INDIA, May 18, 2015 (India Facts by Rakesh Simha): If you could sum up the history of Christianity in India in one word, that word would be ingratitude. Among the earliest refugees to arrive in India were the Syrian Christians, who were facing persecution in their native lands in the Persian Empire in the fourth century CE. The Syrian Christians sought refuge in India. Kerala's Malabar coast attracted them because they had heard of an ancient community of Jews who had been living there since the first century CE, having also fled the turmoil of the Middle East.
How were these Syrian Christians - or Nasaranis as they are still called by the locals - treated? "The Indian king received them with great kindness," George David Malech writes in History of the Syrian Nation and the Old Evangelical-Apostolic Church of the East.
"At the Kotem school in Malabar there are still some copper tablets in existence on which there are written messages from the king to the Christian leader, permitting him and his followers to settle in some places and recommending them to neighboring chiefs."
Around the time (1498 CE) when the Portuguese marauders led by Vasco Da Gama arrived in Malabar, the Syrian Christian community was thriving, with at least 30,000 members. Now, here's how they repaid India's generosity. When Da Gama returned for the second time in 1502, he was met by a delegation of Syrian Christians: "They identified themselves, surrendered their ancient honors and documents, and invited him to make war on their Hindu kings," writes Ishwar Sharan in The Myth of Saint Thomas and the Mylapore Shiva Temple.
The writer goes on to say why he believes Indian Christians are still a threat to India in this interesting and politicized article at "source" above.