Picture: Jesus is protected by Hindu Icon AUM (imagination of RSS)
New Delhi : (News from "bibles4mideast"), February, 29, 2016: Indian Christians dismissed “Hindu” Jesus, made by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, the national volunteers’ corps), the umbrella organization for rightwing Hindu groups. They totally refused to be drawn into a controversy over a claim that Jesus Christ was a Hindu and Christianity was just a sect of Hinduism.
The book, ““Christ Parichay” (introduction to Christ), written by Damodar Savarkar in 1946 is absolutely false and rubbish. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem as the son of Virgin Mary and was crucified and died for the salvation of every human being and raised from the dead in his 33 years of age according the Word of God. He is not only a son of man, but Son of Living Almighty God”, Pastor Paul Ciniraj, President of the Christian Ministers of the Churches in India (CMCI) said.
With references and other materials the book proves that Christ was Hindu. According to the author, Jesus came to India to study the Vedas, and became an expert in Yoga. He then returned to his country to preach the right path or religion. While preaching, he got involved in a political storm and was crucified, but miraculously escaped alive.
The book claims in another place that Jesus Christ was born Keshao Krishna in a Tamil Vishwakarma Brahmin family and Christianity is just a sect of Hinduism.
“One place it says Jesus came from Jerusalem and went back to his country. Another place it says he was born in India as a Hindu Brahmin. How can it be?” Pastor Paul Ciniraj asked. “It is absolutely a made up story”, he added.
“There is an attempt to re-write history and draw us into controversy. Christianity is well grounded and based on the person of Jesus who without a doubt is a real person in history,” says Father Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Bombay.
The Catholic priest was reacting to a news item about upcoming release of a book making those outlandish claims by a trust allegedly linked to the RSS. “The RSS is welcome to claim what they will, it doesn’t affect us. Our faith in Jesus is based on a personal encounter with Christ,” Father Barrett added.
The trust, Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak (Savarkar National Memorial), preserves and propagates literature and ideology of Damodar Savarkar, the book’s author, and his younger brother Veer Savarkar Ganesh one of the five founders of RSS.
The RSS has tried to distance itself from the controversy saying the author was not the founder of their organization.”We wish to clarify that Ganesh Damodar Savarkar wasn’t founder of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. There was only one RSS founder, Dr Hegdewar. Savarkar was in no way associated with RSS,” said Pramod Bapat, a top RSS functionary in the Konkan region of western India.
However, several accounts on the RSS, including one by its own member of parliament M J Akbar, have chronicled Savarkar’s ties with the organization. Akbar’s India: A Siege Within says this about the RSS’s origin: “…five friends who started the RSS were Dr BS Moonje, Dr LV Paranjpe, Dr Tholkar, Babarao Savarkar and Dr Hedgewar himself.”
Another book by Ritu Kohli explains Savarkar’s influence on MS Golwalkar. Political Ideas of MS Golwalkar: Hindutva, Nationalism, Secularism says: “In 1938, Golwalkar prepared the first systematic statement to the RSS ideology, “We, and our Nationhood, Defined” a text which he later revealed was an abridgement of an essay on nationalism by Babarao Savarkar.”
The claims have evoked widespread condemnation.
Clyde Crasto of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) dismissed the book’s claim as “politically driven and a fabricated story” He says the claims do not make sense. “The current political scenario is allowing such false ideas to spread.”
Abraham Mathai, president of the Indian Christian Voice and former Vice Chairman of the Minorities Commission said, “The book is a sign of high ignorance of the author. Jesus Christ was born 2000 years ago in Bethlehem and died at Calvary. Yes, Christianity came first to India rather than the West, when St Thomas, one of Jesus’s apostles came here to preach. The basis of this book is completely false.”
Young Christians too, hit out at claims. IT professional, Kevin Noronha from Borivali said, “The book has no basis. The Christian community is strong in faith. Things like these cannot shake our belief, it only makes it stronger.”
Christians asserted that such claims cannot shake their faith. Anita Quadros, a logistics professional, said, “If Savarkar had read the Holy Bible, he would have not written all this. St Thomas preached Christianity and not Hinduism. Our faith will stand firm in the face of this nonsense.”