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Missionaries mustn’t offend sensibilities

With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s article Missionary position (Counterpoint, October 12), we do not approve the killing of innocents in Orissa or Karnataka.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2008 22:38 IST

With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s article Missionary position (Counterpoint, October 12), we do not approve the killing of innocents in Orissa or Karnataka. But why a painter belonging to the other religion should paint our Gods nude? Why only Hindu Gods to depict the art? Can these people have guts to do the same for their own faith? The Hindu groups, in the form of some semblance of protest, do express that this religion cannot be an object of mockery all the time.

G.S. Chaturvedi, Gurgaon

II

No sane Hindu is bothered by the activities of Christian missionaries in tribal areas as long as it is done without offending the sensibilities of the local community. However, missionaries, flush with funds from abroad, are now going about their job in a business-like fashion. Aiding them are the overzealous neo-converts, who having availed of the twin benefits of free education and reservations in government jobs, harass Hindu tribals before passing them the benefits of various government schemes, giving them a signal that only conversions can get things done for them. The simplicity of the missionary position is well appreciated. It is its Indianised variation which is hurting.

Arun Bhagoliwal, Lucknow

III

Vir Sanghvi should listen to missionaries from all faiths before he thrusts his views, however unbiased they might be, upon your esteemed readers. As an apostate and a convert from Islam to Christianity, I must say that the best way I can supply my neighbour’s spiritual needs is by sharing the spirit I have received from God, even if I do not exchange a single word with him.

Omar Luther King, Delhi

Truly holy

Karan Thapar in, A time for Father Terry (Sentiments, October 12) made the reader emotional. A Christian priest asking Nisha’s mother to whisper the Hindu prayers in her ears when her life ebbed away, shows the magnanimous side of a person to whom there was nothing secular in life, it was all holy. Can someone like him come forward to heal the bruised hearts of Christians at Orissa and Karnataka where the casteist and communalists have put those states on fire?

B.K. Kumra, Delhi

Nobel arguments

Indrajit Hazra's write-up, Of unknown Nobelists (Red Herring, October 12), made interesting reading. Surely, the writer meant satiety, not non-hunger. Non-hunger sounds suitable for those who fuel their gullets with any old fast food. As for Stephen King, whom he has apparently enjoyed, I think his ‘Dead Zone’ with its dilemma of perfect knowledge versus the immorality of murder, wholly formed characters and meticulous observation, certainly stands up to the best of the Nobelists. It’s a marvelous blend of psychology, politics and the fabulous. But his commercial success does seem to have poisoned the well.

Alberto Enriquez, via email