Christians of Jharkhand And India's Other Tribal States Face Persecution
Government restrictions on religious conversion in India's Jharkhand State are the most recent attempt by the historically Hindu nation to retain political sway over its tribal peoples.
In 2017, Jharkhand became the seventh Indian State, after Madya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Himachal, Arunachal, and Odisha, to enact a "Religious Independence Bill." The other six, including Jharkhand, together comprise 90 percent of India's "Adivasi" or indigenous population.
"The Christians employ various tricks to evangelize the poor, illiterate tribals,â€ť claimed Inspector Manoj Kumar of the Shikaripa police after fifteen tribal Christians were arrested in May for preaching the gospel to villagers....
I suppose this will happen this Christmas as it did last year?
Michael Safi wrote: .... In 2014, Indians elected a Hindu nationalist government in a landslide. Its leader, Narendra Modi, is a lifelong adherent of â€śHindutvaâ€ť, the conviction that Indiaâ€™s culture and institutions ought to reflect an inherent Hindu nature. Religious minorities â€“ regarded as Hindus led astray by foreign influence â€“ are tolerated, provided they acknowledge Hindu hegemony.
Modi has repeatedly emphasised his government will promote â€ścomplete freedom of faithâ€ť, but his elevation has been a green light for radical Hindutva groups, says Dhirendra K Jha, an author whose latest book studied these â€śshadow armiesâ€ť.
â€śAfter Modi became prime minister, these groups started thinking they have assumed power, it is their government,â€ť Jha says. â€śSo they have gone amok. They donâ€™t fear law and order or any democratic institution. They are on a rampage.â€ť...
excerpt from: "Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians"