As India’s discrimination and persecution of religious minorities continues to increase, more groups are beginning to recognize the injustice. On June 28, thousands of people protested India’s religious intolerance and joined with victims of religious violence. Protesters included church groups and secular groups alike. As right-wing coalitions continue to fight for an all-Hindu nation, more moderate and progressive leaders, celebrities, students, religious leaders, and politicians seem to be fighting for greater religious tolerance.
07/03/2017 India (UCA News) – Thousands of people, including church groups, gathered across India to protest against mounting religious intolerance and express solidarity with the victims of violence.
Secular groups across India organized the June 28 protest titled “Not in My Name” to bring together thousands of Indians who are against violence conducted in the name of Hinduism and patriotism.
“A small group in India believe that every Indian should follow a particular culture and lifestyle dictated by them” which they project as Indian culture, Michael Williams, president of the United Christian Forum, told ucanews.com.
“It cannot exist. Not in my name and not in my constitution. Do not fight this war in the name of India and Indians. You are not protecting the constitution of India by killing innocents,” he said explaining the message of the protest.
Holding placards and the national flag, students, artists, politicians and religious leaders gathered in New Delhi to take part in a silent protest. Facing the protesters was a billboard — called the Lynch Map of India — illustrating where incidents of mob lynching happened in the country since 2015.