18 May, 2021

Soft Target In Cross-Wires

A spate of attacks against Christian institutions, allegedly VHP-led, instil fear within the community

Soft Target In Cross-Wires

IS the 20 million strong Christian community in India becoming the latest target of the Sangh parivar? Its leaders certainly seem to think so, given the spate of violent attacks on church-backed institutions and personnel.

Says National Minorities Commission member Dr habil James Massey: "In the past year, we've got many more complaints regarding attacks on the Christian community and encroachment on church properties. There is a definite trend." What he finds particularly disturbing is that the attacks have taken place not only in the conflict-prone states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh but in hitherto peaceful states like Maharashtra, Punjab and Gujarat. "In Punjab, which has three lakh Christians, I would never have imagined such a problem but recently there have been several incidents in Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Ludhiana."

 In Gujarat and Maharashtra, there have been at least six and three incidents respectively in 1998. Mumbai-based advocate Colin Gonsalves will be filing a case against the RSS in...

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