On 21 Dec. 2015, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article by David Green propagating the Christian claim that "Thomas the Apostle was murdered in India".
(http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.692829?date=1457643796561). In the brief letter below, published on 11 March 2016, I set the record straight:
The confabulated murder of Saint Thomas
So your source is "common Christian tradition"? Fortunately, we are past the stage where we believe a story just because "tradition" says so. Therefore, we don't believe the blood libel against the Jewish people anymore, eventhough for centuries it has been supported by "common Christian tradition". Likewise, we don't believe the blood libel against the "priests of Kali" either.
Nothing of this legend is proven. The only written source for it is already some 50 years younger than this Thomas's suppose martyrdom: the apocryphal "Acts of Thomas". There, he is presented as coming to "India", then a very large term (when Columbus landed in what he thought was Zipangu/Japan, he called the natives "Indians", meaning Asians), in a part that was desert-like and where the people had Persian names. This describes Afghanistan or western Pakistan well, but not the lush and rich tropical landscape of South India. When he has committed several crimes against society, the king asks him to leave, and only when he refuses this diplomatic solution does the king have him executed.
I first learned about the hollow mythical nature of the Saint Thomas story while studying in Leuven Catholic University, from a Jesuit Professor of Comparative Religion, Frank de Graeve. Not exactly a "fanatical Hindu" source. More recently, Pope Benedict XIV publicly declared that St Thomas had come to Western India, and that from there, after an unspecified amount of time, Christianity (not Thomas) reached South India. I am aware that Indian Christians have raised hell against this scholarly assessment, and have pressured the Vatican into removing this statement from its website. But that is not going to alter the verdict of scholarly historiography: there is no evidence at all to support this story.
And when Christians did reach the coastal area of South India, probably as 4th-century refugees from the Persian empire that had turned hostile after the Christianization of its Roman rival, they were welcomed rather more cordially than any treatment given by Christians to Pagans. Far from being "murdered by the priests of Kali", they were given hospitality and integrated into Hindu society, without any questions asked about the contents of their religion. Hindus have extended their hospitality more recently to Parsis, Armenians and Tibetan Buddhists; and more anciently to the Jews. That glorious record is the target of gross injustice in the fictional story of Saint Thomas.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/this-day-in-jewish-history/1.692829?date=1457643796561