the pope will probably speak of the greatness of India and the need
for brotherhood and human rights but he will certainly not say that
Hindus don't need to convert to Christianity. He will portray
Christianity as a religion of compassion, equality and democracy to
appeal to the poor in India, though historically Christianity has
commonly been aligned with monarchies, colonial armies, fascist
states and ruling juntas.
may confuse such statements of general human regard with real
religious tolerance or even with an acceptance of Hinduism. They may
confuse a coopting of their religion with a real regard for it. The
new Catholic strategy is that Hinduism is all right as far as it
goes but will only reach its real fulfillment when it accepts
Christ. This is the same only conversion ploy, only done in a more
covert way. The American Protestants, who still portray Hinduism as
a religion of the devil, are at least more honest about their views
and their intentions.
8. The Pope is a state guest, invited by the
Government of India, doesn't the stance of the VHP undermine India's
secular tradition and embarrass A B Vajpayee even his alliance
partners do not agree with such protests.
Not at all. In America visits
of foreign heads of states are often marked by protests.