India, Hindu paramilitary group calling for a change in policy to contain minorities "harmful"
by Nirmala Carvalho
The members of the Rashtriya Sangh Swyamsevak approved a resolution asking the central Indian government to review national policies on populations. The rise of Muslim and Christian communities would create a "demographic imbalance" that threatens the "integrity, unity and identity of the country." In India, the Hindus are 79.8%, 2.3% Christians, Muslims the 14,23%. Christian activist: "They just want to alarm and sow suspicion against minorities."
Mumbai, Aug 16, 2015: A bunch of lively schoolboys form a circle around an authoritative 12-year-old in khaki shorts and a superman T-shirt at a Navi Mumbai maidan on a weekday night.
At first glance, they look merely like children at play. But as the boy leading the group conducts a series of activities from games and exercises to prayer recitations and a brief session of marching involving bringing one's right hand to one's chest, it gradually becomes evident that this is an RSS shakha in progress, one of 51,335 shakhas held daily across the country in 2015. Shakhas are the smallest unit of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
While the organization is called 'extremist' by its critics, its admirers respond to the taunt by calling it 'Hindu nationalist'. But even its detractors agree that the RSS organizational network is virtually unparalleled. While there is no formal membership, an analysis of data on the number of shakhas conducted each year over the last five years shows a nearly 29% increase in daily shakhas, 61% increase in weekly shakhas and 40% growth in monthly shakhas across India from 2010-11 to 2014-15.
Pastor Ronald Sinclaire from Dewas, Madhya Pradesh and his congregation, were attacked by a mob allegedly led by members of the local RSS unit today(10th May) evening as the Church was gathered for their Sunday worship as usual. The attackers pushed the Church members around and verbally abused the Pastor, pushing him around as well.
(Nirmala Carvalho contributed)
The head of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitary group has accused the founder of the Missionaries of Charity "of serving the poor in order to convert them." People of all faiths and walks of life condemn the words of the Hindu leader. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Mother Teresa often exhorted those who came to her to be good Hindus, Muslims, Christians or Sikhs"