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Indian Christians view Delhi elections as a victory over fascism
Across the country, members of the minority rejoice over the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party's victory in the capital. For the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the result "is the triumph of our democratic system" against growing religious intolerance. "My hope," a priest in Odisha said, "is that Kejriwal's development policies will not just be centred on economics, but will include fairness, equality and human dignity".
(AsiaNews) - "Millions of people voted against the BJP out of disgust for the
actions of violent radical nationalist forces and their distortion of history
and science," said Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian
Christians (GCIC), as he spoke to AsiaNews
about the victory
by the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi.
As the defeat
by the Hindu nationalists Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continues to resonate around
India, various Christian communities express joy at the success of Arvind
Kejriwal, Delhi's new chief minister.
George, this result "is a triumph of our democratic system, the consequence
of growing intolerance toward minorities, the desecration and vandalism against
five churches in Delhi, and the complicit silence of the federal government in
the face of violence against the Christian community."
Kumar Singh, a human rights activist in Bhubaneswar (Odisha), agrees. "With
AAP's win in Delhi, Hindutva fascist forces will now be checked," he told AsiaNews. "My hope," he went on to say, "is
that Kejriwal's development policies will not just be centred on economics, but
will also include fairness, equality and human dignity".
For his part, Michael Gonsalves, senior assistant editor at the Financial Chronicle, the AAP's "resounding
victory has demonstrated that ordinary people cannot be bribed, pressured or
threatened and that they can rise above caste, creed, religion and politics for
the development of the country".
In fact, the "AAP won over the common man," he explained, "because AAP
leaders repeatedly committed themselves to the daily needs of the common man, like
electricity, water, good roads and governance without corruption,"
In view of this, Arvind "Kejrival should always remember that, as he goes about
his daily business of governance, the common man is conscious, cautious,
conscientious and above all watchful over every move the AAP" will make.
(Santosh Digal contributed to this article)
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