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Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists

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Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists
by Nirmala Carvalho
Indresh Kumar, a member of a paramilitary group close to India’s ruling party, accuses Christians of having a secret deal with Naxalite insurgents. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, his “inflammatory and dangerous” words undermine “secular and multi-religious India."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – India’s armed militants Maoists "have never targeted churches and priests just because they serve them or is there some other reason?" asked provocatively Indresh Kumar, a leader with the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) devoted to leftwing insurgency in south Chhattisgarh.
Following the outcry his speech caused, the politician was quick clarify his statement. "My intention,” he told reporters, “is not to criticise Churches. I know they are committed to India and their people believe in serving the nation, but I want their active role in eradicating Maoism; therefore, I have put forth these issues. They should decide whether the movement has brought life or death to the region”.
For many years, Maoist violence has disrupted life in many a state like Chhattisgarh. The Naxalite movement was founded in 1967 in Naxalbari, a village in West Bengal. In 2004, two of its main factions merged to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

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Karnataka, the violence on the anniversary of the Sultan of Mysore threaten the Christian community

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Karnataka, the violence on the anniversary of the Sultan of Mysore threaten the Christian community
by Nirmala Carvalho
Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Tipu Sultan, one of the rulers of South Asia. A leader of the Hindu VHP killed during clashes with the agents intervened to divide the Hindus by Muslim activists. The sultan is guilty of violence against Hindus and Christians. Christian activist: "Between two extremist groups taking to the streets, at risk it is the Christian minority."

Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions

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Orissa, a Pentecostal pastor in prison on false charges of forced conversions
by Nirmala Carvalho
Charged by radical Hindus. In a year and a half he would have "attracted " 300 tribal Munda to Christianity. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The rhetoric of forced conversions to incite crimes against Christians." In 1999, Graham Staines and his two sons were killed in the same district.

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Religious belief behind latest killing in south Kashmir?Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (43)

The latest killing of a village head by suspected militants in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday night may be triggered by religious beliefs held by the victim.

The victim identified as Mohammad Yousuf Bhat (43), a resident of Wagum village in Pulwama district, around 30 km south of Srinagar, was shot at when he was on his way to a mosque for special Ramzan prayers called Tarawi around 9:30 pm last night.

"My daughter, who is victim's wife, was accompanying him. At least four persons came and told her they have to talk to him, and took him away," said Wali Mohammad, father-in-law of the victim.

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