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A Christian leader in India has called on the Christian community to save the country from “nationalist forces” by voting in the Gujarat elections. Since taking power in 2014, the BJP-led government has overseen a country where religious intolerance and attacks on religious minorities has skyrocketed. Will the Christian community be able to effect the upcoming elections in Gujarat? 

11/23/2017 India ( – Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Gandhinagar has written a letter urging members of the Christian community to save the country from “nationalist forces” as he said the “democratic fabric” of the country was at stake, amidst growing “sense of insecurity” among minorities.

Indirectly targeting the ruling BJP in the state, Archbishop Thomas Macwan appealed to the minority community to help elect those candidates, who respect every human being without discrimination, to the state Assembly.

He said the nationalist forces were “on the verge of taking over the country”, which is why the Gujarat elections could make a difference.

In an official communique dated November 21, Macwan appealed to the Christians to organize prayer services in parishes and convents “so that we may have such people elected to the Gujarat Assembly, who would remain faithful to the Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination”.

“The democratic fabric of the country is at stake amidst growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, Other Backward Class (OBC), Backward Class, poor, etc,” he said.

“The results of this election are significant and will have its repercussion and reverberation throughout our beloved nation. It will influence the future course of our country.

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