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Christian Schools in India Experience Increased Pressure from BJP Government

New Delhi, Christian schools throughout India are experiencing increased difficulties under the current BJP-led government, as per reports of heightened concerns regarding religious freedom and safety among the community.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has expressed significant worries about the policies imposed by the Hindu nationalist BJP government. These policies reportedly add unnecessary burdens on Christian educational institutions and have intensified tensions with Christian leaders. Denials by bishops against accusations of forced conversions have not alleviated a growing atmosphere of suspicion and hostility.

Over the past year, there has been a reported rise in hostile incidents against Christians, with more than 600 cases of violence documented in 2023. Incidents such as unfounded allegations against a Christian teacher in Tripura and threats to remove Christian symbols from schools in Assam underline the precarious situation for the community. Extremist groups like RSS and Bajrang Dal have been involved in several attacks on Christian institutions, exacerbating the strain.

These conditions have left Christian leaders feeling increasingly frustrated and vulnerable, particularly concerning the safety of their students and staff. Cases of harassment and the wrongful imprisonment of Christian monks have intensified the fear and uncertainty within the community.

Critics of the BJP government argue that its policies are eroding India’s secular foundations, pushing the nation towards becoming a de facto Hindu state. The disproportionate impact of discrimination and violence on Muslims and Christians has sparked further debate over the inclusiveness of Indian society.

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