Secular Causes?

In a Post on Emperor Julian, Scholar-blogger Manasataramgini says:

In modern India, again under the toxicity of secularism the government allows subtle and covert Galilaean memes to be broadcast on television, thereby softening the population for the action of the churches and NGOs

Let us see a news item that appeared on 29th June 2016.

Sources:

The Hindu: Rallies mark Day Against Drug Abuse

Dinamani (Tamil): குமரியில் உலக போதை விழிப்புணர்வு ஜோதி ஓட்டம்

Dinathanthi (Tamil): குளச்சலில் போதை ஒழிப்பு விழிப்புணர்வு பேரணி

Rallies to increase awareness on drug abuse were organized in Kanyakumari district say all the headlines. Who organized it? Various “social” organizations belonging to the Kottar Diocese. The inaugural function was presided by the Parish Priest of Thuya Alankara Ubakara Madha Church. Later, a function was organized where a book on Drug Abuse was released. It was presided by the Kottar Diocese Bishop and Justice Selvam of Chennai High Court was the Chief Guest. Christhu Church Parish Priest Neon Nelson, Public Prosecutor A. Gnanasekar and Chief Education Officer V. Jayakumar participated in the book release function.

The Dinamani article mentions that the awareness run with the torch started in Kanyakumari culminated at the St. Aloysius School, Nagerkovil. Students of St. Anthony’s school ran with the torch.

The Dinathanthi story describes a similar rally organized in Colachel on behalf of “New Life Home”. This rally ended in St. Mary’s Primary School.

Following are FCRA-NGOs with Kottar, Nagerkovil in their addresses:

  1. Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar (TN/75890004)
  2. Kottar Social Service Society (TN/75890021)
  3. Partnerschaft Kottar (Feast) (TN/75840023)
  4. Friends of Kottar, Annai Vellankanni College Premises (TN/75890080)
  5. Shanti Nivas Charitable Religious Social Welfare Society, Moritz Nagar (TN/75840031) (Organization of Franciscan brothers)
  6. Stella Maris Institute of Development Studies (TN/75890273)
  7. Popular Educational Trust (TN/75840012)

Do I need to say more?

Now, go back and read the Post of Manasataramgini again.

Secular Causes?

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli was founded and run by a Pastor Gideon Jacob. It is not FCRA-ed. It was predominantly funded via a Hamburg Bleeding Heart Christian “NGO” called Christliche Initiative fur Indien (CIFI). Since the publications of adverse reports on Mose Ministries, and the Court hearings and outrages of Indian citizens on twitter, CIFI’s website is forbidden for view over the last few months. However, relevant pages are available on archive. For instance, see: http://web.archive.org/web/20160210045322/http://www.cifi.de/

Pastor Gideon Jacob appears to be running Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli via a Company (likely Sec. 25, as can be seen from Part-5 of its CIN which stands as NPL). The name of the company is: Good Shepherd Evangelical Mission Private Limited and its  CIN=U93090TN1974NPL006617. The same is also provided in the CIFI website (see archive here). The Directors are Gideon Jacob and Ute Jacob and the address is given as: 20-C, C-Block, Main Street, Anna Nagar, Chennai (no surprises in finding it in Anna Nagar, which is the Headquarters of neo EJs in Chennai, closely competing with Kilpauk). A screenshot of the details of the company from MCA is provided below.

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Check out this newspaper article (September 2015) for the genesis of this story. Essentially, this orphanage housed around 89 girls of all ages, were raising them as believers and also obedient to their Pastor. Advocate Geeta further said: “the children were mentally conditioned into believing that they were all rescued by the pastor from their biological parents over fears of infanticide.” The “Children’s Home” of Mose Ministries did not have any registration with Government (Author’s note: Not that it makes any difference).

The Madurai bench of the Madras/Chennai High Court was hearing a petition filed by a good NGO, Change India in this regard. In January 2016, it directed CBI to investigate Mose Ministries and specifically the abuse of the children there. The Court asked CBI to file a report to it on the issue. The news also mentions “Some parents have submitted petitions to the collector claiming the children in the home were theirs.” It is thus clear that many of the inmates were not technically orphans, but were probably being held in the “Children’s Home” to extract money from Evangelicals and Bleeding Heart Liberals  abroad. Such “orphanages” also help in raising new troops of foot soldiers (so called native pastors) for purposes of “reaching” and “saving” millions of Indian souls in the coming decades.

In April 2016, CBI filed a status report to the Court and obtained permission to file the final report by August 2016.

Meanwhile, this news story today, says that Change India submitted to the Court that Pastor Gideon Jacob freely goes abroad. Further, no DNA tests have been conducted on the children and their biological parents, yet. These effectively convey the impression that nothing much seems to have happened in this case since January 2016.

To rebut the above, CBI submitted “due to difficulties stated in the status report (that CBI had submitted to the Court earlier), the CBI was unable to investigate him (Pastor Gideon Jacob). Besides, the inmates were not cooperating in the investigation

It should be noted that the children (including around 50 minors) staged a road blockade during Christmas of 2015 and demanded that they be allowed to celebrate it along with Pastor Jacob. The Court had to organize an extraordinary skype meeting to guide the Police and District administration during that standoff.

The above chronology of incidents makes it clear that (i) the children appear not to be in a state of independent thinking, (ii) the CBI is unable to make much progress due to unknown reasons and that (iii) Pastor Jacob has been having a free run.

While I am curious how this will pan out, I also fear that as many things with RoL, this too shall pass. Particularly because, it is in Tamil Nadu. Needless to state, India is fast catching up with Tamil Nadu.

June 29, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that the “Special Public Prosecutor for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases, told the court that the inmates of the home were not cooperating in the investigation ordered by the High Court”.

July 08, 2016, Update: The Hindu reports that blood samples of inmates of Mose Ministries were collected by the Government Hospital staff so as to carry DNA testing to match against those of their parents. Interestingly, the story also adds that CBI carried out a “search” in the Children’s Home as well as a “few other places“. Now, now, what would these be?

July 27, 2016, Update: Times of India reports that blood samples of six couples and three individuals who claimed to be parents of the “orphans” kept in Mose Ministries were collected. It also mentions that 34 people have claimed to be parents of the Mose children so far. It is hoped that their samples too will be collected over time. Importantly, TOI also reports Pastor Gideon Jacob had taken some of the girls (“orphans”) to Germany and Poland based on passports issued with the consent of social welfare department officials of Tiruchirappalli. In our considered opinion, the operations of this department in Tamil Nadu needs to be thoroughly checked.

Mose Ministries, Tiruchirappalli. News Stories & beyond

Follow-up of a Yugaparivartan story on Bless India Ministries

Portal Yugaparivartan which has been publishing some great material on issues facing Hinduism, has come out with a breaking story today. The story mentions a Pastor Nathan Rehn” of Bless India. Pastor Nathan Rehn is the founder of Bless India Ministries Incorporated (BIMI), 9729 Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740, USA.

This quick Post is to lay bare the financial flows of BIMI to India via FCRA. You could check out previous posts here (or elsewhere), to try and understand what FCRA is etc.

BIMI is a 501c(3) organization. Its EIN is 02-0758339.

BIMI has sent funds to a Christ the King of Kings Ministries Welfare Association (CKKMWA), 11-160, Ashok Nagar, Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh-530026 during the period 2007 to 2010. CKKMWA has a FCRA Registration number of AP/010350118. The following Table summarizes the flow of funds to CKKMWA.

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A screenshot (see below) from the 2007-08 FC6 return of CKKMWA demonstrates CKKMWA’s receipts from BIMI.

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Observations:

  • BIMI reports to have received from “Others-USA” a sum of ~ Rs. 1 lakh in 2006-07. The same is not discussed here as there is no evidence to connect this remittance to BIMI.
  • In the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, BIMI was the sole donor to CKKMWA.
  • CKMWWA has received a total of ~Rs. 1.64 Crore from BIMI during 2007-2010.
  • In 2010, a Spirit of Church Community Church, Pennsylvania became a co-donor.
  • CKKMWA (AP/10350118) has not filed FC6 (or FC4) returns for the years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 yet. The returns for each year are due on December 31st. Thus, the FC6 return for 2011-12 was due on December 31, 2012.
  • CKKMWA’s FCRA registration is active, as checked on June 10, 2016.
  • Christ the King of Kings Ministries Welfare Association (CKKMWA) is registered in FCRA as a “Social” organization. It has no religious character. This flies in the face of fact that it has spent money on “Maintenance of priests/preachers” (see screen-shot from its 2008-2009 FC6 return below. ckkmwa1.png
  • The much-acclaimed (undeservingly so, imho) Darpan portal of NitiAayog does not have any entry for CKKMWA. Thus, we cannot know who owns/runs it via any Government sources in India. The situation with State Government records on charitable Trusts/Societies/Associations on issues of transparency is even worse. Let us not digress.
  • Three URLs (url1, url2, url3) related to CKKMWA show two associated names: Devadas Mekala and Subhakar Mekala.
  • Interestingly, in this Note to its donors, BIMI mentions that it has discontinued financial support to Mekala’s ministry (Author’s Note: i.e., CKKMWA) due to “sin issues” (Author’s note: financial misappropriation?)
  • The Form-990 (tax return to be filed by 501c(3) organizations in USA) for the year 2012 of BIMI reveals that it gave a loan of $105,000 to S. & D. Mekala (presumably Subhakar and Devadas Mekala). Could this be the “sin issues” referred above? We do not know. Its screenshot is:bimi_990.png
  • The same Form-990 of BIMI shows that it continued to support (financially of course), CKKMWA in 2012. BIMI also affirms that it brought volunteers (likely Evangelical Tourists aka Mission Trippers) “to various parts of India for the specific goal of expanding the work and reaching out in new areas of India”. (Author’s Note: *Reaching* is a technical word. It means introducing non-Christians to the Gospel). Its screenshot is: bimi_work.png
  • What is BIMI’s motto? Let us end this Post with a screenshot of its aims & objectives as stated in its tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (tax agency of USA). Screenshot from  its 2012 return: bimi_990_motto.png

 

Summary:

BIMI used to financially support CKKMWA via FCRA. It stopped doing so, post 2012 due to “sin issues” of CKKMWA.

Where would I place BIMI or CKKMWA in the Zoo of Evangelical organizations operating in India?

They would probably be in the bottom 5% pile (i.e., almost inconsequential). What does that tell you? Huh?

Follow-up of a Yugaparivartan story on Bless India Ministries