How Christianity receives state patronage in Andhra Pradesh

Note: This is a guest article contributed by IndiaFacts reader Ashok.

Imagine the hue and cry that would erupt if Narendra Modi just as much as mentions the Hindu word: the whole nation will decry his “majoritarian communalism.” Indeed, any mention about promoting Sanskrit or Yoga by the BJP also constitutes communalism.

However, here is a website that I accidentally stumbled upon: christianminorities.ap.nic.in. This is run and maintained by none other than the Andhra Pradesh Government. We have a minority ministry at both the centre and in the states. However, it is quite a revelation that in Andhra Pradesh there is a special status solely for Christians. The contents of the website leaves no doubt as to the extraordinary status enjoyed by the Christian minority in Andhra Pradesh. Click the graphic for a larger version.

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Let us begin with the welcome note displayed on the website itself:

The Andhra Pradesh State Christian (Minorities) Finance Corporation has been formed in November 2008. The main objective of the corporation is to assist the Christians community for their socio-economic development in collaboration with Banks and other Development Agencies. The Source of funding for the corporate is from Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Three conclusions follow from the note:

  1. The Congress Government under Y S Rajashekhara Reddy (YSR) started it in 2008. In April 2009, the AP assembly elections were held. This corporation was set up to woo the Christian vote bank.
  2. The main objective of the corporation is to assist the Christian community. Note that the special emphasis is on Christian community and not minority community. 
  3. The funding of this corporation comes directly from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Surely, a clear case in which public money is blatantly earmarked for communal purposes.

Next, we note the various schemes mooted by this corporation:

  • Christian Mass Marriages
  • Pre Matric Scholarships (Government of AP)
  • Post Matric Scholarships (Government of AP)
  • Tuition Fee Reimbursement (Government of AP)
  • Pre Matric Scholarships (Government of India)
  • Post Matric Scholarships (Government of India)
  • Merit-Cum-Means Scholarships (Government of India)
  • Training, Employment and Placement
  • Free Coaching for Competitive Examinations
  • Subsidy for Bank Linked Income Generation Schemes
  • Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem ( Stopped due to High Court Stay Order)
  • Financial Assistance for Construction/ Renovation/ Repairs to Churches (Stopped due to High Court Stay Order)
  • Financial Assistance to Christian Hospitals, School Buildings, Orphanages, Old Age Homes, Community Halls-cum-Youth and Resource Centers; and for Youth Awareness Programmes and promotion of Christian Culture.

The schemes in normal font can be found pretty much in most of the states. But we are yet to see Christian-only scholarships in any other states. And so, let us dwell on these Christian-only schemes more elaborately.

Till 2009, the Andhra Government used to give a subsidy to Christians to undertake a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. In July 2009, the High Court stayed the state funding of this subsidy. It seems that the court has vacated the stay, but the website says it has been stopped.

It is worth noting that the Andhra Government has a financial assistance scheme, which is perhaps still continuing, to promote Christian culture. Why should any Government which is ostensibly secular promote Christian culture with state funds? Is not it tantamount to saying that Christianity is state religion of Andhra? What would be the reaction if the BJP says it would promote Hindu culture?

There is yet another scheme to felicitate eminent Christians in Andhra. What does this mean? That a Secular Government is felicitating eminent personalities of a particular religion only? The following is the notification of that scheme:

A P State Christian (Minorities) Finance Corporation, Minorities Welfare Department, Government of AP solicits nominations from Heads of Churches, Christian Institutions, Community Leaders etc., for felicitating eminent Christians who have excelled in different fields of life and rendered exemplary services for the last 10 years in secular areas like 1) Social Work (2) Education (3) Literature (4) Medicine (5) Fine Arts/Theatre at the time of Christmas High Tea Programme hosted by the Government of AP through General Administration Department during December 2013. Those selected will be felicitated with a cash award of Rs.10,000/- along with a plaque in recognition of their services.

The majority-minority concept in India itself is a flawed one. Minority protection presupposes a strong, proselyting and united majority. But in India Hindus are not a united majority; instead they are divided into groups and subgroups. Here the majority community is a collection of thousands of minority groups who are less in number than Muslims and Christians. Hinduism is not a proselyting religion which propagates that other religions are false.

The aforementioned schemes are perfect examples of how brazenly communal and discriminatory schemes which are unconstitutional, are introduced in the name of secularism. Secularism nowadays, is even a defence for trying to get away with rape. Case in point: the eminent journalist who is now behind bars facing charges of rape.

It is both outrageous and unfortunate to see the Congress party, which wears secularism on its sleeve engaging in the open rape of the Constitution of India through such shameless communal schemes.

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  • JRK

    Why don’t Hindus take this to court and build a narrative and a movement around this? Only that, a direct fight, will help Hindus to recognize danger, organize, and unite. Unitedness happens only in a fight, not in discussions, especially for common non-intellectual hindus.

  • SuchindranathAiyer

    The Constitutional and Judicial (aka PANGOLIN*) position in India is that only the People of Dharma are communal, terrorists and all things bad. All other forces such as Islam, Christianity, Dalits and so on are good by definition. Their terrorism, violence and so on is “good” and secular.. Their communalism is not communalism because they are secular by definition. This is as directed by India’s Constitution, laws, courts and PANGOLINs.

    *Note: PANGOLIN: An enemy of India who believes in inequality under law, exceptions to the rule of law and persecution of some for the benefit of others. At present, the sole purpose of the Indian Republic, Constitutional or otherwise, is to pamper and provide for certain constitutionally preferred sections of society who the British found useful to hold and exploit India at the cost of those who the British hated and persecuted. The Pangolin is a creature that is unique to India and feeds on ants that are known in nature to be industrious and hard working if not quite as fruitful as bees who flee to better climes. (PANGOLIN is an acronym for the Periyar-Ambedkar-Nehru-Gandhi-Other (alien) Religions-Communist Consensus that usurped the British Mantle and has worn it with elan to loot, plunder, and rape India since 1921 and re write History and laws to their exclusive benefit since 1947)

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  • sourabh bhattacharya

    Hinduism is not a proselyting religion which propagates that other religions are false.

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  • Sanjeev

    I wonder why Hindus are so stupid in the history of human race. No community is so suicidal when they elect Christians and Muslims who always stab them in the back, front and every where. I some times wonder whether they deserve to survive at all. They are just disgusting lot.

    • ThinkBig

      its not stupid may be divided. They NEED TO BE UNITED.

  • suresh

    We and Our hindu leader too fools. They want money only not our Hindustan. I feel sooo sad.

  • N.P.NAIR

    India is a minority Raj.Majority have no rights or privileges India may be the only country which is run for minority.Every other country minority is at the receiving end.In India it is contrary.Who is responsible for this?The main responsible leaders were Jawaharlal Nehru and M.K.Gandhi.After partition Muslims got Pakistan,but Hindus got only the name Hindustan.They made all sorts of rights for minority which is nowhere in the world.The Hindu fools have agreed to the pro-Muslim Nehru.This minority rights gave courage to the Christian CM YSR to turn AP into a Christian state as Kerala is slowly turning into a Muslim state.Ultimately India will be “United states of India” with independent states!

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