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Sunday, March 9th, 2014
Christians across India will be watching this year's elections closely. The possibility of a change in power and the election of Nerandra Modi as prime minister has many worried that religious intolerance, already a serious problem, will increase. Modi, currently the "chief minister" of the Indian state of Gujarat, did little to stop a massacre of Muslims citizens by Hindu fanatics in 2002. In 2008, tens of thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes in Odisha State when Hindu radicals launched waves of mob attacks, burning down entire villages and murdered dozens. Radical offshoots of Modi's BJP party are highly influential and tend to inflame emotions against religious minorities.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
According to new reports, incidents of anti-Christian violence in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013. The violence includes murders, beatings, and destruction of Christian property, usually at the hands of radical nationalist Hindu groups. Christians across India are concerned about the upcoming national elections and the possibility that the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win the elections, making Narendra Modi India's next prime minister. Attacks on religious minorities across India are often conducted by groups linked to the BJP or it's more radical offshoots.
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Christian and Muslim peoples in India from the lowest Dalit caste continue to be discriminated against. Dalits from other religious groups have been granted special protection by the government, who has elected not to extend this protection to Christians and Muslim Dalits. The U.N. has held hearing on this discrimination and will make a decision as to appropriate action. Please pray for these discriminated people.
Monday, February 24th, 2014
The leader of a Hindu nationalist group declared that action must be taken by Hindus to stop Indians from converting to any other religion besides Hinduism. There are many Hindu nationalist groups active in India, many of who advocate for more anti-conversion laws which are used to persecute Christians and other religious minorities. How long until these nationalist group become more violent against Christians?
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Following the 2008 anti-Christian violence that swept across India's northeastern state of Orissa (now Odisha), India has done little to ensure the freedom of Christians and has been unwilling or unable to bring justice to the Christian victims of the 2008 violence. Many in India are concerned that this lack of justice will only encourage extremists to violence. Many have called on the U.S. to highlight the suffering of Christians and other religious minorities in India because of perceived inattention from the Indian government.
Monday, February 10th, 2014
A coalition of Indian Sikhs and Christians have united to lobby the U.S. government into discussing the issue of persecution in its next round of talks with the Indian government. Both Christians and Sikhs are religious minorities in India and have faced various forms of persecution. Anti-Christians sentiment seems to be rising in India as the Hindu nationalist movement continues to gain popularity. Please pray that the U.S. doesn't remain silent on this issue.
Friday, February 7th, 2014
Indian Christians and Sikhs have formed an united lobby to urge to U.S. government to include the issue of human rights abuses in its next round of talks with India. The plight of religious minorities in India has continued to deteriorate as Hindu nationalists gain influence in India's government. The proliferation of anti-conversion laws across India has been a particularly disturbing development because these laws are often used to target Christian pastors spreading Christianity.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Christians coming from India's low-caste, known as Dalits, continue to be denied equal status. Dalits from Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist backgrounds have all been granted Scheduled Class Status in India, which has opened the doors of opportunity to the long down cast peoples previously known as the 'untouchables.' Will Christians and Muslims ever be granted equal status in India? Will they ever be granted Scheduled Class Status like their Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist relatives?
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Anti-Christian violence continues to spread across India. Driven mostly by Hindu nationalism, Hindu extremists are behind this rising tread of violent incidents against Christians. Many Christian groups, both in India and outside of India, are calling on the government of India to investigate these groups and take the necessary precautions to protect the religious minority. Please pray for the violence against Christians in India to be curbed.
Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
Christian persecution in India continues to escalate as Hindu nationalism spreads. One Christian pastor in Andhra Pradesh was stabbed to death in early January after Hindu extremism tricked the pastor into coming out of his home to pray for them. Will Hindu nationalism evolve into extremism?
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
According to a recent report released by the Catholic Secular Forum, attacks on Christians in two Indian states have been on the rise in 2013. In the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra, attacks on Christians have seen a dramatic increase. Mainly driven by Hindu nationalists, these attacks on Christians are reported to be "low intensity, but widespread." Please pray for the Christians suffering these attacks.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches has appealed to the National Human Rights Commission of India in an attempt to gain justice for Pastor B. Sanjeevulu who was murdered earlier this month by Hindu extremists. On January 11, a group of men stabbed and beat the pastor outside of his house. Unfortunately, the pastor died in the hospital two days later. Now local Christians are demanding justice and for better protection of Christians. Please pray for these people.
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Christians living in Jharkhand, India are participating in a week of prayer for Christian unity. These Christians are praying despite the rising persecution that surrounds them. Hindu nationalism continues to spread in India, spurring along every increasing levels of persecution.
Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Christians and Sikhs in the U.S. are banding together to call on the U.S. government to discuss the issue of intolerance against religious minorities in their talks with India. Both Christians and Sikhs face much hostility from India's Hindu majority population. With the recent rise of Hindu extremism/nationalism, instances of persecution have predictably spiked as well.
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
After being allowed to travel to India and hold a large prayer service, Evangelist Benny Hinn has cancelled his trip to India. While there is not indication as to why the evangelist cancelled the event, many believe it was at least partially due to the level of resistance made by Hindu nationalists. When the evangelist announced his plans for the prayer service, Hindu nationalists lodged a complaint in court in an attempt to block the evangelist's ability to travel to India. When the court announced the prayer service could be held, many Hindu nationalists declared that they would protest.
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Christian persecution continues to spread to new states in India. On January 11, a Christian pastor in the state of Andhra Pradesh was lured out of his home by a group of suspected Hindu radicals, stabbed and beaten severely. The pastor died in the hospital two days after suffering the brutal attack. Please pray for the family the pastor leaves behind and for other Christians living in India who face similar threats of extremism and hate.
Monday, January 13th, 2014
Hindu nationalism continues to drive the issue of Christian persecution in India. In a recent controversy over the issue of a U.S. preacher holding a conference in India, Hindu nationalists attempted to block the preachers conference by getting local courts to disallow him from traveling to India all together. Fortunately, the court ruled in favor of the right of religious freedom and the freedom of speech and has approved the preacher's conference. Although many nationalists promised not to resort to violence or cause commotion during the conference, there is still fears that some of the more extreme nationalists will attempt to disrupt the conference by any means necessary.
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Christian and Muslim Dalits in India do not enjoy equal rights as Dalits from Hindu, Buddhist and other tribal groups. Christians leaders have vowed to protest against this discriminatory practice until the government grants equal rights to Dalits coming from all religious backgrounds. On December 11, Christian and Muslim leaders marched in protest in India. The peaceful protest was broken up by police wielding batons and water canons on nuns and priests. In the end, over 400 people were arrested for their involvement in the march. Despite these barbaric tactics, the protestors have vowed to keep up the fight against inequality.
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
On December 11, a large march on India's capital led by Christian and Muslims leaders was broken up by brutal police tactics. These protestors were demanding equal rights for Muslim and Christian Dalits. Police broke up the protest with batons and water cannons, arresting over 400 people including priests and nuns when all was said an done. Now, the Archbishop of Delhi is speaking out against the discrimination faced by Christian and Muslim Dalits and the mistreatment he experienced at the hands of the Indian police.
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Christian persecution in India continues to be fueled by Hindu nationalism as Hindu nationalist group gain power in the government and India's majority Hindu population. On December 16, a small evangelical church in southern India was attacked by a mob of Hindu radicals. These radicals beat the pastor and his family savagely for the successful outreach work they had been doing in their village. After beating the pastor and his wife, the mob moved on and attacked the church itself. In the end, the mob burnt down the church and everything in it. Anti-Christian violence like this is becoming more common across India. Please pray for the victims of this attack and for all Indian Christians.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Christians and other religious minorities observed Minorities Rights Day in India on December 18. As a part of the key note speech, the leaders of the celebration noted how India's government continues to deny equal rights to Christians and Muslims. It also highlighted the persecution faced by these two groups as Hindu nationalists gain power in India's government and Hindu community.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
The desecration of a hundred-year-old crucifix in a suburb of Mumbai, India has left many Christians in that community stunned and hurt. On December 15, unknown vandals tore down the religious icon and smashed it to pieces. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this church has been vandalized. In September, another religious icon was vandalized and looted from the church. The leadership of the church is calling on their followers to forgive the vandals, but also expressed concern over the state of intolerance in their locality.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Christian leaders in India have denounced police attempts to disburse a peaceful demonstration led by Christians and Muslims demanding equal rights for Christian and Muslim Dalits. Police reportedly sprayed the demonstrators with muddy water and beat those that were not driven away by the fire hoses. Over 400 demonstrators were arrested including bishops, nuns and leaders from other religious groups. Although India's government has openly apologized for the mishandling of the demonstrations, Christian and Muslim Dalits continue to be denied equality.
Monday, December 16th, 2013
A 133-year-old statue of Jesus at St. Francis Xavier Church of Santa Cruz was intentionally vandalized in a suburb of Mumbai, India. Many Christian rights groups have strongly condemned the desecration and have called on local police to bring the culprits to justice. Religious intolerance is growing in India and now Christians in the suburbs of India's major cities are beginning to see the signs of the change in culture. Much of the intolerance can be traced back to the recent rise of Hindu nationalism in both India's society and government.
Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Two Christian women have been arrested and intimidated for handing out Christian pamphlets in India's southwestern state of Karnataka. Christians in India continue to experience rising levels of persecution as Hindu nationalists gain influence in India's government and society. Please pray for these two women.
Friday, December 13th, 2013
India's Prime Minster has publicly apologized for allowing priests and nuns to be sprayed with fire hoses and beaten by police officers on Wednesday. The nuns, priests and other activists were participating in a peaceful march on the Parliament building in Delhi highlighting the inequality of Christian and Muslim Dalits. As these peaceful demonstrators marched, police sprayed them with fire hoses, beat them with batons and arrested over 400 participants. please pray that this apology leads to the change much needed by the Christian and Muslim Dalit communities in India.
Friday, December 13th, 2013
The 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across India's northeastern state of Orissa was the most brutal and violent attack Christians have faced in India's history. Although the attack was devastating, many Christians showed the steadfastness of their faith in the face radical mob violence. This testament to the Christian faith has actually led many members of the Hindu community in Orissa to convert to the Christian faith. Christians continue to suffer in Orissa, but the strength of their faith is a shining example to the world.
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Christian leaders participating in a peaceful march on the Indian Parliament in Delhi were attacked and beaten by police Wednesday. These Christian leaders, including bishops and nuns, were marching to highlight the inequality of Dalit/Low-Caste Christians and Muslims in India. Dalit Hindus are given many rights and privileges by the Indian government because they come from a traditionally low-caste family. These rights and privileges are designed to bring their families out of the low caste, giving them better economic opportunities in India. Unfortunately, these rights and privileges only apply to Dalit Hindus and are not given to Dalits coming from other faith backgrounds.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Christian and Muslim Dalits staged protests on Wednesday demanding equal treatment by the Indian government. In India, a Dalit is someone coming from India's lowest caste, formally known as the "untouchables." Hindu Dalits receive benefits from the Indian government in an attempt to help the community overcome generations of abuse and marginalization. Unfortunately for Christians and other religious minorities, these benefits are only given to Dalits coming from Hindu backgrounds. Dalits from Christian for Muslim backgrounds receive no benefits. Please pray for equal treatment in India.
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Christians in India are expressing their concern over the rise of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after the party won majority in several Indian states. Christians are specifically concerned regarding the treatment of religious minorities under BJP rule. Incidents of violence against Christians in states where BJP is in the majority is often higher than states where BJP is not in power. BJP has also been connected with the Hindu radical group RSS, which has been known to attack churches and beat pastors.