by Katey Hearth
Mission Network News
"While adamantly denied by India’s government, violent acts of persecution against Christians and India’s other religious minorities are undeniable.
"India has climbed seven spots on the Open Doors USA World Watch List — a compilation of the world’s top 50 persecution hot-spots — in the past year alone. Many attribute the rise, in large part, to the BJP’s ascension to power.
"According to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI), there is a direct correlation between politics and persecution.
“'Much of the violence has taken place after the new government of Prime Minister Nahendra Modi came into power,” EFI leaders said in a statement acquired by Morning Star News.
“'Police inaction and failure to arrest the guilty in most cases, its propensity to try to minimize the crime, and in rural areas especially, its open partisanship, has almost become the norm.”
"Last year, nearly 150 cases of persecution were reported.
“'There is certainly a need to pray for India, and particularly under the government of Prime Minister Modi,” notes Nettleton..."