The world’s largest democracy is set to change governments as results of India’s month-long election show the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) overwhelming winning.
But some say with that win comes concern over what comes next for India’s Christians, who now await their fate under the new leadership.
Sajan George, with the Indian Council of Christians, said to predict the future, just look at the past.
“Past experience is whenever they came into power, they have not been kind to us or they’ve always tried to violate constitutional guarantees given to the Christian community in India,” George explained.
“So, the Christian community is fearful about the outcome and the person likely to lead the government has a very bad reputation as a ruler in his own state of Gujarat,” he added.
That person in question is Narendra Modi, the man set to be India’s new prime minister.
Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 Gujarat riots when more than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.
Indian Christians say they’ve fared better under the Congress Party because it is more secular minded.
“Have we seen an improvement for the Christians, or has persecution gotten worse? Physical attacks have come down but there are economical,” George argued.
“They are trying to spoil the Christian community by taking away the small, little privileges they’ve enjoyed as Dalits in the past. They’ve been driven out of their places, they’ve not been allowed to run businesses,” he said.
Though less in number in recent years, physical attacks against Christians have continued.
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SOURCE: CBN News