Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reality about Compassion International

Disclaimer: I am not taking a stance for or against proselytizing and missionary/evangelizing charities. I am just laying out the modus operandi.

Compassion International  is a US based evangelical charity that acts as a donor for poor children all over the world.

Their business model is to act as a middle man - bringing together individual donors (sponsors) from affluent countries and individual children (sponsoreds) in less-than-affluent (poor) countries. The money doesn't go directly to the children.

The money flow is from the donors, pooled, and remitted to the country where the sponsored children live, given to churches in those countries, and the churches provide education, food, and clothing.

In addition to the money flow, the sponsors and the sponsoreds stay in contact through letters.

While it is true that Compassion International itself is not involved in proselytizing activities, it only acts as a conduit for that to happen.

Compassion International, along with the other missionary charities, rely heavily on the findings of Luis Bush, who came up with terms such as "10/40 Window" and "4/14 window" to spread christianity.

10/40 window refers to the region in Asia/Africa where the majority religion is not christianity.

4/14 window refers to the ages 4 to 14, where kids in that age group are targeted for a more effective and longer-lasting christian influence.

By having a direct channel (through old fashioned post) between christian sponsors and not-yet-christian children, the pliable children are influenced with christianity.

By targeting (or focusing on) kids aged 4 to 14, and whose parents hand them over to churches for education, and being unable to counter-influence the "mentoring", these children start following christianity. The kids then influence their parents, and the parents their neighbours.

By focusing on the marginalized population, offering a way out of poverty, and someone who treats them as equal, missionary objectives are achieved.

So, in a way, it is true that Compassion International is not directly involved in proselytizing or conversions but they certainly offer the means and ways to do that. If evangelization does happen, they can certainly deny any responsibility for that simply for the fact that they don't monitor anything that goes on between the sponsor and the sponsored, and state whatever happens between them is their personal relationship.

It's becoming hard to be an atheist in India

Friend 1

atheistic or rational people are dwindling in India. Muslims are getting radicalized by Saudi funding, Hindus getting polarized by RSS/BJP, Christians throwing in their victim complex (actually that was the basis of that religion, lol) due to American evangalization funding.
if you talk about radicalization of muslims or christians, people assume you are hindutva. if you talk against hindutva, they latch on to caste/atheistic tendencies/christian name/muslim name and claim you are anti-hindu
if you have a hindu name and you talk against hindutva, they immediately label you "sickular"
Sickular na enna?
derogatory version of secular - namella "sick"-am, so secular becomes sickular
I see..
Every religion is marketed so well that people hate to accept its flaws or lies..even though a few understands it, they will still do it just because they are scared of the society
My wife..she understands and agrees, all of this is useless..but she still does it as she is used to..

Friend 2

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jallikattu - the aftermath

The masses were whipped up to a frenzy by political parties that were pro-jallikattu, by social media (facebook, whatsapp), and misguided youth. To be honest, the youth masses are not the epitome of rational thought or behaviour. They cheer and jeer whatever the hot topic of the day is. The protests abroad were conducted by people who were far away from their birth places, and longed for something that they didn't even know existed when they were in India. Any opposing voices were drowned out. Add to this conspiracy theories around coca-cola being full of pesticides, PETA planning to destroy native cattle so that "Jersey cows which give only A1 milk" (never mind that Jersey & Guernsey cows are A2-type) and it is Holstein cows that were being imported. Peta protests and spreads misinformation about the coca cola milk farm in the US and it has come back to bite their own ass by PETA being linked with Coca Cola, oh the irony.

Once political parties and separatist parties got involved, it was downhill. Compared to police actions against previous protests, this was mostly restrained. This is not discounting all those videos that show police indulging in arson and attacking bystanders. The situation has gone worse due to these opportunists that are again whipping up frenzy against the Indian Union.

It is sad to see even well-educated people subscribing to every fake research out there and throwing out their thinking caps forever. The second half of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 has seen irrational emotionally charged kneejerk reaction gaining an upperhand over rational levelheaded thinking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jallikattu protests - My personal conspiracy theory - a sequence of events

All events in January 2017.

before 15th - people like Karthikeya Sivasenapathy, Hip Hop Adhi, Rajasekar, RJ Balaji (the quads) voice their support for Jallikattu

15th Maatu pongal - a few people decide to protest in Marina Beach shouting slogans for lifting the ban on jallikattu. My theory is the core members who planned this are either a certain caste or simply supporters who never thought it would blow up to be this big. Police don't do anything to avoid marring pongal celebrations. crowd swells with youth/ male students.

16th Kaanum pongal - young women and families see the protest and go along with the crowd. So far, the police has not taken any action, maybe thinking the crowd will thin once schools/colleges/work starts. Lawrence steps in with his support.

17th-20th - crowd increases. Tamil associations world over want to join in the "in thing" and organize quick get-togethers and photo-ops. This is shared widely on facebook and whatsapp. People see the support and are proud of what's going on. My theory here is, atleast some of these were organized by Sri Lankan Tamils in places like Canada, UK, or Australia, and by IT workers in USA who felt left out by happenings in India and want to show their support.

21st - first weekend. IT workers on their weekend join. Police can't touch the crowd due to the backlash they will face from the world over; families are involved after all. The Chief Minister meets the Prime Minister and gets an urgent approval. Ordinance was vocally supported by retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Mr. Markandey Katju. Taking advantage of laid back police approach, people like Seeman, Amir, Gowthaman, TMMK, May 17 or whatever organizations, and other parties like DMK step in to fish for their benefits. Police and maybe central Intelligence take note. Indian government won’t worry about what people in each states do until they get even a whiff of separatist speech.

22nd - President's approval given. All that is left is the ordinance to be passed the first working day after this. The quads were probably adviced about the potential infiltration and step out asking protestors to go home. Skeptical protestors are provided confusing information, preventing some from leaving with the fear that if they leave their protests would’ve been in vain. The quads are denounced while some try to still support them.

23rd morning - IT workers are gone, most families are gone, kids have to go to school after all. Lawrence tries to go back to the crowd and is turned away by police, maybe after advicing him too. He tells protestors to go away. He is also denounced. Police step in telling people to disperse. Some leave, some dig in their heels. The same time the State Assembly session starts, with table thumps by the MLAs to the governor’s speech. The crowd is charged by police at almost the same time. Police is given a free reign. They first carry off each protestor one by one, and the remaining, who I suspect belong to the separatist organizations, visibly hold back a few and some jump into the sea. Police “do the needful” at this point. Police also create ‘false-flag attacks’ to justify taking the action to nearby places which (I suspect) is probably where the protestors who joined on 21st live. Fishermen from nearby hamlets step in to support, providing supplies by boat.
Media is not allowed in the vicinity, but the availability of facebook, whatsapp, and smartphones with internet disseminate the attacks on who look like (and very well could be) innocent bystanders and disseminate it to the outside world.

23rd night – Police move around the city, probably targeting the areas where the new protestors who joined on 21st lived. Videos of police causing damage to parked vehicles seen.

24th – Police target the fishing hamlets.

25th – today. People are shocked and feel unsafe. Trust in police has been shattered. People don’t know whom to blame – the chief minister for being insulted? The leader of the ruling party? The prime minister? The city police commissioner who ordered police to move in?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Fake News Menace

There was something that I posted on facebook a couple of days ago.

The past couple of years has shown me that a huge proportion of the country will believe anything about anyone if it's posted on a somewhat news-looking website and shared on Facebook.

One of the persons who is ultragullible "liked" it - I wonder if he will understand the amusing coincidence!

Not even 2 days, a bad imitation of a supposed "London newspaper" that has a lot of slang and terms used by Indians has been shared by a "political" facebook page. It is just peddling a conspiracy theory that the former CM of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha was poisoned by Sasikala (referred to as Mannargudi Mafia in Tamil Nadu by those who hate them.)

It doesn't matter that the quality of newsprint, the language used doesn't look like something published in London, it also doesn't matter that any Tom, Dick, or Harry can print anything from their basement and these people will assume it is true. Neither does it matter that just because it is published in London doesn't make it true - otherwise Daily Mail and Sun would be considered paragons of journalism!

Update in 30 minutes: that fake news gained more pixels while spreading through another facebook political page!