Even India’s outcasts spurn the manual scavengers
Bhopal, December 20, 2012: It’s degrading, dirty and outlawed, yet more than 1.3 million dalits – mostly women– are still forced by the caste system into the age-old practice of manual scavenging, leaving them social outcasts.
Manual scavenging is the removal of animal or human excreta from dry latrines and carrying it in baskets to disposal grounds elsewhere.
It often involves having to crawl into the latrines and emptying out the receptacle using the tools of the trade which are typically a broom, a tin plate and a basket. It is a thankless task which earns those who do it a few rupees a day.
During the rainy season, the contents of the basket drip onto a scavenger’s hair, face, clothes and other body parts exposing them to various kinds of infections.
The result is they are looked upon as “untouchable,” even by other dalits.
“I’m not allowed to draw water from the village well or have a bath in the village pond,” said Arati Bai, 38, who recently quit after doing the demeaning work for two decades.
She began scavenging with her mother after she was married at the age of 17.
Bai, who lives in Basiagah, a village in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, told ucanews.com that her children are not allowed to sit with other children in school.
Tea shop owners deny her entry into their establishments. She has to remain outside and separate glasses are used to serve tea to her.
“I have to wash the glass afterwards unlike others who just leave their glass when they finish,” Bai said, adding that she is even barred from entering temples to offer prayers.
However, there are a growing number of voices calling for an end to the practice.
The federal government in September introduced further legislation – The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012 – in another bid to curb the practice.
The bill is yet to pass into law.
Similarly, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has also called for an end to manual scavenging.
Pressure is also coming from overseas with the European Parliament last week expressing its deep concern about the “inhuman” practice and urging the Indian government to enforce a ban on it.
Social activist Ashif Shaikh, who has been fighting to eradicate manual scavenging for years, said the practice is a flagrant violation of human rights.
He and activists from 17 NGOs are undertaking a nationwide march against it.
The march, which started on October 30, ends on December 31 and will have covered 200 districts across the country.
“This is treated as a disgraceful occupation even by those who engage them in this practice,” he told ucanews.com as the march passed through Bhopal.
The scavengers belong to the lowermost rung in society and therefore, they end up in the worst situations of vulnerability, marginalization, deprivation and oppression, Shaikh said.
According to government figures, there are 2.6 million dry toilets in the country.
Shaikh said the real number is almost certainly much more.
He said that despite the country having enacted a law prohibiting this occupation in 1993, adherence to the also outlawed caste system and lack of modern sanitation is keeping it alive.
“We want to restore the dignity of manual scavengers and put an end to this age old practice of the caste system,” Shaikh said.
Karnataka: 6 Christians including pastor and evangelists arrested *MP: Pastor and a believer arrested
Karnataka, June 21, 2012: Three Christians, Pastor Manjunath and Evangelists Smt. Stella and Smt. Bhavani, were arrested by the police on 21-6-12 at 2.30 pm at the Hubli Bus Stand in Karnataka while they were distributing some handbills giving information about Christianity. They have been detained at the Durgadabail police station in Hubli and are being interrogated by the police. Three church members, who visited them at the police station were also subsequently detained by the police. They are Ms Poornima, Mr. Gnanaprakash and Mr. Sanjay. The GCIC is in touch with them as well as with the police.
Pastor Manjunath (20) is in charge of a house church called The Indian Church of Christ (ICC), at Keshavapura in Hubli. He lives with his wife Yashoda who is 8 months pregnant now. They live in the same house and hold their Sunday worship and other prayer meetings. His ministry is 7 years old and he has a congregation of about 25 believers. As and when the need arises he also hires halls in small hotels and conducts his prayer meetings. On Thursday, 21-6-12, along with the two evangelists, he began distributing some handbills with information about Christianity and when the Sangh Parivar activists came to know about it they came in a group and began tackling them, abusing them using very foul language. They also snatched all the handbills from them and sent for the police who came and arrested them. Please pray for them.
MP: Pastor and a believer arrested & subsequently released
Madhya Pradesh, June 21, 2012: Pastor Arjun is arrested at 8.30 this morning along with a believer, Mr. Rakesh, when they were conducting a prayer meeting at a village called Pati village, about 150 kms from Indore in Bhalwani distrrict of Madhya Pradesh. The church has about 75 believers. The latest information that we have received is that the arrested were released late in the afternoon today. Please continue to pray for the churches in Madhya Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh, May 05, 2012: Madhya Pradesh has again come into controversy with alleged deletion of Christians from the voter list. Isai Mahasangh, an ecumenical forum has constituted a three member committee to probe into the alleged deletion of names of Christians from the voters’ list. The Christians view it as a case of clear case of deprives them of their right to franchise.
The core committee of the Isai Mahasangh convened its meeting on Wednesday to take stock of the situation and decided to conduct a probe into it before taking an appropriate decision said president of the ecumenical forum Sujit William here on Thursday.
The initial reports suggested that names of 20000 Christians were deleted from the voters list from cities such as state capital Bhopal and Jabalpur, he told. The issue he said came to the notice when the voters list was checked to identify the eligible voters to cast vote for the district unit election of the Mahasangh.
‘When we checked the voters list many Christians who already got enrolled in the list got shocked to find their names missing from it’, he said. Subsequent, interactions with the community members it was noticed that the same irregularities were there in other places as well and decided to draw up a complete picture of the situation before moving to the higher authority, he added.
Meanwhile, the main Opposition in the state Congress party has also blamed the state government for playing a very dirty politics to deprive the Christians of their constitutional right to franchise.
Vishwanath Dubey, former Mayor and state vice president of Congress also wrote a letter to his party’s state president Kantial Bhuria apprising him of the development and pledged to help Christians to enroll their name back voters list.
Madhya Pradesh is scheduled to hold its Assembly at the end of next year. It is believed that Christians are traditionally to be Congress supporters hence deletion of their names has raised many questions in the political circle.
Earlier, the Government had come under fire with the matter conducting a profiling of Christians in a bid painting them as criminals, but they had to withdraw after the protest led by Iasi Mahasangh got support from across the country.
The Christians, he said would address it also legally and would not let the Christians to lose their voting right.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of the Catholic Church in the state Father Anand Muttungal who has now been designated as the chief spokesperson of Mahasangh, said that he would write to Church heads (all denominations) to encourage people cross check the voters list and ensure that no Christian was deprived of one’s voting right.
- sanjay ekka
Blessed bovines and twisted priorities
Is India headed for a white revolution or a pink one? The query cropped up last month after the federal government unveiled the National Dairy Plan called Mission Milk and news arrived of India’s growing eminence in the world as a beef exporter.
Both should have been welcome news in a country of hungry millions, struggling for economic and political dominance in a globalised world.
Mission Milk is touted as the second white revolution aimed at increasing the production of milk to meet the rising demand from an ever-growing population. And what better place for its launch than Anand, the milk capital of the country located in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
It was in this obscure town that Dr Varghese Kurien pioneered the largest dairy development program in the world, christened Operation Flood, and earned himself the title of “father of the white revolution.”
But this event was obscured by news of India’s chances of displacing the United States as the world’s third-largest beef exporter, behind Brazil and Australia.
According to a US Beef Export Federation study, India exported US$1.24 billion worth of meat in the first half of 2012, and a 30 percent growth in revenue from 2010 exports is projected by the end of the year.
The bulk of Indian exports is buffalo meat bound for markets in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, where a growing middle class has sparked a new craving for beef. The rise in demand could even make India the world’s principal beef exporter by 2013, according to USDA estimates.
This despite a majority of India’s 24 states outlawing the slaughter of cows, forcing the trade underground. India’s billion-dollar meat industry and growing underground beef trade is pitted against Hindu traditionalists keen on preserving the holy status of cows.
Narendra Modi, the right-wing chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, added a pink hue to the second white revolution.
“I am concerned about the UPA (Congress-led United Progressive Alliance) government encouraging ‘pink revolution’. By pink revolution I mean encouraging export of mutton and also subsidising it,” Modi said at the unveiling of the National Dairy Plan in Anand.
Modi wants us to believe that meat subsidies are affecting the country’s milk production as animals get killed for their meat without any proper curbs. Even India’s federal minister for agriculture Sharad Pawarw was surprised by Modi’s remarks, as there is no concession on meat exports. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said Modi’s remarks are “unwarranted and bereft of facts.”
Modi’s remarks are not surprising and I am sure the clarifications by two senior ministers in the federal government have fallen on deaf ears. The state of Gujarat is headed for elections later this year and Modi is clearly looking to return to power for the third time in a row. Moreover, Modi would like to project himself as a prime ministerial candidate well in advance of the general elections in 2014.
The cow is regarded by Hindus as gaumata, or mother cow, and has had a long-standing central role in India’s religious rituals. And Modi knows the electoral benefits of projecting himself as a protector of the cow from threats, real or perceived.
The immediate threat could be India’s growing eminence in the world as a beef exporter. But the cow has been for years a mother to a majority of Indians, some of whom have taken it upon themselves to protect her. These self-appointed “protectors” monitor and raid hundreds of stores, butcher shops and slaughterhouses suspected of carrying, selling or slaughtering India’s blessed bovines.
This should be a matter of concern because the so called Hindu-mandated ban on beef could serve as a major hindrance to commerce and the majority of India’s states outlaw the slaughter of cows except under extenuating circumstances: to stifle contagious diseases, prevent pain and suffering, medical research, etc.
And several states – including Delhi and Rajasthan, among others – ban the sale and slaughter of cows altogether. Religious attitudes could also hamper the industry’s future growth, particularly in states like Kerala and West Bengal, where the practice is legal.
Forget commerce, the cow has become a source of tension between majority Hindus and minority Muslims. In Gujarat, there have been concerns among Muslims over the repeat raids by Hindutva activists on businesses to ensure the ban on cow slaughter.
Nothing can stop them, even the recent imposition of a 5-million-rupee fine on the Gujarat government and an animal rights activist by the Supreme Court for wrongly seizing an exporter’s buffalo meat container on the allegation that it was carrying banned cow meat.
The overzealous and misplaced act of seizure caused the exporter a loss of over 100,000 rupees as it turned out that the meat was that of buffalo and not cow.
The moot question is, should the state be dictating what people can or cannot eat? Can it stick to a ban while majority Indians go hungry? In spite of its success with milk production, the fact remains that India has failed to feed its hungry millions, especially children who die below the age of five.
Even the mid-day meal scheme with the provision of free lunches for school children has failed in its key objective of protecting children from classroom hunger and addressing malnutrition. Like everything else, this noble scheme too has been mired in corruption and unlikely controversies.
A couple of years ago in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, when the women and child welfare department that runs the mid-day meal scheme recommended eggs on the ground that hundreds of children were malnourished, it was rejected by the chief minister because it would encourage non-vegetarianism.
The eggs were offered under an assistance program by the federal government because they are rich in protein, essential for growing children. But the chief minister vetoed his own government’s proposal saying vegetarian food had everything the human body required and there was no need for the state’s 66,000 government-run primary schools to change their menu.
Apparently, the children were asked beforehand whether they wanted eggs or milk, and many had opted for eggs. Even nutritionists and food rights activists had opined in favour of eggs because unlike milk there are fewer chances of corruption. They were overruled by the state.
India’s hungry million need both a white revolution and a pink revolution. But the twisted priorities of the state have ensured its citizens are robbed of a nutritious diet.
- Anosh Malekar, ucan
Madhya Pradesh, April 12, 2012: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed India on a “Watch List” for 2012, citing concerns that justice for past communal violence continues to be “slow and ineffective.”
The report also cites intimidation, harassment, and small-scale violence against members of religious minority groups. This is particularly true against Christians in states with anti-conversion laws.
Don Edwards, spokesman for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Mission India, says that’s no surprise. In fact, their teams have experienced just that kind of violence twice within the last couple of weeks.
Edwards explains, “Conversions can’t be forced on somebody, or a person cannot be allured falsely to accept another religion. Those things are not happening. However, that’s what the Christian community is being accused of.”
Accusations usually begin with violence. The incidents he describes took place in Madhya Pradesh state, one of five states in India with an anti-conversion law on the books.
One partner who was attacked works with the Children’s Bible Club program as an outreach to the community. He is also a pastor of a church. “While a church service was going on, a group of Hindu fundamentalists show up and attacked the pastor.” Then, Edwards says, “They ended up dragging the pastor and any other leaders to the police station and making the accusation that these people that they beat up are guilty of forcibly converting people to Christianity.”
Police jailed not the aggressors, but the victims. That’s good and bad, notes Edwards. The good, he says, is that the beaten Christians are protected for a little while. The bad? Justice is either meted slowly, or not at all.
However, Edwards goes on to say that does not stop the Gospel. The other partner that was attacked was also a church pastor. Two months ago, “He was conducting a worship service, and a group of RSS activists–Hindu fundamentalists–came in and beat the pastor and told him that if he returns to that place, they will harm everybody in the village and kill his family.”
The family moved to Rajasthan, at the urging of the congregation. Then,Edwards says, “After about a month, he came back to the same village and was conducting a worship service. Again, he was arrested by the police for conducting a worship service.”
While the USCIRF report recommended that the U.S. government urge India to increase training on human rights and religious freedom standards, Edwards says that will have little bearing on the spread of the Gospel.
In fact, the harassment and oppression has created not a weaker Church, but a bolder one. “When Christians are persecuted, at first, they need to be protected; but then God gives them courage to go back into the same place He’s called them to serve, and they continue to serve in that community.”
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Madhya Pradesh, March 30, 2012: The parents of a 23-year-old woman, along with community members, chased her from her home and village because she refused to renounce Christ. A source told Compass that Hindu extremists Patel Singh, Jalam Singh and Raja Ram and one identified only as Iswar pressured Mingaro Bhai’s parents, Dasu Ram and Sadhini Ram, to throw her out. The convert from Hinduism took shelter with another Christian in Kanker and filed a complaint against the attackers on Feb. 13 in Dudhada Chowki Thana. Officials summoned her on Feb. 24 to tell her she could proceed with the complaint against her attackers, including her parents, in a higher court, but at press time Bhai had not done so.
On Jan. 19 in Modi, Thana Antagar, Kanker, Hindu extremists stopped a Christian from beginning her new job because of her faith in Christ. A source reported that the Madhya Pradesh government appointed Shrimati Sambhai of a Gospel for Asia church as a pre-school teacher, but the village head, Dhanuram Behari, and community leader Hiralal Behari persuaded the state to revoke her appointment because of her Christian faith. She filed a police complaint in Sarpanch Amodi on Feb. 18, to no avail. Area Christian leaders were intervening, but at press time the Christian was still not allowed to take her post.
Hindu extremists in Terra Gowndi, Dhamtari, on Jan. 18 ostracized a Christian convert from Hinduism and pressured him to leave the village. A source told Compass that the extremist threatened to throw Om Prakash Sahu out of the village if he did not renounce Christ, and they also threatened his parents with harm if they did not bring him back to Hinduism.
Madhya Pradesh, March 27, 2012: Over the weekend two incidents of Christian persecution have taken place Barwani and Chindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh. In a shocking incident in Chindwara district of Madhya Pradesh under the Bichua police station three Christians are arrested from the prayer service held in a house in the village. The incident took place during the Sunday worship time. The area where incident took place is very remote and news reached to the outside world only a day after when the police had already completed all legal formalities.
Vijay Mohar, head of the Bharatiya Sevak Sangathi, who resides in Nagpur said, “They are members of my Church, they have been falsely accused of forced conversion. Police arrested them on Sunday but did not allow them to use any means of communication.”
Bichua police station in-charge Gangaram Kasera says, “We have arrested three persons namely Harichan Varti, Mayaram Padame and Santaram Parteti on a complaint by Sirpath Pawar and a few villagers. They have given us a complaint that these people were trying to convert them through illegal means. And it also created tension between communities in the locality.”
They have been charged with IPC 153 and 3-4 of Freedom of Religion Act 1968 of Madhya Pradesh. Pastor Devasish Mohar said, “The accused persons were produced in the Court and they are sent for 12 days remand.”
Shankar, one who is coordinating with the people, said, “Police have acted under pressure from the RSS and allied organizations. We were in prayer and we have not done any illegal religious conversion.”
In another incident in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh under the Chainpur police station police attempted to disrupt a three days Gospel convention. On the second day evening fundamental organizations along with police reached the venue.
Pastor Kiran said, “We had taken permission from the administration for three days, our people too have made strong objection to the police. We have told the fundamentalists too that we are not cowardice and we have followed the legal system.” He said, “We are number around fifteen hundred people, police told us to vacate the place but after tension police is providing protection.”
Barwani Christian community have declared a protest march to the collectorate on 14 April, 2012. Isai Mahasangh have declared their support to the protest march. Communist Party of India, Barwani unit too have declared support to the proposed rally. It is to be noted that in the last Assembly Election Mr. Pascal, a Christian fought election from the CPI. He had obtained over five thousand votes.
Isai Mahasangh State General Secretary said, “we will take up the matter with higher officials in State. We are also planning to take up the matter with Governor of Madhya Pradesh.”
- sanjay ekka, csf correspondent
Kerala Church award in honor of bishop
Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours in Thrissur, billed as the tallest church in Asia, has constituted an all-India award for outstanding contribution in the field of the history of Christianity in India.
The award comprises 25,000 rupees (US$ 500) and a citation.
The candidate for the award would be selected by an experts’ panel.
It would be presented at the commemorative function on the 70th death anniversary of Bishop Francil Vazhappilly in May this year.
Bishop Vazhappilly was the first Bishop of Thrissur Diocese and also the founder of the Basilica, which is famous for its Gothic style architecture.
Korean citizens accused of forceful conversion in Madhya Pradesh *Woman chased out from home for her faith in Christ
Madhya Pradesh, March 23, 2012: On March 15 in Jabalpur, police detained eight Christians after Hindu extremists filed a complaint against them of luring people to convert to Christianity in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
According to information reaching EFI, the Hindu extremists Dharma Sena accused Korean citizens of luring people to convert to Christianity, of distributing pamphlets with objectionable materials in it, and took them to Adhartal police station.
The extremists’ leader Arvind Baba in his complaint wrote that the Koreans were offering huge money to people and other facilities to convert them to Christianity. The Christians were detained in the police station.
The Koreans denied the accusations. After Police investigated the matter, the Christians were released without any charges.
Woman chased out from home for her faith in Christ
According to our correspondent, Dasrath Mandari forced his wife to leave home and their village after alleged Hindu extremists threatened him that they would ostracize the whole family if his wife continued to believe in Christ.
On the same night, after Satwantini Mandari refused to denounce Christ, her husband along with the extremists drove her out from her home and from the village. The community strictly prohibited her from returning home unless and until she returned to Hinduism.
The homeless Christian is staying with Pastor Paduram and his family in Kanker. Kindly pray for her.
Madhya Pradesh, March 17, 2012: Bajrang Dal activists stormed a house church in Multai, Betul District (Madhya Pradesh), accusing Rev Motilal Gujare of engaging in forced conversions. When the local police arrived, they arrested the clergyman and a member of his congregation, Prakash Masih, citing Section 298 of the Penal Code, which bans “Uttering words, etc., with deliberate intent” [. . .] of wounding the religious feelings of any person”.
She witnessed Jesus and He healed them
Madhya Pradesh, March 17, 2012: Since two decades I know a Doctor Nun who very well fits into a person’s imagination of a “GOOD NUN.” She even after serving lakhs patients in the past four decades believes that each healing is a miracle. She insists, ‘God can do miracle through doctors, provided they pray’. Her life as a doctor was treating patients with medicine and prayer.
Her dedication to the service was so much that she made herself available to patients day in and day out. Many times she did not even get proper rest but got up to join the morning prayers in the convent, despite the physical desire to sleep more. In the morning wake up calls she often hears a voice telling, “It is a call for your soul, as a serious patient needs to your attention’ your soul needs to be recharged for the day, fill in as much as possible, you may not know when you will get time to sleep.” Then she rushes to the chapel. When her sighs reaches to the Lord, at times she hears the voice of the Lord, “What do you need more, I have given you good health and good people around you”. She replies to the Lord, “the gifts of good health and other things are meant the care those sick who comes to ‘me’ but heal those entrusted to my care.” She found the prayer time most precious than any other thing because through prayers she absorbed the Lord and His spirit. Looking at her life one could feel doubtless that it is her inner strength that keeps her going hearty and hale.
In her life as a Nun Doctor she worked in various administrative capacities even under her juniors without being out of place. She was well aware of her duties, never tried to step over the others. She extended maximum cooperation to all those whom she worked with.
It was all of a sudden one-day she felt exceptionally tired. She was taken to a hospital for medical checkup and the doctors found symptoms of cancer. Then she was referred to Mumbai. She went through many tests. The doctors said that they were not able to exactly say what sickness she was suffering from. They told her that her blood cells were getting decayed. She needed treatment. Being a doctor she knew that her case had no specific treatment. But as a nun, she knew that the Doctor of all doctors could heal her. She prayed to God to do one more miracle in her life. God did perform a miracle silently. After a few months of treatment again she underwent tests to find the status of her sickness. The doctors could not believe that she was completely well. They said it was a miracle. She knew that her God healed her to continue her service.
Her name is known to most of the Christians in Bhopal. An ecumenical group honoured her with Mahila Ratn Award for her dedicated services recently. She was awarded for not just serving as a doctor but witnessing Christ to the society through her service. She showed that a consecrated person can take up any profession but should become a true professional in fulfilling the vow of witnessing to Jesus through the chosen profession. Sister Dr. Herman Joseph stood the test of the times to prove that she is a NUN DOCTOR!
- fr. anand muttungal
Madhya Pradesh, November 16, 2011: RSS held its National level annual meeting in Indore 11-13th November in Indore Madhya Pradesh. About 11,000 participants took part. This is a small turn out considering the BJP government of MP was fully backing it. The RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat along with his team dressed in the British and best Khaki shorts and shirts were there and so were the participants who were mostly older people with very few of the younger generation. The younger people are out there wearing jeans and T shirts and studying in English schools and eating pasta and burgers.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan the Chief minister of MP along with other ministers represented the political wing. The main topic this time was the menace of Missionary activity, conversion and English education. The Muslims did not figure significantly in the main agenda this time.
RSS claims to have 1,57,000 Shakhas (cells) all over India which incidentally is probably much less than the number of exploding cell churches. So there is good reason for them to be concerned.
The Theme of the gathering was, “Waman Drishti” meaning Waman vision. Waman is actually means Brahman. Waman was the incarnation of Vishnu the favorite God of Brahmans, who incarnated to kill Baliraja a righteous king, somewhere in Konkan area and destroy the kingdom and install supremacy of Brahmans.
Malyalis celebrate this as Onam while Maharashtrians Brahmin women celebrate by killing a cow dung statue of Baliraja while shudra women celebrate waman dahan (death to Waman) saying alay balay jai, Bali ka raj aaye, meaning all rubbish to go and the kingdom of Baliraja must come back again.
Mahatma Jotiba Phule has fully exposed this Brahman conspiracy in his writings on Slavery. In fact he believed that missionaries are the resurrected Balraja who are bringing justice to the oppressed people. Some in fact believe that Jesus is the Baliraja, as the King who became a sacrifice.
Sadly many of the RSS delegates who are shudras (untouchables) do not know the history nor do they understand the implication of Waman Drishti which is to reimpose the Brahman hegemony. Christianity and English education of the lower castes presents a great threat to their designs. However it is good to note the the RSS is on the decline. This could also mean that they will become more aggressive if not violent. We need to pray and praise God.
Madhya Pradesh, October 19, 2011: Probably the first Indian Book on Church Public Relations authored by Fr. Anand Muttungal was released at a function organized at Pastoral Centre in Bhopal. The book was released by Madhya Pradesh Regional Catholic Bishops Council Chairman, Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio and National President of Conference of Diocesan Priests of India, Fr. Dr. Francis Scaria.
Speaking on the occasion Archbishop Dr. Leo Cornelio praising the efforts of the author said, “This book is milestone in the special ministry of Public Relations in the Catholic Church. It has dealt with many aspects Public Relations in relation to Catholic Church and its ministries.” Fr. Dr. Francis Scaria said, “ It is a very creative attempt to conscientize and educate people on how to spread the Gospel through public relations in an increasingly communally polarized world.”
The book is said to be the first book on Church Public Relations written by a Church personal in the Country. It is around two hundred and sixty pages. It provides techniques to become a good public communicator, writing complaints officials, dealing with people in solving problems, functioning of the Indian administrative system, different issues related to media and how to deal with them and the troubles to Church and its personal, how priests, nuns and Bishops can use public relations to spread the message of Christ. It also deals with public relations in relation to various institutions and services offered by the Church. The book is published by the Media Publishing House, New Delhi. It provides techniques to deal with various problems related to religious organizations, social, political, administrative, legal matters, legally challenging the media etc. It is of 265 pages and the cost is 240/
The author of the book Fr. Anand Muttungal said, “ the book has dealt with various aspects of the Public Relations from the point of Missiology. Church P R is the systematic way of relationship building for the sake of mission. And every section of the missionaries has something worth reading in the book. I wish that all those involved in the mission read and take advantage of the book.” There are other books by the same author, such as
“Application of the Special Constitutional Provisions on Minority Schools” written by Fr. Anand Muttungal : This book is both in English and Hindi. It provides Special Constitutional Rights for Minorities in India and different Court judgments and its applications for the Minority run educational institutions. This book can be used to create awareness among the parents-teachers, officials, leaders and activists. In Madhya Pradesh we are offering it to all above mentioned persons as gifts. It is a hand book containing 50 pages. The cost is Rs. 50/- only.
“Is Conversion A Grace From God Or A Punishment By Law” written by Fr. Anand Muttungal: It provides all the Anti-conversion Laws existing in the Country and its applications and implications in the missions. Various judgments of Courts and opinions of Judges and experts too are added. It also suggests ways to carry out Conversions as per the Indian Law. It can be used by all those involved in the missions. The book is of 152 pages costing Rs. 130/-
For copies contact:
Mr. A Francis
In-charge of Publications,
VK Institute for Human Research and Development
Seva Sadan, Tulsi Nagar , Bhopal 462003, M.P