Since the Hindu nationalist BJP came to power in 2014, radical Hinduism has increased steadily. Several states outlaw proselytism, and there have been efforts to impose such so-called “anti-conversion laws” at a national level. The violence of radical Hindu groups or angry mobs of villagers is often allowed by local, state and national authorities dominated by the BJP. This means the Hindu radicals can act with increasing impunity.

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NE India – Manipur violence sparks fears of religious conflict

NE India – Manipur violence sparks fears of religious conflict

India’s north-east corner consists of seven states* linked to the rest of the country by a narrow strip of land: tribal peoples there perceive themselves to be very different – in culture, identity, and even looks – from the rest of India. One state, Manipur, on the Myanmar border and […]

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India’s Christians are under attack

India’s Christians are under attack

Rahul Nayak, 25, the eldest son of Dhubaleswar and Bhubudi Nayak, a Christian couple shot dead in Odisha in July.Campaign Against Fabricated Cases   The number of violent attacks on Christians and churches in India increased over the summer months. Below, World Watch Monitor lists 18 incidents from July, August and […]

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Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’

Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’

A sixth Indian state is debating the introduction of an “anti-conversion law”. Maharashtra would follow Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in implementing a Freedom of Religion Act, which seems harmless in name, but in practice discourages evangelism, as Vishal Arora reports in the video below. Learn more: […]

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Nun says no to exam dress code

A strict dress code for India’s national medical-school entrance exam proved too strict for some religious hopefuls, including a nun who elected to skip the test rather than remove her veil and cross. In an attempt to minimise opportunities for cheating on the test, India’s Central Board of Secondary Education […]

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Modi’s UN Yoga Day latest example of co-incidence with Christian ‘high days and holidays’

Modi’s UN Yoga Day latest example of co-incidence with Christian ‘high days and holidays’

Thousands in India celebrated the first International Day of Yoga, 21 JuneFB/Narendra Modi   As you may have seen, June 21 was the first-ever International Yoga Day, observed from New Delhi to New York. In yoga’s birthplace, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself led a yoga session attended by 37,000 […]

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Report of attack on Indian nun sparks protests

Several thousand Christians in central India marched in protest June 20 and 21 after reports emerged that two men had sexually assaulted a nun in her bedroom. Citing police sources in Chhattisgarh state, the attackers broke into the 47-year-old nun’s room early June 20, tied her, and attempted to rape […]

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Christians remain cautious about Modi

Christians remain cautious about Modi

To mark the first anniversary of his government, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 declared the world is “optimistic about India and is enthusiastic about exploring the opportunities India has to offer.” To which one leader of India’s churches replied: “We have nothing to celebrate. Rather, we have […]

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‘Token’ arrests frustrate Indian bishop

An Indian bishop has accused police of ‘tokenism’ after they swiftly released on bail six suspects allegedly caught on camera vandalising a cathedral in central India on March 20. “Such kind of tokenism from police [will] not help bring in confidence among beleaguered Christians,” said Bishop Gerald Almeida. The men were […]

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