini Raj with an American walked briskly towards the route to temple………

Who were these two tried to enter Sabarimala-2

Two persons intervened and asked, but, she showed some document told that they were tourists and proceeded…..

Who were these two tried to enter Sabarimala-3

However, when they were found on the hill-path, the devotees asked them and police also surrounded and asked them to leave….

Suhashini Raj, not a devotee, but, a journo: In the case of Suhashini Raj, NDTV reported[1], “On Day 2 [18-10-2018, Thursday] of the Sabarimala temple opening, Suhasini Raj, a Delhi-based New York Times reporter who said she was not a devotee, began to trek uphill who got past Pamba base camp had to abort just before the lag leg of the trek to the shrine after protesters formed a human wall before her. According to the reporter[2], “the protesters had thrown stones, forcing the two journalists to return” but, it was false and the NDTV has no along with her colleague”, adding, “Suhasini Raj, who is a Delhi-based journalist, along with her colleague, a foreign national, managed to go past the Pamba gateway but was stopped midway by angry Sabarimala devotees”. Here, NDTV suppressed the fact that her college isa foreigner. The two journalists guts to tell the truth that she went there by telling lies. In fact, one person has videographed her trek that exposes her intent. Since the Sabarimala temple opening, at least 12 women have attempted the 20-km trek to the hilltop shrine starting at the Nilakkal base camp, but none of these women were successful.

Rehna Fatima, nude

Rehana Fathima Pyarijaan Sulaiman[3]: Rehana was brought up in an orthodox Muslim family and attended a madarassa[4]. “I used to wear the hijab and do namaz five times a day,” she says. Things changed after her father died when she was in Class 12[5]. She is known for her angst over a male professor’s comments on the students’ breasts[6]. The professor compared them to watermelons and further advised girls to cover themselves since they attract men.  In protest to this, Rehana Fathima, a 31-year-old BSNL government employee, she posed nude with watermelons[7]. The model and activist from Kochi received massive backlash for the same[8]. However, she explained that this was needed because she wanted “to question the restrictions regarding a woman baring her body”, as per a report in The Times of India. She was also a part of several other movements of dissent. Fathima was the first woman to participate in the traditional Onam tiger dance in 2016, Thrissur Pulikali, that is traditionally done by all-male troupes. She has also been a part of the Kiss of Love campaign against moral policing in 2014, as per TOI. Fathima had earlier posted a picture of her wearing the ‘mala’ on Facebook with a single word caption: “Philosophy”. After Fathima tried to enter the Sabarimala temple today, her house in Kochi was vandalised soon after but two unidentified people. Rehana now lives with her filmmaker partner Manoj, their two daughters and his parents. Manoj has produced the art film, and her debut movie, Eka about intersex people.

Can these equal to Iyappa baktas

Kavitha Jakkal – online journo[9]: Kavitha Jakkal, a reporter from Hyderabad working with Mojo TV Telugu as a nes-presenter-cum-reporter, was one who was accompanying Fathima as the police escorted them to the gates of Lord Ayyappa’s shrine. She also wore a bulletproof jacket as they walked from Pamba to Sannidhanam. She had earlier said that she won’t return before the darshan. However, the two women were forced to return afterward as their security was threatened by an agitating crowd of devotees.  The CEO of Mojo TV, Revathi Pogadadanda, took to Twitter soon after the incident and said that her team of journalists including Kavitha, Balakrishna and Narasing were going on an indefinite hunger strike.  “They r fighting for their right. They are fighting for what the #SupremeCourt said. Don’t take this country back to medieval ages! Let the law live,” she wrote[10]. In a statement to the media, Kavitha said[11]: “I am a journalist, doing my duty. By religion, I am a Hindu. I am here to cover the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment. I have been arrested and forcibly taken to the airport. I can see the SC judgment was not implemented due to pressure. I condemn the way I was restricted. A journalist not being able to discharge her duty is nothing, but a weakness of the system. I thank the Kerala government and police for giving immense support to us. We could not complete the journey since anti-social elements have put children and the elderly in the line of fire. Given a chance, I will return to Sabarimala to offer prayers and I will come back to do my duty too.” In Hyderabad, several rightwing activists stormed the MOJO TV office in Banjara Hills and raised slogans against Kavitha[12].

Kavitha Jakkal, TV-journalist

Mary Sweety- Catholic woman [13]: Another woman, Mary Sweety, tried to enter the temple but was forced to return soon after. Mary Sweety told reporters that “her body was full of divine power motivating her to climb”, as per a report in The News Minute. A 46-year-old woman from Kerala’s Kazhakkottam, she said she wanted to witness the deity at least once. However, she had to return midway after she was stopped by a group of protesting devotees.  “I don’t know about them (journalist Kavitha Jakkal & woman activist Rehana Fatima). If women have returned, it is your drawback. I want to go there,” she said[14]. Kavitha Jakkal and Rehana Fathima were just metres away from the entry of the temple before they were stopped by protesting devotees and priests. Devotees outside Lord Ayyappa’s shrine have blocked the entry gates while the head priest Kandarau Rajeevaru has decided to lock the temple and hand over the keys in view of the protests.

Mary Sweety, Catholic activist

The dubious women were given protection, but, the devotees made to suffer: On Friday [10-10-2018], three women – an online journo Kavitha Jakkal from Hyderabad, activist Rehana Fathima from Kochi and Mary Sweety from Thiruvananthapuram – reached Pamba to trek to Sannidhanam. Though a special police team led by Inspector General S Sreejith escorted both Rehana Fathima and Kavitha to Sannidhanam, the women were asked to return to Pamba after a group of devotees blocked their entry at Nadapandhal at Sannidhanam chanting Swami Saranam. When Mary Sweety reached Pamba and decided to trek to Sannidhanam, police dissuaded her explaining about the volatile situation and safely escorted her back to Pathanamthitta. It was intriguing to note that how these media women with such shady back ground were given uniform, protection etc., when the devotees were disturbed. Moreover, how the two women followed the “Mandala vratam,” who initiated etc. were also not known. Therefore, how ridiculous it was that they police to accompany them! Indian Express went on to argue, “While the state police are legally bound to give protection to women coming to Sabarimala for darshan following the Supreme Court verdict, they are now giving top priority to the law and order situation at Sabarimala.

The Three- mohammedan and christians created problem witth police

Police to verify the background of the women, who want to enter the temple[15]: With Devaswom Minister Kadakkampilly Surendran on Friday [10-10-2018] making it clear that no forceful action will be taken to evict the protesting devotees at Sannidhanam, things have become much clear that the police won’t use force on the devotees blocking the entry of women to Sabarimala”. But the fact is, the police not  only lathi-charged, but also damaged many vehicles marked by the side. The Minister also made it affirmative that they won’t allow anyone to make use of the situation to hurt the sentiments of the devotees and convert Sabarimala into a war zone. He was referring to Rehana Fathima, a known activist, who made an attempt to enter Sabarimala. Senior police officers said they have been directed to verify the background of the women devotees who are reaching Pamba to proceed to Sannidhanam during this volatile situation. “Intelligence wing will be tracking the developments as there will be people with vested interests to make use of this vulnerable situation and flare up things for communal violence,” a top police officer said[16]. So why it was done for the three or four women is intriguing.

© Vedaprakash

23-10-2018

Jpornalists tried to enter - Jakkal and Rehana

[1] NDTV, NY Times Journalists On Sabarimala Trek Return Amid Protests, Edited by Richa Taneja (with inputs from Agencies) | Updated: October 18, 2018 21:10 IST

[2] https://www.ndtv.com/kerala-news/new-york-times-reporter-suhasini-raj-treks-to-sabarimala-protesters-stop-her-mid-way-1933776

[3] Times Now News, Sabarimala: Who are Rehana Fathima, Kavitha Jakkal, Mary Sweety, the 3 women who tried to enter Kerala shrine?, Updated Oct 19, 2018 | 15:36 IST | Times Now Digital

[4] Times of India, Meet Kerala’s topless feminist, Sudha Nambudiri and Afrah Ali| TNN | Updated: Mar 25, 2018, 12:04 IST.

[5] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/meet-keralas-topless-feminist/articleshow/63445940.cms

[6] Hindustan Times, Sabarimala row: The women who kept Kerala cops on tenterhooks for hours, Updated: Oct 19, 2018 15:50 IST

[7] https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sabarimala-row-the-women-who-kept-kerala-cops-on-tenterhooks-for-hours/story-dQ9CWvchLR7dHvzoAUuAeJ.html

[8] https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/sabrimala-temple-rehana-fathima-kavitha-jakkal-mary-sweety-the-3-women-metres-lord-ayyappa-shrine-today-protest-police-sabarimala-news-rahana-rahna/301526

[9] Times Now News, Sabarimala: Who are Rehana Fathima, Kavitha Jakkal, Mary Sweety, the 3 women who tried to enter Kerala shrine?, Updated Oct 19, 2018 | 15:36 IST | Times Now Digital

[10] https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/sabrimala-temple-rehana-fathima-kavitha-jakkal-mary-sweety-the-3-women-metres-lord-ayyappa-shrine-today-protest-police-sabarimala-news-rahana-rahna/301526

[11] Times of India, They used children, elderly to stop me at Sabarimala: Journo Kavitha, U Sudhakar Reddy| TNN | Oct 20, 2018, 07:06 IST.

[12] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/they-used-children-elderly-to-stop-me-at-sabarimala-journo-kavitha/articleshow/66289624.cms

 

[13] Times Now News, Sabarimala: Who are Rehana Fathima, Kavitha Jakkal, Mary Sweety, the 3 women who tried to enter Kerala shrine?, Updated Oct 19, 2018 | 15:36 IST | Times Now Digital

[14] https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/sabrimala-temple-rehana-fathima-kavitha-jakkal-mary-sweety-the-3-women-metres-lord-ayyappa-shrine-today-protest-police-sabarimala-news-rahana-rahna/301526

[15] Indian Express, Police in Catch-22 situation; to check background of women arriving at Sabarimala, Published: 19th October 2018 07:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th October 2018 07:49 PM.

[16] http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2018/oct/19/police-in-catch-22-situation-to-check-background-of-women-arriving-at-sabarimala-1887366.html