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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
With India's national elections in full swing, exit polls indicate that the Hindu nationalist party BJP and their front man Modi are likely to form the center of India's next national government. Many inside and outside of India have expressed concern over Modi's human rights record, especially when it comes to religious minorities. A known Hindu nationalist, many fear that the persecuted of religious minorities like Christians will get worse under Modi's rule. In an open letter, India academics expressed "dread" over the idea of Modi taking power. Please pray for the future of India.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
During Easter Sunday, Christians across India took time to pray for India's national elections. Backing no particular political party, Christians prayed that the elections would be peaceful and that the best leader for India's future would be elected. Many Christians fear that current frontrunner, BJP, will take power in India following these elections. BJP has traditionally run on a Hindu nationalist platform and states where that party holds majority, Christians tend to suffer. Please pray over the results of this election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.