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June 12 2017

Mr. Modi, the Indian Prime Minister of the Hindu nationalist party which calls Christ as a 'Demon' is scheduled to meet with President Trump at the White House on June 26.

The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations is gravely concerned about the legitimacy such a meeting brings to the radical ideology of Mr. Modi's political party. Mr. Modi's group is not only causing serious damage to the safety and security ...

Prime Minister Modi of India - a radical Hindu nationalist party leader to meet President Trump at the White House

June 12, 2017

The government of India in a statement announced today that Prime Minister Modi will be meeting with President Trump at the White House on June 26.

Mr. Modi who was banned from entering the United states for his involvement in inciting religious hatered against non-Hindus in India. He seeks the apporval and validation of the world leaders to his ideology.

Textbook in the state of Mr. Modi's Gujarat calls Jesus demon ..

June 8, Matters India

Christians in Gujarat has demanded withdrawal of a school textbook that refers to Jesus Christ as a demon whose stories would be remembered forever. The lesson appeared in the Hindi textbook for ninth grade under the Gujarat State Board. The education minister and the chairperson of the textbook board have said that the error will be rectified soon......

33 crore (330 Million) gods and goddesses reside inside cow’: Rajasthan HC judge who wants cow as national animal, life term for slaughter.

May 31, Hindustan Times

The order comes amid a fierce nationwide debate on a controversial central government notification that banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal farms. Angry protests have rocked Kerala and Tamil Nadu and other states such as West Bengal have rejected the rule on grounds that it violates India’s federal structure..

Christian children detained in India, state claims they are Hindu under the law

May 30, Crux Now

Christians have been facing increasing discrimination in different parts of India. In the latest incidents, children were prevented from attending a summer camp, because their Christian parents had allegedly failed to convert to Christianity “legally.” Police detained the children, and charged the men with “attempted conversion,” despite the fact the children came....

India Arrests Christians for Taking Kids to Bible Camps ..

May 30 Christian Post

Government authorities in India have arrested as many as 11 people for transporting dozens of Christian children to a Bible camp this month in the predominantly-Hindu Madhya Pradesh state, and have charged them with kidnapping and attempting to convert Hindu children. The New Indian Express reports that chaperones associated with a Bible camp in Nagpur were arrested earlier this ....

More than 27 violent attacks and arsons reported in the first three weeks of May alone.

May 28, Various Sources

The reports that reach us are shared mainly by victims themselves through social media and personal phone calls/emails as the  mainstream media has been refusing to write about these attacks fearing government reprisal. It is estimated that less than 5% of the attacks come to light while over 95% of such attacks and intimidation never reaches anyone outside of victim's own communities.....

As Narendra Modi completes three years in power, V. Kumara Swamy sifts reality from rhetoric and finds a government blundering on its core pledge

May 21, The Telegraph

From the time he was picked as the BJP's prime ministerial choice in 2013, Modi has remained the centre of the national discourse - the man who has set, through acts of commission and noticeable omission, the debate over where India is, or should be, headed. ......

Pastor in India Lost Hearing from Assault by Hindu Extremists ..

May 9 Morningstar News

Pastor Sikhandar Kumar in eastern India’s Bihar state lost his hearing after Hindu extremists assaulted him on church premises last month.

Doctors at a Hajipur government hospital and the District Superintendent of Police in Vaishali said that the loss of hearing and wounds on Pastor Sikandar Kumar’s body were a result of being beaten with iron rods and sticks,.....

Over 50 Christian Children Pulled Off Train, 'Held' At Police Station and question about conversions In the state of Madhya Pradesh India.

May22, NDTV

Over 50 children were pulled out of a train journey and detained at a police station in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. The children, all 12 and below, and dressed in their best outfits, were apparently forced to spend hours at the police station on the suspicion that they were being herded to a religious conversion .....

Newly built church in Hyderabad ransacked by Hindu extremists of Mr. Modi's party

May 22, Matters India

A mob attacked a newly built church eight days after it was blessed in the southern Indian city of Secunderabad.

“Everything inside the church has been destroyed,” Father Aloysius Selvakumar, parish priest of St Joseph’s Church, told Matters India on May 22, a day after some 100 villagers attacked the Our Lady of Fatima Church, Godumakunta, a substation. ......

A Pastor’s Home and a church building Burned Down in Tamil Nadu State, India, Sources Say Young hard-line Hindu men threatened Christian leader..

May 17 Morningstar News

Hard-line Hindus in southern India, burned down a church building and the pastor’s home this month, sources said. After pastor John Muller and his pregnant wife left for a store on May 3, the assailants in Tamil Nadu state’s Attipattu village, Cuddalore District, set fire to their church building and adjoining home, Pastor Muller told Morning Star News.....

Executive meeting of Mr. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, adopts a resolution proposing a law to end religious conversion to Christianity in Jharkand.

May 5, UCA News

Bharatiya Janata Party maintains Christian missionaries' service in education and health are a cover to attract the poor.The ruling pro-Hindu party in eastern India's majority-tribal Jharkhand state has pushed for an anti-conversion law that church leaders fear .....

122 year old Cross removed by BJP government in Mumbai

May 4, EWTN

Despite being located on private property, a 122 year-old cross was demolished late last month in a suburb of Mumbai, sparking legal action from the archdiocese.

“This is gross misuse of authority and the archdiocese, in collaboration with various representative bodies, will legally pursue ......

Two Christian religious symbols desecrated in Mumbai.

April 20,  The Asia Net

Sajan K George, president of GCIC reports that the latest episodes of intimidation against the Christian minority was a theft: "This is all cause for great concern", he tells AsiaNews. A cross was desecrated in the Kalina district - one person arrested. Sajan K George: "Christians are an easy objective of social anti-elements." ....

Indian public health group loses permit for foreign funds.

April 21 Washington Post

India’s government has canceled permission for foreign funding for one of the country’s main public health organizations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

It’s the latest move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in cracking down on charities and nonprofits that receive funds from overseas

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Catholic bishop, five others acquitted in conversion case..

April 21, Matters India

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has given clean chit to a Catholic bishop and five others in a nine-year-old religious conversion case.

 

There is “no sufficient evidence to frame the charges against the petitioners,” says the order by the principal bench headed by Justice S K Gangele......

By Mixing Religion With Politics, India is Going Down Pakistan’s Road.

April 20,  The Wire

Never have we resembled Pakistan as much as we have begun to in the last few years.

Pakistan’s journey of blatantly mixing sharia-based Islam with politics began way back in the year 1977 when then Army Chief General Zia-ul-Haq first deposed Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in an army ....

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