Conversion and Hindu nationalism in India

February 4, 2015
Conversion and Hindu nationalism in India

Nadia Najar and Suhaisini Raj of the New York Times look at a spate of attacks against Catholic churches in India, where Christians make up roughly 2% of the population. Some worry that Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and other elected officials are not doing enough to discourage right-wing Hindus from intimidating minority Christians and others, including Muslims and Dalits, into converting to Hinduism. Rather, recent legislation proposed by the BJP would criminalize conversion from Hinduism.

Jas Singh at the World Policy Blog writes:

In response to the uproar evoked by the opposition in the Indian Parliament, the BJP has now proposed carefully crafted anti-conversion laws, which only further the Hindu supremacist agenda. The campaign of forced conversions and crescendo of extremist rhetoric from the BJP and its affiliate groups coupled with Modi’s deafening silence is likely to invoke ghosts of India’s lurid past of state-sanctioned, and even state-sponsored, violence against its religious minorities.

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