An insight into the malaise prevalent in Church system
Church leaders are always cautious to allegations of conversion, especially when it involves fraud, deceit and greed. They outrightly 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 of Jhansi, a noted Christian thinker. The novel exposes Christian priests. This is not a fiction but a reality and the message encrypted on the grounds of truth. It offers Church to adopt some reform measures to change the situation. The novel asks Church to take a positive view of the issues raised in the novel.
This is perhaps the first novel of its kind in north India written on the heated issue of conversion and imperialistic mindset of Church. There are scores of books, novels and stories on the pathetic status of Dalits within the Brahminical framework but nobody has tried to gauge the class discrimination and torture under the fore walls of Church system.
This short novel is in fact the story of millions of converted Christians who adopted Christianity and rejected their original Hindu faith in the hope of a better life and respect. But, their conditions have worsened and priests are exploiting them even more.
This is the story of Budhiya who are Pandavani actors. They reach Padlikpur Mission station and here they come in contact with priests. In order to help these deprived souls, these priests open their doors. They offer Budhiya and her people oil, milk, powder, imported American soap, paneer, butter, rice and wheat.
And, precisely from here the bad luck of Pandavani actors starts. Christian priests convert them into their faith and settle them in Judpur-Jhansi. This is the agriculture farm village of Catholics. It is situated seven kilometers north-east of Jhansi. Pandavani playing family becomes slaves from actor and their fall starts.
Pandavani was more a local form of singing and dancing culture. But, times changed and Tijanbai popularized this art at international level. Everybody knows Tijanbai but hardly anyone is aware of Budhiya who is from the same land. She was as much skilled in Pandavani art form as Tijanbai. Had they not converted to Christianity, their fate would have been different. The author is himself a character in the novel. He has been tormented by the church system. His friends show cowardice and don’t support him in his battle.The author has tried to reveal the truth in interesting plots of the story. He has barely hit the class discrimination in Church. He has not spared nuns and fathers who are using every trick of the trade. Religion never teaches to practice evil. But, both good and bad things have entered into the religious system over time and people ignore these evils. Budhiya-ek Satyakatha will give you the insight to see those evils. R L Francis
Poor Christian Liberation Movement
The book is available from Jaykay Enterprises
WB-27, G/F, Shakarpur, Delhi - 110 092, India
Pages: 112; Price: 80/-
Year: 2012; Language: Hindi