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    RSS may revive `Swadeshi Church agenda at Kottayam conclave KOCHI: When its top national leadership sits across a table with Christian intellectuals in
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2002
      RSS may revive `Swadeshi Church' agenda at Kottayam conclave

      KOCHI: When its top national leadership sits across a table with
      Christian intellectuals in Kottayam next week discussing the
      possibility of a `National Church', the RSS is likely to revive its
      Swadeshi Church agenda with the hope of finding an ally in the
      Orthodox faction of the Malankara Church.

      Citing the live discussion between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian
      Church and the Jacobite Syrian Church over the ``foreign supremacy of
      the Church,'' RSS sources said that the concept of Swadeshi Church
      would evolve stronger through the ongoing row between these factions.
      Realising that time is opportune for cashing in on this, the RSS may
      use the Kottayam conclave to propagate its `Swadeshi Church' theory.

      The argument that the Catholicos enjoys the supreme control over the
      temporal powers of the churches corroborates Sudarshan's Nagpur
      statement that ``Churches should have no foreign links or financial
      transactions'', sources pointed out. ``We have always been of the
      view that Indian Churches should be independent and that their
      management and properties should be solely under the control of
      Indian Christians. The Orthodox faction is also attesting to this
      view of Swadeshi management,'' they said.

      However, according to Joseph Pulikkunnel, the main host of the
      dialogue, the `National Church' is merely one of the six agendas set
      for the programme. ``There would be also discussions on `Conversions,
      minority rights, Dalit issues and flow of foreign funds. We don't
      know what Sudarshan is going to focus on,'' Pulikkunnel said.

      Sources, however, said that RSS chief K Sudarshan's idea of a
      Federation of Swadeshi Churches is one of the main agendas of the
      meet.

      Addressing a public function at Nagpur last year, the RSS chief had
      called on the Christian intellectuals in the country to initiate the
      process by sitting together and discussing the shape of the
      federation. Speaking on his concept of `Swadeshi' Church, the RSS
      chief had also wanted the Indian Churches to sever all their foreign
      links, including financial transactions.

      Sudarshan had also insisted that the properties of the Churches
      should be solely under the control of Indian Christians.

      The RSS supremo's speech had drawn heavy flak from the spiritual
      heads of various Churches and the laity associations in the country.
      But Sudarshan reiterated his theory during a major dialogue between
      the RSS and the Church leaders at Aluva in November last.

      The Aluva meet was attended by the spiritual leaders of almost all
      the major Churches in India, except the Syro- Malabar Church and the
      Orthodox Syrian Church. There were reports that Sudarshan's repeated
      adherence to his theory was one of the reasons that deterred these
      major Churches from keeping out of the meet.

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      ID=IER20020813152157&Title=Kerala&rLink=0
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