» 12/06/2005, 00.00
Hindu nationalists to mobilise against growing Christian community
In a rare step the leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh writes to the movement's "volunteers" to mobile them against minorities' demographic increase which threatens the country's integrity. He has also harsh words for conversions away from hinduism.
A national anti-conversion law to "save" India's Hindus
The leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is calling for legislation to this effect. In the past three days, more than 100 Christians have been involved in "reconversion" to Hinduism. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, this is a "grave violation of a person's freedom of choice and conscience".
Hindu nationalism is a cancer on India, says Orissa bishop
Mgr Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Cuttack-Bubaneshwar, talks about the situation of the Church following attacks against churches, cars and people in Orissa. There is a link between Hindu nationalist ideology and Nazism. For him though, Christianity has “deep roots” in the state and the Church is the “light” for many Tribals and outcasts.
Ambiguous opening to Hindu Dalits, more discrimination against Christian Dalits
A paper close to Hindu paramilitary group calls for outcastes to be allowed to head major Hindu pilgrimage centres. Commission investigating Dalit rights further postpones release of its report.
Pressures on Indian president to stop anti-Christian violence in Orissa
Violence continues, unabated. Yesterday four churches were destroyed as violence spreads to Madya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Tamil Nadu, Protestant Christians still targeted by Hindu extremists
The predominantly Christian village of Vanagiri Menvar was assalted; homes and places of worship burnt. The toll is one dead and over 15 injured. Most of the refugee population is still in the woods surrounding the village. This is the fifth attack since 2012.
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