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Christianity has no caste

Christianity preaches fatherhood of God, brotherhood of men and equality of people. No one is high or low. It has no caste. Practice of caste system is unchristian. Every Christian should know that, more so bishops.

Demanding Scheduled Caste Status for a section of Christians who are called Dalit Christians is against Christianity. Some were on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar on 25-28/7/2011. Cardinal Oswald Gracias led a march from Ramlila Ground to Jantar Mantar and many bishops, priests, nuns and people participated in it. Bishops leading such a demand is reprehensible and an abomination in the sight of God. Justice Ranganath Misra Commission report is immaterial. What is CBCI doing? Have they forgotten Christ’s teachings? Christ wanted his disciples to be the light of the world. He said “You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men.” He had warned against light turning into darkness. He said “If light turns into darkness how dark darkness will be.” What is the Pro-Nuncio doing? He should have reprimanded the bishops. Caste system is not something that needs to be imbibed. It is a cancer that needs to be eradicated. Robert De Nobili and people like him were wrong.

Equality is the birthright of every Christian and those who want Scheduled Caste Status for some benefits are like Esau who sold his birthright for red pottage.

Reservations on the basis of caste divide people and perpetuate injustice. CBCI should demand abolition of reservations on the basis of caste. It should not demand SC or OBC status for Christians. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is neither charity nor justice. Religious and linguistic minorities have right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. Christian educational institutions can empower Christians who are disadvantaged by educating them and making them get suitable employment.

There are enough divisions among Christians and let us not add to them.

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