Here comes another television program about Freemasonry, but it looks like you have to be in India to see it.
This Sunday, the India version of the National Geographic Channel begins airing Freemasons on Trial.
The breathy blurb reads: "Mocked, attacked and vilified, no other organisation has sparked such passionate and imaginative rumours. But times have changed: gone are the days when their name was synonymous only with corruption, secrecy and sinister rituals. But what does being a Freemason actually mean? To answer that question, we need to go into the heart of freemasonry. Not to debunk the rituals, not to expose the men at the top. But instead to uncover the Masonic mindset."
Joy Bhattacharjya, senior vice-president of programming for National Geographic Channel India, said the program takes viewers inside the society to reveal the truth behind the Masonic order.
"This film promises to make viewers rethink their beliefs by taking them into the heart of Freemasonry, not to debunk the rituals, but instead to uncover the Masonic mindset. Cutting through all fiction, the film will answer the question — What does being a Freemason actually mean?"
I did not find this program on the U.S. National Geographic Channel's schedule. It appears to be designed for the audience in India, where Masonry has long been popular, having spread there from England in 1730 via members employed by the East India Company.
Born in Bombay, author and poet Rudyard Kipling became an active Freemason while in India. He received special dispensation to become a Mason several months before his 21st birthday — because he agreed to become the lodge's secretary immediately upon becoming a Mason. Or at least that's the story....
Meanwhile, back in America the History Channel is re-running Mysteries of the Freemasons again. You can see it on Wednesday, March 28, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Image: Rudyard Kipling
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