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Jharkhand: Hindu fundamentalists want anti-conversion law
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party are pushing for a law that would introduce a statewide ban on the conversion of Hindus to other religions. Similar laws are in place in seven other Indian states. Catholics are critical of the project.
What Indian Christians can hope from these elections
Voting, which began today, is scheduled to last a month. For Christians two factors are a potential sign of change: the end of the alliance between the BJP and Orissa’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his party, and the election of a new leader to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or National Volunteers' Organisation).
More than 500 cases of anti-Christian violence in 23 months
Members of the Church, believers and places of worship have been victimised. A Christian group has collected the evidence and has slammed the collusion and protection with Hindu nationalists. Now it wants the central government act against the violence which is “worse than terrorist attacks.” The bishop of Vasai calls on believers of every faith to work together for human rights.
Ultranationalist Indians to impose Hindutva on religious minorities
Social activist Ram Puniyani sounds the alarm after recent statements by the president of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The Hindu leader said that Hindutva is the "cultural identity of all Indians", which radical groups want to impose in order to create an "all Hindu" state.
Hindu fundamentalists beat up six Christian theology students in Kerala
RSS activists are behind the attack. An evangelical pastor is killed in Karnataka.
Jharkhand calls on the Church to help with drought emergency, a step opposed by Hindu extremists
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh charges the government of being “run on communal lines”, something which “will prove dangerous for the people.” For the local BJP president, the new policy is “an attempt to Christianise the State.” For him “Congress wants to win the [next] election with the support of the Church.”
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