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After the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) took power following India’s general elections in May, attacks on Christians and other religious minorities by Hindu radical groups has skyrocketed.

In Uttar Pradesh alone, 600 instances of communal violence were recorded in the first 100 days of BJP’s rule. Many of these attacks were perpetrated by Hindu radical groups against India’s religious minorities.

International Christian Concern reporter Will Stark spoke with various pastors and Christians who were afraid.

“Most of them felt that Hindu radical groups, which are often associated with or attached to the BJP party, were going to be emboldened by the landslide victory of BJP,” Spark said. “Unfortunately, we’ve actually seen that happen. You can just see that in a number of the attacks on Christians.”

Cases have also been brought against Christians, accusing them of forced conversions and operating illegal churches, among other things.

Source: International Christian Concern, OneNewsNow

Prayer points

  • Pray that Christians who have been attacked will respond with grace and forgiveness.
  • Pray that the increased number of attacks will not deter Indians from coming to faith in Christ.
  • Pray for the leaders of the BJP party to recognise and submit to the authority of the one true God.