Monday, March 13, 2006

The Sardar's lies

Tarlochan was BJP's pet. He misused his powers against the Christian interests widely during the BJP regime. He perpetually echoed the Hindutva version about the absence of persecution of minorities in India. Further more he navigated the NMC to Hindutva shores.

He has lied once more, without any shame, while telling the visiting American President that the minorities are not persecuted in some parts of India.

The question remains as to who invited Tarlochan to the meeting. He is not a religious leader as far any Indian knows .He is neither a representative of the Sikh religion nor an inter-faith personality. He is nothing more than a person with political clout having managed to bag a plump post.

It seems that the American President has been taken for a ride by the person planted to provide misinformation. It is upon the sane voices in India and abroad to expose the falsity in his statement.

The lies which have been propagated by Tarlochan will only encourage the persecutors for whom he has literally given a clean chit. Sad that the so called high profile religious leaders just stood as mute spectators.

From the Persecuted Church of India Yahoo Group

Tarlochan Lies to Bush about Persecution in India

NEW DELHI: US President George W. Bush will carry home memories of an inter-faith meeting with nine spiritual leaders that revealed to him the religious diversity of this "amazing" country.

"The world can have peace only if people of different religions live together in peace, and India is a good example of that," Bush told religious leaders at a closed-door meeting at the Maurya Sheraton's Sky Lounge on Thursday afternoon.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and US Ambassador David C. Mulford looked on as Bush charmed his audience by declaring that that he is a firm believer and a Methodist and "I believe in the Almighty God".

"One of the things that struck me during the conversation is, India is a country that recognises the importance of religion and welcomes interfaith dialogue," Bush was quoted as saying in a White House press release.

"(India) understands the importance of faith, and understands the importance of people of faith, discussing thoughts and views that are deep in their hearts," Bush added.

Present at the meeting were Tarlochan Singh, former chairperson of the National Commission on Minorities, Rajya Sabha MP L.M. Singhvi, Shia leader Mohammad Rizvi, Zafar Mahmood (member of the committee examining the socio-economic status of Muslims), James Massey of the Church of North India, Dominic Emmanuel of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, Acharya Srivatsa Goswami of the Sri Chaitanya Sansthan, Swami Agnivesh, and Tibetan scholar Doboom Tulku.

Describing the meeting as a unique experience, Tarlochan Singh said: "This was the first-ever inter-faith meeting with a visiting foreign head of state in India.

"It showed the unity of all religions in India to Bush. It also helped clear the misconception in some parts of India that minorities are persecuted in this country."

Singh recalled Bush as saying: "I was aware of this (multi-religious society of India), but my views have been strengthened."

Guru and activist Swami Agnivesh told Bush, perhaps in an oblique reference to American troops in Iraq: "It is now for you to apply godliness in governance." He alluded to Emperor Asoka's spiritual conversion to the Buddhist faith after the massacre in the Kalinga war.

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