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Ravi Kumar

Apr 25, 2012, 1:30:30 PM4/25/12
The Baha’i faith is one of the most political movements around. After
all, principles such as the ending of absolute national sovereignty,
world government, universal currency, universal language, world
tribunal, anti-communism, retention of constitutional monarchism, the
abolition of non-Baha’i religious legal systems the retention of a
class system, the abolition of tariffs, international police force,
and so on are among the hottest political agendas.

Baha’i Faith is now no more concerned about Writings of Baha’u’llah,
the laws of Aqdas and so on. What it is now concerned about is : The
Trademark Registration, The Incorporation of the so called ‘Spiritual
Assemblies’, The formation of External Affairs Departments with the
objectives of establishing cordial relationship with political leaders
and Media etc.

Having lost acceptability in the society the Baha’is have indulged
themselves into cheap publicity for their so called Faith by writing
open letters and having peace marches - read political marches - all
over the world. These are indications of extreme depression and
frustration enveloping in the Baha’i Administration.

Caring a damn for India, the Persian Baha’i representative in India,
Mrs. Farida Vahedi betraying Indian hospitality, scolded and
humiliated the Indians working at the Baha’i House at Delhi and went
to the extent of saying “I care a damn for your country and its laws.”
Well, Indians do care for their country and its laws.

Bahá’ís around the world are making attempts to use the media to
proclaim the name of their Faith, to attract innocent non-Baha’is to
their fold who are potential converts. And to make known the aims and
existence of the Bahá’í community. A first step of propagation and

The imprisonment of their Leaders in Iran is not a cause of concern to
them, but an opportunity to develop a good rapport with Media. Here is
an extract :

“A few preliminary thoughts on how the development of relations with
the media can support and reinforce the major areas of activity of the
Bahá’í community. It seems important to acknowledge at the outset that
many of the values which seem to underpin the work of the media today—
an attachment to sensationalism, preoccupation with short-term
concerns, and attraction to controversy, to name but a few—will likely
present certain challenges in this regard. It is hoped that Bahá’ís
making efforts in this field will be able to engage in learning about
using the media to reinforce the efforts of the Bahá’í community in
ways that are consistent with its beliefs and activities.

The question of “newsworthiness” - For a story to be considered
newsworthy by journalists, it generally needs to be seen as unusual,
interesting and current. Unfortunately, this often leads to a focus on
controversy and contention. While the persecution of the believers in
Iran, such as the imprisonment of the former members of the Yárán, can
meet the accepted criteria for newsworthiness from time to time, the
longer the detention continues the more difficult it becomes to
maintain media interest. To try to tell the story of Bahá’ís
endeavoring to make a contribution to the material and spiritual
wellbeing of the neighborhoods and villages in which they reside might
well provide an even greater”

Not only is it disgraceful, but it is extremely hypocritical for the
Baha’is seeking its condemnation of Iran for persecution of Baha’is,
when they are doing the same to other sects of their own Faith namely,
Orthodox Baha’is, Baha’is Under the Provision of Covenant and Reform

The persecution of the Haifan Baha’is towards the other sects of
Baha’is may be different in scale (but only because the Haifan Baha’is
does not have the power to imprison or execute them), they are
motivated by the same idea that they perceive these sects to be
heretical and because they are opposed to their religious authority,
the so called ‘Universal House of Justice’. Such is the intolerance
that Baha’is expect the federal courts in the United States to enforce
their version of the Baha’i Faith, and say they are the one true Faith
and other sects cannot be Baha’is.

Thank God that they were humiliated and disgraced by the Federal
Courts in United States not once, not twice but thrice. The Baha’is
should organize a peace march against the court ruling of United
States as well.

Their entire Baha’i organization is a house of cards ready to tumble
down at any time.

It is hardly enough to say that Baha’is are ‘non-political’ — they are
not just a political group but they are politics personified and
hypocritical as well.


Apr 25, 2012, 4:25:55 PM4/25/12
Outstandingly put!
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