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Christian Prisoner Update On Pastor Van Thong

Posted by Job on May 29, 2007

From Voice Of The Martyrs at www.persecution.com

Praise God! Nine of the 11 pastors imprisoned with Pastor Van Thong more than five months ago have been released. Thank you for your letters of encouragement. The Voice of the Martyrs recently received an update that Pastor Van Thong and two other pastors are still in prison. While we rejoice on the release of the nine, we encourage you to continue writing to Pastor Van Thong. Your letters and prayers are making a difference. We invite you to continue writing letters of encouragement and praying. Stand with these imprisoned pastors. Please forward this e-mail to your friends and ask them to write and pray too. Since our last communication with you, the PrisonerAlert for Van Thong has been viewed over 22600 times, and over 2700 letters of encouragement have been sent. What a blessing this must have been to Van Thong — and what a message it will have sent to the officials, that this person is cared for internationally. Now imagine what could happen if we could double, triple or increase by ten or one hundred-fold the number of people, around the World, that are praying and writing on behalf of those imprisoned and persecuted for their faith. You can help. Please Subscribe Now, Donate Now, and encourage those you know to have a heart for God’s people to sign-up too. It’s the work of friends telling friends that will bring the greatest response to those who need it most.Thank you in advance for partnering with us on behalf of those who suffer for the Lord.Get involved! Pray and write to Pastor Van Thong today. 

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  1. POOR CHRISTIAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT
    Co-office: A-163, DDA Flats Gazipur, Delhi – 96
    Office: IIIA/ 145, Rachana, Vashali- 201 010 (NCR)
    Telefax: 95120-2772449 Mob. 9810108046 E-mail: francispclm@yahoo.com
    http://www.Dalitchristian.org

    New Delhi, 12 July, 2008: The Dalit Christians on Friday asked the Church leadership to stop fraudulent conversion in India among Dalits and Tribals. And it further demand that the foreign funds received by the church be used for the welfare and upliftment of the poor Christians who are suffering from the discrimination. The convention strongly urged the Govt of India not to appoint Bishops, priests and nuns in the government commissions and committed but instead it should appoint ordinary Christians. These and many other demands are raised in a resolution adopted at the national conventions organized by the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) headed by R.L.Francis.

    The convention urged the “Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) and the National Christian Council of India (NCCI) to set up a 1000 crore “Dalit Christian Development” fund to ensure integrated social and economic development.

    Considering the confusion created by the propagation activities in the far flung areas the convention adopted a resolution urging the church authorities to defer the mass conversion programme. The resolution stated that, “This assembly unanimously believes that evangelism cannot be a measurement of a society’s socio-economic development. Therefore, evangelism programme should be suspended for long years and funds should be saved and utilized for the welfare of Dalits and Trible Christians and deprived sections of society for creating awareness among them.”

    The resolution also demanded reservation of seats for Dalit and Trible Christians as well as other Dalits in Church-run schools, colleges, technical institutions and other vocational organizations.

    Three hundred delegates from different parts of the country, who attended the convention, alleged that a handful of priests and bishops were monopolizing the Church funds and property in the country. This has led to the worsening conditions of neo converted Christians were living in a pitiable condition and deprived of the basic necessities.

    In his address, the National President R.L. Francis said that the church leadership is interested only in increasing the numbers and is hardly bothering about their living conditions. The biggest proof of this was that a large chunk of foreign funds were being utilized either for purchasing land and for the luxurious lifestyles of few Christians leaders in India . Bishops are monopolizing the Church estates and treating it as their own property and are indulging in its sale-purchase without the consent of the community,” he alleged.

    Mr. Jawahar Singh, President Gertor India Foundation said 90 per cent to the maids working in cantt and its surrounding areas are Dalit and Trible Christians. Their children do not even complete their primary education, he said. Mr. Singh said that when he went to the priest of the church in the area to discuss the issue of maids and their children; he refused to say anything.

    Mr. P B Lomeo, Christian activist and editor of a church newspaper, alleged that not one of the 40,000 educational institutions run by the church give admission to the children of Dalit Christians. The PCLM, which was launched to help Dalit and Trible Christians and provide them with a platform to express their grief, is the most powerful for them, Mr.Lomeo said.

    Fr. William Premdass Chaudhary a catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Delhi said that “ in last two decades many poor Christians have gone back to Hinduism due to maltreatment by the church. “Even myself was treated bad fly as I am local Christian and not given any assiyment by Bishop of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese because I am a Dalit and local Priest.” he further stated.

    Mr. Balbir Punj, a senior BJP think tank and member of Rajya SAbha suggested that the Church in India should honestly make a model for the progress of Dalits Christians. He also called for moratorium on conversion for the next ten years.

    Raising the question of future of Christian children in India , well known human rights activist Joseph Gathia urged the Govt of India and the Supreme Court to redefine minority educational institutions. He further demanded declassification of those Christian minority institutions who do not admit Christian’s children in their schools.
    Mr. Joseph Gathia opposed the caste base reservation for Christian community in India as it would institutionalize the discrimination in Christianity which is against its very basic principle. Such a move would darken the future of poor Christina’s children in India .

    At National Convention, Mr. Meharban James, Bishop R.B.Sandu, Mr. Ashok Bharti, P.N. Ambdker and others express their views reading Casteism in Church.. The copies of the resolution passed in the convention would be sending to the Pope, the World Council of Churches, and Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India and UPA chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi..

    Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) Resolution for National Convention
    Nearly 300 delegates from different parts of the country who gather at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi passed the following resolutions unanimously on Friday 11th July 2008.

    I Resolution:
    We demand that Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI), National Council for churches in India (NCCI) and other church organizations drop the demand for pushing back the poor Christians in to the category of Scheduled Caste status. The teaching of Jesus Christ does not permit to discriminate among his followers. All Christians are born in the image of God.

    If the Church in India pursue the reservation for Christians on the basis of caste then it must pay compensation to the poor Christians who got converted to the Christianity long back.

    II Resolution:

    (a) We urge the Govt. of India to institute a law allowing the Christians minority institutions to admit 50 % student who are Christians. Any Christians educational institute claiming Minority Status be punished if they refuse admission to a Christian child. Currently there is no such provision therefore the Church educational institutions are fearless. Those not following the directive be declassified and put under the Income Tax Act as commercial venture.

    (b) We further urged the Govt hat no clergy (Bishops, priests and nuns) be appointed in Government committee, commissions etc. Instead the Govt should appointed ordinary Christians as the members such committees and commissions.. It has been observed that due to such appointments the Bishops, priests, and nuns are deviating format their original work of the Church and misusing their positions and funds.

    (C) that the Government of India to introduce special laws to protect Church property and land as currently it is being misused and Sold by few interested group of people. As the land was given by the Govt of India long back on perpetual lease it is very much within the right to introduce such laws in the interest of the Christian community in India and for the betterment of the Dalit and Trible Christians.

    III Resolution:

    (a) We earnestly urge the Vatican to follow protest pattern in appointing the bishops in India, appointment of bishop by concesious of the local people. The Poor Christian Liberation Movement is opposed to the current procedure of appointing the Bishop in the Diocese by the top from Vatican who is not aware of the local conditions. The Vatican must follow the same law which is being followed in China.

    (b) Representatives at the National Convention demand to CBCI to appoint lay people (especially Dalit and Tribal Christians) at the important positions in the institutions of Catholic Church.

    (c) The Church in India is the largest employments giver after the Govt of India. Hence we demand that to solve the unemployment problem among poor Christians 50 % job reservations in Christian’s educational and medical institutions for these category be reserved in the Church institutions.

    IV Resolution:

    (a) Churches are bringing fund from abroad and spending crores of rupees on evangelization which creates confusion among the religions and bring disunity in the country. Evangelization must be stopped. Let the population grow within the religions. Church should not criticize another religion. Let all the religions grow freely. Church leaders must spend crores of rupees for the upliftment of the Dalit and Trible Christians rather than on evangelization.

    (b) The Poor Christian Liberation Movement feels that a time has come when pluralistic societies are to be accepted. It has already been done in the Western Christians countries. Therefore the focus on fraudulent conversion and only increasing number of “rice Christians” would not really serve the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church in India needs to promote multi culturalism and inter faith dialogues.
    .
    (c) In order to facilitate resource for education and training for the children of the poor Christians particularly girls a 1000 crore rupee fund be created in India by the Church. Such fund would help the Christian community to become self sufficient in the long run.

    We feel that the time has come for Christians in India to suggest their Christian brethren and sisters in the West that all afforts must be made to make the community self sufficient and not dependent. We the Christians in India wish that the foreign funds must be diverted to poor people of Africa.

    (d) We strong feel that the Church leaders should prove themselves as good shepherds who can lead their sheep selflessly and serve OUR LORD Jesus Christ as per his teachings. Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the poor.

    MAY THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDE US IN OUR ENDEAVOUR.

  2. Previous interviews
    Christianity is facing crisis like any other religion: RL Francis

    Message of Christ must spread without offending any religion, says RL Francis, president, Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)

    The problems of the Dalits and Tribals have remained the same even after several decades of conversion into the Christianity. A large number of poor Christians have come together to form a common platform – Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) – and are demanding Church to meet the aspirations of the dalits and tribals. In a long interaction with Sai Prasan, a senior journalist, RL Francis, president, PCLM addressed the issues ranging from Kandhamal violence, fraudulent conversions to the inner contradictions within the Church and among the Christian community at large. Excerpts:

    Orissadiary.com: PCLM has issued a press release on MP Minority Commission’s observations regarding Church property. But, why you were silent on the Supreme Court recently criticizing Odisha government for its failure to protect the life of people in Kandhamal violence? And, you have spared even the Hindu fundamentalists for attacking Christians in Odisha?
    Francis: Do not allege the things which are not true. We condemn any kind of violence on any religion. We support all the decision of the Honourable Supreme Curt of India in this regard. In several judgments, judiciary has saved the minorities in India.

    Orissadiary.com: You have termed the Christian conversions fraudulent and asked the Church to stop it. What is the basis on which you have alleged that the Conversions are fraudulent in India?

    Francis: The act of conversion comes from within and is an spiritual attainment of an individual. The church itself is against conversions which are done through allurement and false promises. It has been observed that many conversions are done using questionable methods. The Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) is against such conversions. Several studies published and particularly in a book – “Changing Gods” by Rev. Fr. Rudolf Heredoro S.J. gives several example of fraudulent conversion. It is on the basis of these studies that the people allege that fraudulent conversions are taking place inIndia. Several priests themselves have said these things.

    Orissadiary.com: You have asked the government/s to appoint common man in the commissions and other forums and not the priests and bishops. Why you do not have faith in the Church?

    Francis: According to World Council of Churches and Vatican II, the laity must be empowered. If the religious persons (priests and nuns) are appointed in the government formed commission, then the confusion will arise in the masses. After all, the Vatican has an ambassador inIndia who is the representative of Pope. And on the other hand, bishops and archbishops are also appointed by Rome. In this condition, it is difficult for priests and nuns to ignore the religious stand and sometimes they many act contrary to the interest of local people. The roles of religious people are to do spiritual work and live the life of Christ.

    I need not elaborate that Christ himself never accepted any post in Roman Empire. We further urged the government that no clergy (Bishops, priests and nuns) be appointed in the government committee, commissions etc. Instead, the government should appoint ordinary Christians as the members in such committees and commissions. It has been observed that due to such appointments, the Bishops, priests, and nuns are deviating from their original work of the Church and misusing their positions and funds.

    Orissadiary.com: What are the demands of poor dalits and tribal Christians from the Church?

    Francis: The demand of poor christians is to uplift the poor christians who mostly come from dalit and tribal background. It has been noted that while the church is having buildings and institutions, the poor Christians are not admitted in it. Our demand is to give admission to every Christian child in Christian schools. After all, the Christians schools are violating the rights under minority rules.
    As there are large number of administrative rules in the church institutors, we demand that the laity should be given more chance to the government the local church institutions.
    We strongly demand that as per the teachings of Jesus Christ inaction within the church on the basis for caste must be stopped immediately. And separate graveyard for dalits and separate prayer arrangement for them must be changed into general equal rights.
    We appeal to the bishops to see that priests, nuns and authorities stop supporting upper caste Christians against Dalit Christians and instead openly oppose discrimination and close down the churches and services in places where discrimination on the basis of caste is practiced.
    Orissadiary.com: Has the social and economic status of poor Christians after the conversions changed and these religious conversions brought any social change among the dalits and tribal?

    Francis: Unfortunately not. Several studies by the Church and independent scholars suggest that they are large number of poor Christians’ who still lack education and they are backward economically. They do not have jobs.
    The poor Christians particularly Dalits are suffering in the same manner as Hindu dalits. Infact, this is the basis for demanding reservation for the Dalit Christians in the Church for several years.
    PCLM has made allegations that the foreign funds coming to Indiaare being mis-used by a section of Church. How do you think these funds can be properly used for the development of Dalit and tribal Christians?
    St. Peter has two keys. One of the heaven and other one of the treasurery. The treasury key must be handed over to the laity for transparency.. Economic committees should be formed to oversee the fund’s expenditure. In every diocese the treasurer must be a lay person appointed on the rotational basis – for two years. And must be changed after that. More economic owers must be given to nuns as they are honest and sincere.
    Orissadiary.com: Why are you opposed to the reservations of Dalit Christians in the government jobs?

    Francis: We are looking for the long term interest of the community. After the government, the Church is the biggest employer in India. And as such what is the percentage of dalit Christians employed in Christian schools, colleges, hospitals and social service projects. We want first the Church to provide 60 % reservations to the Dalit Christians, 20 % to the Tribal Christians and 10 % for rest of the Christians in their own institutions. In principle it also not justified to push back the Dalits Christians in the same category which they discarded and adopted Christianity. We demand that Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI), National Council for churches in India (NCCI) and other church organizations to drop the demand for pushing back the poor Christians in to the category of Scheduled Caste status. The teaching of Jesus Christ does not permit a any one to discriminate among his followers. All Christians are born in the image of God. If the Church in India pursues the reservation for Christians on the basis of caste then it must pay compensation to the poor Christians who got converted to the Christianity long back.

    We urge the Union government to institute a law allowing the Christians minority institutions to admit 50% student who are Christians. Any Christians educational institute claiming Minority Status be punished if they refuse admission to a Christian child. Currently, there is no such provision therefore the Church educational institutions are ignoring poor Christians. Those not following the directive be declassified and put under the Income Tax Act as commercial venture.

    Orissadiary.com: You have supported Madhya Pradesh Minority Commissions’ statement to form Waqf board to monitor Church property. How do you think that it will help the poor Christians?

    Francis: The large scale fraudulent deals and selling of mission properties in several places in India, the Madhya Pradesh Minority Commission has suggested to the State Government to set up a Waqf like Board to protect Church properties. The church hierarchy should examine it with open mind and in sincerity. We have submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh demanding an agency for the protection of Christian properties on the pattern of Waqf Board. There is nothing objectionable in the proposal. If there was anything wrong in the Waqf board, then Muslim brethren would have opposed it. Therefore, it is not appropriate to oppose the proposal mooted by the M P state Minority Commission for setting up a Waqf like Board for the Christians. Several cases of selling Church property illegally have come to the light in Jabalpur, Damoh, Indore, Ratlam, Raipur, Bilaspur, Nagpur,Agra, Saharanpur, Lucknow,Ludhiana, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad,Calcutta and in other places. Therefore, it is in the interest of the Christian community to have a Waqf Board like national agency for the proper upliftment and protection of the mission property.

    Orissadiary.com: Your opponents among the Christian community alleged that the people like you are disgruntled elements as your line of thinking is similar to Sangh Parivar. Are you working in tandem with the Sangh Parivar?

    Francis:Several priests and bishops are having dialogue with RSS. Are they also working in tandem with the Sangh Parivar?

    Orissadiary.com: Has PCLM sought Vatican City’s intervention to resolve their problems?

    Francis: We would welcome any move by the Vatican to solve the problems of Dalit Christians in India. Also we would like to involve World Council of Churches in this matter. And we cannot forget the evangelical groups who are also spreading the word of Lord. Above all the involvement of the leaders from India is also very important.

    Orissadiary.com: What is your last word on the overall situation?

    Francis: In the 21st century all religion are facing crisis. So, the case with Christainity. I sincerely urge the Church leaders to prepare the laity for the more responsibilities so that the real message of Christ becomes acceptable to all without offending any other religion. The key word is respect all religions equally.

    [Please send your comments to saiprasan2@gmail.com. And, visit http://www.kandhamalconversion.blogspot.com for more information.]

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  3. Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)
    Office:- IIIA/145, Rachana, Vashali – 201010 (NCR)
    Telefax 0120, 4569131 Cell. 9810108046 Email:-francispclm@yahoo.com
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    PRESS RELEASE

    Church Must Consider Waqf like Board

    New Delhi, March 3, 2009 : Reacting to the Madhya Pradesh government’s proposal to set up a waqf like board to manage Mission properties the Catholic Church hierarchy in Bhopal are likely to move the High Court in the state. The Poor Christians Liberation Movement –PCLM – once again appeals the Church leaders to examine the proposal with positive angle and wants them that such a move would open Pandora s box.

    The PCLM president R.L. Francis stated that the demand to set up a waqf like board for Church properties was first raised in Kerala about ten years ago when several cases of malpractice were deducted. Likewise the church properties and land were sold in Agra, Luck now, and Delhi etc. “The Christian community then felt that to save mission properties from encroachment & misuse a watchdog body appointed by the government would be helpful” said R.L. Francis.

    Reacting to the proposal of Waqf like board for Mission properties in Madhya Pradesh an independent well known human rights campaigner Joseph Gathia stated that there is no doubt that church properties are in danger today from several quarters and some mechanism to protect it is required. Whether it is Waqf like board or some other agency must be decided by the Christian minority community in accordance with the constitutional provisions.

    The Catholic Church in Madhya Pradesh is misinterpreting the definition of the mission properties. The Poor Christians Liberation Movement – PCLM is of the opinion that at several places the Church was granted land on nominal lease fee by the then British Government. After the independence the Church added new properties by purchasing land and building institutions with the help of “donations” in the name of Christian community and under the legal protection of charitable minority institutions. So it is a community property and hence requires a watchdog body save it.

    The argument by the Archbishop of Bhopal, Leo Cornelio, that they have purchased these properties. Then the question arises from where did they got the funds. Where does the surplus money earned by the high fee charging convent schools is invested? Are the poor Christian employees given bonus and other facilities?

    Once again the PCLM urges the Church Bishops and priests to solve the problem through the dialogue rather then going to the court.

  4. Need for caste-free society!
    R L Francis

    Group of Ministers GOM will soon proclaim its decisive verdict on inclusion of caste in the census. At present census is being conducted in the country. Succumbing to the stiff pressure of many of its allies in the ruling coalition Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced in the upper house of parliament that cabinet will soon take positive decision on the issue. Now, it seems that government is trying to find ways and means to tackle the problems likely to arise after the caste census as it will inevitably lead to chain reactions. Setting-up of GoM is first step in the direction.

    Caste has historically been a potent tool to serve the ulterior motives of all those who believed in the philosophy of ‘Divide and rule’. After the revolt of 1857 India was in the grip of wave of nationalism. Britishers used the tool of caste census to sow the seeds of division in the society. Caste was included during census of 1871 to 1931. This had stark impact on the society and it can be explicitly inferred that Britishers were quite successful in their vicious agenda. Many caste based organisations created chaos in the society and i sowed the seeds of conflict. Caste was dropped from the census from 1931 on the ground that it widens the rift in the society after the vehement protest of Congress. To consolidate itself in the country, Britishers made lot of experiments with ‘Varna system’ prevalent in Hindu society. They tried to divide Hindus and Vanvasis (Tribal) and dalits through smart machinations. Some of the castes were even declared as ‘criminal tribes’ by making separate law for them. This was the basic reason not only caste was included in the first census conducted in 1891 but also there scope and definition were included. This was precisely the reason Britishers successfully mobilised some of the castes.

    Caste is an irrefutable truth of Indian society and it has multilayered social, economical and political structure. It is a historical fact that millions of people suffering from caste abuse took the shelter of Islam and Christianity. Many reformist Hindu leaders realised this inherent danger in Hindu society and tried to wipe out the multilayered sophistication of caste system. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi analysed caste on the basis of work and character. They failed the shrewd machinations of Puna through Puna Pact.

    Those lower-caste people converted into Islam and Christianity are not feeling comfortable. Both of these religions progressed but there has not been remarkable shift in the lives of these deprived sections of society. After the end of British rule in the country missionaries started demanding to put these lower-caste converted people in the list of lower castes as decided by constituent. But, makers of constitution did not accept the proposal fearing increase in conversion that will disrupt peace and harmony in the country.

    As per guidance of World Church Council (WCC) and Vatican; Indian church has been demanding for constitutional amendment to put these people in the list of Hindu scheduled castes. The logic of church is simple-Converted Christians are facing brunt of discrimination on the name of caste. Muslims first rejected the existence of caste in their society but now they see benefit in realising this reality. Muslim leaders are on the foot-steps of church. Setting up of ‘Sachhar committee’ and ‘Rangnath Misra Commission’ is the consequence of pressure of this sustained lobbying. Both of these commissions have advocated for reservation on caste basis. However, commission has accepted that they do not have reliable figures of castes in ‘Christianity and Islam’.

    In 2001 church had strongly demanded inclusion of caste in the census and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had supported this demand. However, Atal Behari Vajpayee led government did not succumb to this demand. Some of the church leaders had even sent legal notice to Registrar General of Census alleging that questions put to the citizens, and the enumerators’ manual on Religion of Scheduled Castes, violate secular and freedom of faith guarantees of the constitution. Church was uncomfortable to the fact of asking religion based questions. After the formation of United Progressive Alliance government ‘Non-governmental church organisations’ have stepped up their effort to include caste in the census. This issue was also raised in the advisory council meeting of UPA in 2005. Senior journalist Ram Bahadur Roy has written in a column that the then chairperson of advisory council Sonia Gandhi wanted to know the view point of other political parties on the issue. Many people do believe that Sonia Gandhi is in favour of inclusion of caste in the census and this is precisely the reason a large section of Congress feels that caste based data will be compiled sooner or later.

    Honestly speaking caste census will not serve purposes of Christians and Muslim in a big way. On the other hand they will be forced in the same system that has forced them for conversion. Today, thousands of organizations and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are trying to sow the seeds of equality in the Hindu society. At 30th June a delegation from an organisation ‘Meri Jaati Hindustani’ led by Dr.VedPratap Vadik met Home Minister P Chidambaram and registered protest on the issue on the inclusion of caste in the census. Our view is that even if there is caste based discrimination in Islam and Christianity, it is the duty of religious leaders to change this practice. Inclusion in the lower caste category is not a solution to the problem. This will only aggravate the situation and will not ameliorate.

    When constituent assembly had made provision of reservation for dalit Hindus- who were also majority-Hindus had accepted this. ‘Right to equality’ was sacrificed in favour of dalit sections that faced the brunt of caste abuse from thousands of years. The move of constituent assembly was widely perceived as compensation to those suffering. However, today every person and leader wants reservation to serve their own purpose. Makers of constitution had imagined for caste-free society and United Progressive Alliance government should respect it.

    R L Francis
    National President
    Poor Christian Liberation Movement

  5. Chalo Church purab ki aur
    “Indian polity and judicial system are meaningless for Church and it still looks towards Western countries to solve their minor problems.”- R. L Francis
    New Delhi, April 9, 2011
    Indian Christians have been citizens of a secular state since independence. Secular system might have flaws. Democratic system might be non-representative but it is a fact that Indian Church enjoys immense facilities which might be a dream for European and American churches. Some of these facilities include running educational institutions with special rights and getting government grants etc.
    Despite these facts Church leaders depend on the Western support to resolve their domestic problems. Indian polity and judicial system have no meaning for the Church. These views have been echoed by none other than dynamic dalit Christian leader R. L Francis in his soon- to- be released book – “Chalo Church purab ki aur” (Let Church go to East)
    This book is a collection of articles written by the author in various newspapers and magazines. In this book, he has vehemently criticized Church for its imperialistic attitude and suggested them to introspect seriously on the current direction of the Church. Indian Christians are unfortunate in the sense that Church has often portrayed attacks on missionaries as attack on liberty of Christians in the country and they do it for the sake of their own benefit.
    They operate largely on fear psychosis which is used to garner monetary and diplomatic support from the European countries. Mahatma Gandhi had condemned conversion as its main goal was to create support base for British rule. Even today they largely depend on foreign funding. They are accountable towards European and American organisations.
    On the issue of growing incidence of attacks on Church leaders R.L Francis puts a simple logic. “If church claims of such a high level of service work in the country, then why people hate them so much. They will have to seek answer for this question. Why people like Graham Stains and his two innocent children are burnt alive by the irate mob? Church leaders still try to evade such questions,” says Francis.
    ‘Chalo Church purab ki aur’ deliberates on the current situation and dilemma of Indian Christians. They feel betrayed as they find themselves on the crossroad. Church has deserted them and they have been trained not to feel and think like common Indian so they cannot fight their battle in the typical Indian way. They still look towards Vatican for solving domestic problems.
    R. L Francis blames Church for the current deplorable condition of Dalit Christians. Church is not at all serious about improving the life of these poor Christians.
    In the second part of this book, there is a brief report of Rangnath Mishra Commission Report and its negative impact on converted Indian Christians. In this book Francis has put strong arguments on the need of integration of common Christians with the national mainstream which is largely absent today.

    Issued by
    PCLM, New Delhi
    Contact: 09810108046

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