Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations FIACONA
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Date  Relevant News Items 2020
   

April 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian group feeds poor people in Delhi
A Christian group has been distributing home-cooked food and rations to people in need in different parts of Delhi since March 25.
Unity in Christ, a registered NGO, is led by Minakshi Singh, chairperson, who spearheads the efforts to feed people who affected by the 21-day lockdown due to COVID-19 in India.
“We are making food for distribution for poor people. We have also decided to give raw food packets and homemade food in optional days as long as this lockdown lasts, Singh told Matters India.
“We intend to render service to people in need during these difficult times. They need our support. Our efforts are all being done by donations of different religious people, of goodwill and walk of life for this noble cause,” Singh said.
In the beginning, the number was about 50 people. Gradually the number on the increase as much as 400 people, she informed. Other team members are Sanjay McGee, Dipika McGee, Noel Shashi, Tina Paul and Noel Shashi and a few others from different faith groups. Read more
April 1 Police Detain Christians Providing Aid to the Poor in Tamil Nadu, India
Hindu nationalist beats church members, officer slaps them, pastor says. Police in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state rushed to a slum where Christians were providing food and other aid earlier this month and detained them on false charges of forcible conversion, sources said.
Marakkanam police in Viluppuram District humiliated the Christians, including the presbyter of the Viluppuram Church of South India, accusing them in coarse language of trying to fraudulently convert the poor in the guise of providing basic necessities, said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Perumal Kanagaraj.
Shortly after Pastor Kanagaraj and about 30 young adults from the church arrived from Viluppuram to the nearby slum area of Anumandai village on March 8, a member of the Hindu Munnani extremist group showed up and began uttering obscenities at them, the church leader said. Read more

April 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Indian Church urged to care for stranded migrants
Catholic bishops of Ranchi, eastern India, have appealed their fellow prelates to reach out to millions of migrant laborers stranded in the country by the 21-day national lockdown.
“These are difficult times and even as we live in lockdown and make every attempt to keep ourselves safe, thousands of migrants are stuck where they are, not knowing where to go or have hit the road with their families and children without transport, monetary means or alimentary provisions,” says the March 28 appeal from Jesuit Archbishop Felix Toppo of Ranchi and Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 8 pm on March 24 ordered the nationwide lockdown from the midnight of that day as way to prevent spread of the Covid-19. It limits the movement of the country’s 1.37 billion people for 21 days.
The lockdown was preceded by a 14-hour voluntary public curfew on March 22. The lockdown has caught millions of migrants and daily wagers off guard, leaving them no time to return home. Hundreds of thousands of them are now seen stranded at bus or railway stations or walking to their villages hundreds of kilometers away. Read more

April 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIACONA is Concerned About the Distribution of Much Needed Supplies to Vulnerable Sections of the Population During the
Coronavirus Lockdown. The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is pleased to learn that 2.9 million dollars is allocated for India to fight the Coronavirus issue in the stimulus bill.
Due to the complete lockdown, all private traders and grocers in India had to shut down their shops leaving the public at large with no options to buy even the vegetables and groceries from anywhere for their day to day survival. The Indian government wants to take the sole responsibility of distributing all vegetables and groceries for each family in the whole country for the remaining 2 weeks of the 21 day lockdown or until the lockdown is lifted.
It is an effort that was never tried at this scale. The entire 1.3 billion people are going to be needing such deliveries when they run out of basic groceries at homes soon if they have not already run out. Read more

Mar 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Exposes India’s Official Callousness
The largest lockdown in history is not, to put it mildly, going as planned. Within a few days of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing on national television that the country was being shut down for three weeks, hundreds of thousands took to the country’s highways, marching long distances back to their home towns and villages. Others thronged bus stations—the trains are not running—hoping for a bus back home. At least 22 people have reportedly died in the mass migration, exhausted and hungry.
The point of India’s lockdown, as elsewhere, is to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus. But, if anything, this vast movement of people likely means the virus will find its way to the poorer rural parts of India where it could do the most damage. There’s certainly little social distancing in evidence in the photos of thousands of people jostling each other waiting for buses. Read more

Mar 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India’s coronavirus emergency just beginning as lockdown threatens to turn into human tragedy
A week after Narendra Modi ordered the largest national lockdown the planet has ever seen and Delhi's Bhogal market is little quieter than usual.
Rather than being confined to home to stop the spread of Covid-19, large groups of residents instead huddle together in the shade, drinking tea and playing cards.
Street vendors continue to hawk fresh fruit and vegetables and the police watch as daily life in the capital's backstreets continues, apparently content to enforce movement restrictions only on the capital's major thoroughfares.
The failure to abide by the prime minister's decree is due to necessity, rather than defiance, said Muhammad Asif, 21, a cycle-rickshaw driver scanning the crowd for customers. The three-week-long social distancing precautions ordered by Mr Modi are an unaffordable luxury for tens of millions of daily-wage labourers. Read more

Mar 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu leader threatens Christians with new wave of persecution
In a media interview, Milind Parande, the General Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or World Hindu Council, claimed that Hindus were being forced to convert to Christianity and Islam.
Most attacks on Christians are launched under the pretext of the alleged "forcible" conversion of Hindus. According to India's own population data, the conspiracy of mass conversions to Christianity does not hold up, says the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern. "In 1951, the first census after independence, Christians made up only 2.3% of India's overall population. According to the 2011 census, the most recent census data available, Christians still only make up 2.3% of the population." Read more

Mar 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians Suffer Police Brutality, Illegal Arrests in Uttar Pradesh, India
Church members forced to pose like Christ on the cross during beating.
On March 15 a church of 200 people was immersed in a Sunday service when 30 Hindu extremists brandishing hockey sticks and steel rods arrived with police at the worship hall built on the premises of the pastor’s home in the Kunda area of Pratapgarh District, sources said.
“Once I saw them armed with hockey sticks and steel rods, I understood that they had come to attack us,” Pastor Indresh Kumar Gautam, 24, told Morning Star News. “I got down from the pulpit and decided to face them before they cause nuisance or attack any of the members of the congregation.” He could see they were young men of the Hindu extremist Bajrang Dal from his and neighboring villages, he said. The pastor said they accused the church of increasing conversions to Christianity in the area. Read more

Mar 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A matter of faith: Blog by Robin David
Recently, a statue of Lord Jesus and 14 crosses portraying events in the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his entombment, were removed from a cemetery in Karnataka near Bengaluru by the district administration. It was alleged that the church was encroaching on public land and involved in forcible conversions.
The rule of law and secularism are at the heart of the Indian Constitution and Indian laws. The rule of law assures us of equality before it and equal treatment of laws, liberty, dignity, personal freedom and the right to life. The Preamble to our Constitution and Articles 25 and 26 dealing with freedom of religion guarantee equality to all individuals and groups irrespective of their beliefs. They also emphasise that there is no religion of the State itself. The concept of secularism is one facet of the right to equality woven as the central golden thread in the fabric depicting the pattern of the scheme of the Constitution as noted in the M Ismail Faruqui vs the Union of India case. Read more

Mar 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radical group attacks Christian hospital and its staff in Mandya
Christian hospital in Mandya was attacked by a group of radical Hindus who claimed that the public relations officer and the hospital administrator denigrated Hindu deities.
The attack took place after an elderly Hindu patient at Sanjo Hospital with high blood pressure questioned Simon George, the public relation officer, about the Bible that was in his room. Simon answered him saying that he could read the Bible if he was interested.
On the very next day, after the elderly was discharged from the hospital, members of RSS stormed into the hospital and attacked Simon and Sister Nirmal Jose, the hospital administrator.
When local police arrived at the place of incident, they took both the Christians into custody instead of helping them.
"There is nothing criminal or illegal about keeping a Bible in a hospital room," said Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). "No Hindu deity has been offended," he Read more

Mar 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HC rejects BJP leader's petition to ban religious conversions
The Delhi High Court on March 13 asked BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay to withdraw his petition that called for a ban on religious conversions.
A bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar asked Upadhyay himself to withdraw the petition instead of rejecting it and stated that professing a religion was a matter of personal belief and to convert to a different faith was an individual's choice.
In his petition, Upadhyay claimed that many individuals/organizations have started conversions of SC/STs in rural areas and "the situation is very alarming."
"The mass religious conversion of the socially economically downtrodden men, women and children, and, in particular of the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe community, is on the rise in the past 20 years," the petition said. Read more

Mar 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Congress demand India release detained American pastor Bryan Nerren
Members of Congress are demanding that the government of India release a Tennessee pastor who continues to be detained in the country even after he resolved a customs case brought against him for allegedly not paying duty on money he brought into the country.
"We write to bring your attention to the case of Bryan Kevin Nerren Sr. of Shelbyville, Tennessee. We are immediately concerned with the health of the Nerren family, including Mr. Nerren's daughter with special needs, who has been hospitalized with pneumonia as Mr. Nerren remains in India without a clear point of return," Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Reps. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and Jody Hice, R-Ga., wrote in a letter to the Indian Foreign Secretary Read more

Mar 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Gogoi’s nomination to Upper House of Parliament is a tragic blow to judicial independence:
More than being a reward for a retired judge, the offer of a cushy post-retirement job is a message to judges who are still working.
This isn’t the first post-retirement political job the Narendra Modi government has given a judge. In 2014, former Chief Justice P Sathasivam was appointed governor of Kerala.
Throughout his tenure as chief justice, Gogoi was criticised for siding with the government on important matters. Whether it was the investigation into the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal or the controversy over the position of the Central Bureau of Investigation director, decisions were either delayed or were openly pro-government. He also provided the Centre a roadmap for a nationwide National Register of Citizens by ramming through the flawed process in Assam.
The government is by far the biggest litigator before the higher judiciary. Every such appointment puts under question the court’s ability to adjudicate matters without fear or favour. Unless the Supreme Court decides to stop such political appointments, the idea judicial independence will become mere rhetoric. Read more

Mar 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modi govt to track each and every aspect of 1.2 billion people,
Modi government is in concluding phase to make a database to track every aspect of 1.2 billion citizens’ lives
Modi government is in concluding phase to make a database to track every aspect of 1.2 billion people lives, according to a report in Huffington Post India. According to a previously undisclosed government document, the government is planning to create an all-encompassing, auto-updating, searchable database to track each and every resident of the country.
If this project becomes a reality, it will automatically track when a citizen moves between cities, changes jobs, buys a new property; when a new member of a family is born, dies or gets married and moves to their spouse’s home. Read more
Mar 16 Four Christians tortured by police in UP, India
Police officials and radical Hindu nationalists disrupted a Christian congregation of 150 and detained four Christians in a police station for over eight hours in Uttar Pradesh's Dhamayapur village on March 15.
According to Mohit, one of the four detained Christians, a dozen police officers and a mob of over 30 Bajrang Dal activists attacked the regular Sunday worship where around 150 Christians had gathered.
"I saw a crowd advancing towards us. I was so frightened. I was also really worried for my congregation," Mohit to International Christian Concern (ICC).
The assaulters broke into the worship hall and started to hit the Christians. "The Bajrang Dal activists told us that we are converting people in the name of casting out evil spirits and spreading a foreign faith," Mohit said. Read more

Mar 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizenship Amendment Act: Reading the UN body’s intervention in Supreme Court
The intervention doesn’t touch upon the sovereignty of Parliament. It may be prudent for the SC to allow it.
On March 4, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, filed an intervention in the Supreme Court on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA). She sought to intervene as an amicus in a petition challenging the constitutionality of the CAA. This move raises some interesting questions such as the locus of international law actors to intervene in domestic proceedings, and the extent to which international law influences the interpretation of domestic legal provisions. More generally, the intervention and the government’s attitude to it also reflects on the latter’s willingness to engage with international law actors on domestic issues, which have international legal implications, and the consequences for its standing in the world community as an international law-abiding nation. Read more

Mar 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal animists in central India drove a Christian family into the jungle last week, with one later intercepting their 9-year-old girl and threatening to kill her if she went to school again, her father said.
On Wednesday (March 11), two days after an attack expelling the Christians from Bilood village in Madhya Pradesh state, the wife of the primary assailant stopped the girl (name withheld) as she returned from school to her makeshift refuge in the jungle, her father said. The woman’s husband, identified only as Laxman, had led the March 9 attack on the family of pastor Lalu Kirade, with the assailants later demolishing their home in Khandwa District.
Holding her by her hair, Laxman’s wife asked her how dare she enter the village,” Pastor Kirade said. “[Name withheld] told her that she cannot miss school as her annual examinations are taking place. But Laxman’s wife pulled my daughter’s hair and threatened her that she should not been seen in the village or she would be beaten to death.” Read more

Mar 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Delhi and Telangana also oppose Modi-Shah’s citizenship ‘Masterstroke’
Modi govt’s various measures on citizenship are running into difficulty. Delhi and Telangana are the latest to oppose the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register
A few days ago, the Bihar government, too, which is a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), voiced its opposition to the NRC and the NPR unless the latter adhered to the 2010 format. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision was hailed by his main political rival in the state, Tejashvi Yadav of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), who said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had been “pushed back 1,000 km”. There are now 12 states and Union territories which have opposed these proposed legislations. Read more

Mar 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amit Shah’s NPR word vs rule: Yet another fine example of the deception of both Modi and his deputy Shah. This illlustrates why the world could not trust anything Modi government says. Theur public statements keeps changing everyday with no relevance to truth. They seem to be speaking from both sides depending on who they are talking to. Now they say,

'No document will be sought under the NPR; you are free to give whatever information you want'. 
Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said no one would be marked “doubtful” if they did not provide all the information sought for the preparation of the National Population Register (NPR), adding that no documents needed to be furnished during the process, either.
Shah was responding in the Rajya Sabha to a specific question on the NPR from Congress MP Kapil Sibal during a discussion on the Delhi riots, for which the home minister and the BJP have sought to blame the countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“No document will be sought under the NPR. You are free to give whatever information you want. Nobody will be marked a doubtful citizen. No one should be scared of the NPR process,” Shah said amid a volley of questions from the Opposition. Read more

Mar 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fascim works swiftly, silently
Strong nationalism, xenophobia, 'us versus them' rhetoric are some common features of ultra-right-wing authoritarianism
Ultra-right-wing authoritarianism, as political ideology, is not constructed from any specific world view of human thought and social behaviour. It is a variety of political practice that usually emerges out of a dysfunctional liberal capitalist State, marked by widespread corruption, extreme inequality, and growing economic distress. There are variants of such political practices given the context of the nation where it strikes roots. There are also a few core features that are common across nations. These features are well known: a very strong brand of nationalism along with xenophobia targeted at some ethnic or religious groups. There is the ‘us versus them’ political rhetoric that defines the enemy within the borders of the nation, against whom popular hatred and anger is fomented. Read more

Mar 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha contradicts his own Home Ministry’s NPR gazette notification information
Amid concerns expressed by Opposition parties in Parliament and anti-CAA/NRC protesters on the streets about the National Population Register (NPR), Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha that no documents would be required to be submitted during the exercise while saying that no one would be marked “doubtful”
However, the "population register" gazette notification by Shah’s own ministry mentions the NPR as the first step towards preparing the NRIC. This is what the Sub-Rule (5) of Rule 3 of the 2003 Rules says: "The Local Register of Indian citizens shall contain details of persons after due verification made from the population register."
This is the first step towards NRIC as sub-rule (5) says this would be prepared "after due verification" of the population register. Read more

Mar 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Crime and Complicity: The Think Edge: How did we hand over the country to know-nothing, dogmatic reactionaries?
After targeted killings and mayhem started in northeast Delhi, I shared a friend's post on my facebook wall: "I have a question for all my friends who believe in this current government. If I can provide irrefutable evidence that this violence was committed by goons effed on by kapil Mishra and other BJP leaders and the police was specifically asked to co-operate, would you change your mind? Would you question the communal agenda of the people you voted into power? Because I have the evidence. You can decide that enough is enough and call out the people you voted in. Or you can continue to pretend that these are just fringe elements and irritations and the government and the likes of Adityanath and Shah ahve no communal agenda. Its getting to a point where you probably have to decide Read more

Mar 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increasing attacks against pastors in Karnataka; local sources blame police inaction
More than 150 radical Hindu nationalists wearing t-shirts that said "Jai Sri Ram" broke into a worship service in Bennakoop village, in Karnataka's Gadag district and brutally assaulted the church pastor who was later hospitalized.
Pastor Manju Keralli was leading the service on March 1 when a group of radicals entered and assaulted the Christian congregation. They destroyed the church furniture and instrument, and started to beat the pastor.
"I fell to the ground after receiving several punches and kicks," pastor Keralli told International Christian Concern (ICC).
"Then, they dragged me out of the meeting hall, tied me to a tree outside, and further released blows and punches. They took me to two other places in the same village and tied me to an electrical pole and a pillar in the marketplace. All the time they continued their physical harassment for more than three hours," pastor Keralli explained. Read more

Mar 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Leader in India Run Over by Motorcycle borne Modi supporters
Violence against Christians in India hit a new level on Tuesday (March 3) when Hindu extremists ran their motorcycles over a key evangelical leader after beating him, sources said.
Armed with bamboo rods and a thick metal chain with a heavy lock on it, the 10 Hindu nationalists in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh state beat Isaac Paulose, 48, and then ran their five motorcycles over him, fracturing one of his ribs, said Uttar Kumar Deep, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church of CEA (Christian Evangelistic Assemblies), Sehore.
Paulose, an elder at the church and Madhya Pradesh coordinator of the New India Evangelistic Association, was attacked shortly after dropping his 5-year-old son off at school that morning, Pastor Deep said.
Paulose was in his car when a Hindu nationalist on a motorcycle stopped him and told him to get out, he said. Read more

Mar 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I grieve for my country as never before: Julio Ribeiro
People I have known for ages and counted as my friends are vertically divided. Our only hope of success is that our two great leaders suddenly begin to realise that India with its diversity will be destroyed if they insist on taking the suicidal path they have chosen.
To march to the desired goal of a Hindu Rashtra, which will compete with Pakistan in the number of religious extremists dictating terms to their armies and their governments, Mr Modi and Mr Shah conjured a well-planned strategy of winning as many elections as they possibly could. Unfortunately, for them, they have lost a spate of state elections. The Delhi election was too prestigious to lose and hence their fall-back on ‘galis’ and ‘golis’, which vitiated the political atmosphere to such an extent that I dread the long-term consequences of this misstep. The riots in Delhi were the natural consequence of all the hate that was spread by the BJP’s motor mouths. Read more

Mar 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modi govt muzzling democratic dissent : Opposition demands release of 3 former J&K CMs
Slamming the central government, the opposition leaders said, “in the government of Shri Narendra Modi, democratic dissent is being muzzled by coercive administrative action, which has threatened the basic ideals of Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as enshrined in our Constitution”
“Nothing exemplifies this more starkly than the continuing detention, on flimsiest of grounds, of three former Chief Ministers of Jammu & Kashmir — Dr Farooq Abdullah, Shri Omar Abdullah and Smt Mehbooba Mufti — for over seven months. There is nothing in the past records of these three leaders to lend credence to the Modi government’s false and self-serving claim that they pose a threat to “public safety” in J&K or that they have endangered national interests with their activities,” Read more

Mar 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radical group attacks family members when they did not find their target
A group of six radicals attacked a family in Chhattisgarh when they did not find the evangelists they were looking for and destroyed a year's food supply the family had stored.
The incident took place on February 20, when Podiya Tati was away from home. The radicals targeted Tati for attending a church service far from his home instead of taking part in the village's festival.
When the radicals did not find Tati at home on the day of attack, they beat his mother, Jimmey and wife, Hung, instead. The two were hospitalized and may take several days to be discharged. After beating the family members, the radicals destroyed a year's food supply that was stored in the house, their personal identification documents and a borewell that was recently installed to store Read more

Mar 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian hospital official arrested on false charges of proselytising near Bangalore India.
Hindu extremists beat up hospital staff. Arrested official was denied bail.
Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a radical Hindu group, on Monday stormed the Sanjo Hospital, Mandya district in the state of Karnataka, and beat up Simon George, a public relations officer, and Sister Nirmal Jose the hospital administrator.
The extremists claim that the two denigrated Hindu deities. Instead of helping the victims of the attack, police took Simon George into custody. He applied for bail but the court turned him down.
For Fr Josekutty Kalayil, who takes care of the hospital's legal affairs, the incident stems from the hospitalisation on Sunday of an elderly Hindu with high blood pressure.
Just before he was discharged, the man asked why there was a Bible in his room. Simon George, who was doing a routine tour, replied that he could read it if he was interested. This was followed shortly afterwards by the attack. Read more

Mar 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A court in Karnataka, southern India, on March 5 denied bail to the public relations officer of a Catholic hospital.
The police arrested Simon George, the PRO of Sanjo Hospital in Mandya town, three days ago.
Kalayil said the case was connected with the admission of an elderly person with high blood pressure on March 1. The next day, as he was about to be discharged the man asked George, who visited the room as part of his routine job, why a copy of the Bible was kept there.
George answered that it was Christians’ holy book and those interested could read it.
The man called his son, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the umbrella body of Hindu rightwing groups, who came to the hospital immediately with some 20 people. They accused the hospital administrator of religious conversion.
More people joined the group, who entered the PRO’s room and thrashed him. The attackers also informed the police who came and took George into custody. The police then registered a case against him accusing him of attempts to convert, and hurting religious sentiments. A court then sent George to jail. Read more

Mar 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police officials remove religious pieces from Christian burial land in Karnataka
Christian leaders in Karnataka condemn the act of police and revenue officers for removing 14 crosses and a statue of Jesus Christ from the three-decade-old burial place in Doddasagarahalli village on allegations that Christians were infringing the government land.
Church officials denied the allegations of Christians encroaching on government land or engaging in religious conversions and said that the police acted according to the right-wing Hindu groups who would have pressurized the officials to remove religious pieces from the burial land in Mahima Betta hillock.
According to Father Cyril Victor Joseph of the archdiocesan media commission, the 4.5 acre burial land has been used by Catholics for almost three decades with no objections from local people and that the land was legally given to the Church by the government.
"We have documents to prove the ownership," he told UCA News on March 4. "It is unfortunate that officials pulled down the statue and crosses without even allowing to hear us." Read more

Mar 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archbishop Machado: Return the statue of Christ, taken from the Christian cemetery. A statue depicting Jesus was removed from the Mahima Betta cemetery in the village of Doddasagarahalli (Karnataka) yesterday. The archbishop of Bangalore, Peter Machado criticizes the local authorities for bowing to the claims of groups outside the village, who accuse the faithful of having made forced conversions. In reality, the people of the village confirmed that there is peace and friendship between Christians and other religious communities. We publish below the statement issued by the archbishop. In Karnataka there are more and more episodes of intolerance by Hindu fundamentalist groups. In recent months, radical groups demonstrated against another statue of Christ in Kanakapura. Read more

Mar 4

 

 

 

Christianity crackdown. Nine Pastors beaten by police in India for spreading message of God. A group of nine Christians were assaulted by Indian police over claims that they were trying to foce people to change religions. Read more

Mar 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to uphold idea of India: Bishop Mascarenhas: The Church believes in an inclusive society, said Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi archdiocese.
He was also the secretary-general of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). Bishop Mascarenhas told The Telegraph, “The present chief minister (of Jharkhand) is a nice person and we are hopeful that the Church would be able to continue its services in the state smoothly. There’s a lot of work to be done.”
He added that everyone, irrespective of religion, acknowledges the “contributions of the Church in the fields of education, health care and social transformation” and hoped it would continue.
Christians go back a long way in Ranchi. Though a small band of Christian missionaries belonging to the Protestant Church had reached Ranchi in 1845, the Roman Catholic Church started functioning in the region three decades later in 1885. Read more

Mar 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribal Villagers in India Beat Christian Family, Destroy Food Supply
Evangelist with injured relatives in hospital, afraid to go home.
Not finding the Christian evangelist they planned to attack at home, worshippers of village deities in central-eastern India beat his mother, wife and 11-month-old son and destroyed a year’s food supply, sources said.
Podiya Tati’s mother, Jimmey Tati, has been in a hospital bed in Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh state with a broken hand and injuries to her back and legs since the Feb. 20 attack with thick wooden rods. The six assailants left with threats that they would kill her son when he returned, sources said.
Evangelist Tati, 30, was away on a paint job in Kirandul, 93 miles from their home in Tikanpal village, when the tribal animists attacked his mother and his 28-year-old wife, Hungi Tati. They struck Hungi Tati with the rods on her hands, thighs and back, sources said. Read more

Feb 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

False Accusations Seriously Disrupt Lives of Eight Acquitted Christians in India: False charges against eight Christians acquitted on Feb. 19 of kidnapping and forcible conversion in central India have traumatized families and cost them jobs, sources said.
Schoolteacher Amiya Jal, one of the Christians arrested on May 22, 2017 for allegedly abducting and forcefully converting 59 children, was suspended from his job at a reputable school while he spent 103 days in jail unable to obtain bail, he said.
“Even after I was bailed out, my school did not take me back, and so I was jobless for more than two years,” Jal told Morning Star News. “In July 2019 I have joined a school but not at my terms, as I was still under trial when they appointed me.” Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian leaders disappointed with Trump's silence over declining religious freedom in India: Christian leaders in India are greatly disappointed with President Trump's silence over declining religious freedom in the country during his first two-day state visit that concluded on February 25.
In Tuesday's media conference, Trump praised Narendra Modi for his government policy and said that the prime minister of India "wants people to have religious freedom very strongly."
Trump also stated that religious freedom or any religion-based violence going on in the country were an internal matter for India.
Trump's failure to comment on the violence that radical Hindu nationalists are carrying out in the name of religion against religious minorities in the country has disappointed Christian leaders who had great expectations from the leader. Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump compliments Modi over religious freedom despite ongoing persecution and riots. President Trump concluded his two-day state visit to India on Tuesday and said the prime minister of India "wants people to have religious freedom very strongly."
In a media conference in New Delhi, Trump said "I will say the prime minister was incredible on what he said... He wants people to have religious freedom very strongly. And he said in India they have worked very hard, they have great and open religious freedom."
His statement came after at least 20 people, including a policeman, were killed in a violent protest in New Delhi over the controversial citizenship law. Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Modi keeps the American Christians at bay while befriending Trump: - George Abraham.
On the surface, President Trump appears committed fully to the idea of Religious Freedom. He has been very vocal about the issue on many forums that include the United Nations. To his credit, he has appointed Mr. Sam Brownback, a conservative Catholic, to the position at the State Department as the Ambassador of Religious freedom. Evangelical leaders in the U.S. are some of the most ardent supporters of this President anywhere because of his clear commitment to the cause. To the delight of his Evangelical base, he has not only spoken against the 'Johnson Amendment' that prohibits Clergy from commenting on politics from the pulpit but also issued an Executive order that lessens its enforcement power and limits its bureaucratic oversight. Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious community violence in Delhi, 20 victims: it is 'state terrorism'
The clashes have been raging for four days. Videos show the police standing by without intervening in beatings. Two mosques desecrated. Archdiocese spokesman: "India owes its freedom to non-violent struggle"
The toll of religious community clashes in the Indian capital has risen to 20 victims, which continue for the fourth consecutive day. The neighborhoods affected by the protests are those in the north-east quadrant, mostly inhabited by the Islamic population.
The clashes are the result of the new citizenship law, which discriminates against the faithful of Islam. Speaking to AsiaNews A C Michael, a former member of the Delhi Minorities Commission, condemns the violence and calls it "state terrorism". Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delhi riots: Judge transferred after grilling government, police: The federal government on February 26 night notified the transfer of Delhi High Court judge Justice S Muralidhar to Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The transfere notification came just hours after Justice S Muralidhar grilled the federal government, the state government and the Delhi Police over the ongoing communal violence in parts of northeast Delhi over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Earlier, the proposed transfer of Justice Muralidhar to the Punjab and Haryana High Court drew strong reactions from the Delhi High Court Bar Association, which expressed shock and decided to abstain from work the next day. “Such transfers are not only detrimental to our noble institution, but also tend to erode and dislodge the faith of the common litigant in the justice dispensation system,” a resolution adopted by the Bar body read. Read more

Feb 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delhi violence: abdication by elected twins, For three days, Delhi was left to smoulder: Two governments, both handsomely elected, have presided over the beast’s banquet that the capital has been since Sunday night — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s.
Here’s some of what’s been served out so far on their watch: 27 snuffed human lives, more than 200 injured souls, many of them grievously, thousands scarred and scared and fleeing, the debris of inestimable property torn and charred, the wantonly desecrated remnants of places and objects of worship, cocktails of sectarian passion stirred and set aflame. Read more

Feb 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delhi, seven killed during Trump's visit
Protests erupted between groups for and against the citizenship law. Among the victims, a rickshaw driver married for a month. A protester challenges a policeman by pointing the gun at his face. Trump announces three billion dollar military deals.
At least seven people died, including a policeman, and another 150 were injured in the clashes that broke out yesterday in Delhi during the demonstrations for the new law on Indian citizenship. It is the most tragic toll to date in a single day of protests since the legislation that discriminates against Muslims was approved in December 2019, precisely on the days when US President Donald Trump is on a state visit to India.
While Trump and his wife Melania landed at Ahmedabad airport, clashes were taking place in the north-east neighborhoods, mostly populated by Muslims. The riots had started since the evening before and today the police are under investigation, unable to predict and contain the situation. Read more

Feb 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump praised for raising issue of religious freedom in India:  An organisation of Indian-American Christians has thanked US President Donald Trump for raising the issue of religious freedom and the plight of minorities during his talk with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying political tranquility is fundamental to economic progress.
The Federation of Indian American Christian organisations in North America (FIACONA) said it “truly hopes” that the Indian government would respond positively to the concern expressed by the president that would be in the best interest of the country.
Asked specifically about allegations that Muslims are being subjected to discrimination and there have been rising cases of hate crime in India, Trump in New Delhi on February 25 said: “We did discuss that and specifically Muslims. We also discussed Christians.” Read more

Feb 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump compliments Modi over religious freedom: President Trump concluded his two-day state visit to India on Tuesday and said the prime minister of India "wants people to have religious freedom very strongly."
In a media conference in New Delhi, Trump said "I will say the prime minister was incredible on what he said... He wants people to have religious freedom very strongly. And he said in India they have worked very hard, they have great and open religious freedom."
His statement came after at least 20 people, including a policeman, were killed in a violent protest in New Delhi over the controversial citizenship law. Read more

Feb 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians Suffer Two Months of Abuse in Jail on Baseless Charges in India
Police find no evidence for accusations but yield to Hindu extremist pressure. Three Christians in northern India spent more than two months in jail suffering abuse from other prisoners, even though police found no evidence of wrongdoing and the complainant retracted his accusation, sources said.
In Uttar Pradesh state’s Mau District, 23-year-old pastor Ajay Kumar, fellow pastor Om Prakash, 20, and another Christian, 62-year-old Kapil Dev Ram, still face fabricated charges after being released on bail late last month.
Pastor Kumar said the time they spent in jail was a “nightmare.”
“Every night was a traumatic night for us,” Pastor Kumar told Morning Star News. “We did not know when a mob would wake us in the middle of the night and torment us.” Read more

Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump will raise issue of religious freedom with Narendra Modi: White House. Freedom of faith extremely important to Trump admin, says U.S. official: President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom with prime minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India that is starting on February 24, the White House said on Friday.
This is not very good news for India because there have been several instances of BJP ministers such as Giriraj Kishore speaking out on why Muslims should not have stayed on in India after 1947, and several cases of sedition cases being filed against Muslim or Christian protesters in some states, especially Karnataka in recent weeks Read more

Feb 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu extremists attack 70 Christians traveling home from conference on praying for peace in India: Hindu extremists brutally attacked a group of about 70 Christians, including children, as they traveled home from a national congress focused on praying for peace in India amid escalating persecution.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, three men on motorcycles attacked Christians traveling home from the Third National Congress of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Feb 5.
The men verbally threatened the passengers before smashing the windshields of the vehicles, causing injury to the driver and passengers, which included women, children and the elderly. Read more

Feb 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indian-American Christian group urges Trump to meet community members during India visit: An Indian-American Christian group has voiced its concerns about the safety and security of Christians in India and urged President Donald Trump to meet the minority community members during his maiden trip to the country next week.
"We fully agree with your policy of forging a strong bilateral relationship with India which is an emerging global power that shares the same core values of democratic principles," the Federation of Indian American Christian Organisations of North America or FIACONA wrote in a letter to Trump.
However, members of the Indian Christian communities in the US, the FIACONA said, feel compelled to bring few issues of concerns about the safety and security of Christians in India to his attention. Read more

Feb 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor warned of facing dire consequences if he returned the village he was expelled from:
Pastor falsely accused of engaging in illegal religious conversion by radical Hindu nationalist was expelled from Mayurbhanj village in Odisha where he held regular worship service.
On February 2, pastor Salit Barik was leading his regular Sunday worship when a mob of radical Hindus disrupted the service and abused the pastor with filthy language.
According to local Christians, the radicals accused pastor Barik of using "psychological tricks" to illegally convert Hindus to Christianity.
The mob kicked out the pastor from Mayurbhanj and warned him not to enter the village and that he would face "dire consequences" if he tried to return.
The radicals filed a complaint against pastor Barik and based on the false accusation the local police told the pastor not to return to the village if not he would be arrested and jailed for engaging in illegal religious conversion. Read more

Feb 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT: The Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA) has written to President Trump yesterday expressing deep concerns about the rapid deterioration of the rule of law in India in Mr. Modi’s regime where Christians are assaulted, intimidated and even killed by his party supporters. Christian properties are damaged, demolished or burnt by members of Mr. Modi’s party with police often taking the side of the Hindu party. The judiciary is also largely intimidated, bought or undermined by the Hindu nationalist party officials causing common people to lose faith in it.
FIACONA has urged President Trump to take all that into consideration and make a public show of support for the plight of over 100 million people who follow Christianity in India Read more

Feb 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrow, divisive cultural nationalism no patriotism: Catholic bishops:
India’s Catholic bishops on February 19 concluded their 34 biennial plenary, asserting that none has the right to question patriotism of any citizen on subjective grounds.
“We believe that patriotism is different from narrow and divisive cultural nationalism, which is radically different from Constitutional nationalism,” stated 192 members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) after their February 13-19 assembly at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka state.
The bishops’ assertion came in the backdrop of a raging controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted on December 15, 2019. The amendment aims to provide citizenship to migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, barring Muslims. Read more

Feb 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Christians charged with kidnapping and forced conversions acquitted in Madhya Pradesh: Eight Christians charged with kidnapping 60 children for forcibly converting them to Christianity were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.
The six men and two women falsely accused of the crime they never committed were arrested in May 2017 while they were accompanying a group of tribal children to a Bible summer camp in Nagpur. 
The police separated the children from the adults and charged the eight Christians with kidnapping and forced conversions in accordance with the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act.
According to the law, anyone involved in conversion activities by offering money or other fraudulent means will be imprisoned for up to three years with a heavy fine. If the conversion involves tribals or Dalits, the imprisonment is extended to four years.
The accused Christians served three months in prison before being released on bail. Now, after more than two and a half years, justice has been granted to the condemned and the court has acquitted them as innocents. Read more

Feb 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They called us traitors’: In MP, a teenager is among 10 people charged with forced conversions
In May 2019, a group escorting children from Jhabua to a camp in Nagpur was accused of trying to convert them – even though their parents said they were Christian. Almost six months after Pandusingh Vasuniya and nine others had been arrested by the railway police in the Madhya Pradesh town of Ratlam, the small-built farmer was still incredulous. “I had my own sons with me but the police still said that we were going to sell our own children,” said Vasuniya, 31, who lives in Jhabua district. “Would any parent do it?” Vasuniya was recounting the events that unfolded on May 22, when he was escorting 60 children from Adivasi Christian families in his district to a religious retreat in Nagpur in Maharashtra. But when they reached Ratlam, they were detained by the railway police, who registered a case of kidnapping and forced conversion against ten members of the group. Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly pastor brutally beaten, mocked by Hindu extremists: 'I am ready to die for Christ. Hindu extremists in Andhra Pradesh, India, brutally beat an elderly pastor and verbally abused his wife amid escalating tension over the presence of a Christian church in their community.
Morning Star News reports that Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula was attacked by a group of Hindu extremists after he pleaded with them to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his home in L.B. Patnam village, Andhra Pradesh.
"They wanted to build a wall right in front of the church and ban us from using the path," Appalabattula told Morning Star News. "I pleaded with them to not do so. But the group of at least six neighbors, both male and female, punched me in my stomach several times and pushed me to the floor." Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Necessary for govt to hear voices of protest, says Montek Singh Ahluwalia on CAA. He says the Citizenship Amendment Act and possible creation of a National Register of Citizens have led to large-scale protests from students and the youth in many parts of the country
Ahluwalia, who served as one of India's senior economic policymakers for three decades, makes these observations in his latest book "Backstage: The Story behind India's High Growth Years" which traverses the politics, personalities, events and crises in the country's recent history.
He asserts that there is an urgent need to create an environment of social harmony. "To create an environment conducive to the revival of investment it is necessary for the government to hear these voices and bring a healing touch. The need to create an environment of social harmony and peace is also vital for the survival of the idea of India," he says. "The voice of the youth is unlikely to be silenced easily. In any society, students and the youth are the ones most likely to speak truth to power if only because they have the least to lose and the most to gain," he says. Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British MP Debbie Abrahams heading group on Kashmir stopped at Delhi airport.
A British MP heading a parliamentary group on Kashmir on Monday claimed she was denied entry into India despite a valid visa after she landed at the airport in New Delhi, a charge denied by the government which said she had been informed that her e-visa was cancelled.
Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party member and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, said in a statement that she arrived in Delhi on Monday morning and was informed that her e-visa, which was valid till October 2020, had been cancelled.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said the British parliamentarian had been duly informed that her visa was cancelled and she arrived in Delhi despite knowing this fact. Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigilante attacks on Christians increase.
The odd barking dog was the only thing that cut through the silence as Jai Singh stirred in his bed in his unadorned two-room house in the sleepy, sun-bathed village of Bitchpuri.
After a simple breakfast with his wife the pastor led the morning prayers at his home for several of the village’s 120-strong Christian population.
But the peace was suddenly shattered as the air filled with the sound of anti-Christian slogans outside.
Flinging open the door, he was faced with an irate mob of around 200 people. Before he could reason with them, the crowd beat him and his 15-year-old son and dragged him to the village square.
“They hit me with their fists and then took me into the temple and beat me with sticks, before stretching my legs back as far as they would go,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. He suffered two broken feet, as well as permanent nerve damage in his legs. Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church shut down as a result of continued harassment by Hindu radicals
A house church was destroyed and the church pastor was severely injured in a mob attack by radical Hindu nationalists in L.B. Patnam village in Andhra Pradesh.
Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula leads the small house church together with his wife Karuna Appalabattula.
According to reports from Morning Star News, before the actual attack on January 27, the radicals have been harassing pastor Appalabattula's house church for several years.
Pastor Appalabattula told Morning Star News that the radical Hindus wanted to build a wall right in front of his house church. He pleaded with them to not do so, but a group of at least six neighbors, both male and female, punched him in the stomach several times and pushed him to the floor. They picked up a wooden pole and started to beat his hands repeatedly. Read more

Feb 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Christians falsely accused of forced conversions arrested in Uttar Pradesh
In Udaypatty village in Uttar Pradesh, five Christians falsely accused of engaging in forced conversions were arrested and kept in police custody overnight on February 11. The five Christians were arrested when they had gathered for a prayer service at 12 in the noon. According to one of the accused, a mob of radical Hindus along with two police officials from the Barasti Police Station entered the prayer service shortly after it had started the disturbed the gathering. They accused the Christians of forced conversions and took them into custody. "We have been harassed several times in the past," Sunder Bhardwaj, one of the accused Christians, told International Christian Concern (ICC). "However, this time the Hindu radicals came with the police to arrest us." "We were terrified by the ferocity of the mob and the believers were scattered," Bhardwaj continued. "It is very sad that this is going on. We don't interrupt or disturb anyone when we gather for worship." Read more

Feb 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalism gives rise to vigilante attacks on Christians: The Telegraph UK

Churches torched and priests charged with 'conversion' for owning bibles. The odd barking dog was the only thing that cut through the silence as Jai Singh stirred in his bed in his unadorned two-room house in the sleepy, sun-bathed village of Bitchpuri.
After a simple breakfast with his wife the pastor led the morning prayers at his home for several of the village’s 120-strong Christian population.
But the peace was suddenly shattered as the air filled with the sound of anti-Christian slogans outside.
Flinging open the door, he was faced with an irate mob of around 200 people. Before he could reason with them, the crowd beat him and his 15-year-old son and dragged him to the village square. Read more

Feb 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Decimated after Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India. Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized.
Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his home in L.B. Patnam village, Andhra Pradesh. Led by a local Hindu extremist, the group attacked him, breaking his hand, he said.
“They wanted to build a wall right in front of the church and ban us from using the path,” Pastor Appalabattula told Morning Star News. “I pleaded with them to not do so. But the group of at least six neighbors, both male and female, punched me in my stomach several times and pushed me to the floor.” Read more

Feb 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor arrested on false charges in Uttar Pradesh: A small house church pastor and his family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh were taken into police custody for a crime that they did not commit and questioned until 1:30 in the morning. The incident took place on February 9, after the members of the Bajrang Dal broke into pastor Sanjay Raj Singh's house church and disturbed the Sunday worship service. According to pastor Singh, the radicals manhandled the congregation and verbally abused the Christians. International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that the radicals were carrying Hindu idols with them. When they entered the house church, they broke the idols on the floor. "They started to film the broken idols that they dropped as evidence that I had destroyed the idols," pastor Singh told ICC. "The angry mob came prepared to accuse me of destroying the Hindu idols. That is the reason they brought these idols and dropped them where the worship was going on." Read more

Feb 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No ‘Padayatra’ (Walkathon) without permission in Uttar Pradesh, draconian conditions for bail. The 12 ‘Padayatris’ had undertaken a walk to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi, starting from Gorakhpur. They wanted to spread the message of goodwill and communal harmony and talk to people on the way.
They covered some 200 Kilometres between February 4 and February 11, when they were arrested by Ghazipur Police for the crime of walking without permission.
And when their bail application was moved the next day, the SDM court-ordered stringent conditions and demanded that each of them submit bonds amounting to ₹2.5 lakh each besides producing two sureties of equal amount from two gazetted officers. Read more

Feb 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians happy for Arvind Kejriwal victory, a blow to Modi's hatred: Arvind Kejriwal's landslide victory in Saturday’s Delhi[*] election is a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies of hatred, local Christian community leaders told AsiaNews. The anti-corruption Aam Aadmi[†] Party (AAP) took 62 seats out of 70, giving its leader a third mandate as Delhi Chief Minister.
The other eight seats went to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress party, which hoped for a better result, was completely shut out. For Michael Williams, president of the United Christian Forum, "APA’s victory by an overwhelming majority clearly shows that the politics of polarisation and hatred have no room in the nation’s capital. Instead, “People need jobs, the economy needs revival, women need safety and minorities need reassurance.”
In all these areas, Williams explained, the central government “is failing miserably. I hope that the rulers of India are able to align their ideology with the needs and concerns of citizens.” Read more

Feb 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPINION: Communal venom did not help BJP in Delhi polls; Modi-Shah duo’s hyper-nationalism loses. Will the BJP tone down its communal rhetoric or convince itself that the party has to indulge in more of the same?
Few would have expected the Aam Admi Party (AAP) to repeat its stellar performance of five years ago when it won 67 out of the 70 Delhi assembly seats. But the fact that it is touching the 60-seat mark and succeeded in retaining its well over 50 per cent vote share shows that there has been very little diminution of its political appeal.
However, it is also undeniable that the BJP put up a creditable fight, running the AAP close in a number of seats. There has also been an eight per cent jump in the BJP’s vote share from 32.8 per cent in 2015 although it has dropped sharply from the 56.9 per cent which the party received in last year’s parliamentary polls. Read More

Feb 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians humiliated on streets in Andhra Pradesh: In Machilipatnam Mandal, Andhra Pradesh, an offensive video of a man chasing a group of Christians in an attempt to purify them from their faith using water mixed with cow dung dragged attention on social media on February 7.
Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), called this as an latest episode of discrimination against Christians in the country. "This is the pathetic situation in which Christians live, dishonoured in public because they praise the name of Jesus," Geroge said.
The video was posted with a comment that said, "Christian pastors came to foist their propaganda and conversions but were chased away by throwing water mixed with dung on their faces," and it was viewed thousands of times on the Internet. According to ADF India, in 2019 alone, over 300 incidents of mob attacks against Christians were reported of which only 40 were prosecuted by police. Read more

Feb 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu radical 'anoints' Christians with water and cow dung, as if they were Dalits. Such a "blessing" is a typical purification ritual used against untouchables, deemed impure from birth.
A man chasing a group of Christians to “anoint” them with water mixed with cow dung in order to "purify" them from their faith is the prime character in a video posted yesterday on social media.
The incident, which occurred in Machilipatnam Mandal, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, has been viewed thousands of times.
For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), this is but latest episode of discrimination against India’s Christian minority.
“This,” he told AsiaNews, “is the pathetic situation in which Christians live, dishonoured in public because they praise the name of Jesus.”
"Water and cow dung are usually used for purification rituals, especially if Dalits touch something making the place or object ‘impure’,” George explained.
"Below the video, someone wrote that ‘Christian pastors came to foist their propaganda and conversions but were chased away by throwing water mixed with dung on their faces."  Read more

Feb 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hindu Extremists in Southern India Beat Christian Children, Accuse Worshippers. Hindu extremists in southern India who beat Christian children during worship on Jan. 19 and then filed a police complaint against the congregation left them with a warning.
“If we hear that you stepped out of your homes and told anybody about this, we will set your homes on fire and will burn you alive,’” some of the 20 assailants told Christians gathered for worship on the terrace of a home in Malasamudra village, Karnataka state, according to those present. The Christians had begun worship at 7 a.m. when the radical Hindus came up the stairs to the terrace, unnoticed. Soon the small congregation saw the intruders taking photos and videotaping them, said Mary Bellary, who along with her husband Hanumanthappa Bellary was hosting the worship. Read more

Jan 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goa church body booked for misusing children at rally
Officials of a Church-backed NGO and a human rights’ body, which had organized an anti-CAA rally in Goa, have been booked under sections of the Goa Children’s Act and the Juvenile Justice Act.
The First Information Report filed on January 30 at the Goa Police Women station in Panaji states that officials of Council for Social Justice and Peace and the Goa chapter of the National Human Rights Organisation had “exposed children to political ideology and aggressive language thereby subjecting the children to psychological abuse and not providing safe environment.”
The Church-backed council headed by Father Savio Fernandes co-organized the rally on January 24 at Margaon in southern Goa. The rally opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Citizenship Register and National Population Register the federal government insists on implementing. Read more

Jan 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72nd Aniversary of Assasination of Gandhi:

Gandhi's killer Godse and Prime Minister Modi believe in same ideology, says Rahul Gandhi. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday compared Mahatma Gandhi assassin Nathuram Godse with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying both believed in the same ideology. Addressing participants at "Save the Constitution" march at Kalpetta in Wayanad, his Lok Sabha constituency on Martyr's Day, Gandhi said there was no difference between Godse and Modi. "Today, an ignorant man is trying to challenge Gandhi's ideology. He is creating an atmosphere of hatred. The ideology is same. Nathuram Godse and Narendra Modi, they believe in the same ideology. There is no difference except that Modi does not have the guts to say he believes in the ideology of Godse," the Wayanad MP said.
Attacking the Prime Minister on the new Citizenship Law, Gandhi questioned Modi and asked who was he to ask Indians to prove that they were Indians Read more
 

Jan 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RSS claiming the legacy of both Gandhi and his assassin, is amusing as well as outrageous. If RSS is serious about appropriating Gandhi, it must embrace what he said: “Free India will be no Hindu Raj…it will be Indian Raj based not on the majority of any religious sect or community…” A recent editorial in the Organiser, the official organ of the RSS, in the guise of questioning the right of the Congress to lay claim to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, staked the Sangh Parivar’s claim to be the true inheritor of the legacy. As if this was not audacious enough, the editorial is followed and buttressed by an essay which is by way of a tribute to the Mahatma by Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief. An innocent reader would indeed be impressed by the devotion expressed to Gandhiji and his values. But the innocent reader could still ask why the BJP-RSS establishment has taken no action to expel Sadhvi Pragya, who remains a BJP MP after publicly praising Gandhiji’s assassin, Nathuram Read more

Jan 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian pastors beaten and arrested for 'forced conversions'
Pastors and faithful arrested in Uttar Pradesh;  in Haryana a pastor beaten in turn by six people.  Christian leader complains of constant harassment of the "tiny Christian community": "Far-right radicals create public order problems, but then Christians are arrested." Pastors and faithful arrested on charges of forced conversions to Christianity;  a pastor surrounded by 250 Hindu radicals, beaten and detained in prison on the same charge.  These episodes have been taking place in northern India since the beginning of the new year,  confirming the climate of intolerance present in the country.  Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), condemns this "harassment of Christians" to AsiaNews. Yesterday two pastors arrested on 25th November in Uttar Pradesh were released on bail on charges of conversions extracted by force;  today another Christian should be freed.  The three men are: Rev. Om Prakash, 23, Rev.  Ajay Kumar, 20, and Kapil Dev Ram.  The arrest occurred following the assault on Mr. Ram's home, where a prayer rally was held.   Read more

Jan 29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians faced 1,774 hate crimes in four years. From 2016 to 2019, Indian Christians have faced 1,774 cases of hate crimes across 25 states and 3 Union Territories, says Persecution Relief report. In other words, India witnessed 59.6 percent rise in hate crimes against Christians during the same period, says Persecution Relief’s much-awaited “Annual Report-2019. Persecution Relief is an ecumenical forum that records Christian persecution in India. In 2019 alone, the forum documented 527 cases compared to 447 cases in 2018, 440 in 2017 and 330 in 2016. It was a drastic leap of 179.4 percent. Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, emerged as the most hostile place for Christians for three consecutive years. Tamil Nadu continues at the second spot with 75 cases, followed by Karnataka, 32 cases, Maharashtra 4 with 31 cases and Bihar with 30 cases at number 5. Read more

Jan 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian leaders criticize the act of reconverting Christians to Hinduism. A Hindu group that claims to have reconverted 144 members of a tribal Christian community in Dang district in Gujarat was highly criticized by church leaders and activists in the country. Several years ago, as many as 144 tribal members accepted Christ and embraced Christianity as their new faith. But according to a religious leader from the region, the 144 were reconverted to Hinduism in Waghai taluka's Bhogadiya village. In an event organized by the Gujarat unit of Agniveer on January 24, Neha Patel, state president of Agniveer, told media that "We came to know that many tribals were converted to Christianity many years ago and many of them expressed interest to convert back to Hinduism, so we organized this program." Read more

Jan 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor dragged out of house worship and severely beaten.
Pastor seriously injured after a group of six men took turns to hit him after he was dragged out of a house worship in Bichpari village, Sonipat District, about an hour north of Delhi. At first, Hindu extremists attacked pastor Jai Singh and forced him into a nearby school where he was severely beaten by six assailants. Later, they took him to a Hindu temple and forced him to sit before idols. "They told me that they 'are policemen, we can make you admit whatever we want.' They had beaten up my legs with wooden sticks and pulled my legs apart," pastor Singh told Morning Star News. Read more

Jan 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholics slam ruling that allows the government to choose teachers in minority schools. Religious schools enjoy administrative autonomy under the Indian Constitution. However, the Supreme Court now opens them up to state interference. “Minority institutions must respect minimum criteria for the admission of students as well as the recruitment of teachers, like any other institution,” Kolkata teacher noted. Indian Catholics are against the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the government to appoint teachers in religious minority schools. “Article 30 of the Indian Constitution gives religious minorities the right to establish and administer their own educational institutions,” said Fr Felix Raj, vice rector of St Xavier's University in Kolkata, speaking to AsiaNews. The ruling came on 6 January and refers to the West Bengal Madrasa Service Commission Act of 2008. The court upheld a law that allows the federal government to screen teachers in state-aided madrassas (Islamic schools). The same principle can be applied to Christian schools, which run in  Read More.

Jan 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violent Attack in Northern India Devastates Families, Church
Pastor, house-church homeowner lose their means of earning a living.
Before Pastor Jai Singh appeared before a judge in northern India and was jailed on false charges of luring people to convert, Hindu extremists had dragged him from house worship to a school where groups of six beat him in turns, he said. “From the school, they took me to a Hindu temple and forced me to sit before the idols,” Singh said. “They told me that they ‘are policemen, we can make you admit whatever we want.’ They had beaten up my legs with wooden sticks and pulled my legs apart.” He was wearing a long, white tunic called a Kameez that was soaked in blood from the beatings on Jan. 5 in Bichpari village, Sonipat District, about an hour north of Delhi Read more

Jan 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian tribals beheaded by a rival group. Archbishop Toppo: 'deeply pained’ Seven tribals have been kidnapped and beheaded by a group of supporters of the "Pathalgadi movement", who in Jharkhand are fighting for land tenure. Their bodies were abandoned in the Saranda forest, West Singhbhum district, and found by the police on January 20.
Despite the mutilated bodies, the inhabitants recognized the victims. They are: James Buda, Songe Topna, Lomba Buda, Etva Buda, Jawra Buda, Nirmal Buda and Bonam Longa. The tribals were 24 to 35 years old. Mr. Buda was a representative of the local panchayat, i.e. the village council. The corpses are currently at the Sadar Hospital in Chaibasa for autopsy investigations. Read more

Jan 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contrary to claims being made by top BJP leaders in public rallies and media statements, the countrywide movement against the Citizenship Amendment Law and the National Register of Citizens is gathering strength with each passing week.
Less than two weeks ago, on January 10, a fact checking site monitored 261 CAA-related protests across 24 States of which 230 were against the law and only 31 were in favour. The latest data compiled by the same agency on January 23 shows that the total number of protests has risen to 374, of which 322 are anti-CAA-NRC and 52 are pro. Read more

Jan 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 incidents of violence against Christians reported within first 19 days of New Year Helpline records of United Christian Forum (UCF) reported 17 incidents of violence against Christians in the country within the first 19 days of the New Year 2020. UCF is a national organization that documents cases of violence against churches and Christians in India and upholds fundamental freedoms and promotes values of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity. The incidents recorded at UCF's helpline number showed nine states with Uttar Pradesh leading the list with six incidents of violence against Christian minorities. A. C. Michael, convener of the UCF, lamented that "Year 2020 has begun well for those who like to harass the Christian community." Read more

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St Francis Assisi Catholic Church in Kengeri, Bengaluru (Bangalore) was vandalised last night. Reacting to the outrage, Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore said: “I am not only terribly shocked but also greatly grieved that desecration was done to the Eucharistic Lord in that church.” The prelate said that the parish priest, Fr Satish, of the Order of Capuchin Friars, informed him of the wreckage. Perhaps in an attempted theft, hooligans ransacked the altar, destroyed the tabernacle, and scattered the hosts all over the place. At present, little is known about the reasons behind the desecration. A complaint has been filed with the local police and an investigation is underway. According to early witness accounts, nothing was stolen, suggesting that vandalism was the goal; however, police have not ruled out anything. Read more

Jan 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fact-finding committee of the Congress on the JNU violence on Sunday said the January 5 attack inside the university campus was "state-sponsored" and recommended Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar be dismissed and criminal investigation initiated against him.
The Congress had appointed a four-member fact-finding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Sushmita Dev, member of the committee, said the committee recommended that Kumar should be dismissed immediately and all the appointments in faculty should be probed and independent inquiry should take place. Read More

Jan 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran poet N D Mahanor on January 9 opened All India Marathi Literature Festival amid tight security in view of threats from right-wing Hindu organizations. The groups had warned Mahanor, a Padma Shri and Sahitya Academy awardee—not to inaugurate the festival as a Christian priest, Father Francis D’Britto, presided over the festival. The priest is a Marathi writer. The literature festival was held January 10-12 in Osmanabad in Maharashtra, some 410 km southeast of Mumbai, the state capital. Read More

Jan 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands join multi-prayer program in Delhi against citizenship law
People of different faiths came together on January 12 to participate in a ”sarva dharma sambhava” – a multi-faith prayer ceremony – at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, where anti-citizenship law protesters have been demonstrating for almost a month now. The inter-faith ceremony had a traditional Hindu-style “hawan” and chants of Sikh “kirtan.” The participants read out the Preamble of the Indian Constitution and took an oath to preserve its “socialist, secular” values. Read More

Jan 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Apostle of Hate: Historical records expose the lie that Nathuram Godse left the RSS, the parent organization of Modi's BJP

SHORTLY BEFORE HIS EXECUTION, in the early hours of 15 November 1949, Nathuram Vinayak Godse, the Hindu-supremacist fanatic who killed Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on 30 January 1948, recited a prayer:
Namaste Sada Vatsale Matrubhume
Twaya Hindubhume Sukham Vardhitoham
Mahanmangale Punyabhume Twadarthe
Patatvesh Kayo Namaste, Namaste!
O affectionate motherland, I eternally bow to you
O land of Hindus, you have reared me in comfort
O sacred and holy land,
May this body of mine be dedicated to you and I bow before you again and again!
These four Sanskrit sentences constitute the first of the three stanzas of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s official prayer, which continues to be sung to this day at its shakhas—regular assemblies meant for physical and ideological training. Read More

   

Jan 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2020 may be a challenging year for Christians in India: Last year, there were several incidents of attack on house churches, Christian leaders and worship places in India, and following the re-election of BJP, Christians in the country see 2020 as a year of challenges to practice their faith freely. "Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith," said Tehmina Arora, a practicing Supreme Court lawyer and Director of ADF India. "In India, more and more Christians suffer from an increasing number of physical and verbal assaults. According to Arora, majority of the violence against Christians is planned and executed by the radical Hindu nationalists, frquently incited by the pro-Hindu government's nationalistic polices. Even though more than 300 cases of mob attacks against Christians of all denominations are registered, only less than 40 of those cases were prosecuted by the police, Arora pointed. Read More

Jan 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind Campus Attack in India, Some See a Far-Right Agenda
Hindu nationalists view Jawaharlal Nehru University, where a mob rampaged last weekend, as “a symbol of everything that is bad in this country,” one analyst said. For decades, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party and its affiliates have struggled to control one of India’s most fertile ideological recruiting grounds: university campuses.

That project erupted in violence last weekend, as masked men and women stormed the New Delhi campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of India’s premier liberal institutions.

Witnesses said police officers stood by as students were attacked with rods and bricks. Some assailants shouted slogans associated with Mr. Modi’s governing party and its parent organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or R.S.S., which for decades has aspired to turn India into a Hindu nation. Read More

Jan 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House church shut down in Uttar Pradesh. Pastor accused of forced conversion: Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Hindu youth militia founded by Yogi Adityanath, attacked a house church worship service in Kalwanakara village in Uttar Pradesh on January 5, following which the local authorities shut down the house church.
According to the village head pastor Veerendra Kumar, 15 radical Hindu nationalists disrupted the Sunday worship service where around 40 Christians had gathered. According to local reports, the radicals attacked the service around 12 noon and threatened the church pastor and the attendees. The radicals accused pastor Kumar of forced conversions, and said that the pastor was attracting poor Hindus to Christianity by promising them benefits and physical wellness. Read More

Jan 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tennessee pastor is still being barred from leaving India three months after his arrest even though a customs case against him for allegedly not paying duty on the money he brought into the country has been resolved, according to a lawyer representing the family. Cece Heil, senior counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice, told The Christian Post that pastor Bryan Nerren was scheduled to have a hearing before a court in Siliguri on Thursday morning as his case has gone back and forth between customs and the court system. Read more

Jan 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Indian Supreme Court agrees to hear petition on reservations for Christian Dalits: Christians want Scheduled Caste status to be granted regardless of religious affiliation. Changing religion does not end the discrimination imposed on the Dalit community. For years, the Church has asked for the revision of a 1950 presidential order that excludes converts to Christianity from quotas in public administration. India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition filed by Franklin Caesar Thomas, a lawyer representing the National Council for Dalit Christians (NCDC), seeking inclusion of Dalit Christians in the category of Scheduled Castes
The Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde with Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant will hear the petition and issued a notice to the federal government about the matter. Read More
 

Jan 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Pastor Held 3 Months in India Could Finally Have His Day in Court.

American Pastor Bryan Nerren, a US citizen, was arrested and has been detained in India for three months because of his faith, his attorneys say.
Nerren, 58, was facing the Siliguri Court on Thursday, which may finally release his passport and allow him to return home to the US and his family, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) which is representing Nerren. After more than 17 years ministering to the people of Nepal and India – training Sunday School teachers – he was stopped on his way to a conference in India. He was questioned about his Christian faith and whether funds he was carrying would be used to support any Christian work; he was subsequently arrested and has been detained in India since October 5, 2019. Read More

Jan 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Catholics aim to build 100-foot Jesus statue, despite Hindu criticism
Catholics in India are seeking to erect the nation’s tallest statue of Jesus, over objections by Hindi groups who say one of their gods lives on the hill designated for the project. Work began last week on the statue, planned to be nearly 100 feet tall, on 10 acres of land owned by the Archdiocese of Bangalore. If completed, the statue would be almost as tall as Poland’s 108-foot Christ the King statue, completed in 2010. Poland’s statue is believed to be the tallest statue of Jesus in the world.
Hindu groups have opposed the project, objecting that the Kapalabetta hilltop is the abode of their deity Kapali Betta. They said Christians cannot set up a statue there. Read More

Jan 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delhi, BJP youth wing attacks Jawaharlal Nehru University: A crowd of men and women covered in masks and armed with sticks, knives and hammers has attacked the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (Jnu) in Delhi, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
The attack took place on the night of January 5 and resulted in over 30 injuries among students and teachers. For witnesses, the attackers are said to be militants of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Hindu nationalist party that rules the country. Read More

Jan 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church in India won't host next Asian Youth Day: Church officials in India have said the nation will not host the 2021 Asian Youth Day as planned, ucanews reported Monday.
“Our country was given the responsibility of hosting Asian Youth Day … After consultations with higher authorities, it was decided that it was better to call off the event as the present scenario does not allow us to hold the program,” Bishop Nazarene Soosai of Kottar, head of the Indian bishops' youth commission, told ucanews Jan. 6. India's ruling political party, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, has been increasingly hostile to religious freedom for minorities. Read More

Jan 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, Most Harsh on Christians, Sources Say
Officers frequently bow to pressure from Hindu extremists.
Police in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state work in tandem with Hindu extremists to treat Christians and other religious minorities especially harshly, sources said. “The UP police force is very different from the rest of India,” Dinanath Jaiswar, a volunteer with legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom-India, told Morning Star News. “They are very brash in their dealings with Muslim and Christian minorities, and there have been several cases of violence in police custody, but by God’s grace we have tried our best to reach them on time, and even while in the clutches of the enemy, God protects His people.” Read More

Jan 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now they have come looking for professors and students in Universities to silence them - an erie ghost from Gernmany's past.A day after hundreds of unidentified masked men allegedly belonging to the RSS and its student wing ABVP, unleashed terror on JNU by mercilessly beating up students and teachers, former Home Minister P Chidambaram termed the situation in India as the “rapid descend into fascism.” Calling the attack “the gravest act of impunity, shocking and shameful” Chidambaram asserted, “This incident is perhaps the most clinching evidence that we are rapidly descending into anarchy. Read more

Jan 4

 

 

 

 

 

Be careful what you wish and whom you hug: Former Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon warns on CAA.The impact of the CAA, the NRC and other recent internal decisions on our external decisions, on our image abroad and our foreign policy (cannot but be adverse). Because what has happened as a result of the last year or so specially is that we are increasingly isolated Read more

Jan 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) continues across India as the country welcomed New Year Yesterday.
Activists and students in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, challenged the government by marching and reading out India's Constitution in the cold evening. The new law passed by the BJP government provides citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. However, the law intentionally omits Muslims from the illegal immigrants list. Read More

Jan 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians face ‘heightened intolerance’ in India, activist claims. The four people arrested in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, were reading the Bible at a park close to the Mallikarjuna Temple, a popular tourist destination. The state police charged them with violating a 2007 law forbidding the propagation of other religions in places of worship or prayer.According to local news reports, the four men were spotted by security guards opening the Bible and posing with it for photographs. The guards then brought the men to the local police station. Read More

Jan 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christians in India Spend Christmas in Jail, Accused of Illegally Practicing Medicine. Christians arrested in central India after Hindu nationalist, tribal villagers disrupted their worship service spent Christmas in jail before they were released on bail after 11 days – accused of illegally practicing medicine.
Pastor Mukam Kiraad, 35, along with two members of his church, 40-year-old Lalsingh Tomar and 38-year-old Nanliya Rawat, were shocked to learn that they were charged under a Madhya Pradesh state law prohibiting unregistered medical practice, punishable by up to three years in prison.
Their attorney, Rahul Parihar, said he also was stunned Read More
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