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India slips to become 15th worst country for Christians to live; it ranked 31st four years ago: US non-profit Open Doors

By Rajiv Shah
Open Doors USA, an American non-profit organization, has triggered Hornet's nest by ranking India 15th, next to Saudi Arabia (14th), among 50 top countries where Christians allegedly face "most severe persecution for their faith". Blaming the "persecution" on BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it says, "As a result, radical Hinduism, which was already present under the previous government, has increased steadily."
According to the study, "While the level of intolerance continues to increase, Christians are regularly attacked by radical Hindus", adding, "The level of impunity has gone up markedly, with communities of converts to Christianity from Hinduism bearing the brunt of the persecution... They are constantly under pressure to return to their old beliefs, and are often physically assaulted, sometimes killed."
Significantly, Open Doors ranked India far better -- 31st -- four years ago. Ranking North Korea No 1 in persecution of Christians, 16th year in a row, calling it the "worst place for Christians to live", the study says, "In this totalitarian communist state, Christians are forced to hide their faith completely from government authorities, neighbours and often, even their own spouses and children."
Other countries ranking worse than India are all under Islamic regimes, including Pakistan, which ranks a high 4th.In Pakistan, the study says, Christians there not just face "close scrutiny and suffer frequent attacks", they are "targets for murder, bombings, abduction of women, rape, forced marriages and eviction from home and country."
All other India's neighbours, however, are found to be ranking far better than India: Bangladesh 26th, Myanmar 28th, Bhutan 30th, China 39th, and Sri Lanka 45th.
Calling India a "Hindu nation", the study cites a report by Sarah Callighan to prove why India has slipped. Especially referring to the RSS, Callighan says, if the saffron organization "has its way, India will soon be unified under one religion, one culture, and one language."
Pointing out that for this to happen, "all other religious communities –- including Christians –- would have to be eliminated",the report says, "According to the RSS organization’s founder, M.S. Golwalker, that is exactly the plan: 'The non-Hindu people in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and revere Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but the glorification of the Hindu religion...'"
It adds, "The first quarter of 2017 saw 248 persecution incidents wherein Christians were harassed, threatened or attacked for their faith. More recent records indicate the number of incidents in first six months of 2017 is now up to 410 incidents. This represents an enormous increase in persecution as there were only 441 incidents reported in 2016 for the entire year."
Noting that "these attacks can often be brutal", the report says, "In addition to beatings, there were also 37 incidents where Christians were socially boycotted. Others, according to 34 incident reports, were forced to leave their homes. Amongst these 34 cases, 14 of the incidents forced Christians to leave their village or cities entirely."

Comments

Anonymous said…
The biggest number of persons killed were Hindus by Islamic invasions. British era persecution continued for Sikhs and Hindus including Bengaluru famine and Jallianwalla massacre among others. Indian states have a federal structure when it comes to law and order. Surprising such poor ranking when neighbouring countries seem to have fat worse records. The correct measured will not be individual incidents. It has to be per 10000 population. The rankings will change dramatically in the right context.
Uma Sheth said…
Mr. Anonymous needs to get his facts and his analysis right:
1. there was a Bengal famine but never a Bengaluru famine and the British are certainly to be blamed for it but it affected everyone, mainly the poor, not just Hindus.
2. when India, as it was then, was invaded there were only Hindus living here and the invaders succeeded because there was no unity amongst the innumerable tiny kingdoms - in fact, they betrayed each other all the time instead of uniting and fighting as one, which brings me to my third point:
3. Hinduism is not and never has been a monolithic entity and for the Hindutva brigade to hammer out a single religion is going to be impossible unless, after they have killed or driven away all non-Hindus, the various sects and classes (Dalits, specially) start killing each other till the strongest remains.
Anonymous said…
Onice the marginalised minorities are eliminated (
It will never happen) Hindu will fight amongst themselves. They are still divided. Hate toward Minorities and Dalits are uniting them.Let the RSS shun the hate and see how many listen.
Another pathetic hatchet job by one of those numerous anonymous Christian evangelical hit men spawned by numerous illegitimate evangelical organisations seeking to harvest souls in India. You will be exposed for what you are...Predatory Proselytisers.

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