Orissa: the ordeal of Pastor Sushil Lima, for years a victim of radical Hindus

Orissa: il calvario del pastore Sushil Lima, da anni vittima di radicali indù


by Nirmala Carvalho
The religious leader and his family are victims of persecution since 2005, when he began to preach the Gospel. He has received death threats during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Over the years he has baptized about 100 faithful. His followers humiliated publicly and threatened with expulsion from the village council.


Why Christianity Failed in India?

Christianity, a threat to Hinduism? Data and historical evidence prove otherwise.
Tony Joseph
If you have been following Indian mass media or social media in the last few months, you couldn’t have escaped the narrative being spun by the Hindutva right-wing. It goes something like this: “Christianity is posing a growing and serious demographic threat to Hinduism by converting large
numbers of Hindus through aggressive proselytising. This effort is heavily funded by Christian organisations in the West that see India as being ripe for large-scale conversions. Since proselytising and conversions are not part of Hindu tradition, or that of any religion that originated in India, the playing field is tilted against Hinduism, and this is causing serious societal friction. This sometimes leads to spontaneous and violent reactions.”
There are about four individual assertions in there, so let us take them one by one, put them to the test of data and historical evidence, and see which ones hold up, and which ones do not.
Christianity poses a serious threat to Hinduism


Christians constitute 2.3% of total population, record negative growth in five states: Census data

Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: While the latest census data on the population of religious groups, released by the Modi government on Tuesday, showed a 0.7 percent decline in the Hindu population and the Muslim community growing with a growth rate of 0.8 percent, the growth rate of Christians during 2001-2011 stood at 15.5%.
The census has distributed the total population amongst six religions namely Hindu, Muslim, Christians, Sikh, Buddhist and Jains.
In 2011, total population was registered as - 121.09 crores, in which Hindus constituted 79.8 percent, Muslims 14.2 percent, Christians 2.3 percent, Sikh 1.7 percent, Buddhist 0.7 percent and Jain 0.4 percent.
According to the 2011 data, Christians formed 2.3% of the total population at 2.78 crore. The Sikh population stood at 2.08 crore making up 1.7%, Buddhists at 84 lakh accounted for 0.7%, and 45 lakh Jains accounted for 0.4% of the total population.
While there has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains, that of Sikhs has declined by 0.2 percentage points and of Buddhists by 0.1 percentage points during the decade.


Karnataka, government compensates Christian victims of 2008 attacks

Karnataka, government compensates Christian victims of 2008 attacks
by Nirmala Carvalho
The 12 victims will receive a reward of 15 thousand rupees (200 €). The state has recognized the responsibility of Hindu radicals. The violence erupted shortly after the rise to power of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mangalore (AsiaNews) - The government of the Indian state of Karnataka (south-west of the country)has decided to compensate 12 victims who have suffered injuries in the attacks against Christians in 2008 with 15 thousand rupees (about 200 euro).
They include some nuns and women who were demonstrating peacefully against the brutality of the radicals. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), spoke to AsiaNews about "deep satisfaction at the decision of the state authorities."

In September 2008, militants of the Bajrang Dal [youth wing of the Sangh Parivar, the umbrella organization that brings together paramilitary Hindu associations - ed] attacked more than 20 evangelical and Protestant churches and places of worship in Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and other districts, including Bangalore and Kolar.
In 2011 the judge BK Somasekhara presented a report which excluded all government and police responsibility in the attacks on churches. The judge’s report, however, was rejected in 2014 by the Karnataka government as "dictated by political motives to exonerate the radical Hindu Sangh Parivar". The National Human Rights Commission of India recognized the use of excessive force by police and awarded damages of 15 thousand rupees (€ 200) for those who suffered violence.