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Letter: Shocked by tirade against Indians

Published on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

I am shocked at the tirade of Casandra Miller against India and Indians participating in the health project in the Cayman Islands. I belong to the Christian community in India and Ms Miller's comments about Hindus are wrong and malicious. Almost all my friends are Hindus and I do not know of a single one who beats his wife. Where Ms Miller got her warped ideas from, I do not know.

If there are Hindus who beat their wives I would like Ms Cassandra to understand that there are as many if not more Christians and Muslims who beat their wives/sisters, etc. It does not help that they are the children of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.

Dr Devi Shetty is an honourable man who has done more charity than many Christians in this country and has revolutionised health care in a fascinating way by putting his money where his heart is. He works with numerous Christians (many of whom are my friends) and it has not affected their lives in any negative way. In fact, they have been influenced so positively that they bear great respect for him.

Finally, let me assure Ms Miller that Hinduism is a great religion that practices tolerance and goodwill to all. If it has been represented negatively in the West, it is largely due to evangelists who unfortunately do not share the same level of tolerance and goodwill.

If the hospital is going to fulfil the health requirements of the Caribbean region, it will be a great benefit to all. I myself have been a health volunteer in Jamaica about twenty years ago and can vouch for the great need for quality health in the region.

George Paul
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F. Lopez:
Thank God for this measured and balanced response to the disgraceful, ill-informed, inaccurate and prejudiced letter of Cassandra Miller! Some people in Cayman may share Miss Miller's sentiments, but the vast majority, including Christians, do not I am sure. I hope not. Hindus represent one of the oldest world religions on the planet - more than 2,000 years before Abraham the Indus civilisation was. Hindus believe in godly creation, holy living, peace and devotion to God. Mohatma Gandhi - a Hindu - was one of the greatest men of peace who ever lived, and a great influence to the Christian, Martin Luther King Jr. There is also one God in Hinduism - Brahman - who is represented by their many gods - a little like the many names for God in Christianity; Islam and Judaism - the religion of Jesus. But it is impossible to give a summary of the religious complexities that Miss Miller clearly has no understanding of, in a short response. Suffice to say that so-called demonic activity is rampant in what was once a peaceful island - Grand Cayman - murders, rape, abduction, robbery, assault, theft, wife beating, lying, disobedient children, hatred and false pride. Christianity surely is known by its fruits - rather a lot of weeds in Cayman at the moment. May God help us all.


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