Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Evangelical Tourism in Kerala to promote conversion

9/5/2006 5:08:05 AM HK Correspondent

Now State government takes the initiative to sponsor conversion in Kerala in the name of Evangelical Tourism. In order to woo the Church and Foreign Missionaries Kerala government decided to list Manarcaud St Mary’s Cathedral in Kottayam as a Pilgrim centre.



This was announced by Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Minister for Home and Tourism here on Sunday. The government believes that it has a responsibility to ensure sufficient infrastructure and facilities for the Christian missionaries engaged in conversion activities in the State.

He laid the foundation stone for the pilgrims quarters to set up in the vicinity of the Cathedral at a cost of Rs one crore and he will make sure sufficient State and Central Government grant is being allocated for this project.



The Finance minister laments in daily basis that State Treasury is empty, But such appeasing policies cannot wait, as it is their only agenda. The Government also wilfully forgets that this same church gets huge amount of donations within India and also from western countries. The whole site is well maintained with the help of Dollars and Pounds compared to Temples in Kerala.



Apart from looting our Temples, we are forced to contribute money generously for the development activities in and around our Temples while the Government wont dare to touch the money from a Mosque or Church.



Few instance of Temple Looting



The Kerala State Electricity Board is charging Rs. 16/- per unit in Sabarimala, where as the normal rate is around Rs 4/-.



The TDB has to foot a bill of Rs. 75 lakhs for the police service;



The Kerala water Authority charges around Rs. 40 lakhs.



The Health department bill is around Rs. 55 lakhs for every season.



The Dewaswom has to pay around Rs. 25 lakhs to the sanitation society headed by the district collector for the cleaning work.



The roads leading to Pampa are going to be built on BOT basis. That means new tollgates are going to come up, again to exploit the poor pilgrim!



Even after this shameless looting State exchequer gets around Rs 250 crores as additional revenue from one Sabarimala season.



Travancore Dewaswom Board was recently made to pay Rs. 6.5 crores as compensation for getting 110 hectares of forestland in Nilakkal to provide amenities to pilgrims. By shelling out this huge amount, the Dewaswom Board has today become almost bankrupt. The maintenance and developmental work at 1300 temples have been affected at least for the next 3 years. And to top it all, the so-called forestland handed over to the Dewaswom Board at Nilakkal is in fact plantation land. Do you know that 58 acres of land has been leased out to the Malayattur Church for just Rs. 100 per year per acre?



The Guruvayoor Dewaswom has decided to contribute Rs 24 crores from the temple funds for funding a drinking water project in 10 nearby panchayats. On the periphery, it sounds like a good idea. But note one thing. There are about 40 Christian and Muslim Churches in these 10 panchayats. Some of them like Chavakkad mosque have equal or more income than the Guruvayoor temple. But no one can touch even a single paisa offered at the mosque or church, whereas temple money is used for general purposes according to the whims and fancies of its administrators. In another way, you can say that the money offered by a devotee in Guruvayoor Temple will be utilized to provide water supply to the Chavakkad mosque!



The compassionate Christians in Kottayam and Moderate Muslims in Malappuram were in the forefront in Sabotaging the Railway lines to Sabarimala and Guruvayur respectively.



The new policies of Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan to commercialize the Temples, Irresponsible statements of Temple Minister Sudhakaran on Sabarimala and this present move to promote conversion in the name of Evangelical Tourism should be vehemently opposed by the Hindus all over the world, to prevent the extinction of Hindus from the land of Adi Sankara.

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