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Compassion Int'l Among Thousands Forced Out of India: We Must Speak Up for Religious Liberty ....

Aug 18, Sen John Kennedy in Christian Post

...the Indian government is using a broad provision of law to force organizations such as Compassion International out of India. After nearly 50 years, this humanitarian aid organization has been forced to leave.

 

The Indian government, under Modi's leadership, has made it difficult......

To stay a Union, India Must Keep Hateful Ideologies at Bay

Aug 25, India Abroad

The question we must ask, is Union of India sliding towards that splinter driven by a hateful ideology? Will the idea that brought people of different races and religious traditions speaking different languages, together into what the Mahatma called the Union of India, survive the dark impulse of a few who are determined to take India into the middle ages?
There is a silver lining... 

Pastors in India Put Trust in God amid Persecution Jailed, beaten church leaders keep their sights upward...

Aug 16 Morningstar News

As two Hindu extremists gripped his hands while others beat him last week in northern India, Pastor Amar Stephen was asking God to forgive them.

“Some attackers were holding both my hands so I couldn’t move, while others in the mob beat me,” he told Morning Star News. “At that time, I did not feel the pain of a single blow........

Police Disingenuous in Hindu Extremist Assault on Pastors in Tamil Nadu, India..

Aug 6, 2017 Morningstar

Officers arrest non-Hindu to hide religious motive for attack, sources say.

Hard-line Hindus used steel rods and a butcher’s knife to attack a father-son pastoral team in Tamil Nadu state, India, injuring the brain tissue of the elder clergyman, sources said.

In Thyagaraja Nagar, in the Sirkali area of Nagapattinam District, 28-year-old pastor Daniel

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Hate speeches made by Hindu groups, crosses desecrated: Goa on fanaticism alert

Aug 5, Hindustan Times

It was a Saturday morning in July. Agnelo Fernandes, a retired seaman and resident of Goa’s Curchorem village was dressed to go out, but decided to call a staff member of the local church before doing so, to check with him the schedule for a Mass to celebrate the local MLA’s birthday. The committee member told him about  .......

More than 17 incidents of violence against Christians are reported in the month of July

July 2017

July 4

Christians were beaten by Hindu mobs at Ketulnar Village, Bjiapur, Chattisgarh.

The attackers charged the Christians of defiling the whole village and converting their relatives. The attackers forcefully took all the Bibles and other Christian books from Christian homes in a big basket and brought

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STATEMENT..

Aug 2, 2017

Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is very pleased at President Trump's  nomination of Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas to be the next Ambassador At-Large for the office of International Religious Freedom at the US State Department.

FIACONA has a long and constructive relationship with Senator Brownback from the days he was a Member of US House of Representatives .......

The cabinet committee of State of Jharkhand clears a bill to block conversion to Christianity

Aug 2, 2017 Matters India

Jharkhand’s BJP-led government headed by chief minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday cleared the draft of an anti-conversion bill with provisions of jail term up to four years and fine up to 100,000 rupees for those converting anyone’s religion through force or allurement. With the government planning to introduce the bill in the Assembly’s .......

Militarising students:  Phase two of Hindu nationalist agenda. by S Nihal Singh

July 29, 2017

The first phase of the ruling dispensation was to “catch’em young”, as the old adage would have it. It began with the indoctrination of young schoolchildren by revising textbooks, banning foreign language instruction. The second phase of the BJP’s programme is the militarisation of Indian society. The Parivar has always been jingoistic in its nationalism .......

Bishops welcome India's new president with caution...

July 21, UCAN

Echoing the views of the Catholic bishops, Samuel Jaykumar of the National Council of Churches in India

Some leaders have called for amendments in the constitution to alter the secular character of the nation.

Kovind had been earlier embroiled in a controversy when, as a BJP leader in 2010, he said "Islam and Christianity are alien to India........

Indian bishop welcomes extra judicial killings probe

July 20, 2017

Seven states heavily militarized because of 'war-like' situation across northeast India


India's top court July 14 directed the government to engage the country's Central Bureau of Investigation agency to probe allegations that army, paramilitary forces and police killed without trial 1,528 people in the state between 2000 and 2012.......

Indian priest arrested for child abuse Christians discount the charge as an attempt to tarnish the image of the community in the pro-Hindu ruled state.

July 13, 2017

Police arrested the priest even without a preliminary investigation. It was an attempt to tarnish the image of Christians that run the school ranked among the three best in the district. hard-line Hindu groups had earlier tried to create trouble for Christians accusing them of converting tribal people to Christianity....

Goa Cross desecration: Fact finding team questions the motive behind the arrest made by police...

July 17, Matters India

The team set up by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) and the Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) has demanded an impartial probe into the incidents.

A statement from the team says it “strongly feels that the arrest (of Francis Pereira) appears as a familiar script to similar crimes across the country to pacify the civil society and the affected communities and divert attention from the actual perpetrators.”.......

Pastor shot dead outside Ludhiana church in Punjab

July 16, Tribune India

The pastor of a local church was shot dead by two assailants at Peerubanda Mohalla around 8.45 pm today. The bike-borne assailants fired multiple shots at the pastor, killing him on the spot. The deceased, Sultan Masih, sustained two bullet injuries in the chest and one in the head.

Masih also runs a school for poor children inside the Temple of God church. He is survived by his wife Sarabjit and sons — Alishah (26) and Hanok (18).......

Modi’s Strongman Economics.

June 9, Opinion NY Times

Almost no new jobs have been created under Mr. Modi. In the late Singh years, economists say, at least 400,000 extra jobs were added yearly. In the last three years of Mr. Singh’s government, from 2011 to 2014, on average 579,000 extra jobs were added yearly in India.

That was far too few, considering roughly one million people join the labor force every month. But under Mr. Modi the job-creation rate has fallen, in effect, to zero. Data for 2015, the latest year for which they are available, suggest that little more than 100,000..

Cross desecration continues in Goa..

July 13, 2017

Two more crosses were found allegedly destroyed in Goa on July 13, about 10 days after a similar desecration was reported from the western Indian state with sizeable Catholic population.

The latest incident occurred at Loutolim village, some 40 km south of the capital.

Earlier desecration was at St. Jose de Areal and Gudi Paroda villages.

Goa has witnessed a spate of attacks on religious symbols since early July. At least 11 holy crosses and a temple have been vandalized by unidentified persons in South Goa district.......

Desecration of cross in St. Jose de Areal and Gudi Paroda by Members of Prime Minister Modi's party

July 2, 2017 The Hindu

Two separate incidents of desecration of the holy cross were reported from south Goa’s Catholic-dominated Salcete area on Sunday morning.Two crosses were desecrated in St. Jose de Areal and one in Gudi Paroda.

Confirming the incidents, South Goa Superintendent of Police Chandan Chowdhary said while people had 

gathered at St. Jose de Areal, there was no gathering in Paroda where only the platform of the cross has been damaged......

More than 22 incidents of violence by Prime Minister Modi's party members against Christians reported across India in the month of June.

June 30, 2017

June 29:
Pastor was beaten by a mob for engaged in evangelism at Bijapur, Karnataka.

About 20 members beloning to the Hindu radical group that is ruling India under Prime Minister Modi, stopped the pastor while he was sharing the gospel with the two villagers. He was locked up inside an old school building in the village and beaten with rods and whips untill 11 pm.......

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