Narendra Modi (BJP) election win good for Indian economy, but scary for Christian minority

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From Asia News.

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“The electoral result, declared so far, indicates a landslide win for the BJP, which should propel the stock markets to new heights,” said Clifton Desilva, director of Altina Securities Pvt Ltd, as he spoke to AsiaNews about India’s election results and the BJP victory.

According to the latest projections, Modi’s party has 277 seats out of 543. The BJP and its coalition partners together now hold 336 seats. However, “Now that the BJP is likely to attain a sweeping mandate it does not have to depend on allies as was the case with the UPA government,” Desilva said. The UPA or United Progressive Alliance was the Indian Congress Party-led coalition that lost the election.

What is more, the BJP “has the reputation of being a business-oriented party,” Desilva noted. Thus, “all the big reforms that the UPA could not implement it is hoped that the BJP will implement them. [. . .] In fact the last five to six years we have seen the stock market sliding to new lows with the GDP [growth] slipping from 9.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent”.

Under a BJP administration, “it is expected that the investment cycle, which was stalled for various reasons, will get a kick start.” As a result, “projects worth over Rs 6 trillion (US$ 100 billion) that were stalled are likely to be revived, which will have a positive impact on reviving the growth of the Indian economy”, especially in terms of infrastructure, capital goods and banking sectors.

As soon as the BJP victory appeared to be a foregone conclusion, foreign governments rushed to congratulate the new leader.

But, Religious Freedom Coalition reports a concern.

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Advocacy officials say policies of the influential Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has contributed to an atmosphere of hatred towards Christians. The BJP is the ruling party in three of the five Indian states with laws that forbid forced religious conversions.

The legislation is frequently used to shut down churches or intimidate Christians who speak about their faith, according to rights activists.

The party has proposed stiffer penalties in one of those states, Madhya Pradesh, India’s second-largest.

Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, another BJP-ruled state with anti-conversion laws on the books, is “the poster child for India’s failure to punish the violent,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Commissioner Mary Ann Glendon in a joint November opinion column.

While under BJP rule, Karnataka state had the country’s highest rate of attacks against Christians from 2010 through 2012, according to Christian estimates.

[…]National parliamentary elections are scheduled for May, and Narendra Modi is the BJP’s candidate for prime minister.

Hindu militants have expressed anger over the spread of Christianity in India, a predominantly Hindu nation of over 1 billion people.

In a reaction, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) made clear it was closely monitoring the situation saying it had urged believers to “Pray for God’s protection over all Christians living in Andhra Pradesh” especially “for pastors and Christian workers…that they would continue to place their trust in the Lord and engage in missions in spite of the present situation.”

It was also important to “Pray that the Lord would grant repentance to those who are instigating violence against Christians,” stressed the WEA, which claims to represent some 600 million evangelical Christians in 128 countries.

I want India to do well, and Modi’s pro-business record in Gujarat cannot be questioned. However, I am worried about his Hindu Nationalism and the price that Christians might pay for evangelizing, which is a normal part of the Christian faith. Hinduism is a non-cognitive religion, so they are not used to arguments and evidence. It’s a community/family/culture thing. So they don’t understand how a person can evangelize except by non-cognitive means, e.g. – bribes. I am worried especially for the Dalits and other low-caste Indians in this environment.

Please pray for Christians in India. Do it now.

7 thoughts on “Narendra Modi (BJP) election win good for Indian economy, but scary for Christian minority”

  1. There are many versions of Hinduism, and there are “Hindu scholars” who do attempt a form of apologetic (I’m reading “Reason For the Hope Within” currently by Michael Murray and there is a chapter discussing this). However, you are right that they are worldviews apart form Christianity and there is very, very little common ground in any discussion, especially with the popular Hindu forms.

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  2. I think the point you’re missing is that the allegations that many of the conversions are based on bribery is in fact true.

    If you take a step back, the real reason for the backlash against these conversions is that they are seen as continued western imperialism, spearheaded by evangelical missionaries who are crypto-colonialists.

    Whether they are or not is debatable of course, but one of the problems with indian democracy since its independence is that it is highly fractured, and minority groups in particular are easily exploited into becoming vote banks by unscrupulous politicians.

    Christian groups, particularly those who have been converted by bribery rather than a real, true belief in the truth of Jesus’ teachings, are likely to be considered suspect by the majority hindus who have, over the last 65 years, been increasingly marginalised by the antics of the Congress party in particular which has cynically held on to power by cultivating client groups (e.g. the muslims) by implementing policies designed to privilege those groups and transfer wealth and power to them (via various welfare laws and quotas on employment).

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  3. Definitely, it’s an very urgent need for all our brothern, who are in our Lord & saviour Jesus Christ to pray for our christian missionary n their works in India.

    It is our responsibility.

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  4. It is also the duty of every Christian in India to remain submissive to the government like Daniel (except if they have to compromise the Higher Government of God). Let us obey the laws of the government in love, not speak anything against the ruler of our people and remain blameless. Let us seek the welfare of our country for in it lies our welfare. But no law can stop the Ministry of the Lord, let us pray that we continue to be tools in His Ministry. Only, let us not walk in hatred against the rule ordained by the Lord. Romans 13:1-7.

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    1. Daniel wasn’t submissive to the government, that’s why he was thrown into the lion’s den. If a government commands Christians not to evangelize, it has made the practice of Christianity illegal, and it should be disobeyed on that point.

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      1. Certainly. I’ve mentioned clearly in my comment that we shouldn’t compromise the commandments of the Lord, which includes evangelism. But we should not be against the Government resorting to our Christian patriotic emotions. It’s time we became mature in this regard. Daniel served the king, adopted the language and culture of the Chaldeans (except those that would be disobedience to the Law). Only in regard to worship, he never compromised. I’m getting worried about christians who are harboring a simmering sense of hatred towards the government. Ours is not to hate. But we can also take this as a blessing. Atleast now, all the nominals who were rotting in their comfort zones will take discipleship and evangelism seriously, so this could be our greatest opportunity so far. Christians will be persecuted, no doubt. But we should bless when we are persecuted like Paul.

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      2. If the Lord wills, no imposed law can stop his gospel from being preached in India. It must be remembered that He is the King over all. The same Lord who’s ordained all the rulers of history, wants us to evangelise. So if we depend on Him, we have nothing to fear. The gospel will be spread even if that costs our lives. History proves how great our God is in accomplishing things. So we need waves of prayer.

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