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India: Free of Christians

Recent remarks by an RSS leader reveal the true motives of the Hindu nationalist movement – a movement described as the ideological mentor of India’s ruling BJP party – and point to a worrying future for India’s Christian minority.

At a function on Sunday, Aug. 10, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said, “The entire world recognizes Indians as Hindus, therefore India is a Hindu state. ... the cultural identity of all Indians is Hindutva and the present inhabitants of the country are descendants of this great culture.”

Hindutva refers to Hindu religious fundamentalism and an ideology that all other religions are invalid. Two days earlier, an RSS coordinator in the Uttar Pradesh region told The Hindu news that in December his organization plans to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism in two separate programs.

“On Dec. 23 … we will convert Muslims to Hinduism in at least 50 locations,” he said. “On Dec. 25, the day when Christians convert people to their religion, this year, we will do the reverse – by converting them back to Hinduism. In two to three years, the rural hinterland will be free of Christians.”

When asked how he would convince people to become Hindus, he said, “It will be a test of who is stronger. Hindus or them. You just wait and watch.”

Learn more at the Persecution Blog.

Source: VOM Sources, The Hindu, New Delhi Television

Posted: August 20, 2014
Updated: September 5, 2014

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