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Is it true that the church funded and fuelled militancy in India?

A big revelation was made on the church by none-other than the former CPI (M) MP Khagen Das years ago, yet none have discussed about this on the prime time TV show. He said that church has been used by various external agencies for the pumping in funds for organizing militancy and separatist movements in Tripura. Khagen Das revealed this while speaking about militant activities and the ongoing demand for a separate tribal land within Tripura by a newly float tribal party Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT).

  • During the communal riots of 1980 and during the extremist activities for 30 years, it is on record that apart of the church, they were involved. Money was being in flown to India by church to extremist.
  • The man (Kim Davy, Peter Bleach and his team) who dropped arms in West Bengal’s Purulia, was in the dock in his country and making a statement that I was not only dropping arms in Purulia, in 1995 and 1996 I had supplied arms to the northeast extremist particularly to Tripura extremist.

This was the statement made by the former CPI (M) MP Khagen Das in the year 2015.

Mr. Das served as a Minister and member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha before he expired on January 21. While making the allegations, he didn’t reveal any name or details. But he said that from the declaration made in the court by Kim Davy, who is wanted in the famous arms dropping a case in Purulia of West Bengal, it is clear that church has been used for funding and arms support to militants especially in Northeast India. He had also appreciated the people of Tripura for not supporting the militancy in the state.

Emergence of militancy in Tripura!

The militancy in Tripura became evident since 1971 after the formation of groups such as Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti (TUJS) in 1971, followed by the Tripura National Volunteers (TNV) in 1981. Later on, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) was formed on March 2, 1989 and its armed wing, the National Holy Army and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), in July 1990. The militancy grew in full swing in the year 1996 and it continued upto 2004 but started to lose its influence after that.

Church has always been a centre of controversy over the decades, especially during the election times. When Gujarat was up for elections, the church head has issued a circular which asked the Catholics not to vote for the nationalist forces (BJP/parties related to Hindutva).

Days ago, a church was exposed after it rolled out a manifesto warning the Christians from voting for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the forthcoming assembly elections. The manifesto by Naga Baptist Church Council (NBCC), urged the voters in the states to understand that they are “Christians first” and “then voters”. Citing that “Nagaland is a frontline of Christian majority’, the manifesto says that the voters cannot “deny the Hindutva movement in India”.

At several instances, Hindu organisations were termed as terrorist organisations even though there weren’t having even a single evidence to support the claims. But when such a big allegation is made by a non-BJP leader, why importance is not given? Why is it not probed deeper? Indira Gandhi ordered the permission to enter into the holy place of Sikhs to eliminate the Sikh rebellions but why not probe the allegations over the church?

Source: www.business-standard.com


Hansika Raj

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