Inspite of the alarmist cries raised by some on this forum about Hindusism being under threat in India and the supposed agenda of the EJs (with Rajshekhar Reddy supposedly their tool
), the Christian population in India from the 1961 census through the 2001 census has remained stuck at between 2.3% and 2.4% - in fact has declined by 0.1%. So is this alarmism justified or is it fear mongering by individuals?
As far as support for overseas EJs by mainstream Christian and Christian institutions in India, as long ago as the late 1970s (long before mass media and even the Hindutva politicians became aware of this issue), the mainstream non Catholic Indian churches such as the Church of North India, the Church of South India or the Methodist Church did not participate in EJ activities. And that is because the mainstream Indian churches and their affiliated organizations whether they be schools, colleges or hospitals have as one of their primary objectives, to be integrated in the society in which they are e.g. in the Order of Service of the Church of North India, every Sunday, there is a regular prayer for the President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of the state in which an individual church is located. When overseas EJ's did visit, they were therefore forced to seek Christian individuals on the fringes who could guide and advise them on local logistics etc.
The Catholic church and organizations tend to operate a little differently. A good illustration would be to compare and contrast the Protestant Leprosy Mission organization with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charities, both of which helped to treat people suffering from leprosy. The Missionaries of Charity believed in providing a safe haven to those shunned from their villages because they suffered from leprosy and provide them a place where they could spend the remaining years of their lives. In contrast the Leprosy Mission believed that since leprosy was non contagious and its effects could be treated via drugs and physiotherapy, that they would take in patients, treat them and then take them back to their villages to be integrated back into society. This integration necessarily involved education about the disease and the fact that it was not contagious to other people in say the village from where the patient was.
IMO, the biggest problem that the BJP types have not addressed about the vulnerability of Hindus being targetted by EJ types is the non inclusiveness of Hindu society. Its kind of sad in a way. Hindusim IMO is a very passive faith which allows minorities from other religions to be comfortable and secure. However, the inability of the Hindu elite (Brahmins etc.) to bring about inclusiveness among those dispossessed Hindus who feel that they do not belong, makes them vulnerable to messages from EJs and others. AFTER conversion, the biggest plus point of Islam is the feeling Muslims have of belonging to a larger Islamic community. Unless the elite Hindus bring about that feeling of inclusiveness among the downtrodden Hindus, they will be vulnerable to other messages. Globally and even in India IMO Christianity is static. The EJs who make the most noise and hog all the headlines are a miniscule minority. Mainstream churches are loosing membership as more and more Christians become non practising Christians or Christians in name only or Christians who attend Church probably only on Christismas Day.
The answer as Johann pointed out in one of his posts is not to out jehadize the Islamists as Sawarkar tried to do, but to build a strategy on the tolerant tradition of Hinduism which IMO is its strongest attribute.