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Christians in India Observe Good Friday Amidst National Elections

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Christians across India are observing Good Friday by attending church services remembering the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Attendance at these services is good despite national elections that could see Hindu nationalists take control of the country. As Christians remember the sacrifice of Jesus, they look forward to a future India that could call on them to make larger sacrifices to follow Jesus' teachings. 

Christians in India Outraged by Modi Playing Dumb to Issue of Persecution

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

As India continues its national elections, it is becoming more and more clear that Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP party will be taking over the majority of India's next government. Many Christians fear Modi and BJP due to their track record of not protecting religious minorities. When questioned by church leaders about attacks on churches in India, Modi played dumb and stated that he was not aware of any such attacks. In 2013 alone, churches were attacked over 150 times and in some cases made national headlines. Modi playing dumb to the issue of Christian persecution in India has many church leaders outraged and fearful of what the future for Christians looks like.

Christians in India Urged to Vote for Religious Freedom in National Elections

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

As millions of voters continue to visit the voting stations in India's national elections, Christian leaders have urged Christian voters to vote for candidates who will promote religious freedom and a pluralistic sociality in India. In a post on his Facebook account, the bishop of Maharashtra said that India belongs to all people and the mark of a true democracy is the protection of minorities. He prayed that secularism and religious freedom win as a result of these elections. Please take time today to think and pray about India.

Christians in India Face Tough Choice in National Elections

Monday, April 14th, 2014

With India's national elections in full swing, many Christians are faced with a tough choice on who to give their support. Many churches across the country are calling on their members to vote for a secular government that will respect religious freedom and the rights of minority groups. Many Christians fear the rise of the BJP, a party poised to take over the majority in the government. BJP continues to come from a base of Hindu nationalism. In states where BJP already is in the majority, attacks against Christians are frequent. Many Christians fear that if the BJP takes over the nation, India will become a tougher place for Christians to exist.

Church in India Calls on Christians to Vote to Protect Christian Community

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In a letter signed by the heads of many churches in southern India, Church leaders are calling on Christians to vote for candidates in India's national elections who will preserve India's secular character and will protect the Christian community. Many Christians fear the rise of the Hindu nationalist party, BJP, who seem poised to take the majority of the votes in the national election. In states where BJP is already in power, the Christian community suffers. Please pray for the future of Christians in India. 

Does BJP Gaining the Majority in India’s Government Spell Trouble for Christians?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As citizens across India go to the polls to participate in the national elections, many Christians fear that the Hindu nationalist party BJP will take over the majority in the Indian government. In states where BJP, which adheres to a Hindu nationalist platform, has power, violent incidents against Christians tend to rise. Christians across India fear that BJP taking over the national government could mean a nationwide rise in Christian persecution.

Christians in India Fear Dark Days Ahead if Hindu Nationalists Take Over Government

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

With India's national elections in full swing, many Christians are looking to the uncertain future the results of the elections may bring. Chief among Christians' concerns is the rise of the BJP party, known for its Hindu nationalism. Hindu nationalism continues to be the driving force of Christian persecution in India. Believing that India is a nation for Hindus only, supporters of this belief system have used discrimination, abusive laws and violence in an attempt to drive Christianity out of "Hindu areas." Please pray for Christians as they go through these uncertain times.  

U.S. Holds Hearing on Treatment of Religious Minorities in India

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Last Friday, April 4th, the United States' Congress held a hearing on religious freedom and the treatment of religious minorities in India. After listening to testimony from many human rights and Christians groups, the congressional leaders used the hearing to question representatives from India regarding the treatment of religious minorities and India's incoming government. With elections just around the corner, India's BJP party seems set to take over the majority of India's government. BJP is known for its Hindu nationalist stance, which has many inside and outside of India concerned for the future of religious minorities.

Christians in India Call on New Government to Give Greater Attention to Minorities

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Christians in India are calling on whoever takes over the new government following India's upcoming elections to pay greater attention to minorities. Christians and other religious minorities continue to suffer in India as the country becomes more and more religiously hostile. Hindu nationalist movements have gained popularity across India, leading to a greater number of attacks on Christians and their places of worship. Will the next government take up toe cause of religious minorities in India? Only time will tell.

Christians in India Fear BJP’s Rise to Power

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Hindu Nationalists Beat and Parade Half Naked Christians in India

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

In early March, Christians living in Jharkhand state were attacked by Hindu nationalists and later accused of forcible conversion. Members of this Christian community were beaten, mocked, forced to march through the village half naked and then forced to worship Hindu idols. Now, these Christians have been charged with forcible conversion, a crime in India. Attacks like this are becoming more and more common in India. Hindu nationalism is at the root of these attacks and the impunity which is enjoyed by the attackers. Please pray for those who are persecuted in India.  

U.N. Holds Hearing on Religious Discrimination in India

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.

Hindu Nationalists Declare Intent to Stop Conversions to Christianity in India

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?

Anti-Christian Violence Continues Unchecked in India

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.  

Religious Minorities Urge U.S. to Discuss Persecution in Talks with India

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.

Indian Christians Lobby in U.S. for Equality in India

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.

Christian ‘Untouchables’ Continue to be Denied Equal Status in India

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?

Anti-Christian Violence Rising Across India

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.

Christian Pastor in India Stabbed to Death by Extremists

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? 

Attacks on Christians Rising in Two Indian States

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.  

Christians in India Appeal for Justice for Murdered Pastor

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.

Christians in India Celebrate Week of Prayer

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. 

Christians and Sikhs in U.S. Band Together Against Persecution in India

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. 

U.S. Pastor Cancels Trip to India

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.

Christian Pastor Lured Out of Home and Stabbed to Death in India

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.

Indian Court Approves U.S. Preachers Visit to India

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.

Christian Leaders in India Remain Steadfast in Fighting for Equality

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. 

Christian Protestor in India Speaks Out on Discrimination of Christian Dalits

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. 

Church Attacked and Burnt Down in Southern India

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.

Religious Minorities in India Observe Minorities Rights Day

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.

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