• Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hardline Hindus protest huge Jesus statue in India's Karnataka

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  1. maximuswarrior

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    Hindus linked to ruling BJP rally against planned statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's Christ The Redeemer for size.

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    Hundreds of hardline Hindus affiliated to India's ruling party have rallied to protest against planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's Christ The Redeemer for size.

    The protests in the southern state of Karnataka's Ramanagara district on Monday were led by far-right Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), with its members clutching saffron flags as around 1,000 police stood by.

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    The RSS, which draws its inspiration from the German Nazis, is the parent organisation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - which also governs Karnataka - and other Hindu groups, together known as the Sangh Parivar (or RSS family).

    "We want to stop [the statue], since it goes against the spirit of communal harmony and encourages religious conversions which is rampantly carried out by Christian missionaries," Prabhakar Bhat, a top RSS functionary, told Indian media.



    Construction of the white granite statue 114 feet (34.7 metres) high - slightly shorter than the Rio monolith although the base will be bigger - stopped soon after it started last month after objections.

    Many Hindus believe the hill where the statue is set to stand in the Christian-dominated village of Harobele is the abode of a Hindu deity, although no temple exists there.

    The BJP-run state government accused the previous administration of the main opposition Congress party of illegally allotting the plot of land.

    Wave of attacks
    Fewer than 1 percent of Karnataka's 65 million people are Christian, compared with around 2 percent in Hindu-majority India as a whole.

    The state witnessed a wave of attacks on Christians and churches by Hindu radicals in 2008 over allegations of seeking to convert Hindus, including with cash.

    Last year, six members of a Hindu group were arrested for attacking a group of Christian pilgrims in the state.

    The state government has been routinely accused of discrimination. It banned a festival to commemorate a Muslim king who fought the British East India Company.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP has long been accused of intolerance towards other religions and of wanting to remould officially secular India as a Hindu nation, which it denies.

    India has witnessed a surge in crimes against its religious minorities and shrinking of religious freedoms since Modi swept to power in 2014.

    Last year, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom said that religious freedom was on a "downward trend", with a "campaign of violence, intimidation, and harassment against non-Hindu and lower-caste Hindu minorities".

    The government rejected the report.

    Over the past month, India has been rocked by protests against a new law making it easier for persecuted religious minorities to obtain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim.

    Combined with a mooted national register of citizens, it has stoked fears that India's 200 million Muslims will be marginalised.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020...s-statue-india-karnataka-200113181250059.html
     
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    So this is what constitutes "news" now ??

    As if hardline mullahs in the neighbourhood never protest anything :rolleyes:
     
  3. Alternatiiv

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    Karachi has a large cross statue abour 8 stories high.

    Only protesting has been on blasphemy cases. Why don't you condemn and express concern about your backyard before complaining and contrasting with your neighbor?
     
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    Cross in Karachi
     
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    So ? A bunch of hard liner Hindu crazies are protesting a statue, what can we do ? lol

    "Karachi has a large cross..."

    no shit ? :o:

    come, tour India. We like statues, we have many, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains.. it never ends...
     
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    Why are you deflecting the topic is my question. Some extremist Hindus are protesting a statue and you are saying big deal, look at neighbor? No condemnation, just a best "what can we do" and "our neighbor is worse."

    Are you retarded or stupid?
     
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    More Power to RSS and Modi-fied India :D
     
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    Made clear my feelings toward this protest and the ones protesting in my original post.

    Let them protest, let the anti CAA folk protest too. They can do their placards and candlelight andolans all they want.

    Asli jung polling station pe hoga

    Hum tayyar hain

    fukk all violence, anti or pro BJP
     
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    But those hard-line Hindu crazies control India currently
     
  10. Alternatiiv

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    Good on you for condemning violence. But now, kindly stop bringing your neighbor into it as well when you seek to downplay the situation in your backward.

    Thank you.