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Karnataka, Hindu fundamentalists convention: the fears of Christians
ICC Note: As an ultra-nationalist Hindu group prepares to meet in Karnataka Christians are appealing to the National Human Rights Commission for protection of their lives. Ultra-nationalist Hindu groups are often the inspiration behind deadly Christians attacks, including the violence in Orissa in 2008 that drove thousands of Christians from their homes.  
By Nirmala Carvalho
01/31/2013 India (AN)- There is great concern among the Christian community in Karnataka for the forthcoming meeting of the Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu ultranationalist group chiefly responsible for violence towards ethnic and religious minorities in India. The convention will be held in Mangalore on 3rd February and Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), has asked the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the chief minister of the state “to ensure special protection for Christians: their lives, their property and freedom of worship, in public and in private. ”

“In Karnataka – says the GCIC president – there are already attempts to inculcate Hindutva [Hindu ideology], from textbooks. at least 100 thousand followers Rss are expected at the conference: this mobilization could turn into attacks on Christians”.
In 2008, coinciding with the anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa, Karnataka registered attacks on churches and local communities, and has long been one of the most “dangerous” states for the minority. According to a report by GCIC on data relating to anti-Christian persecution, Karnataka has “excelled” in 2012, with 41 cases of violence out of a total 135 attacks across India.

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