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Last month I sounded the alarm about Prime Minister Modi’s Hindutva (fascist) background and agenda.  Since then, I’ve been asked, “why did the modern Indian democracy elect Modi to be their prime minister?”

The official party line attributes Modi’s election victory to his reputation for economic success. It is true that when Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he economically transformed his state by recruiting 100’s of global companies to invest 100’s of billions of dollars in his state.

However, political analysts recognize that Modi’s victory was also driven by India’s powerful upper caste who are fearful of losing their elite status as India transitions into a modern economy.  They’re counting on Modi to preserve their dominance by aggressively oppressing and persecuting the lower caste.

India’s Christian Dalits Are the Lowest of the Low

India’s socio-economic hierarchy is still defined by its caste system.  The Dalits who are also known as India’s “untouchables” make up the lowest caste.    There are an estimated 250 - 300 million Dalits in India, including almost 50% of India’s 29 million Christians. 

Dalits do not have the right to own property and they sustain themselves by eating leftover food disposed of by the higher castes.  Many are bonded laborers including working as manual scavengers who are responsible for removing human excrement by hand from upper caste sewers and dry toilets.   These practices continue to this day even though they were outlawed with India’s Independence. 

Hindu Dalits receive welfare and other affirmative action-type benefits for education and employment.  They also receive a special protection status against discrimination, exploitation, and violence.   

But Christian Dalits aren’t eligible for any of these benefits or protection, just because they’re Christians.  Most of the violence against Indian Christians is reportedly against Dalit Christians.  

The caste system is so deeply entrenched in the soul of Indian culture, that even the upper caste Christians discriminate against their Dalit brothers and sisters!      

Dalit Christians are among the lowest-of-the-low in India’s lowest caste.  And Dalit Christian women are at the very bottom of this ungodly evil system because they’re also discriminated against because they are women.  They are among the most severely oppressed and vulnerable people in India.

Here in the West, WE CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE what life is like for our Dalit Christian brothers and sisters. 

Please pray for Prime Minister Modi and the governing Indian authorities, that our Indian brothers and sisters would be allowed to lead quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. 

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 
 

I was invited to participate in the World Summit in Defense of Christians that was hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.  We met in Washington DC last week to address the ongoing atrocities committed against Christ’s followers around the globe.   The Summit convened more than 600 people from 130 countries, including church leaders, advocates and many of our Christian brothers and sisters who have endured brutal persecution because of their faith.

The conference theme was clear: “We stand with you”.   This was communicated in many ways throughout the conference. The message seemed to carry the most weight when the United States Vice President, Mike Pence said: “I’m here on behalf of the president as a tangible sign of his commitment to defending Christians … On behalf of the President of the United States, I say from my heart that we are with you.” 

Pence spoke for many of us who live here in the West when he also said to those who have been persecuted, "Your faith inspires me, it humbles me and it inspires all who are looking on today".    To Pence’s point, our persecuted brothers and sisters are a living model of what it means to deny ourselves and follow Jesus.  We need them because our 21st century Western comfort and security is a hindrance to our faith.  Often, we don’t even realize how lukewarm we are, until we spend time with those who are “all in” and “hot” for Jesus.  

I was somewhat uncomfortable (in a good way) at the Summit’s closing dinner banquet.  Seated on my left was an evangelist – a husband and father of four children, who faithfully preaches the gospel daily in a region where Islamists are killing Christians literally every day.  His wife and children live day-to-day not knowing if daddy will come home.     Seated on my right was a pastor who carries a great weight of concern for his flock that has been physically beaten and is now the target of increasing persecution.    The testimonies of these men who so love and trust Jesus that they do not love their life even when faced with death, were God’s salve to open my eyes and see that I was lukewarm and complacent. 

During the Summit’s final session, Dr. John Ayres called on all followers of Christ to declare their allegiance with those who suffer for Christ’s name, and to pledge their support for persecuted Christians around the world.  With all my heart, I said yes.  Will you join me? 

Let love of the brethren continue … 
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, 
and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 

Hebrews 13:1-3 NASB

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 

The Hindutva founding fathers distrusted and were hostile towards non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and especially Christian charities because they considered them to be “anti-national”.

So, it’s not surprising that since becoming prime minister, Modi’s administration has revoked the funding licenses for almost 10,000 non-profits and charities that conflict with his Hindutva agenda.  Did you notice that I didn’t say 100 or even 1000, but effectively defunded 10,000 non-profit organizations? 

This includes Human rights groups, legal aid societies and the countless charities that serve the millions of marginalized and impoverished people in India.   

For example, consider Compassion International, the Christian charity that cares for 100s of thousands of India’s destitute children.   Modi was elected three years ago and for the last three years, Compassion has been the target of multiple governmental attacks because of its Christian belief.  And, last year, the Indian government revoked their funding license even though they didn’t break any laws.  Compassion is now in the process of withdrawing from India.

Prime Minister Modi’s leadership team also gives us great cause for concern. 

Amit Shah (pictured above) is the President of the BJP and he is widely known to be Modi’s right-hand man.  Shah has been entangled in numerous legal controversies including having been arrested and charged with the murder, extortion, and kidnapping.

The only eyewitness to the murder was killed by the police.  And Shah was a high-ranking official over the police division that killed the witness!  

Earlier this month, Modi appointed a fiery Hindu cleric to lead Uttar Pradesh which is India’s largest state with more than 200 million people.     If Uttar Pradesh were a separate country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world!

This radical cleric, whose name is Yogi Adityanath (pictured above), has a history of being arrested for inciting violence against non-Hindus.  According to the Hindustan Times, he is now awaiting trial in multiple cases, including attempted murder, criminal intimidation, and rioting. 

India’s electoral college will be voting to elect a new president in three months.   The BJP is expected to appoint Mohan Bhagwat (pictured above) for President.  

Bhagwat is currently the chief of the RSS.  The RSS is the ideological mother of the Hindutva movement and the BJP.  They are well-known for their disdain for religious minorities and advocating the forcible conversion of non-Hindus.

These are the leaders in the world’s largest democracy.

Please pray for Prime Minister Modi and the governing Indian authorities, that our Indian brothers and sisters would be allowed to lead quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. 

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 

In my last post, I explained that persecution has increased dramatically in the last three years under Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Hindu nationalist leadership. 

Hindu nationalist ascribe to the Hindutva ideology which seeks to create pure Hindu culture, race, and nation and they commend Hitler as a model leader to learn from.   Mein Kampf has been a best-seller in India since the BJP's rise in popularity. 

It’s critical that we consider Modi and the BJP's past, in order to understand and plot India’s trajectory for persecution in the future. 

When Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat – a state with 70 million people – the U.S. State Department revoked his VISA. He was banned from the U.S. because of his role in the 2002 Muslim genocide.   During this time, Hindu nationalists massacred more than 1,000 Muslims and forced 100,000 people from their homes. 

India’s National Human Rights Commission cited evidence that the killings were premeditated and Modi’s government and police officials were complicit.  Modi’s administration was also implicated in a massive cover-up of the state’s role in the massacre.  

After the attacks, the displaced people were relocated to state-sponsored IDP camps; some of which didn’t even have water or sanitation.  Modi’s emboldened police and state officials callously blocked charities from providing aid to the people in these camps.    

Modi’s administration refused to investigate the killings and they defied a central government order to compensate the victims.   They even withheld the victims’ social welfare entitlements.

Finally, in 2012, the Gujarat High Court strongly chastised Modi and the Gujarat government for their “inaction and negligence” during the violence.   To date, Modi has not apologized or expressed remorse for the Gujarat killings. 

The worst violence against Christians in India’s history also occurred under the BJP’s leadership.  

In 2008, Hindu nationalist in Orissa, ruthlessly killed more than 100 Christians, raped numerous women, destroyed 4,640 homes and demolished 252 churches.  The police and armed forces who were dispatched to protect the Christians ignored their cries and allowed the rampage to continue unabated for almost three months!    

After the mayhem, a BJP leader was charged with 11 counts of murder but was convicted on just one count and was released after paying a small fine.  The Supreme Court overturned his release, but the state ignored the higher court’s ruling and reinstated him to his post in the state parliament.  A UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion observed the post-violence judicial process and commented, “impunity emboldens forces of intolerance”.

Please pray for Prime Minister Modi and the governing Indian authorities, that our Indian brothers and sisters would be allowed to lead quiet lives in all godliness and dignity. 

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 
(1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.

grace and peace,
brother Dominic 

I was quite surprised last week when I learned that Mein Kampf is a best seller in India – the world’s largest democracy.   In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been too surprised.   

In the last three years, India has leaped in ranking from the 28th worst to the 15th worst country for severe Christian persecution, according to the World Watch List.   It’s not a coincidence that Prime Minister Modi was also elected three years ago. 

Modi’s and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are avowed adherents to Hindutva.  Hindutva is a radical, highly politicized form of Hinduism that seeks to create a pure Hindu race, nation and culture.  

Hindutva leaders are known for holding Hitler in high esteem.  For the Hindutva founding fathers, Mein Kampf was a source of inspiration for the formation of an exclusive Hindu race in India.  The Hindutva patriarch, Golwalkar, referred to the Nazi genocide against the Jews as "a good lesson for us to learn and profit by".  

During his time as Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001-2014, Modi’s government high school textbooks lauded Hitler's “charismatic personality” and the “achievements of Nazism”.   Then, the Times of India conducted a survey and reported that 17% of students in elite Indian colleges “favored Adolf Hitler as the kind of leader India ought to have”.

In 2005, U.S. Congressmen John Conyers and Joe Pitts called on the State Department to condemn Chief Minister Modi for repeated attacks against religious minorities in Gujarat. "Mr. Modi has not been shy about proudly professing his anti-Christian, anti-Muslim, and anti-tribal stances”, said Congressman Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. 

Congressman Pitts, a member of the India Caucus and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, also voice his concerns, "The evidence is clear. Mr. Modi persecutes religious minorities in Gujarat. Our government should speak with one voice in condemning these policies and the actions of the Modi administration that has led to the death, torture, and imprisonment of thousands in Gujarat".

Modi’s true color was also clearly seen in 2015, when high-ranking BJP leaders, including the party’s president Amit Shah, called for the enactment of a nationwide anti-conversion law.  Although the national law hasn’t passed yet, 7 of India’s 29 states, encompassing 300 million people already have similar laws in place.

These laws are used to harass and intimidate Hindus who want to change their faith.  They also include fines and imprisonment for anyone who “induces” a person to convert from Hinduism.  These laws are similar to blasphemy laws in that they are vaguely worded and are frequently used to legally justify hostility and false imprisonment of Christians.

Please pray for Prime Minister Modi and the governing Indian authorities, that God’s people would be able to lead quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.  

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers,
petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Please share this message with your church and friends who love Jesus and pray.
 
grace and peace,
brother Dominic 

Read More: Really ... Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is a Best-Seller in India? (part 2)

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