The consequences of Sonia Gandhi becoming the “Eminence Grise”, as the French say, of India, that is the one who controls everything from behind the scenes, are not only visible for all those who care to look, but also occult, subtle, invisible, yet having far reaching and maybe irreversible consequences. Occultism, in the ancient sense, was the manipulation of forces which cannot be seen, but which constantly clash in the world. In fact one could say that politics is the art of controlling these forces, overtly and covertly. At the top, great leaders create their own occultism: their very presence generates certain atmospheres which make or unmake revolutions.

At the outset, one should first say that the world is not Black & White, Good and Evil, Superman versus the bad guys, as the Americans would like us to believe. Hindu groups need not demonize Sonia. She probably was a good wife to Rajiv, a good daughter in law to Indira – and by all accounts, she is a good mother to her children, judging by the way they dote on her. One also hears first-hand reports about her concern for smaller people, her dignity in the suffering that befell her when her husband was blown to pieces, and her courtesy with visitors.

This said, what is happening in India at the moment, makes me profoundly uneasy. I am a Westerner and a born Christian. Yet I find it absurd that in a country of one billion people, one of the most ancient civilizations of this world, Indians cannot find an Indian to govern themselves. There are many good and talented people within the Congress and one wonders what is this unconscious, occult urge, which makes them look-up to someone, who however good-willing, is alien – if not hostile – to their own culture.

Let’s first look at the visible, overt consequences of Sonia Gandhi’s supreme leadership. There is of course the Iraqi oil-for-food scam. I know Anil Maitrani well: he is a somehow likeable, highly ambitious man, who got caught in his own web of intrigues. Yet, it is an open secret that the go ahead for the Iraqi trip of Natwar Singh, his son and his acolyte came directly from Sonia through her trusted aides. There is also a strong speculation that Sonia Gandhi controls today so much money through the various Gandhi trusts, on top of slush funds nobody knows about, that there lies her ultimate power. And what about Kashmir? Experts says that Islamic militants do not need anymore to risk crossing from Pakistan over dangerous mountain ranges and being shot at by Indian soldiers, they only have to board the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus, or cross the LOC under false identities and papers with the connivance of the Pakistani Rangers ! Mr Musharraf has dazzled the West, who laid everywhere a red carpet for him. Is the man who conceived Kargil sincere ? Pervez is a clever magician: nobody in India has found anything to say that he is actually holding talks with the Hurryat leaders, who want Kashmir to separate from India – and most likely go to Pakistan ! There is in India an obsession and a fear of Pakistan, a small country who has lost the four wars it initiated with India.

Let’s come to the covert, occult signs. I am a little uneasy when I see how much Christianity is taking over India under the reign of Sonia Gandhi : according to a 2001 census, there are about 2.34 million Christians in India ; not even 2,5% of the nation, a negligible amount. Yet there are today five Christian chief ministers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. One should add that the majority of politicians in Sonia Gandhi’s closed circle are either Christians or Muslims. She seems to have no confidence in Hindus. Ambika Soni, a Christian, is General Secretary of the Congress and a very powerful person, with close access to Sonia Gandhi. Oscar Fernandes is Union Programme Implementation Minister. Margaret Alwa is the eminence grise of Maharasthra. Karnataka is virtually controlled by AK Anthony, whose secretaries are all from the Southern Christian association. Valson Thampu, a Hindu hater, is Chairman NCERT curriculum Review Committee, John Dayal, another known Hindu baiter, has been named by Sonia Gandhi in the National Integration Council ; and Kancha Ilaya, who hates Hindus, is being allowed by the Indian Government to lobby with the UN and US Congress so that caste discrimination in India is taken-up by these bodies.

I share with Sonia a love for India, like her I have lived in this country for over 30 years and like her I have married an Indian. But nevertheless, since she is at the top, Christian conversions in India seem to have gone in overdrive. More than 4,000 foreign Christian missionaries are involved in conversion activities across different states. In Tripura, there were no Christians at independence, there are 120.000 today, a 90% increase since 1991. The figures are even more striking in Arunachal Pradesh, where there were only 1710 Christians in 1961, but 1,2 million today, as well as 780 churches! In Andhra Pradesh, churches are coming-up every day in far flung villages and there was even an attempt to set-up one near Tirupati. Many of the North-East separatist movements, such as the Mizo or the Bodos, are not only Christian dominated, but also sometimes function with the covert backing of the missionaries. In Kerala, particularly in the poor coastal districts, you find “miracle boxes” put in local churches: the gullible villager writes out a paper mentioning his wish: a fishing boat, a loan for a pukka house, fees for the son’s schooling… And lo, a few weeks later, the miracle happens ! And of course the whole family converts, making others in the village follow suit. During the Tsunami, entire dalit villages in Tamil Nadu were converted to Christianity with the lure of money

Then there is this rapid Westernization of India. There are good things in the West: its material consciousness, care for Nature, logical Mind, but it is nevertheless in crisis, its Church is in disarray, three marriages out of five end in divorce and even some children need to go to psychiatrists before they start shooting other children. Yet, if you have a look at most of the mainstream English-speaking Indian magazines and newspapers today, you will notice that all their cover stories deal with western concepts, that they are looking at India from a Western point of view, such as talking about ‘New Age’ spirituality, as if spirituality is new to India, that there is never any reference to India’s great past, or to India’s philosophy, or medicine (which is by the way becoming fashionable in the West). Notice also that when the Pope of Hinduism, the Shankaracharya of Kanchi, is arrested – and it could not have been done without Sonia’s knowledge – the entire Indian intelligentsia claps, though he still has not be proved guilty more than one year later. And that when a new Pope is elected in Rome, we gets in India hours of live coverage and countless cover stories.

Islamization, Westernization, Christianization, anti-Hinduism and Marxisation are the five forces which Sonia has marshaled to subdue India. The occult effect of it is that nobody realizes that in a country of 850 million Hindus, you have now a Sikh Prime Minister – when Sikhs constitute only 2% of the country’s population; a Muslim President – when Muslims are only 10% in India; a communist leader of Parliament – when communism is moribund the world over; and a Western and Christian supreme leader, when Westerners constitute only 0,0001% of India and Christians 3%. Where are the poor Hindus ?

What will happen if India becomes enough westernized at the social level, Christianized and Islamized at the religious level and taken over by the Marxists at the intellectual level ? Not only will India lose its unique soul and just become another western clone in the developing world, but the earth will lose something very precious: an ancient knowledge, a irreplaceable way of being, which makes even the most ordinary farmer or coolie carry something unique in his or her genes: a tolerance, an acceptance that God can take many forms, an innate philosophical mind, an understanding that there is something beyond us, beyond death. Even Indian Christians are different from any Christians in the world, Indian Muslims different from any Muslims in the world. They would also lose.

Maybe it is thus necessary for Indians to see for themselves the harmful effects of Sonia’s queenship : the oil for food scam, the mistrust of Hindus, the bomb blasts, the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, the proliferation of madrasas, the frenzied globalization, the Christian conversion drive… Then only will they realize that is important to have an Indian at the top, someone who is in touch with India’s ideals and spirituality and not someone who is sold the West and these alien western concepts which are Marxism and Christianity.

Francois Gautier

*The author is the correspondent in South Asia for Marianne, one of France’s leading political magazines, as well as the editor of ‘La Revue de l’Inde’ in Paris.


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