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

Thursday, 12 August 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis

Members of the Dove World Outreach Center, Florida, at the rally for Rifqa Bary, sponsored by Pamela Geller in November/09Indian Christian human rights activists have sent a protest letter to the United States ambassador to India in New Delhi condemning a plan by an American evangelical church to burn copies of the Quran.

The statement described the American pastor’s proposal as an activity of fringe lunatics and a violation of religious freedom and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“We strongly condemn the provocation of Pastors Terry and Sylvia Jones and urge the president of the United States of America Barrack Obama to take legal measures against such hate speech” two Christian human rights activists J. G. Anthony and RL Francis said in a statement released here today in the capital.

Monday, 12 July 2010 00:00 GFP Columnist - R.L. Francis

Prime Minister Manmohan SinghGroup of Ministers GOM will soon proclaim its decisive verdict on inclusion of caste in the census. At present census is being conducted in the country. Succumbing to the stiff pressure of many of its allies in the ruling coalition Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced in the upper house of parliament that cabinet will soon take positive decision on the issue. Now, it seems that government is trying to find ways and means to tackle the problems likely to arise after the caste census as it will inevitably lead to chain reactions. Setting-up of GoM is first step in the direction. 

Caste has historically been a potent tool to serve the ulterior motives of all those who believed in the philosophy of ‘Divide and rule’. After the revolt of 1857 India was in the grip of wave of nationalism. Britishers used the tool of caste census to sow the seeds of division in the society. Caste was included during census of 1871 to 1931. This had stark impact on the society and it can be explicitly inferred that Britishers were quite successful in their vicious agenda. Many caste based organisations created chaos in the society and i sowed the seeds of conflict.


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