India: Serious threats to the Christian minority

Source: FSSPX News

 

Hindu militants of the extreme right, who hold a powerful influence within the nationalist party governing in New Delhi, have launched in recent years a huge campaign against the Christian missionaries, guilty according to them of changing the religious and social fabric of India, by causing conversions.

“In 5 years, I will see to it that these parasites of Catholic missionaries pack up and leave Jhabua” (a district situated in the tribal zone in the State of Madya Pradesh, in the center of India), said Kalsingh Bhabor, local councillor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, hindu nationalists), of the prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who, according to opinion polls, should emerge the winner of the forthcoming elections, which started April 20.

The Catholics “are here in order to take souls from the tribal population”, added Mr. Bhabor. “It is their unique objective. Their social work is no more than a cover.”

In its national election manifesto, the BJP promised to implement the prohibition of religious conversions “through fraudulent and coercive means” throughout India, where more than 80% of the one billion inhabitants are hindu. The Christians represent barely 2% of the population.

Fr. Pradeep Cherian, who runs a hospital in Jhabua, affirms that the hindu extremists “spread lies” and fuel “unfounded fears about conversions” which, according to him, took place more than a century ago. The leaders of the hindu right create panic by telling people that the hindu population is dwindling, which is not true.”