the Chinese president was here recently many Americans, mainly of
Chinese ancestry, protested the visit, including some that were
democrats. Such protests are part of democracy. Islamic groups in
America have protested the visit of Israeli leaders as well. The
pope cannot be made immune to such protests. They are part of
secular traditions that dont require the people in any country to
bow down to a foreign leader, whether he is a religious figure or
If in spite of the pressure applied for the apology, if the Pope
does not apologise won't it be a loss of face for the VHP and other
organisations demanding for the same?
I don't think anyone expects the current pope to
make such an apology, though a future pope might do so. But the case
has to be brought out anyway for the sake of truth and for
posterity. The fact that it is coming out is beneficial for Hindus.
Hindus have long been too quiet about the attacks against them.
Hindus tend to bow down to any religious leader as a holy man, even
one who does not respect their traditions or honor their gods and
sages. It is actually more important that Hindus change than that
the pope changes.
The pope doesn't want to apologize to Hindus
because he doesn't want to recognize Hinduism as a valid religion.
He won't even mention the word Hinduism. He will call Diwali an
Indian cultural festival, not a Hindu religious event.