08/27/2019 India (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, in early July, three Christian leaders in Chennai, located in India’s Tamil Nadu state, were summoned to the local police station after being falsely accused of using foreign funds to convert Hindus to Christianity. While at the station, a mob of radical Hindu nationalists gathered outside and harassed the Christians leaders, a sign of the times in India.
“The shouted at us and were issuing threats that they will demolish Christian buildings,” Livingston Sekar, a son of one of the summoned church leaders, told Morning Star News. “They were screaming aggressively and my father cautioned that we should not have a fight there.”
According to local Christians, members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi Party, a local nationalist group, were responsible for instigating the mob and the false accusations against the Christian leaders. The leaders of this group previously warned the Christians that they were not allowed to hold worship in Chennai.
“Pray only with your family, your own brother and sister inside four wall of your house–if any outsider joins you, we will attack you and demolish your buildings,” they threatened, according to Livingston.
The mob of radical nationalists gathered at the police station in early July are a sign of the times in India. Since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014, religious intolerance and extreme forms of Hindu nationalism have been growing. Attacks on religious minorities, especially Muslims and Christians, have dramatically increased as nationalists enjoy near complete impunity following attacks.
According to extreme forms of Hindu nationalism, India is a Hindu nation. Because adherents to this extreme ideology view Christianity and Islam as “foreign faiths”, they believe Christians and Muslims must either leave India or accept second-class citizenship as non-Hindus.
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