Indian Christians frustrated by Good Governance Day ‘distraction’ at Christmas

Indian Christians frustrated by Good Governance Day ‘distraction’ at Christmas
Thousands of Santa Clauses parade through the streets of Thrissur, Kerala state, in 2014.World Watch Monitor   Church leaders have joined critics of a controversial move by the government of India’s second-most populous state to hold “Good Governance Day” observances on Christmas Day. “Holding programmes to promote Good Governance is . . . Read More

Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’

Sixth Indian state seeks to adopt ‘anti-conversion law’
A sixth Indian state is debating the introduction of an “anti-conversion law”. Maharashtra would follow Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in implementing a Freedom of Religion Act, which seems harmless in name, but in practice discourages evangelism, as Vishal Arora reports in the video below. Learn more: . . . Read More

Christmas 2014 ‘evokes not joy but fears’ for India’s Christians

Christmas 2014 ‘evokes not joy but fears’ for India’s Christians
Christmas is an occasion mostly associated with joy and celebration. But since the start of the holiday season, India’s minority religious groups of Christians and Muslims have been especially under pressure. The Indian Parliament has hardly functioned since the start of December because several opposition lawmakers have been protesting a . . . Read More

BJP win elicits mixed reaction from India’s Christians

BJP win elicits mixed reaction from India’s Christians
From left to right. Indian President Mahinda Rajapaksa and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting for bilateral talks in New Delhi, India. May 27, 2014 Mahinda Rajapaksa / Flickr/ Creative Commons   India’s Christian leaders aren’t quite unanimous, yet, on the meaning of the May election landslide that swept . . . Read More

In India, a familiar pattern of pressure on Christians

In India, a familiar pattern of pressure on Christians
In vast and diverse India, Christians often live freely. Yet India ranks among the 50 countries where life as a Christian is most difficult, according to Open Doors International, a global ministry that serves Christians who are pressured because of their faith. The country is No. 31 on Open Doors’ . . . Read More

VHP leads mob to destroy Indian church

VHP leads mob to destroy Indian church
Members of Divya Jyoti Church were too late to stop a mob from knocking down their building.World Watch Monitor   On March 12 in a southeast India village, the local newspaper published allegations that Divya Jyoti Church had been built on government land. The next day, a crowd equipped with . . . Read More