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India's Christians fearful after Hindu Nationalists sweep election


Christians and Muslims in the Indian state of Gujarat are expecting tough times ahead after a right-wing Hindu party recorded a landslide victory in the western Indian state.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 126 of the 181 state legislative assembly seats when election results were declared on Sunday.

Gandhinagar archdiocese spokesperson Fr Telles Fernandes SJ told UCA News he foresees "a tough time" ahead for Christians in Gujarat. He said they should be "prepared" to face "allegation after allegation in the time to come."

Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, head of a human rights centre in the state's commercial capital of Ahmedabad, said the poll result is a wake-up call to Christians to "redefine the context and be part of a wider civil society."

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LINKS
Gujarat leader reaps poll reward (BBC)
India's Christians fearful after Hindu Nationalists sweep election (Catholic World News)
Midnight mass allowed this Christmas (Mid Day, Mumbai)
Religious Militancy in India and Pakistan (Ethics & Public Policy Centre)


17 Dec 2002