Chapter Twenty-four

The myth of St. Thomas in Malabar and Mylapore, which we have reviewed in this essay, is an Indian Christian communal fable that was exposed decades ago by the “St. Thomas” Christian historians T.K. Joseph and Rev. Dr. G. Milne Rae — the latter a reader at Madras Christian College. That it is advertised by the Madras-Mylapore Archdiocese as Indian history is to be expected of this criminal branch of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church; that it is accepted without critical review by the Government of India, and promoted by a racist Tamil Nadu state administration on political platforms to disparage Hindus, is quite another.[77] Their conduct as secular administrators is mala fide to say the least. It is a new twist to the old tale of treachery in the Acts of Thomas, but it is in keeping with the spirit of the original Syrian legend. The Acts tells us that Jesus sold his brother Judas called Thomas the Twin as a carpenter slave to the trader Abbanes for a handful of silver. Are we Bharatiyas so ready and willing to do the same today to our own brother with this Portuguese tale?

Is there no way for us to tell our other brother by a Christian mother that we accept him as he is, then by securing him in this odious Thomas-in-India lie at the cost of our own blood?


77. In a shocking act of communal spite, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi attended, on 3 July 2008 at Chennai, the Madras-Mylapore Archdiocesan function inaugurating a mega-budget film on St. Thomas in India. Karunanidhi, known for his hatred of Brahmins, said, “History remembers those who were killed by conspirators. St. Thomas was also a victim of conspiracy.” Though Karunanidhi is a Tamil scholar and authority on Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, he did not say a word as Archbishop Chinnappa expanded on the meeting of St. Thomas and Tiruvalluvar and the great cinematic scene this meeting would make. The bishops of Madras-Mylapore have for decades claimed that the Tamil cultural icon Tiruvalluvar was a Christian convert and that his famous ethical treatise Tirukkural was a Christian book, though a reading of the book, and Tiruvalluvar’s accepted date ca. 200-100 BCE, do not support this claim.

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