India’s ‘untouchable’ Christians push for protection

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c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW DELHI _ Franklin Caesar Thomas was one of India’s millions of unlucky souls, born into a Dalit, or outcast, family that is the lowest of the low in this nation’s rigid caste system. His parents converted from Hinduism to Christianity, hoping for an escape. They sacrificed and saved to […]

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    The interaction between the Christian religion and Indian society was a two-way exchange. Christian religion cleansed many social evils directly and also encouraged many social reform movements. Indian society and religion, like vedanta and Bhakti also enriched Christian spiritual traditions. But at the same time the shortcomings and evils also flowed both ways. The western Church sometimes upheld white superiority and thus did not adequately challenge racism; subsequently, in many cases, the evil of untouchability that is patently Indian flowed into Indian churches. However, Bible makes the notion of pollution and purity indefensible.