R.L. Francis

R.L. Francis resides in India and is the President of the Poor Christian Liberation Movement. You can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:51 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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The Minority Commission of the Congress led UPA government has given Minority Man award to Father Ajay Singh, a Catholic priest, on July 5, 2013 in New Delhi who is known for playing a dubious role in the Kandhamal violence that took place in the year 2008. Ajay Singh was heading Jan Vikas at that time which was allegedly responsible for inciting riots in Kandhamal area.

The Minority Commission has given award to Ajay Singh inspite of a stiff opposition from the district and senior police officials of Odisha. The officials categorically conveyed to the Minority Commission that if the award was given to Ajay Singh, then it will hurt the sentiments of not only the tribals of Kandhamal, but the entire state because the tribals consider him responsible for dividing them into Hindu and Christian groups. He is known for converting the innocent people of Kandhamal through Proselytisation.

 
Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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...will Damage Holistic Indian Society - K.S. Sudarshan, the great proponent of Hindu rights and self-respect and former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief, has left the world forever. He took his last breath in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. He was fifth Sarsanghchalak of RSS.

He was well educated and an engineering graduate, but he dedicated his whole life to RSS after joining Sangh in 1954. He always believed in service of humanity and he was a deep Hindu devout. He had deep love for his country.

When he assumed the post of Sarsanghchalak in 2000; minorities had lot of ill-will towards RSS.Communal tension was rampant in the country. K.S. Sudarshan tried very hard to diffuse the atmosphere of mistrust by starting the process of dialogue.

 
Saturday, 25 August 2012 23:19 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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Church leaders always remain cautious to allegations of conversion and especially when it involves fraud, deceit and greed. They out rightly reject such allegations. People who make such allegations are told to present proof.

“Budhiya-Ek Satyakatha” (Budhiya - A true story) has been authored by P.B Lomeo, resident of Jhansi, and noted Christian thinker and the novel exposes Christian priests. This is not a fiction but a reality and message encrypted on the grounds of truth. It offers church to adopt some reform measures to change the situation. The novel requests church to take positive view of the issues raised in the novel.

 
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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An autobiography of Father William Premdass Chaudhary – Reveals the pain and agony of Dalits and Tribals after the conversion into Christianity.

Letters can be a great instrument to showcase the socio-political landscape of any society and culture and many people have used this as a great tool to express their feelings – both sorrow and happiness. Letters written by Dalit priest Father William Premdass Chaudhary have also been used to reveal quite a dark world of discrimination and untouchability widespread in the grandiose Catholic Church system and debunks many myths surrounding Church. 

Father William Premdass Chaudhary attacks on the problem directly in his latest published autobiography ‘An Unwanted Priest’. He has an inimitable style of writing; he describes life in the Church and priest and presents insight hitherto unknown to most of the people. Father William Premedass Chaudhary does not mince words when he picks pen. He goes on analyzing very far and peels the problem layer after layer with a great precision.

 
Monday, 06 February 2012 23:28 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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Union Minister Jairam Ramesh speaks to his heart and he has mastered the art of calling spade a spade. He even invites some controversy unwillingly because of his nature. Recently, while addressing a gathering of bishops, fathers, catholic nuns in a golden jubilee celebration of Caritas India, an organization which claims of working for the rehabilitation of people affected from natural calamities.

He stressed on the need to respect ‘Lakshman Rekha’ by Church sponsored organizations active in various parts of country. Minister even invited Caritas to play an active role in the development of naxal affected regions. He even said that his apt comment with regards to Caritas was not for catholic organization rather it was for Caritas as a social organization.

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh praised the positive role played by Ramkrishna Mission in the Narainpur district of Chhattisgarh. He said that Caritas India can work hand in glove with Rural Affairs Ministry. But, they should avoid conversion related activities. 

 
Friday, 23 December 2011 00:00 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis
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An Open Letter of Indian Dalit Christians to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and Church Authority - The debate related to the status of Christians in India is going on and you are already aware of it. There are two points to this wide ranging debate. Firstly, social, economic and political status of converted Christians and second is growing tension in different parts of country due to conversion related activities. The second has more to do with the way catholic church adopts to function in the country.

According to official estimates of government, there are 30 million Christians in the country and 70 percent of this population has directly come from socially and economically downtrodden community popularly known as “Dalits”. However, as per unofficial figures the population of minority Christians is not less than 60-70 million.

Irony is that; these people have been constantly suppressed and exploited even under the structure of catholic church being led by you (Pope). They are ridiculed for their sacrifices made hundreds of years ago for the church. They don’t command equal status in the existing structure of church and this has made the sacrifices futile. Christianity stresses on the fact that God has created people with his own image and this has become founding stone of equality of human values in Christian society. But, they are continuously meted out differential treatment in the name of caste and birth. In order to catch your attention towards these core issues, I am writing this letter to you. I am going to discuss first core issue.

 

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