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NY Times Editorial: Mr. Modi’s Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists

March 23 2017

Since he was elected in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has played a cagey game, appeasing his party’s hard-line Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and economic growth. .... his party named a firebrand Hindu cleric, Yogi Adityanath, as the state’s leader. The move is a shocking rebuke to religious minorities, and a sign that cold political calculations ...republic into a Hindu state.......

U.S lawmakers urge Rajnath Singh to lift curbs on Christian charity. The Hindu

March 22 2017,

“We believe that this action by Modi government against Christian aid agencies is an attempt by the political-Hinduism to hijack the rich religious traditions of religious Hinduism and the people of India,” he said. “The hardline approach of the Hindu nationalist government under Modi has the potential to cause serious damage to the US-India relationship,” said Mr. Prabhudoss....

More attacks on Christians are reported from different parts of India.

March 23, 2017

March 17, two missionaries were beaten severely and abused phiscially by a mob of about 20 hindutva activists at Begusarai, Bihar.


March 19, yet another incident took place at Begusarai, Bihar. The same 20 hindutva activists who attacked the missionaries also attacked Pastor Christopher and the members of the congregation during...

             STATEMENT.

March 22 2017

Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is deeply disturbed by the total abdication of responsibility by Prime Minister Modi’s nationalist Hindu government in resolving an issue which affects at least 147,000 poor Indian children and their future, besides putting the US-India relationship at a greater risk.....

Jharkhand’s tenancy laws: Christian priests asked to keep away.

March 22 2017, Matters India

The BJP and Church are involved in open confrontation in Jharkhand over the issue of proposed amendments in the state’s tenancy laws, with the Church accusing the BJP of trying to drive tribals out of the state, and the party saying the Church is ...

Yogi Adityanath: 'Give him a chance' and six other meaningless arguments busted.

March 20, 2017 Yahoo News

Hindutva hardliner Adityanath, who uses the honorific “yogi”, was on Sunday sworn in as Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister, after Bharatiya Janata Party Legislative Assembly elected him to head the state government. Adityanath..

The evangelical fellowship of India reports that attacks by Mr. Modi's Hindu party against Christians are intensifying.

March 15 2017 EFI online

After the 18 verified incidents reported by Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) for the month of January 2017, EFI reports 20 verified incidents of hate crimes against Christians in India in the month of February 2017, taking the toll to 38 incidents of hate crimes against Christians in the first two months of the new year. The list is as follows....

Persecution Relief and CLA reports at least 15 violent attacks by Hindu radical groups against Christians.

March 15 2017, Persecution Relief

March/15: Pastor Giften David in the town of Tiruppur, Tamil nadu was attacked by a group of Hindu activists while he was holding a private Christian gathering.

March/14: Pastor Nepal Das sustained injuries after a group of Hindu activists attacked him and his colleagues in the village of West Midnapur

Christian Medical College, Vellore, India is targetted by the government by denying their consitutional right to manage the admissions process.

March 15, 2017 Indian Express

Getting 99 pc does not ensure that you will make a committed doctor, says Director of Christian Medical College (CMC).
Dr Sunil Thomas Chandy, Director of CMC, opens up about why they have been asking the government to rethink their merit-only philosophy with NEET and rules that this has.

Ed Royce, chairman of the powerful international relations committee writing to Rajnath Singh

March 11 2017 Indian Express

Sources said that this will be a last-ditch effort to save CI, which has announced its exit from the country on March 15 as a result of the funding curbs. US Congressman Ed Royce is planning to write to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over India’s order stopping Compassion International (CI) from accepting foreign donations.....

'It Is Devastating For Families': How Compassion International Is Being Forced Out Of India

March 10 2017, Christian Today

There are just five days to go until Compassion India will pack up more than 500 projects in India and leave around 145,000 children without support. 'I don't want to use hyperbole but it is actually devastating for many of these families,' says Justin Dowds, chief executive of Compassion UK in an interview with Christian Today.

The Hindu nationalist Indian government ...

Statement: FIACONA Condemns senseless violence  against Indian Americans

March 8, 2017

Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is very concerned about targeting of Indian workers and Indian Americans across the US in recent times.


The killing of Srinu Kuchibhotla in Kansas and Harnish Patel in South Carolina, besides the shooting of two others has sent shock waves among Indian American community.

Major Christian Charity Is Closing India Operations Amid a Crackdown

March 8 2017 NY Times

India’s crackdown on foreign aid will claim its most prominent casualty this month, as a Colorado-based Christian charity (Compassion International) that is one of India’s biggest donors closes its operations here after 48 years, ....More than 11,000 nongovernmental organizations have lost their licenses to accept foreign funds since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office in 2014....

2007 Ajmer blast case: Why Aseemanand’s acquittal points to meltdown in cases against militant Hindu nationalists?

March 9 2017, Hindustan Times

A Jaipur court on Wednesday convicted three persons but let off former RSS member Aseemanand and six others in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case in which 26 witnesses turned hostile.

Three persons were killed and 15 injured in an explosion at the famous shrine of Sufi saint .. on October 11, 2007..

Indian Catholics still pray for release of Salesian kidnapped in Yemen

March 7, 2017 Catholic News Service

A year after Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted by suspected Islamic militants in Yemen, Catholics in his home state of Kerala are still praying for his release. "The torture he suffers will definitely deepen his faith and strengthen the church," said Cardinal George Alencherry.

 

India's baseless foreign contribution bans block aid to poorest children

March 1 2017 The Hill

As of today, almost 3 months after the following article was published by the President of Compassion International, we are facing the countdown of the organization's final weeks in India. In the next couple of weeks, 145,000 children living on less than 2 dollars a day will loose their lifeline. The Hindu nationalist govenment under Mr. Modi has so far refused to allow Compassion International to continue helping the most vulnerable and neglected people in India....

Right-wing Hindu nationalist group stops a marriage in Church, forces couple to postpone the event

March 1 2017, News bits

Members of a right-wing group barged into a Church and stopped a marriage in Shivpuri district in Madhya Pradesh.

 

As the ceremony was disrupted, the police also reached the Church. But the marriage could not be solemnised due to the hooliganism. .. Now, the wedding would be as per Arya Samaj rituals and would be solemnised in Indore. This incident occurred in a church in Shivpuri....

One of the leaders of Prime Minister Modi's Hindu BJP party is held in child trafficking case

March 1, 2017 Matters India

BJP women’s wing leader Juhi Chowdhury was arrested from Batasia area close to the Indo-Nepal border last night by the CID for her alleged involvement in the Jalpaiguri child trafficking case.

 

Four persons have been arrested so far for their alleged involvement in the case involving the trafficking of at least 17 children, reported Deccan Herald...

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