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  • » 05/14/2014, 00.00

    INDIA

    Christian leader: With Narendra Modi in power, religious minorities and Dalits are at risk

    Nirmala Carvalho

    This is how Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) comment AsiaNews, the exit poll that give the Bharatiya Janata Party (the Hindu nationalist BJP) close to victor . The activist denounces "an election campaign with an extreme fundamentalist stamp". The support of Indian tycoons.

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - If Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, the Hindu nationalist) really win the general election, "religious minorities and dalits in India are at risk" It Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC ) tells AsiaNews, commenting on the exit poll - all pro - Modi - which came out at the end of voting.

    Sajan George outlines to AsiaNews main concerns regarding Modi. First of all, " a campaign with an extreme fundamentalist stamp; the promise to expel all Bangladeshi (and Muslims) migrants, the references to the 'Rose Revolution' (an end to beef exports-ed), the demonization of the city of Azamgarh, referred to as the 'cradle of terrorism'".

    Moreover, he adds, "the Modi campaign also has a strong upper-caste bias, and GCIC is concerned for the 200 million Dalits throughout the country.  The worst affected will be the Dalit Christians and Muslims, who through the  1950 legislation are not eligible for privileges like free education, set quotas for government jobs and seats in legislatures to improve their status. However" adds the GCIC President, "GCIC does not share the same view of the exit polls and does not see a majority BJP government ruling in secular democratic India."

    Meanwhile, however, the media highlight these predictions, fueled also by the reactions of markets and major shareholders. Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man and chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL second largest Indian oil company which also operates in the communications -ed) , added  800 million US dollars to its share capital when the exit polls pointed to a possible victory for Modi. On the other hand, his pro-investment campaign blunted criticism about his responsibility for the Gujarat massacres that took place between Hindus and Muslims in 2002.

     

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