Christ is risen!
Believe me when I say that I, for one, do not want to see an all out, no holds barred discussion on the ecclesiastical situation currently going on in India, and I'll be very candid about why I feel this way.
First of all, it is my opinion, having read as much as I can about the situation from both sides, and discussing the matter with other Oriental Orthodox brethren, that our Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (which does not recognise the administrative authority of the Patriarch of Antioch in internal Church matters in India), needs no defence. Second, debating these matters too much personally has a spiritually detrimental effect on me--after a while, I tend to feel depressed, bitter, angry, etc., and such is not good for me or for anyone else; I trust you understand. Third, as an Indian myself, I am intimately acquainted with the situation: I live it, with family and friends on both sides. I see the division both sides have brought to pass, and I don't like it at all (although, thanks be to God, on the local level there are occasionally some good signs). I know that every Church has its problems, but these especially weigh on my heart, and they make me seriously wonder if I should leave our Church and join the Coptic or Armenian Orthodox Churches, or even one of the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Every Church has its share of problems, but at least, so I'm thinking, it might not be as bad as this, and such a move might even be spiritually beneficial for me.
If I had to say anything about the remarks in this thread, though, I would say only this. To boil the situation there down to "nationalism" is to do it a serious injustice. There is a lot more to it than nationalism; I would go so far as to say that nationalism is, seriously, the last thing on anyone's mind.
With that, I would like to ask Mikho to post pictures of His Beatitude's visit as soon as he gets them, or a link to them. Thanks!