Indian government must protect minorities more
Barnabas Fund, 25 January 2022
A Christian Indian politician has called on the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to protect Christians and other religious minorities from extremist groups.
Margaret Alva, formerly a member of the Indian Parliament and successively Governor of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa, complained that religious minorities were at risk of becoming “second-class citizens”.
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Ms Alva also argued that the silence of Prime Minister Modi was taken as “tacit approval and encouragement” by extremist elements within Indian society.
The Indian constitution, she added, which guarantees freedom of religion, must be upheld.
Ms Alva’s intervention comes amidst against churches and Christian communities across India.