IS INDIA A CHRISTIAN NATION?
There is a general belief that India is a Hindu nation. But, many Doctoral dissertations of scholars of the University of Madras click here and studies conducted by many others on Indian religions establish that Hinduism (i.e. Hindutva in Hindi) is not a religion. Even the Supreme Court of India as well as the Sangh Parivars have proclaimed that Hindutva is not a religion; but it is only a way of life. Intriguingly, this way of life is the way of life which enforces Varna Dharma or caste discrimination which has been subjugating the indigenous Dravidian majority people of India for centuries. The term 'Hindu' has been derived from the word Sindhu and it has nothing to do with any religion. Also, there is no proper definition as to who is a Hindu.
In the census reports, however, the Aryanized majority of the people of India habitually register that their religion is Hinduism i.e. Hindutva. Only very recently scholars have attempted to analyse and bring out the enormous differences between 'Hinduism' or 'Hindutva' and 'Hindu Religion'. The above said researches clarify that Hinduism is different from Hindu religion.
These research scholars conclude that the entire people of Indian sub-continent, including those of Indus valley, were once speaking the Dravidian language of Tamil and that Saivism and Vaishnavism, emerged in South India in Post- Christ era in the hands of Dravidians as the offshoots of Early Christianity brought by St. Thomas to India in first century AD. The basic doctrines of Saivism,Vaishnavism and Christanity are same. The original scriptures of these religions were written in Tamil and their Sanskrit versions emerged only later. These findings have been supported by studies of many historians of Christianity in India as well as other secular scholars. This has been discussed and recognized in many World Conferences of Christian scholars and Church leaders.
Historians like A. L. Basham, and great national leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan have written that Christianity came to India much earlier than it went to Europe. We know that Christianity is an Asian religion and not a European religion. Books on the history of Christianity in India, however, seldom describe about what happened to the Ministry of St. Thomas who worked in India for over two decades. In the census reports of India the Christian population is shown as 2.3%. This figure represents only the followers of the Syrian Christians who settled in Kerela in 4th c. AD and other Christians who practice Christianity brought by Europeans in 16th c. AD and thereafter. But, what about those Christians who followed the teachings of Jesus taught by St. Thomas in 1st c. AD and who practice Christianity under religious names other than Christianity? Here lies the need to probe the real history of Dravidian India and her religions.
Deuteronomy 32:7 says "Remember the days of old; Consider the generations long past; Ask your father and he will tell you; your elders and they will explain to you". In obedience to the commandments contained in such verses, Indian Christian scholars have prayerfully investigated the past history of India and her religions, comparing the same with Christianity and other religions of the world. They have concluded with strong evidences that 90 % of Indians are Dravidians who founded Saivism and Vaishnavism and that the basic principles of these two religions are Christian doctrines and hence it is appropriate to claim that Dravidian
India is Spiritually a Christian Nation!
For further evidences and clarifications,
download the book 'Researh on the History of World Religions reveals India Is a Christian Nation' in English, Tamil or Malayalam.