- Jan 18, 2020
In various parts of the country, remembrances were organized in late August for a 2008 series of riots against impoverished and marginalized rural Christians that left at least 100 people dead, which activists warned reflected growing “fascism” driven by India’s militant Hindu nationalist movements.
August 2016 marks the 8th anniversary of an orgy of violence that descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in the eastern Indian state of Odisha in 2008, and the country’s highest court has ordered the regional government to boost the compensation offered to Christian victims.
The demolition of a 19th century Catholic church in the middle of the night draws protests in India.
Pope Francis aspires to be the “chairman of the board” for religious moderates around the world, and two recent bits of blowback from hardliners within both Hinduism and Islam could be taken to suggest that he’s getting through.
After an Indian politician linked to right-wing Hindu nationalist movements recently claimed that Mother Teresa was trying to “Christianize” India, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil fired back, telling Crux those “rash comments” are not only untrue, they risk demeaning the “great religion” of Hinduism they purport to represent.
India’s Maharashtra state, which includes the sprawling city of Mumbai, is under the control of a political party linked to Hindu nationalist movements and has been criticized for hostility to religious minorities. Recently, however, it granted official recognition to the tiny local Jewish community.