India has become increasingly intolerant of religious minorities
According to a new report entitled "The South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020", India has become increasingly intolerant towards its religious minority communities.
“It is true that we minorities are facing the onslaught of the Narendra Modi government very systematically,” A.C. Michael, National Coordinator of the United Christian Forum, told the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN). “As a matter of fact, they have started framing laws that are against the spirit of secularism, democracy, and the republic.”
Since taking power in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government has overseen a regime in which anti-minority rhetoric and religious intolerance have been normalized. This has had disastrous effects for religious minorities living in India.
According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), violent attacks on Indian Christians have more than doubled the recent years. In 2014, the year the BJP rose to political power, EFI recorded 147 violent attacks on Indian Christians. In 2019, after five years of BJP rule, EFI recorded 366 violent attacks.