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Why newly built Hyderabad church attacked – why it was opposed by the local villagers yet built without permission from the Government? (1)

May 28, 2017

Why newly built Hyderabad church attacked – why it was opposed by the local villagers yet built without permission from the Government? (1)

UCAN India report

The Church inagurated on 13-05-2017 was attacked on 21-05-2017 by the local villagers[1]: Two days ago on Sunday [21-05-2017], vandals trashed “Our Lady of Fatima Catholic church” at Godamakunta in Kundapalli, a village in Keesara mandal, Hyderabad (Telangana), thus, the newspapers and internet versions started circulated the news as if the Christians are attacked again and again in India. This “is a great shock” for the local Catholic community. “We are deeply hurt” and “discouraged. We shall rally for peace through prayers,” said Mgr Bernard Swarna, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad as he reacted to the act of vandalism[2]. “Our religious sentiments have been deeply offended,” the clergyman noted. “The attackers entered the church and destroyed everything. For us Catholics, it is very painful to see the statue of Our Lady thrown to the ground, the crucified Christ broken, and the altar turned over.” So, the other Christian denominations have chosen to keep quite!

Swarna Bernard Vicar General of St. Joseph College-Hybiz.tv

The Vicar says, “….the vandalising of the church is the work of a “few extremists”, unlike “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations[3]: At the same time though, “We received support from Muslims and Hindus who condemned the violence against the church. They expressed their solidarity by participating in an act of prayer.” Mgr Swarna added that the Archdiocese is organising a meeting for next Sunday with the participation of religious leaders and ordinary believers to reiterate that, despite the intolerance of Hindu extremists, “praying is important”. “At first we thought to limit to Catholics, but after receiving so many messages of support, we decided to open it to everyone,” he explained. According to the vicar[4], the vandalising of the church is the work of a “few extremists”, unlike “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”.  So, the Vicar or the Bishop or the media, why did not point out –

  1. Who are the “few extremists”?
  2. How they are different from “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”, as claimed by him?
  3. Does it mean the “few extremists” are different from “the majority of Hindus with whom we have good relations”, as claimed by him?
  4. What exactly, he wanted to convey?
  5. If they are not “Hindus”, who are they?
  6. Are they Christians, Mohammedans??

They have conveniently suppressed the facts without answering.

Herald Malaysian - on church attack

Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, “and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.”: He [the Vicar] also thanked the local police for their proven support, which “guaranteed us protection”.  Likewise, the authorities have offered “maximum cooperation”, as shown by the arrest yesterday of 22 people involved in the vandalising of the place of worship.” Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, “and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.” Today the Archdiocese issued a press release in which it describes the attack against the church, which was inaugurated on 13 May 2017 by Archbishop Thumma Bala for the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  So, the Vicar again says something mysteriously –

  1. Still, “There is a lot of confusion,” the prelate said, ….why and that is the confusion?
  2. He continued to say, “…..and people demand respect. We want to rally for peace.”
  3. Why the attackers requires respect?
  4. Who are they to be respected?
  5. Why he wants peace with them?
  6. Does he imply that they are Christians?

Hyderabad church attacked- Thumma Bala

This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to live, practice and worship our faith.”: The communiqué notes that a mob of more than a hundred people broke into the church, threatened the watchman and desecrated the place. “They also attacked Mr. Anantha Reddy, the supervisor of the construction work going on there, who was capturing this act of vandalism on his cellphone” [sic].  This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to live, practice and worship our faith.” According to the Archdiocese, damages total around 250,000 rupees (US$ 3,850). “Such attacks can happen anywhere,” said Mgr Matthew Cheriankunnel in his homily. “We are not so far from [what is said] in “the Acts of the Apostles. In India, persecution is nigh, and we must expect it to come from all sides at any time. We have to live with this reality.” Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar, the regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in India[5], believes that violence “does not come from the people, from ordinary people, but has political-religious motives. Unlike other confessions, Hinduism has traditionally always been a tolerant religion,” but “Today, it is becoming more and more extremist.”–Asia News.

  1. This is “a brutal act of violating our fundamental right of freedom to –
    1. live,
    2. practice and
    3. worship our faith.”

Fantastic, yet you do not care for the Acts and Rules prevalent there!

  1. “Such attacks can happen anywhere,” said Mgr Matthew Cheriankunnel in his homily. “We are not so far from [what is said] in “the Acts of the Apostles. – so what he wanted to say?
  2. In India, persecution is nigh, and we must expect it to come from all sides at any time. We have to live with this reality.” Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar. So with this internal issue, he wants to politicize!
  3. Rayarala Vijay Kumar believes that violence “does not come from the people, from ordinary people, but has political-religious motives. – So from ordinary people violence comes and he can attribute to “extremism”!
  4. Unlike other confessions, Hinduism has traditionally always been a tolerant religion,” but “Today, it is becoming more and more extremist.” – Hinduis is becoming more and more extremist!
  5. Thus, for every thing, they want to blame “Hinduim”!

 Fr Rayarala Vijay Kumar, the regional superior of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in India

Church constructed without permission – construction started under the pretext of constructing a “function hall”[6]: According to the reports, a church located at Gudmakund village in Kesara Mandal of Medchal districts was attacked and the idols were desecrated. The persons arrested include Sarpanch, Dy. Sarpanch and two Govt. school teachers. ACP of Kushaiguda district, Syed Rafiq told that as soon as police got information, the accused have been arrested. It is mentioned that one Mr. George Reddy was constructing a church on his three acre land for which he had not taken permission from any authority[7]. He started this construction under a pretext of constructing a function hall. After getting this news, villagers including Sarpanch, Dy. Sarpanch and others assembled on Saturday. They reached George Reddy’s farm house and dismantled the under construction building. The arrested persons are Anil Kumar, Sarpanch, M. Rajalinga, Dy. Sarpanch, D. Venkat Reddy, Govt. teacher, C. Yadagiri, Govt. teacher and others. The Hindu reported it in its own way[8], “The irate villagers claimed that the owner of the land had illegally built the church. We have booked them for rioting,” Inspector M. Surender said, adding that they were yet to name people in the case. The inspector also said George Reddy, the owner of the land who had allocated about 1,000 square yards for the church, had applied for permission for constructing a church with the district administration but had not received approval yet.”!  So George Reddy started building consciously without permission without caring for the law of this land.

© Vedaprakash

28-05-2017

Amman, Mary, carrying Krishna-Hinduized

[1] Asian News, Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says Vicar of Hyderabad, May 24. 2017.

[2] http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholics-are-discouraged-their-church-is-vandalised,-but-will-rally-for-peace,-says-vicar-of-Hyderabad-40818.html

[3] Herald Malaysia online, Catholics are discouraged their church is vandalised, but will rally for peace, says Vicar of Hyderabad, May 24. 2017.

[4] http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/news/catholics-are-discouraged-their-church-is-vandalised-but-will-rally-for-peace-says-vicar-of-hyderabad/36367/1

[5] https://www.pimeusa.org/contact; https://www.pimeusa.org/

[6] The Siasat Daily, DESECRATION IN MEDCHAL CHURCH, INCLUDING SARPANCH 22 ARRESTED, May 23, 2017.

[7] http://www.siasat.com/news/desecration-medchal-church-including-sarpanch-22-arrested-1188079/

[8] The Hindu, Newly built church vandalized, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, HYDERABAD, MAY 22, 2017 01:36 IST; UPDATED: MAY 22, 2017 07:27 IST.

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Hindu Temples of Tamilnadu under systematic destruction!

June 19, 2011

Hindu Temples of Tamilnadu under systematic destruction!

T. S. Subramanian has pointed out the deteriorating condition of murals in temples many times[1]. He should be congratulated to bring out such facts with concerned feelings expressed in his writings. However, the concerned and connected people have not taken any action to annul such vandalizing processes going on in the name of renovation, administration and other actions. The recent article “Targets of destruction” has been provoking, but we have to wait and see the response of the authorities.

Target of destruction: He starts with the appropriate beginning[2]: “Art, in more than 50 temples and three palaces in Tamil Nadu, is being mutilated” and explains the condition as follows: “Temples in Tamil Nadu are repositories of history, with inscriptions, sculptures, murals, bronzes, carvings, architecture and so on. The inscriptions provide valuable insights into the history of the period during which the temples were built, the village administration that prevailed, elections conducted for its assemblies, taxes collected, boards set up for the maintenance of lakes, ponds and canals, donation of land for Brahmin settlements, gifting gold for temple maintenance, etc.  There are more than 50 temples and three palaces in Tamil Nadu with murals. The palaces are Ramalinga Vilasam in Ramanathapuram and those at Bodinayakanur near Madurai and Padmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district. While just four or five temples have murals dating back to the Pallava period (seventh to ninth century CE) and the Chola period (10th and 11th century CE), the majority of the murals belong to the Vijayanagar and the Nayak periods (14th to 17th century CE). The Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur have murals belonging to the Chola, the Nayak and the Maratha reigns.

Visual archivesThe mural masterpieces are visual archives on the history of the period, coronation rituals, the dress or the jewellery that men and women of those days wore, their hairstyle, musical instruments, the battles that they fought, the weapons used and so on. There are several Jain temples that have wonderful murals based on the Jain traditions, the Tirthankaras and the Yakshis. A favourite subject of many of the artists of those times was episodes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and some of the artists even took care to write the labels for the episodes (captions) in Tamil or Telugu. Unfortunately in Tamil Nadu, the murals, the inscriptions, the sculptures and carvings have become targets of destruction and vandalism. The officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department, who administers the temples, are to be blamed for this state. Most often, these officials fail to appreciate and preserve these splendid works due to lack of knowledge of history.

How Meenakshi Temple was targeted? In the famous Meenakshi temple, Madurai, several historic mandapams have become shopping complexes. The Pudhu mandapam, the Ashta Sakti mandapam, Veera Vasantharayar mandapam and Meenakshi Nayakar mandapam teem with hundreds of shops, obstructing from view pillars with incredibly beautiful sculptures. A scholar on the history of the Meenakshi temple was displeased that its 1,000-pillared mandapam, with superb sculptures, has become ‘a studio’ now, with an incongruously gleaming granite floor, skewed focus lights and a big sculpture of Nataraja painted in black! Several years ago, the earthen bed of the temple’s famous ‘Golden Lotus’ tank (Pottramarai Kulam) was cemented up, with the result that no water stays in the tank now and it looks barren now. The HR and CE officials of the temple also whitewashed hundreds of beautiful murals, painted on the walls of the northern corridor of the Golden Lotus tank, portraying the ‘Tiruvilaiyadal,’ in the first quarter of 1996.

In a state of disrepair: While sculptures and carvings can survive for centuries because they have been chiselled out of granite, murals are vulnerable to nature. Since these murals were painted with natural dyes on mandapam walls or ceiling, they easily lend themselves to vandalism from devotees. Besides, they are exposed to sun or seepage of water from rain. Gaps between the granite slabs that form the roof of the mandapams lead to seepage of water due to rain and the sidewalls begin to ‘sweat.’ The lime plaster which forms the base for the murals has a tendency to absorb the water. When rain water falls on the murals painted on the ceiling or walls, fungus develops and the murals start peeling off. Smoke from the camphor (lit by the devotees) and from the oil lamps damage the paintings. Besides, they suffer from desecration at the hands of the HR and CE officials and devotees. Officials have fixed scores of metres of electric wires on the murals on the walls of the mandapams, installed switch boxes and tube lights on them, as it has happened in several places on the splendid murals in the Devaraja Swamy temple at Kanchipuram, portraying the 108 Divya Desam murals.

Other examples of vandalism: Extremely rare murals painted on wood in the Tirukkutraleeswarar temple at Tirukkutrala Chitra Sabha in Tirunelveli district have been vandalised. At the Siva temple at Patteeswaram, paintings were sandblasted in 1998 in the name of cleaning the surfaces on which they were painted. The paintings portrayed Lord Siva presenting a palanquin studded with pearls to the Saivite saint Tirugnana Sambandar because he could not bear to see his devotee walking in the sun. Temple officials sandblasted another row of paintings narrating the life of a mythical king who had no child but was blessed with a child after praying to Siva at Patteeswaram. Officials of the Lakshminarasimhar temple at Sevilimedu, near Kanchipuram, whitewashed them. They do not exist today.  Tales of destruction and desecration of these invaluable murals in temples in Tamil Nadu do not end with this list. What happened to the paintings at the Meenakshi temple at Madurai, the Trilokyanatha Jaina temple at Tiruparuttikunram near Kanchipuram, another Jaina temple at Karanthai near Kanchipuram and the Ramalinga Vilasam Palace in Ramanathapuram town take the cake.

Why this targested vattcks of vandalism? What the Mohammedan and the Europeans rulers could have done during their reigns is carried on in India, that too, after “independence” by the Indians by themselves. Ironically, “Hindu Religious & Endowment Board” under the control of proclaimed atheist, rationalist and particularly anti-Hindu ideologists for the last 70 years. The staff and officers entering into the department of HR&CE have been ideologists of all sorts of such category and some non-Hindus have also been there. And this vandalism is not done on one day, but carried on systematically. Whenever any official function comes, they carry out such destruction easily under the guise of celebration. The moment the temple comes under the control of HR&CE, any official comes into a temple, an office is constructed inside temple, that office is converted into some sort of lodge and then star-type accommodation, the temples start losing their sanctity. Perhaps, God is leaving the place. Under such circumstances, these modern day vandals, ideologists and rulers start their destruction.