If not now, when?
August 15. As a custom, everybody says that India won freedom on this day in 1947. The New Indian Express also proclaimed the same on August 15, 2018. The proclamation sounds melodious when it is sung on the podium of abject slavery. Slaves learn the lessons to be silent. That is the lesson The New Indian Express taught us on this Independence Day, 15-8-2018. The Lessons from the Kerala Calamity - the editorial. A calamity that is kept happening in installments since times immemorial. The lesson The New Indian Express taught us is to believe the lie. And, to be happy with, to be proud of that lie. To cap it all, “…not allowing mischief makers to divide it on political and religious grounds.”
Sir, why don’t you admit it, at least now?! The calamity was played gloriously and shamelessly on the religious grounds. The political class, intelligentsia and media played the role of cheerleaders, make-up boys and prompters. Only the shameless can call this `nature’s fury’, `flood fury’, `above average rainfall’ etc. This calamity is the direct fall-out of the population-proliferation-occupation-encroachment-eviction-expansion drive carried out by the two predatory Abrahamic religions. This is the result of the `out-number-the- pagan-kafirs’ policy pushed by the predators. The political parties, media, intelligentsia and various executive departments played the role of facilitators in the crime. (True, senseless consumerism and technology acted as flavouring-colouring agents.) To hoodwink the dimwitted pagans, the media and intelligentsia created three colourful carpets to push collateral damages underneath – minorities, secularism and tolerance. Did you ever write about the occupation of Adivasi land, government land and forest land by the Church in Kerala? Have you ever discussed population explosion and its impact on environment and ecology? The international forums like Commission on Population and Development have started discussing, of course, in hush-hush tones, population politics practiced by these predatory Abrahamic religions and the consequent environmental and humanitarian crises.
The Indian media is silent. Criminal silence is always rewarding. It is very difficult to open the mouth to speak the truth because political agents, media men and intelligentsia are busy munching the left-over crumbs thrown at them by the occupying evangelical saints!
In the meantime, the pagan stooges of evangelical masters started exploiting pagan beliefs to make money in order to run the farce called administration. Shabarimala, Shirdi, Kollur Mookambika… Tirumala, Kedarnath… Pushkara, Prayag etc are abattoirs to fleece the pagans and bourgeois. Pilgrimage is a Vaidic (this has nothing to do with the broken-disjointed folk verses called the Vedas!) Brahminical tradition and certainly not a pan-Indian phenomenon of multi-community, multi-nation society. Blaming Brahmins for all the ills plaguing India, the ruling class snatched their tool (they have been using it by and for themselves) to exploit all pagans! Again, at the cost of Environment.
Thanks to the above mentioned carpets, the malaise spread all over India. All political parties, everywhere in India, opened the gates of forest land to umpteen church denominations, mainly from Kerala. The eastern frontier was torn to pieces to welcome the occupying forces from Bangladesh. Eminent journalist Shekhar Gupta has been terming it ‘non-issue’, `small issue’ `silly issue’ etc. 30 million marauding encroachers are a silly issue for him! Celebrated `Leftist’ thinker G. Rajashekhar says “poor people! What is wrong in it? They come searching for livelihood!” Just imagine the size of the crumbs thrown at them! Even the eminent environmentalists are either shy or scared of raising the issue of population explosion lest they lose the warm carpets mentioned above!
The multi-faced Jacobite-Malankara-Marthoma-Syrian Church is galloping forward in such a frenzy that you get to hear on daily basis the inauguration of a church or founding of one more diocese or destruction of forest lands somewhere-everywhere in the Sahyadri slopes, hinterlands and plains – outside Kerala. That pace in Kerala between 1950s to 1980s saw the construction of thousands of churches, founding of scores of dioceses and eviction of Adivasis. Eternal peace, tranquility, love, charity, Catholicism, compassion, justice etc., are firmly founded on the graveyard of wildlife, ecosystem, bio-diversity and harmless pagan beliefs. We are the last cemetery for these two Abrahamic religions after Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australia. Absolutely no difference between what is happening in India today and what Spanish and Portuguese faithful conquistadors committed in the Americas for three centuries. A decade ago, in my neighbouring village, more than eight Nagabanas are uprooted and more than fifty Naga stones are thrown into river Seetha in one day by a Keralian church group! Brahmavar is a small town near my village, Hanehalli; smaller than a small suburb in Chengannur. Now it is declared a Marthoma-Jacobite Diocese, as if it is not in India anymore! Media celebrated it with lakhs of advertisement money!
TJS George, eminent columnist, who smells RSS conspiracies even in the etymology of embarRaSS and haRaSS, is heinously silent on the role of marauding church groups in the calamity that struck God’s brokers’ country. He coyly mentions Gadgil report (2012) but remains shamelessly silent on why church groups denounce Mr. Gadgil. (The New Indian Express 26-8-2018) Mr. George, this is neither decency nor decorum, but nauseating hypocrisy.
The pedantic hypocrisy at best is Shankkar Aiyer’s. (The Third Eye. Kerala Floods: India’s Disaster Déjà vu. The New Indian Express 19-8-2018) Mr. Aiyer throws out reams after reams of fantastic data on calamities and loss of property, crops and lives. But not a single word or number on population or population politics.
Come on. It is a challenge. Neither fitness nor charity challenge. A small challenge to the media men who shout `Satyameva Jayathe’, thumping their hollow chest. It is the Truth challenge.
1. Can anyone ask the Kerala Government whether it is brave and honest enough to implement the recommendations of umpteen commissions and committees appointed since 1961 (UN Dhebar commission) and subsequent orders of Supreme Court and Kerala High Court with regard to restoration of tribal land? (In 1988 the Kerala government declared in unequivocal terms that it was impossible to evict the encroachers and rehabilitate the Adivasis.)
2. Can anyone prepare a demographic chart of the last five decades in God’s forsaken country?
3. Can anyone count the number of churches, mosques and homes of the faithful built on the occupied forest land and Adivasi land in Kerala and elsewhere in the last 50 years?
4. Can anyone question the communist government for making pagan gods their industry to make money? (More than the amount of tax they collect, perhaps!)
5. Can anyone count the number of Tulu, Konkani and Kannada families forced to evict Kasargod district and flee to Karnataka and elsewhere in the last 50 years?
6. Can anyone count the number of clergies Kerala sends out to prowl the Pagan land every year? (Some of them are not only evangelical predators, but also sexual predators.)
7. Can anyone of you write why Malankara-Jacobite-Marthoma church denominations oppose Gadgil report and Kasturirangan report (2013)? And why the successive Kerala governments readily obliged them in scraping the reports?
8. Can anyone write how Karnataka Syro-Malabar Catholic Association prevailed upon Karnataka Government to scrap Kasturirangan report? (Prajavani 19-8-2018.)
9. Can anyone ask Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan, the proud custodian of Kerala Gulag, why did he canvass at the evangelical hotspots in Dakshina Kannada? There are no communist parties in Karnataka! They don’t vote for communist parties in Kerala either! Because, in endorsing Church occupation all political parties are one!
10.Can anyone call Tinu Cherian Abraham bunkum? He says `Churches, Mosques and temples are in the forefront, helping the victims of the calamity breaking the caste and religious barriers’ on twitter. Sir, they created the calamity by brandishing religions! Now they are seeking aids on religious lines too!
11.Can anyone raise the issue of population explosion? When the topic came for discussion Karnataka Minister DK. Shivakumar thundered, “Population control or family planning is anti-minority; that’s RSS agenda. We don’t subscribe to it.” No murmur of protest from media men or environmentalists. Compare him with British Parliamentarian Sir Peter Markham Scott, who, in 1970s itself, held the two predatory religions responsible for the population explosion and consequent environmental crises. Can you speak up at least now?
12.Has anyone raised alarm when corporate groups, politicians, underworld dons, mafia bosses, film heroes et al took the cue from these religious zealots for occupying and destroying forest land?
13.Has anyone questioned the rampant, senseless destruction of large swathes of evergreen forests for raising non-food (for humans) crops like coffee, tea, cashew and areca nut?
14.Could you please go on a pilgrimage to Kollur in Udupi district (where Mookambika temple is situated) and see how Ramanath Goenka Memorial Guest House gracefully stands on the destroyed bank of stinking Souparnika River? (Of course, the Guest House is also stinking!)
This is the high time. If not now, when? Truth and Justice have a very short shelf life. In fact, belated truth and justice are worse than a lie, worse than denying justice. Truth is rotting in the stagnant flood waters. Truth is stinking in the flood waters. This is the calamity.
The only saving grace for the media class is Ananda Neelakantan. He has been taking such challenges again and again, but no takers among his own tribe! What a cliché! The strongest man is one who stands most alone!
(The author lives in, Bandiamata, Hanehalli Post and Village, Barkur, Udupi district – 576 210, Karnataka. He can be contacted at [email protected])
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