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Just want to know whether I was correct - RegViews: 279
Jun 21, 2010 2:24 pm Just want to know whether I was correct - Reg

Senthil Nathan
I was travelling from Vadapalani, Chennai to Besant Nagar, Chennai. Two guys very professionally dressed boarded the bus at Srinivasa Theatre stopping. They were talking to a co-passenger in English and he was replying something as Seven hills and something else in broken English. He got down from the bus at CIT Nagar. During the end of the conversation I noticed that the professionally dressed guy(who is incidentally a foreigner) was trying to woo the co-passenger for conversion to Christianity. He succeeded in persuading the co-passenger to accept his card and asked him to call sometime after he returns form his trip to Tirupathi.

Now the rogue in me got alert. One among the two guys - the foreigner came to me and offered his hand for a shake. I was in no mood to offer mine. I said a Hi. And with that Hi he started to ask me whether I go to Chruch. I bluntly replied no but I go to temple. He asked don't you like Jesus and I asked him in return do you like Lord Muruga. Then as usual gave my grudging look and said him this is not to do your preaching. This is a public place and you can't market anything here on a government bus. (Am I right politically and by law in warning that guy on his attempt to preach his ideologies and religion to the fellow passengers.)

Meanwhile the other guy who later claimed to be an Indian from the northern part started to talk to a young girl and asking her the same thing which this foreigner was asking me. He was moving so close to the girls and if it was not in the name of religion such proximity would have been objected by those girls in a bus. Now I yelled at the other guy and told him also that this is not a place to preach and spread your religion. He got on to me saying Iam saying my ideas and you say what you want to me. I said there is no necessity for that. But he was dutiful in filling his contact number in the card and giving it to those girls (this act by all standards can be treated as eve-teasing). I literally shouted at him and asked the conductor to direct the bus to the nearest police station. At this point Saidapet bus station came and those guys got down the bus and went off..

Again am I right politically in my behaviour. Does law allow one to spread or market his religion and ideologies in a government bus in India.

Personally such acts of forcible conversion done by the Christians will create aversion among others on the religion and the people following that religion. I believe this can easily disturb the communal harmony.

I started to think the acts of people who act against people who try to go to home voluntarily and speak about religion are justified.

Does Christianity as a religion which claims to have the maximum followers in the world should go so much low to spread its ideologies.

-Senthil

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