India

India: Hindu Nationalists Seek to Eliminate Christianity

Radical Hindu nationalists believe that all Indians should be Hindus and, therefore, the country should be rid of any other religions – including Christianity. They use extensive violence to achieve this goal, particularly targeting Christians who come from a Hindu background.

In this episode of the Closer to the Fire podcast, host Greg Musselman reports on three recent acts of persecution against followers of Jesus in India, as well as an assault on a young believer that resulted in tragedy. The 16-year-old victim, Nitish Kumar from Bihar state, died on September 26th after being attacked with acid in late August.

Greg and his guest, Christian leader Nitin Sardar of Dinbandhu Ministries in Central India, also discuss the assault of three other Christians, including one pastor, at a police station in Raipur, the capital of India's Chhattisgarh state. In addition to describing how the country's anti-conversion laws are being used to exploit Christians, Nitin further explains what is behind the alarming increase of persecution.

Date: October 2021
Length: 41 minutes
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VOMC assists persecuted Christians with legal support and rehabilitation assistance, and cares for children of martyrs by providing them with a safe place to be nurtured physical and spiritually. VOMC also partners to equip Christians in India with Biblical training, and works to strengthen and support marginalized and persecuted Christian women.”

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
1,326,093,247 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Indo-Aryan (72), Dravidian (25), Mongoloid and other (3)

Religion (%)
Hinduism (79.8), Muslim (14.2), Christianity (2.3), Sikh (1.7), other (2)

Leader
President Ram Nath Kovind

Government type
Federal parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law; separate personal law codes apply to Christians, Hindus and Muslims.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for India

Despite the intimidation and violence that have taken place in many of India's states, may Christians wisely yet unashamedly preach the Gospel. Pray that indigenous Christians and foreign missionaries will minister in ways that do not hint at fraudulent conversions, unmasking the intentions behind the anti-conversion legislation. Intercede for India's leaders, that they may reign with justice and righteousness.

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