In Gujarat, India, the Church Mobilizes for Elections

Source: FSSPX News

A militant of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Days before the elections in the State of Gujarat, several bishops have called on Indian Catholics to go to the polls in order to influence the results of the vote: another victory for the anti-Christian nationalist party would likely mean a new surge of religious persecution.


“Nationalist forces are on the verge of taking over the country. The election results of Gujarat State Assembly can make the difference,” declared Archbishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan, archbishop of Gandhinagar, in eastern Gujarat, in a letter to his faithful. 

The prelate also invites them to recite the rosary, individually, as a family, and as a parish: “Time and again the rosary has proved to be a protective hand,” he reminds them.

The electoral commission of Gujarat has scheduled the elections in that state, home of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from December 9 to 14, 2017. The nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been running Gujarat since 1989 and currently governs 18 of the 29 states in the Indian Union. The BJP is an advocate of Hindutva, a political and religious concept that seeks to eradicate everything that does not come from Hinduism.