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A Missionary deception named Veil of Tears

This is a guest article by IndiaFacts reader Shiva Kumaran, an IT professional from Bangalore. 

Recently, I came across the announcement for an upcoming documentary movie entitled Veil of Tears: http://veiloftearsmovie.com/

The movie is scheduled for release in the US on 28 March, 2014.

The official trailer mentions about the horrible incident in Delhi-2012 and generalizes it to “violence and oppression of women of India” as well as to “cultural persecution [of Indian women] follows from their birth to death.” So how far is this description accurate?

Speaking for myself, I–and crores of Indian men and women–do not feel or view Indian women or any other women in this manner. One can even extend this beyond even human beings, but that would be a digression from the purpose at hand.

The storyline of the movie is captured below:

“This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally persecuted for no other reason than the fact that they are women (emphasis mine).

In many of our understanding, India is a Bhoomi (sacred land) whose people have deified their women. I haven’t studied Hindu theology/Itihasa much, but from the little that has been handed to me through civilizational memory, innumerable number of sagely women have been celebrated in this land and worship divinity in a multitude of forms – womanhood included.

If so, how can such an aspersion be cast on the people of an entire civilization? Why the broadbrush? What is the itch which causes people to look at our nook and corner and focus on the exception and display it as the norm? What is the agenda?

Rajiv Malhotra (and many others like him such as Sitaram Goel, and Arun Shourie in the past) had discussed several aspects of what’s known as “Atrocity Literature” in his original treatise “Breaking India” (co-authored with Aravindan Neelakantan).

At the heart of movies like Veil of Tears lies both overt and cover Evangelical agenda.

Apart from urban slum dwellers, the rural poor, and the tribals, one of the target groups for evangelism are vulnerable Hindu widows. It is therefore my educated guess that this movie too is likely to make it appear, to its intended audience, that there is something rotten about Indian  (read: Hindu) culture which oppresses and violates its women.  On the contrary, within the traditional joint family system of India (if one could suppose that as a cultural norm), the mother was the head of the home. Thus, how is it justified to blame Indian culture itself for a few terrible but stray, incidents?

In this specific instance, we learn that the “proceeds of this film will be donated toward our continued efforts to change lives on a social, educational, health and spiritual level.”

Let’s decipher this noble-sounding statement with the aid of the facts which the movie makers have themselves put in the public domain.

“Our” here refers to the multinational charity organization/NGO, “Gospel For Asia” (GFA) (Indian site) or “Gospel For Asia” (US website). According to its website, GFA  is a charitable trust which works under the leadership of the Believers’ Church. Its Founder and President is Rev. Dr. K.P. Yohannan. Both the organizations are located in Thiruvalla, Kerala. And Rev. Yohannan is interviewed by a News Agency on this movie here, a pretty revealing interview at that.

The foreign money received by these organizations over the last seven years, as filed with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) is summarized in the chart below:

GFA

Gospel for Asia Foreign Funding

An example of Foreign Contributions (FC) returns filed by GFA is  here and by Believers Church India is here. Noticeably, both have received funds from “Gospel For Asia Inc” located in Carrolton, Texas-75010.

And all these fund flows are perfectly legal in India.

Now let us return to a slightly detailed examination of the proceeds of the Veil of Tears that will be donated to GFA and see what is at work here.

  1. Continue to showcase poverty, oppression, structured inequality, injustice elsewhere so  that individual donors (mostly in Europe & USA) can be made to feel that they are contributing to a “just” cause. Donors can become complacent in their belief systems and may not donate purely on the basis of expansion of their brotherhood/sisterhood. Thus, a “secular” case for saving these unfortunate souls has to be made and such movies and mainstream articles serve this purpose.
  2. This movie is one among the many ways by which I can be made to feel guilty of myself as a Hindu. If we are made to feel bad about our selves, will that not make the path for mass conversion that much easier? Those who migrate will not feel bad about going out of their traditions, their culture, their heritage, their ancient wisdom, as all of that is something to be ashamed of, anyway.

It gives me a queasy feeling that my name is being possibly besmirched and the money that this activity raises is funnelled back to change my culture — of which I am justifiably proud.

But the crucial question remains: are there enough Indians who are proud of their culture of worshipping the feminine and are repulsed by such a caricature?

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  • Lavrov Dostoveski

    K.P. Yohannan youtube link unavailable/deleted. Recently I was approached by Yehowas missionary agents to get converted. The have deceptive means to lure people and are trained lot. The are nothing but door-to-door sales person selling religion and finding sacrificial goats. They get commision for every plant. But they were unaware that I was a Informed Hindu and debated with them passionately till they realised they had no answer to my questions. But its a very dangerous that they are tring to penitrate in Hindu majority Himachal, where people will not change their religion, except few from lowest strata.

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  • B. M. Pande

    It is necessary to retaliate. Thanks to Rajiv malhotra. B m p

  • horrible immoral acts under nose of congress governments for demolition of Hinduism which can be curbed only when modi like people to head india

  • Naga Sahay

    The organised church has long been a subversive for political reasons too. Question is what can individuals do to stem this rot.
    Kerala is the hot bed but reasons are pecuniary in nature. With improving economy India will become more resistive and so they target the politics, viz. congress headed by a die-hard catholic flush with swiss-dollars. But, how do I, as an individual contribute; suggestions please.

    • jayesh

      Dear Naga
      find your local BJP OR RSS , RSS many intrest groups one suitable for you and join”an ocean is filled drop by drop and we are that drop”

      • Karthick

        Neither the BJP nor the RSS have shown interest in working for the benefit of Hindus.

        I would suggest joining a concerned organization such as the Temple worshippers society. Further, do find the traditional mutt and temple your ancestors were associated with, and be an active Sanatani. My suggestion. Rgds

  • Hindus should start a hit them campaign…this the only way to tackle the menace off the Semitic faiths whose followers have a one track mind and need to clean their own backyards first…

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  • sighbaboo (@sighbaboo)

    The movie website veiloftearsmovie.com is no longer accessible from India ! Are the producers scared that Indians are getting informed of their deception?

    • Arun
      • Sigh Baboo

        Thanks. Not being able to access from India was an indicator that the Feedback Loop worked! The producers actually realized that the heathens in India are seeing things (that they were not supposed to see) and getting outraged. That was my limited point. Cheers!

  • US use these types of issues to undermine Hindus of India a good example is I AM MALALA used as soft attack on Islamic terror

  • Mahesh

    Why are Hindu temples under government and why not Churches or Dargahs? This shows that Hindus have become paraihs in their own land.

  • I am waiting for the day Modi becomes PM and rids India of these anti nationals

  • The producer of the documentary, Mr. Kenny Saylors interviewed here says, “The hope is really coming from Christian women who are changing the culture from the inside out”.

    Given these, the agenda of this documentary should not leave anyone in doubt. It is Soul Harvest of Indian women.

  • Ohm