hidden image

Bob’s Banter by Robert Clements Protecting the Strong..!

Robert Clements Robert Clements
04 Sep 2023
We are not weak but strong people! Strong enough to send a spacecraft to the moon.

This morning I received a video from Orissa of a church group who were stopped from worshipping by a police patrol. I watched as the church service was stopped and the priest dragged to the police station. He was let off later, because the only reason he was taken was to harass him and cause fear among the parishioners.

But I want to move away from that scene as it is becoming increasingly common. I want to move across to why a majority community is bothered by the religious faith of minorities. Do the majority community realise they are just being hoodwinked, that fear is being imposed into their minds about issues where there is nothing to fear about?

Let's take the ‘anti-conversion’ law that we hear so much about. Very often I go out of station and stay with a close friend of mine in his home. He does the same when he comes to my city. At his home, I open my Bible and pray in the guestroom he always throws open for me even as I know from the incense smells that waft to my room that either he or his wife are doing their pooja.

Many times in our discussions I bring references to the Bible, and he does the same from Hindu scriptures. Not once has he felt threatened by this or I by him.

Now comes an imaginary scene, the doorbell rings and a policeman at the door says to him, “Sir we have come to arrest your friend! He was trying to convert you!”

I can imagine my friend saying, “Do I look like a weak man?”

“No sir, it is not about you. It is about him!”

“No it is about me,” says my friend, “When you come to give me protection, you make me appear weak!”

In other words what the policeman is actually saying is, “We don’t feel you are strong enough to protect yourself!”         

That is exactly what these laws are actually saying, “We feel you are weak, so we want to spend taxpayers money in defending you!”

Is my friend really weak? On the contrary I feel that most Hindus in our country are strong in their faith, as even with Christians and Muslims ruling our nation for nearly five centuries and before that with Buddhism also being practiced by rulers, the impact was hardly felt!

And so, with Love- Jihad. What this law tells our women is, “You can’t control your hearts!” Really? Is that how your daughter or mine is? Do our women realise they are being called weak?

We are not weak but strong people! Strong enough to send a spacecraft to the moon. Learn to be discerning and realise that to distract us from real issues that we need to vote on, we are being made to fear shadows, from which we need no protection..!   


Recent Posts

As a policy, I do not sign online petitions ever since I read that such petitions are ways to gather email addresses of a large number of people for potential commercial use
apicture A. J. Philip
02 Oct 2023
Every year on October 2, India celebrates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and apostle of peace.
apicture Jacob Peenikaparambil
02 Oct 2023
In a world where acts of selflessness and sacrifice often go unnoticed, the life of Sister Rani Maria stands as a shining example of unwavering devotion to service and compassion.
apicture Krishna Warrier
02 Oct 2023
This is among the most outstanding films I watched recently. I caught a preview last week. It’s the true-to-life story of a young nun
apicture Mohan Sivanand
02 Oct 2023
What is in a name Mr. Modi? In the words of the Shakespearean muse, “What is in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet
apicture P. A. Chacko
02 Oct 2023
We are in the vast arena of the universe. Vasudeiva Kudumbakom, the wide world is my home, is the motto. In this broad context and milieu we make our special reflection
apicture P. A. Joseph
02 Oct 2023
As only about 12 percent people with hypertension in India have their blood pressure under control, there is no alternative to adopting
apicture Aarti
02 Oct 2023
Read the headlines a few days ago; that one of those who had masterminded the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai
apicture Robert Clements
02 Oct 2023
Freedom of the Press is the most sacrosanct and is recognised by the judiciary, said Justice Sunil Thomas
apicture Renjith Leen
23 Sep 2023
Journalists are called to speak truth to the powerless against the powers that be, said Hon. Justice Devan Ramachandran of the Kerala High Court
apicture Renjith Leen
23 Sep 2023