Catholic leaders in India’s Goa state have accused the pro-Hindu state government of promoting ideas and ideologies that incite terrorist activities against religious minorities, especially Christians. The government supports such groups like the 130 pro-Hindu organizations that met and want followers to hang beef eaters and seek a Hindu-only nation within 10 years. One Hindu nun, Sadhvi Saraswati, went so far as to declare that the cow was so sacred that anyone who killed one should receive the same punishment as a human murderer. Such rhetoric is incredibly toxic and dangerous for religious minorities. When the government does not counter such rhetoric, people are more likely to act with extremism.
7/1/2017 India (UCA India) – Catholic leaders have accused the pro-Hindu state government in Goa, western India, of inciting terrorist activities and the promotion of Hindu fundamentalist ideologies across the country.
The accusation follows a three-day conclave, involving some 130 pro-Hindu organizations, that called on followers to hang beef eaters and initiate violence against Hindus who believe in secular ideologies.
Goa and Daman Archdiocese’s Council for Social Justice and Peace questioned the government’s inaction over “conventions that propagate divisive, anti-national and terrorist ideologies,” in the Christian-stronghold state.