Christians in India have criticized their Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for failing to condemn five separate attacks on churches on Palm Sunday. The Prime Minister, however, did take time to condemn attacks on churches in Egypt on the same day leading some to believe the leader cares more for Christians abroad then in India. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship have steadily increased under Modi and his BJP-led government. Many Christians claim that the Prime Minister does little to stop the activities of Hindu radical groups who are the main perpetrators of religiously motivated violence in India, contributing to this steady increase in anti-Christian violence.
04/13/2017 India (World Watch Monitor) – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticized for condemning the Palm Sunday attacks on churches in Egypt but failing to condemn attacks in his own country.
On the same day that two churches were bombed in Egypt, five churches in India – in five different states – were targeted (details below).
Church groups have called for extra security to be provided for churches in the run-up to Easter, and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the Egypt bombings but is not bothered about the blunt intimidation and assaults on Christians under his care,” Rev. Roger Gaikwad, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in India, told World Watch Monitor.
“Modi as usual wants to maintain a good international image. Such a statement [condemning attacks in Egypt] also bolsters the stereotype of Muslims as terrorists and Christians as people who are attacked because their proselytizing activities are inviting problems for themselves.”
The Evangelical Fellowship of India released a statement today (11 April), in which it criticised the “targeting of Christians on special days of worship, such as Palm Sunday” as “condemnable”.
“We urge the respective state governments and the central [federal] government to not only take note of these violations, but also to take action to curtail the non-state actors who function with impunity,” the statement read.
“It is important, especially now as we are in the Passion Week, for, going by the trends so far, it seems the incidents may escalate during Good Friday and Easter. It does not reflect well on the world’s largest democracy, if incidents like these continue to hound religious minorities.