Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Real Demons

"It is better to have people think you a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." -- Mark Twain

This article from Christian Voice reminds me so much of that famous quote. I am a Hindu and it disappoints me when people draw conclusions about a religion of which they know precious little. But Stephen Green of Christian Voice goes further. From a position of obvious ignorance, he takes to the pulpit and preaches that Hinduism has a demonic trinity and makes unfounded statements about Lord Rama which have no credible source.

Sanatan Vedic Dharma, or Eternal Truth (later termed Hinduism) is a complex philosophical system of beliefs and practices meant to teach us various routes to God through righteous action or Karma. Hinduism is not really a religion in the strictest definition of the word. It is a way of life, a karmic journey to Moksha or Salvation, i.e. God. The Hindu Trinity, The Creator, the Sustainer and the Destroyer, is that of a Divine Whole with responsibility for the creation, sustenance and ultimate dissolution of all things created. There is nothing demonic about this. The complexity of vedic concepts demand careful reading and interpretation and indeed above all, an open, non-bigoted mind.

Those who know me, know I have always had an open mind to religion. My first blog on this Hindu Voice, was in defence of a Christian woman's right to wear her religious symbols. I am married to a practising Catholic. My children have been brought up to respect different religions and to see the points of convergence in Christianity and Hinduism. It is a simplistic person who will argue that all routes to God are meaningless except one, despite the fact that from different parts of the world we emerge from so many different backgrounds and traditions. God hears all languages. No loving father denies his children a place in his home because they speaks various languages and observe various cultural traditions and norms, ultimately doing homage to him in various ways.Those who argue against this, are guilty of a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and love of God. Therefore when they decide to look for demons, they can start with those running around in their own heads!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Stop funding the assault of women in China

The story of a Chinese woman beaten and forced into the abortion of her seven month baby has sparked outrage around the world. The outrage must also be focused here at home because for decades the government of the UK has indirectly supported China 's one child programme.

The UK currently contributes over £20M yearly to the UN Population Fund(UNFPA) and is committed to almost £100M in aid to the International Planned Parenthood Federation(IPPF).
Both these agencies are involved in promoting and supporting China’s one child policy.

The horrific picture of a woman beaten and lying on a bed with her aborted baby should make every right thinking person in this country very angry. We should be angry enough to demand that our Government sends a clear and unambiguous message to the Chinese Government that we condemn such activities and therefore will not provide financial support for any agency involved in the execution of the one child policy. Unless the UNFPA and IPPF can guarantee that they will not continue financial support for the one child programme, the contribution of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money, should be stopped.

This week’s story of the brutal treatment of the woman is just one of many routine atrocities of this kind which fail to reach the international press. The barbaric assault, prosecution and disempowerment of women, the violation of their human rights and the wanton destruction of millions of unborn children cannot continue unabated. It is time for Britain and the international community to send a direct and clear message to China and the international agencies supporting its one child policy that enough is enough.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Agni V - Of Wickedness and False Pride

India recently test fired Agni V, a long range intercontinental missile which reportedly cost over $400M to develop. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hailed the launch as "another milestone" in the country's "quest for security, preparedness and to explore the frontiers of science". How about a quest to alleviate the mass suffering of over a quarter of a billion Indians who live in severe poverty? It is scandalous and wicked that the Indian Government can find hundreds of millions of dollars just to flex India's muscle when so many live in abject poverty. How much more could have been done with that money to provide opportunities to lift Indians out of poverty. It should
be a source of shame to those who run this country that millions of children go hungry every day while those in power speak of India's national pride. National pride should reflect significant
progress in human development, not expensive military gimmicks.