BJP reminds Congress on what Gandhiji said on proselytization

via http://bjp.org/Press/oct_2008/oct_0608a_p.htm published on October 7, 2008


Dear Congressmen and your other pseudo-secular friends,
please note what
Gandhiji has said on proselytization

The proselytization activities of foreign-funded Christian missionaries have remaineda sticking point in India – both before Independence and after. Even Mahatma Gandhi, who cannot be accused of having any ill-will towards Christianity, was constrained to say the following:

“I disbelieve in the conversion of one person by another. My effort should never to be to undermine another’s faith. This implies belief in the truth of all religions and, therefore, respect for them. It implies true humility.”(Young India: Apr. 23, 1931)


“It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today. It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace. Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity? Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man?”
(Harijan: January 30, 1937)


“I hold that proselytisation under the cloak of humanitarian work is unhealthy to say the least. It is most resented by people here. Religion after all is a deeply personal thing. It touches the heart… Why should I change my religion because the doctor who professes Christianity as his religion has cured me of some disease, or why should the doctor expect me to change whilst I am under his influence?”
(Young India: April 23, 1931)


“As I wander about through the length and breadth of India I see many Christian Indians almost ashamed of their birth, certainly of their ancestral religion, and of their ancestral dress. The aping of Europeans by Anglo-Indians is bad enough, but the aping of them by Indian converts is a violence done to their country and, shall I say, even to their new religion.”
(Young India: August 8, 1925)


“My fear is that though Christian friends nowadays do not say or admit it that Hindu religion is untrue, they must harbour in their breast that Hinduism is an error and that Christianity, as they believe it, is the only true religion. So far as one can understand the present (Christian) effort, it is to uproot Hinduism from her very foundation and replace it by another faith.”
(Harijan: March 13,1937)



“If I had the power and could legislate, I should stop all proselytizing. In Hindu households the advent of a missionary has meant the disruption of the family coming in the wake of change of dress, manners, language, food and drink.” (Harijan: November 5, 1935)


 

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