Hindu Nationalists Demand Removal of Bust of German Missionary in India

02/18/2019 India(International Christian Concern) – According to Asia News, Hindu nationalists in India’s Jharkhand state have demanded the removal of a bust of Fr. John Hoffmann, a Christian missionary who fought to protect the rights of India’s tribal communities. The bust stands outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Sarwada, located 20 kms away from the state capital of Ranchi.

The nationalists claim that the missionary’s bust is “an insult” to a local tribal leader who fought against British colonial rule. However, Fr. Hoffmann’s legacy is one of protecting tribal rights. In 1908, Fr. Hoffmann helped defeat the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act, which protected the lands of local tribal communities.

Across India, attacks on Christians and their institutions have increased dramatically. Hindu radicals, following an extreme Hindu nationalist ideology, are the main perpetrators of these attacks and believe India should be nation only for Hindus.

According to their extreme ideology, Christians and other non-Indian religions, such as Islam, are foreign religions that must be driven out of India. According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India’s latest available data, Christians were violently attacked 351 times in 2017.

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