Post On:July 31, 2022
3105 Winston Churchill Blvd Unit 3,
Mississauga, ON Canada
Ph: 905 997 8119,
Many of your clients complained to us that you are playing Hindu religious programmes on your internal Tv. Screen shots enclosed. We wish to hear from you on this complaint. Was it a mistake on your part or are you doing it deliberately to trigger a backlash of Hindu religions emotions. Yours we believe is a bar that serves alcohol and not a place of worship. Hence its in-appropriate to display Hindu religious shows at your place. Is it on a loop? Even the name of your place looks like a corrupted version of the Hindu religious icon, Radha devi, the consort of Lord Shri Krishna. That does raise a red flag on your motives! If you are doing it consciously then you will be accused of violating public peace and harmony. We trust that is not your intention. Please revert with your response for us to decide on your motives!
Post On:July 31, 2022
Pure Extract Technologies Corp.
7341 Industrial Way
Pemberton, BC, V0N 2K0,
Namaste! We are a Hindu Not for Profit, advocacy group based in Toronto and work to raise awareness and resolve conflicts.
we refer to this press release of yours, https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2022/05/05/2436875/0/en/Pure-Extracts-Provides-Q2-Corporate-Update.html
Below is the screen shot of the same.
Wish to ask you the source of that name? Before attributing any motives we wish to know if it was suggested to you by anyone? Do you know the meaning of that word? Are you aware of its religious implications? Do you follow religious/ political news? There was a similar naming episode in Toronto where it caused strife and trouble in the peace of society?
On hearing back from you will decide on next plan. At this stage we believe that its a honest error on your part.
Post On:December 1, 2021
Dear Gregory McCormick,
Congrats on holding the meet at your library. Your response was rich in English language, inclusive in nature, and gregarious in thought. Cannot disagree with your goals and motivation. Whenever we are ready for a similar book event we shall approach you. Are you able to advise the protocol?
Gopala Krishna – Director
Both letters are already in public domain and being re-produced here in Public interest:
Post On:October 19, 2021
There are multiple organizations in North America who espouse the cause of Dalits of India. We sent them a mail to the following two,
and requested their response about this incident in India / Punjab. If we hear back from them, will publish their response. These orgs love shaming Hindus. Wish to know if their concern is just for Hindu Dalits or does it include even Punjabi Dalits. Would they resort to shaming Sikhs of North America? Guess is that their agenda is beyond shaming either Hindus or Sikhs! Hallelujah!
Post On:October 18, 2020
Save the Children Canada
4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M2P 2A8
Sub: Mr.Peter Dan English
Hello Mr.RICHARD STURSBERG,
The BBC news mentions that Street Kids international was merged with Save the Children. Its beyond pain that a person of his repute is associated with your name. Can you confirm the current status and his current relationship with your organization?
We would be keen to hear your statement on pedophilia practice by your workers. Since you have the dollar advantage, it puts poor Hindus in Nepal and India at the mercy of your workers. We are quite concerned and it remains your duty as a Not for Profit that is receiving public funds to confirm.
The Dialogue team
Response from Save the children, 19th October 2020
Dear Goapala Krishna,
Thank you for contacting Save the Children about your concerns.I can confirm that this individual has never worked for Save the Children. We understand he was employed by Street Kids International in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Save the Children acquired one of Street Kids International’s programs and some of its assets in 2015.I can assure you that Save the Children is committed to creating a culture where sexual abuse, assault, harassment or misconduct in any form is rooted out. Save the Children has a strong code of conduct, which requires all staff to act with respect, dignity, integrity and professionalism towards their colleagues, and especially towards the children and communities with whom we work. We actively improve our procedures to ensure we have a culture of effective reporting and safeguarding. Our Child Safeguarding Policy applies across our whole organization, to our work in both humanitarian and development contexts, globally and domestically, and across all levels, teams and departments. We are accountable to our beneficiaries, especially the children we work with, to our staff and our supporters. Zero incidence may not be possible, but acceptance is never tolerated. We know that no organization is immune to abuses of power, but we are doing what it takes to inoculate our culture against it.When people bravely come forward to report concerns, we treat them with dignity and respect. We ensure that no one who comes forward to report unacceptable behaviour in this organization will be asked to face this difficult process alone, nor will they face negative consequences for coming forward. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.
Jessica Bryant | Save the Children | Head of Communications, Media and Public Relations
4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2P 2A8
T: 1-647-973-1185 | 1-800-668-5036 x 295
Our reply to them: 26th Oct, 2020
You spelt my name wrong. Thanks for your reply! It was a standard corporate letter however few lines were quite disappointing, “When people bravely come forward to report concerns, we treat them with dignity and respect. We ensure that no one who comes forward to report unacceptable behavior in this organization will be asked to face this difficult process alone, nor will they face negative consequences for coming forward”.
It almost sounded like you are preparing to defend someone within your organization even before the act was committed or even bad is grooming someone to prepare such act? Its confusing a bit. It also sounds like that the onus of reporting is pushed onto to the victim of abuse, in this case the poor child? How will a poor Hindu on the streets of Nepal or India muster courage? Please clarify.
The key question to you in the mail was, “We would be keen to hear your statement on pedophilia practice by your workers.” For example Organizations that work with a Christian agenda have “sphere standards to work with”. Would you have any policy document on this subject?
Post On:January 14, 2020
In reference to the above the below was sent,
Water of Life – Corporate Office
333 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville, SC 29609
Attn: ROLAND BERGERON | SARAH KELLEY | KYLE A. MELESKI | DREW SULLIVAN | AFTON SCHIPPER | CLAIRE WALTERS | REBEKAH MINTZ |
This is in reference to the video released by a pastor associated with your organization in India,
That is a violation of 1, 2,3 & 5 of SPHERE code of conduct standards: ¹ & The Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and (NGOs) in Disaster Relief ²
1. The humanitarian imperative comes first.
In the case referenced above religious conversion seems first imperative
2. Aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone.
Aid in the form of water was being given on the basis of faith alone
3. Aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.
Aid of water was used to further the Christian conversion religious standpoint
5. We shall respect culture and custom.
Cleary this code of conduct was violated as it was disrespecting Hindu culture and custom
The points above confirm that people associated with your organization indulged in multiple violations.
We ask for the following
1- Open your pastor training modules for inspection by our team
2- Issue an apology &
3- Confirm that such religious hostility will not be practiced / encouraged by your organization in future
We also ask for details on number of borewells you have dug in India and has there been excess exploitation of resources to the advantage of evangelical objectives and detriment of non-Christians. India has been welcoming to evangelicals and we believe it’s your duty not to misuse the hospitality.
The Dialogue – Toronto: www.thedialogue.ca & Legal Rights Protection Forum – India – 14th Jan, 2020
-U.S. Commission on IntL Religious Freedom, 732 N. Capitol Street, N. W. Suite A714, WA, DC 20401 :
Kindly take note of the above violation while preparing your next report on India
– Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN- Geneva, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
This is an initial compliant and we shall follow the protocol of your office in filing a formal complaint after hearing
– Indian High commissioner office: Washington
Let us know of what safeguards does the High commission has in place to prevent such violations
Post On:February 11, 2017
Dear President Mr. Donald Trump,
Congratulations on your stupendous victory. We want to thank you for acknowledging the positive role of Hindus in the run up to the election. In fact you are the first president to have done so. I am one of the many Hindus who supported you and now that you have become the president I have a request to make. Can u release one official statement?
“Evangelicals from USA who visit India should respect Hindu sentiments, customs, and traditions and acknowledge the fact that India is a Hindu country as is USA a Christian country.They should let go their aggressive evangelical objectives”.
In support of our request to you we present the following points
-Hindus were never the persecutors, even in India they were the persecuted
-Hindus are very friendly towards Christians in India
-Hence the number of churches have grown without any opposition of any kind in India
-However in their pursuit to gain more converts, Evangelicals from USA who visit India are indulging in practices that are against Christian values of kindness, respect and courtesies,
-Hindu tolerance is interpreted as weakness and Hindu space is being violated
-Hindus of India are groaning under such undue interference and are keeping mum so as not to offend anyone.
We wish to provide your supplementary points:
-The 2.3 million Hindu population of USA is very respectful of USA its people, faith constitution and are very law abiding citizens
-Hindus of North America do not indulge in acts that question the government or institutions
-Hindu religious leaders from India who visit North America always ask followers to respect the adopted country, traditions and be good citizens
We were not happy with what Mr. Barak Obama did. When India honoured him as a special invitee and chief guest on Indian Republic day celebrations he reciprocated the hospitality by speaking ill about India. We wrote a letter to Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime minister of India on that.
By virtue of being good citizens of North America, Hindus have acquired a right to request that evangelicals of USA visiting India reciprocate the good behaviour of Hindus of North America.
The Dialogue Team
Post On:November 8, 2016
His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
Introduction: We write this letter with respect to the leader of the 1.272 billion Catholics of the world. Congratulations on your excellent work. Your predecessors have worked to fix many things in the interest of world peace and harmony. Your holiness has also
– Issued an apology to the Bolivian natives
– Issued an apology to the LGBT community
Some key aspects of the Church are still providing fertile grounds for re-enactment of the church excesses of the past. In their quest to win new converts, Evangelicals in India are doing two things,
1- Competing with each other in eroding the norms of civility.
2- Planting hate amongst Hindus by a sustained propaganda against their way of worship
The stated evangelical agenda in India is “Conversion of all Hindus and erasing Hinduism from the face of earth” Such an extreme agenda is what organisations like ISIS or the Taliban adhere do. However I believe that the Church headed by you stands for world peace and harmony.
Request to you:
The genesis of this “hate planting” work is the statement of Pope John Paul II, in 1984 asking for conversions of Hindus. In pursuit of that call, some evangelicals are losing track of civility.
Our request to his holiness for 2 things
1-Issue an advisory to Evangelicals of India & visiting India on the need of adhering to basics of a civilised society, like being civil, courteous and polite towards Hindus
2-Repeal the statement of the Pope John Paul of 1984, and or issue a fresh statement asking for an end to conversions in India
Let’s assume that the church eradicates Hinduism from the face of the earth. What next? The world becomes an oasis of peace? Not really, because your holiness would acknowledge that both the world wars of the last century were Christian Vs Christian. On the contrary if you drop in a Hindu in a conflict zone, peace descends naturally. The world needs the needs the healing presence of a Hindu.
Hinduism has not preached in me hatred against other faiths. The inherent strength of my religion like love and respect to other faiths makes me to reach out to you. I am hoping this letter will reach the attention of his Holiness.
From the religion of Peace
Post On:January 2, 2015
Congratulations on inviting Mr. Barak Obama, as the chief guest for Republic day celebrations of India. It was magnanimous on your part to extend a hand of welcome, friendship and good will. You invitation was in the true Democratic and Dharmic Indian spirit where the guest is considered as an avatar of God. However his statements after his return to US did not go well with many. As we are involved in Hindu – Christian dialogue, we thought we should write to you on this.
Why is President Obama wrong?
- The President statement meant that life is tough for religious minorities in India. We know that the fact is the opposite. As a Hindu who has lived and walked on the streets of India, I like millions of fellow Indians am a witness to aggressive approach of evangelical Christians. (kindly refer to sections of this website for examples)
- The president may not be aware that the evangelical methods in India are outright offensive. Looks like they are designed to invite retaliatory response. (Such retaliation is obviously good for their fund raising activities),
- The president may not be aware that 5000 new churches have come up in India in the last 5 years. (This speaks of the absolute freedom of the Church*),
- The president’s reference to Mahatma Gandhi is fundamentally flawed because this is what the great Mahatma said on conversion, “I consider western Christianity in its practical working a negation of Christ’s Christianity. I cannot conceive Jesus, if he was living in flesh in our midst, approving of modern Christian organizations, public worship, or ministry.”
- The president talks about the splinter of India!? That was offensive! Splinter of India can happen due to two factors, 1- External influence (read colored revolutions) & 2- The hostility that is planted on the streets of India by new age business minded Evangelicals.
When India is providing absolute freedom to evangelicals, it is quite difficult to comprehend the reasons as to why they are repaying hospitality with hostility? Statesman to Statesman you may have to face it head on.
These are the risks involved in not addressing it head on,
- Unethical evangelicals will assume that you are endorsing their practices,
- It can open doors to more aggressive evangelism on the streets.
Our request to you:
We need a simple but direct response to Mr. Obama’s statement. These are the burning issues in India,
- Proselytizing on the door steps of Hindu religious places,
- Cultural plagiarism of Hindu motifs, symbols & practices,
- Bad mouthing Hinduism & its practices,
- Turning Hindus against each other in the name of religious freedom.
You have delivered many powerful messages in the run up to your election. Your one right message of now has the power and potential to communicate peace, harmony and mutual respect to all parties to this issue, – The Hindu voters of India -The Hindu NRI’s – The Christians of India – The Christians of the west -The Evangelicals of India and abroad – and the liberal left press both in India and abroad.
Post On:April 30, 2014
Dear Dr.Andrew P.W.Bennett,
Congratulations on taking over as the chief of the Canada office of Religious freedom. This letter is being addressed to you as it concerns religious freedom. “One’s freedom to practice and the other’s freedom to preach.”
Evangelism is a fact in India. Unlike neighboring Pakistan and China, the democratic nature of India and the benevolant spirit of Hindus have welcomed Evangelicals. As a result the numbers of evangelicals have grown exponentially. However In the recent decade the focus seems to have shifted from JC’s message of love to a purely “number’s” game.
Christian workers of multiple denominations working in India are engaged in fierce competition between themselves. In the process they seem oblivious to the fact that they are encroaching onto the religious freedom of Hindus. I bring to your attention a few samples,
– Evangelical propaganda and activities are done steps away from Hindu places of worship!
– Christian pastors “camouflage” themselves with Hindu appearances to gain “access” to Hindu hearts!
(The images below provide a reference)
When such acts are questioned, the new age evangelicals use the persecution card as a tool to silence Hindus. They are well aware that the “persecution” story resonates well in the western media, governments, and public. If the act of Mr.Jason above is an isolated one, it can be dismissed, but its not. If you wish me to provide more instances of such acts please let me know.
A Christian evangelical cannot preach without being monitored in China. We are not sure if he / she can even preach in Pakistan. The fact that they have free access to India and a Hindu is a peaceful human being, does not mean that Evangelicals can indulge in “free for all”!The desperation of the new age Evangelicals is evident in the fact that they consider “poaching” from respected Catholic churches a fair game as well.
Considering the fact that evangelical organizations based in Canada are working in India, We wish to enquire if the commission has guidelines that can help them to stay on course in ethical evangelism!
This following people are co-recipients of the above mail: The office of the Right Honorable Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, Members of Parliament, Canada, Members of Provincial government of Ontario, Members of the Journalist profession of Canada.
Post On:July 1, 2013
Dear Dave Toycen,
The few Evangelicals with whom we interacted in Canada seem to follow the code of Ethics for ethical Evangelism.* They include,
- Disavow any efforts to influence people which depersonalize or deprive them of their inherent value as persons,
- Disavow the use of any coercive techniques or manipulative appeals that bypass a person’s critical faculties,
- Play on psychological weaknesses, undermine relationship with family or religious institutions, or mask the true nature of Christian conversion,
- Respect for human integrity means no false advertising, no personal aggrandizement,and no overly emotional appeals which minimize reason and evidence.
- As Christian evangelists, you accept the obligation to admonish one who represents the Christian faith in any manner incompatible with these ethical guidelines.
However we see that the situation in India is in contrast to the principles of ethical evangelism. Since you have a visible base in India, we are writing to enquire if your affiliates in India are trained in ethical evangelism.
(* As revised by Doug Whallon from “A Code of Ethics for the Christian Evangelist,” © InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/ USA, 1989)
This following people of Word Vision are co-recipients of the above mail, Hon.Patrick Boyle, Dr.Beth Cummings, Ms.Sharon Dymond, Mayor Peter Fassbender, Mr. Dan Fortin, Mr. Michael A. Gartner, Dr.Jeannie L. Haggerty, Mr.Kevin Jenkins, Ms. Cheryl Leonhard, Mr.Ron McKerlie,Rev. David Morehouse, Ms. Catherine Morris, Mr. Gerry J. O’Mahoney, Rev.Dr.Carson Pue, Ms.Sharon Y. Ramsay,Rev.Karen Reed &Rev.Dr.Don Scott.
Reply from Mr.Dave Toycen
Dear Mr. Krishna,
Thank you for writing to me and for the chance to address your concerns. As you mentioned, World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children and families to overcome poverty and injustice. As such, we hold ourselves to stringent ethical principles in order to best support real and lasting change for children and their communities.World Vision globally – including our offices and operations in India – are clear about the following:
- 1. We are committed to the poor and reject any tactics that could manipulate their vulnerability, including on matters of faith.
- 2. Our strong support of religious freedom means that we do not proselytize. Proselytism takes place whenever assistance is offered on condition that people must listen or respond to a message, or as an inducement to leave one and join another part of the Christian church and/or one religion to join another religion. We respect the dignity of those with whom we work, and do not exploit vulnerability or use the power of development and humanitarian programs to coerce conversion.
- 3. We serve all people without discrimination and aid is provided regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or religion.
- 4. We comply with international standards including the SPHERE standards, and the Red Cross Code of Conduct. It is unfortunate that you have had negative interactions with certain Christians in India but I assure you that the staff who work with us are committed to showing the love of God in a way that is respectful, dignified and always ready to lend a hand where there is greatest need. I trust this has been helpful. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.