As a matter of fact, EJ and foreign funding is a matte for the Union Govt. to act on. If they do not act on it (as indeed they do not, for EJ as well as Wahabbi funding), the local Govts. can do squat. You cannot arrest foreigners or Indian working on coversions, especially if the said foreigners are on a missionary visa. Guess who controls issues of visas?
And guess who helps the Union Government to be in power?
I agree YSR did not create EJism. The debate is has he directly/indirectly supported in its existence? In USA, George Bush got faulted for the economy in spite of it being a problem of American Culture. Now it is in Obama's hands. What matters to the people is how Obama will shore up the economy. One of the debates is YSR's role.
Well neither can I help in your interaction with moderators. Hang on, don't leave us and please place your points. I used vociferous because you were persistent with your views the most. I assume there are several members who agree with you but who have not voiced their opinions - so it is in that aspect that I call you vociferous (lending voice to your views). No offense.
SwamyG, when I say Union Govt. I do not refer to the current one only. When BJP-led NDA was in power, was there a move to abolish the missionary visa?
How serious were their attempts to reform NGO funding and restrict Wahabbi and EJ funds moving to India?
Not very, right?
So, why is YSR the focus of this EJ debate?
YSR is a politician. He tried to be many things to many people:Secular subs
idies - Free power, Subsidized/free health care, subsidized rice, old age pensionsReligious Subsidies
- Bethlehem Trip subsidy, Hindu Pilgrimage subsidy (came later), grants from minority welfare for repair of religious structures (it also included Mosques, by the way - not just churches)Special Interest Indulgence
- 5% reservation for MuslimsCultivation of Big Business
- Liberal approvals for SEZs, award of some project contracts on nomination basis, favours to business families like Maytas (of course, Raju family were complete thugs who sunk everyone with them. No basis to say it was only because of YSR. No amount of bleating on this subject is going to prove this contention).
He widely publicized the govt. determination to expand Irrigation massively and executed the program. There is corruption, but not anything different from any other Govt. in AP or other states.
He also countered Majlis plan to re-conquer Hyderabad's Mayoralty by diluting the muslim vote %age by increasing the Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration to become the second largest in the country. People can say this was to facilitate accretion of land values of his favoured people. But, this happend within the first year of his coming to power in 2005 (was promulgate in 2006 after High Court struck down Majlis' objections). That left very little time for his people to corner prime cuts of land to benefit exclusively.
He also quelled the controversy (created primarily by BJP, I might add) about proselytization on Tirumala hills by declaring all the 7 hills and surrounding areas and other temple surroundings such as Srisailam, as sacred/protected areas, where (by law) any non-Hindu religious activity is an offence. Something no other Govt. did. Is something like this in existence anywhere else in India? Would be interesting to find out.
He has effectively marginalized K.A. Paul (the jet-setting Evangelist) and cut the ground under his feet and made him run to TDP crying Uncle. His Son-in-Law's piousness is a year or so old. Here too the primarily motivation may be to dip his family's hand into the copious EJ funds and not really to add conversions (which K.A Paul was doing quite well. So, why was he not coopted?).
The above are all matter of public record.
So, what is so exclusively Christianist iin the above programmes?