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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 ....

A Good Friday mass held by a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Chengalpattu was disrupted by police. along with several such reports across India

April 14 2017 Reports

The members of the church in Sogandi, in Chengalpattuu district have held their Good Friday worship on a hill near the town for the past 50 plus years. The hill where the mass was held has special significance to the members of the Catholic community in Chengalpattu.

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Odisha’s new Catholic converts ready for martyrdom.

April 14, Matters India

Prabin Digal knew the risks involved when he took the biggest decision in life: to become a Catholic along with his mother and young brother.

“We will stick to our faith in Christ no matter what happens. We are willing to die for our faith and Christ,” the 22-year-old tenth grader told Matters India on April 12 soon after his baptism at Our.

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Police in the state of Bihar say that Hindu radicals ordered them not to interfere while they assaulted Christian villagers.

March 27, Morning Star News

Police in Bihar state this month obeyed Hindu extremist orders not to interfere as they beat a pastor and a Bible college student, sources said.

The Hindu extremists in the eastern state of India lured Assemblies of God pastor Ajay Kumar and a trainee to a marketplace in Begusarai on ....

Prime Minster Modi's group converts 53 families in in an attempt to make one Indian state ‘Christianity-free’

April 10 2017 Hindustan Times

At least 53 families in five tribal-dominated villages “returned to Hindu fold” in the last one month as part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s “Christianity-free” block campaign in Jharkhand’s Arki, RSS workers have said.

The alleged ghar wapsi (conversion to Hinduism), sources said, would continue throughout April........

Christian Prayer Meet Called Off in Bengaluru Due to Threats from Mr. Modi's Political Party.

April 9, News 18 TV

A Christian prayer meeting was cancelled in the country's IT capital Bengaluru on Saturday after complaints were lodged that this could facilitate forced conversions in the city which was to host two American preachers for this event......

Lent services in a 100 year old church in the state of UP was disrupted by Mr. Modi's party members. Americans who attended the church service were questioned.

April 8, Times Now TV

Church services were disrupted by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister Yogi Adtiyanath’s hometown Gorakhpur’s Maharajganj on Saturday. People alleged to be the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini group, claimed that the church was holding a conversion ceremony....

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.

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