bushrat49 Wrote:
May 20, 2014 2:43 AM
I have spent a great deal of time in India over the years, and have many friends there. The BJP Party IS a violent, and Hindu Nationalist party, no matter how you try to define it. And the big concern is not Hindu-Moslem relations as much as it is Christian-Hindu relations. For example, the BJP party has been strong in the state of Odisha for many years and during 1986, 1994, and 2001 there was severe unrest and riots. Many Christians were driven from their homes, churches and hospitals were burned, women and men were viciously beaten and raped. Many reasons were stated for these events, but two of the biggest were building churches and Christian conversions. In 1967, the state passed the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, which states that no person shall "convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any person from one religious faith to another by the use of force or by inducement or by any fraudulent means" This law has then been used to persecute any Christian families, Christian workers, or Christian missionaries purely based on their faith. and desire to share it with others. Christians in India are scared. They see this as a validation of the BJP's desire to cleanse the country of Christianity. I am also cynical of the BJP's ability to turn around the economy due to the deep, systemic corruption that continues to rot the nation from the inside out at ALL levels of society. The general population, for the most part, are not anti-Christian as much as they are pro jobs. The economy is in shambles regardless of what you hear in the government reports. And I believe the people will grasp at any straws to attempt to pull themselves up out of the economic quagmire of poverty. I am especially saddened for the low castes, widows, Lepers, and others at the bottom of the heap who have no choice or opportunities available to them. We can only pray for them and continue to do what we can to help them improve their situation.