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Kerala textbooks & Church construction stopped in Delhi

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Kerala, Persecution

Kerala school textbook propagates MarxismThiruvananthapuram, 30, May 2011: Catholic Church in Kerala has taken serious objection to the new Social Science textbook for the 10th standard, prepared during the previous LDF’s rule, alleging that it contained ”grossly baseless anti-church contents” and “propagated Marxist political ideology”. The newly installed UDF Government recently set up a three-member committee headed by former Chief Secretary Dr. D. Babu Paul to examine the controversial textbook following the church’s complaint. According to Fr Philip Nelpuraparambil, secretary of Education Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council(KCBC), the textbook makes a “deliberate attempt” to propagate anti-religion ideology by looking at history through a “purely Marxian perspective”. After the church’s complaint, the state government recently set up a three-member committee to examine the class Xth Social Science textbook, which was prepared during the previous Left Democratic Front’s regime.
“The textbook is not merely an attempt to mislead and instill anti-religious outlook in young minds but also contains several totally untrue and adverse observations against the Catholic church,” Fr Nelpuraparambil told PTI. The textbook, prepared by a research council set up when the state was under the LDF rule, did not contain the authentic history of the world but the Marxian version by running down religion in general and Catholicism in particular, he alleged. For instance, the chapter on Renaissance titled ‘the rise of the modern world’ was entirely meant to defame the church and establish that Catholic ideals were outdated, Fr Nelpuraparambil claimed. The book described Renaissance as an “intellectual reaction against irrational ideals imposed on people by the Catholic church,” he said. According to the Church, ever since the Left came to power in Kerala for the first time in 1957, it has made attempts to deride the church and the religious orientation of all other sections by infusing Marxist ideological contents in textbooks.
“On the whole, the textbook appears to be an effort to blame the church and religion for all the evils in the society and dark phases of history. This could only be seen as a covert attempt to propagate Marxian political ideology and its historical perspective based on class struggle at the state expense,” Fr Nelpuraparambil alleged. “While trying to glorify Marxism, it entirely blacked out the cruelties perpetrated by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. It also says that the United States is a country where islets of affluence and poverty exist side by side,” he said. “A textbook should ultimately aim to lead the students to goodness and mould them as model citizens. Now, the attempt is to infuse anti-religious feelings in the books,” he claimed. The content of the textbook also ran against the spirit of Indian Constitution and secular tradition which allowed its citizens to believe in religion of his or her choice, Fr Nelpuraparambil said.
Church construction stopped in the national capital
Delhi, 30 May 2011: A group of people from a fanatical religious group shut down a church construction project in Delhi, India, on May 20. The building was near completion with only a few finishing touches remaining when the leader of the anti-Christian group arrived on the site and said, “You cannot build any church building in this village. You are only allowed to construct a house to live in, not a church.” Because of this instigation, construction has stopped. Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Satyankar Gedam, pastor of the congregation planning to meet in the building, faces discouragement. “He has asked everyone to pray that God will remove all the obstacles and help them complete the building without any further problems,” reports a GFA field correspondent. Satyankar’s ministry in the area has flourished under God’s care. Many people are coming to know the Lord, and they know this new church building would be a testament to God’s faithfulness. In many parts of South Asia, having a permanent building to worship in represents the permanency of the religion. It also establishes credibility among the community. For Christian believers it also means having a safe place to freely worship the Lord. The area where this construction project is taking place has a complicated land ownership process. It is not uncommon for outside groups to question the legality of any construction process. This causes frequent delays in all kinds of building projects, including churches. Satyankar asks for prayer that God will change the hearts of those who are opposing Satyankar’s ministry.

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