By Rajesh Ramachandran
NEW DELHI: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief K S
Sudarshan has asked the government to throw out all foreign
Christian missionaries from India and establish an indigenous church
on the lines of the church in China.
Addressing around 21,000 RSS volunteers at a Vijayadashmi
function organised by the organisation's Delhi unit in Raja Garden,
Sudarshan also vehemently criticised the government for its economic
policies, particularly its dependence on foreign investment.
According to a senior RSS leader who was present at the function,
the RSS chief said, ``It is advisable to have a totally Indian
church like the one in China and all foreign churches and
missionaries should be asked by the government to pack up and go.''
Seeking a completely indigenous church, Sudarshan stated that
those who do not believe in the equality of religions should not be
allowed to propagate their intolerant religion in India.
The idea of a ``government-sponsored church'' that is being
floated by the RSS would obviously imply that Indian churches would
have to cut off their links with churches and missionaries
elsewhere. For instance, the Catholics would have to sever links
with the Vatican.
The RSS wants India to emulate the post-revolution Chinese
government, which, according to RSS leaders, threw out all foreign
missionaries and established its own version of a Christian church.
According to sources, Sudarshan began his tirade against
Christians latching on to the Pope's statement. Apparently, soon
after the exhortation of equality of religions by the UN world
religious summit, the Pope had averred that Roman Catholicism was
the only medium of salvation.
Sudarshan also alleged that the Baptist Church in the North-east
is involved in insurgency and driving Bangla-speaking Hindus out of
Tripura, forcing Hindus not to observe Durga Puja or wear
bindi and bangles.
On the economic front, in a thinly-veiled reference to the
bureaucracy, Sudarshan hit out against the government's dependence
on foreign investment. According to the sources, Sudarshan said,
``We have the talent and resources to achieve our development, but
the bureaucracy is accustomed to welcoming foreign investment.''
Describing the World Trade Organization as the `Western Trade
Organisation', Sudarshan said the World Bank and the IMF are but
tools of the western countries to strengthen their imperialist
designs in the post-colonial era.
The government was not spared even on the issue of hike in the
prices of petroleum products. In an oblique reference, Sudarshan
said the bureaucracy is impeding the development of petroleum
substitutes which could save the country Rs 23,500 crore. He also
pointed out that the government, the biggest consumer of petrol,
should further tighten its belt and asked why people's
representatives needed so many escorts and so much security.