Christodas Gandhi, a retired IAS officer from Tamil Nadu, said on a live TV debate that “Secularism means having the right to hit Lord Rama with slippers”.
He was taking part in a Thanti TV debate ‘Whether PM Modi saying ‘Jai Sri Ram’ in a RamLila Dussehra event is communal politics?’ Below is a video of the TV debate shared by twitter user @Ethirajans-
I hv the right to hit Lord Ram with slippers,says Christudoss Gandhi, Redt IAS in a live TV debate, action needed. @HMOIndia @chennaipolice_ pic.twitter.com/Yy5kemBwQc
— Ethirajan (@Ethirajans) October 19, 2016
In the video, Christodas is 2nd from left on the panel. The person on his right is Shri KT Raghavan, State Secretary – Tamil Nadu BJP, who can be seen vehemently protesting against Christodas’ derogatory language. The moderator of the debate also says ‘This is highly condemnable’.
Incidentally, in a Sept 2015 interview to Chennaionline.com, Christodas Gandhi had said –
“My father, Thiru. M. Ramdas (Retd. Superintendent of Police), Vallalar, Valluvar, and my wife Tmt. Qudsia Begum influenced my simplicity, while being majestic. For my father’s stature, he could have admitted his children in any big convent. But, three of us studied in Trichy Seva Sangam School, an institution run for orphans. We had fantastic teachers and teaching was under thatched roof in the company of a peer group that consisted of all sections of people. My wife, Qudsia, gave me all practical lessons of Islamic equity. Humility in high stature is what I imbibed from these personalities.”
One wonders if he has really learnt humility given the kind of language he has used against a figure revered by millions. And even granting that freedom of speech / secularism accords him this right to freely abuse whosoever he wants, would the same Christodas be accepting if a Hindu were to use similar language against icons of Christianity and Islam? And if he really believes in ‘Islamic equity’, he should be voicing his concerns at the brutal persecution of Dalit Hindus in West Bengal, Pakistan, Bangladesh.
If secularists like Christodas have a problem with PM Modi (a Hindu) saying ‘Jai Sri Ram’ at a RamLila Dussehra event, what is their take on the British PM David Cameron declaring ‘Britain is a Christian country’ in a TV message to the entire nation, or US Presidents taking their oath of office on a Bible?
Tamil Nadu seems to have a special problem of IAS officers with barely masked Christian evangelical missionary agendas. Some time back, another serving IAS officer Uma Shankar had to be barred by TN Government from preaching Christianity in the state because ‘such activities were likely to cause communal disharmony and disturb public order.’ Uma Shankar claims to be a Hindu officially but a Christian by faith. This ‘officially Hindu, but personally Christian’ is a strategy adopted by many Christian converts to avail benefits of reservation in education and Government jobs constitutionally given to Hindu (and other Indic faiths) scheduled castes.
Christian Missionaries Cloaked as Dalit / Human Rights Activists
The likes of Christodas Gandhi, Uma Shankar, John Dayal (Secretary-General of the All India Christian Council), Joseph D’Souza (International President of the Dalit Freedom Network – DFN) and others claim to advocate the rights of oppressed communities in Bharat like scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, but ironically the solution they offer for social emancipation, i.e. conversion to Christianity, itself has a horrible human rights record. Slavery, inquisitions, physical & cultural genocide of entire peoples in North and South America, Africa – this is the havoc wrought by Christian missionaries across the world over the last millenia and more.
Even today, the Christian Church (both Catholic and Protestant) primarily represents Western interests, and the nexus of Church, Western NGOs (who pump funds through the FCRA route to their Bharat-based proxies), and Western Governments often works in tandem to stymie development works and organic change in less-developed countries. The Church hand in the Kudankulam anti-nuclear protests being a good example of this lobby at work in Tamil Nadu. There is even Church doctrine now which talks about the rights-based approach for global evangelization.
In Bharat, the Christian activist for Dalit rights main goal is to deepen the schisms in Hindu society to further conversions. They will deliberately ignore the slow but steady gains made by SC/STs since Independence, and paint a biased picture of the situation of Bharat’s minorities and SC/STs for a Western audience. While preaching that conversion to Christianity certifies social equality, they will brazenly lobby for reservations for ‘Dalit Christians’, thereby asking Bharat to fund its own cultural/civilizational demise!
Most of all, these missionary activists masquerading as social workers will bitterly oppose the Hindu nationalists like BJP/RSS who have a good governance track record of working for a resurgent, equitably prosperous Bharat, and instead promote the corrupt, nepotistic & slothful ‘secular’ forces represented by Sonia Gandhi’s Congress.
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having the right does not mean that he wants to. a govt that claims to be secular cannot deny free speech. in the US, freedom of speech & expression is guaranteed by an amendment to the constitution. however, supreme court cases made an exception in the case of it creating an imminent risk of violence. that could be an argument against throwing a projectile :-). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech
Many of these converted Christians have Hindu names and that is the trend (to write and preach Christianity with Hindu name). The two religions – Islam and Christianity that preaches that a person’s spirituality improves if they become one of them (that is become a believer to Christ or Allah) by the sprinkle of some holy water – got their logic screwed up. But then they are (*the proselytizers) are shameless people and it is going on for centuries. A a Hindu we need to strengthen our belief and faith and understand Sanatana dharma. And follow it (achara prathamo dharma -see Vishnu Sahasranama).
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Why do Hindus tolerate???????
These are the turncoats god only knows if they even know who their real father is with a few words that can capture the minds of the ignoramuses they think they can get away with such filthy attitudes; what does he think he is to be? He himself is a turncoat from a Hindu origin which he used to get himself freebies and luxury life like some pimp does living of the girls they keep to sell themselves to the highest bidder.
Abey maadrchaud, iska matlab hy terey haramkhor yesu ko bhi jootey aur soower key goo maar saktey hy!!!
“Insult Hinduism, Make Name-Fame-Money, Insult Islam, Start World Wide Riots” True Secularism is Loosing the credibility and importance. Instead it’s becoming impotent. SICKulars Insult Hinduism for personal Political use & looking for cheap publicity also. Just goes to show, that India is Secular as long as it insults & Pokes Fun at Hindu Gods??????. The moment it crosses that line and Pokes a Question or a Satire on any one else than Hindus, Secularism, Broadmindedness, Acceptance, is out of the window Y ????….in INDIA this is rotten SICKular fashion. You Abuse or insult anything related with Hindus , Hinduism , Hindutva ,you will be instantly a SicKular hero and SICKulars Vote Traders will be very happy with this insult. There are no such things as Hindu sentiments. It always is about Muslims or Christian????Hindus Are Discriminated In India Because They Are Not A Vote Bank. Its Time Hindus Understand This And Teach Pseudo Secular Parties A Fitting Lesson Ousting SicKulars From The Map Of Indian Politics.हिन्दू एक धर्म नही है,हिंदुत्व एक विचार है,उच्च कोटि का संस्कार है सहिष्णुता है हिंदुत्व सदाचरण है,जीवन का आधार है ज्ञान है हिंदुत्व अनंत है
Oh avana nee
All this liars are just using secularism as a cloak to do their evil acts. In reality this bastards are religious extremist. They are the ones who deserve to be beaten with slippers or worst. Good people won’t suggest such bad ideas. This guys are born through bad blood with low morals.