India  

Flag of India Rank: 28
Score: 55/100
2013 Rank: 31
Leader: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Government: Federal Republic
Main Religion: Hinduism
Population: 1.3 billion (59 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Religious militancy

Christian Persecution in IndiaHinduism is experiencing a revival in India, and religious intolerance is on the increase. Hindu nationalists, who claim that every Indian has to be Hindu, continue to push their ‘Hindutva’ ideology through political parties, such as the BJP, which has strong support in the media. ‘Anti-conversion laws’ have been adopted in five states, and are frequently used as a pretext to disrupt church services and harass Christians. Pastors are frequently beaten up or killed, church buildings destroyed, and converts forced to flee their homes. Despite this, the church is growing, particularly among the lower castes.

PRAY:

  • In some states it is virtually impossible to get permission to build or renovate a church building. Pray for wisdom and perseverance for church leaders in dealing with the authorities.
  • Christians cannot count on fair treatment and are discouraged from claiming their rights. Pray that the government will ensure justice for the Christian minority.
  • That biblical training, literacy and livelihood programs run by Open Doors will help to strengthen the church.

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  • http://twitter.com/elshed Pastor Samuel John

    Visit our Church still need to fulfil many other otreach ministry therePray for us

  • Nick Kok

    Please ALL pray for Evangelist Andries Pelser’s conference going to India next week. We have encountered some resistance and challenges with visa’s, but trust God will prevail. See you soon in India :)

  • Shinie Rajan

    Iam an indian living in chennai and would be happy to know the nearest office in chennai or any southern state .whom do I contact will anyone let me know ?

    • A Patriot

      For what ? to convert innocent , gullible , poor Hindus to believe in Jesus Story ?

  • Seth

    Lord God, I pray over the nation of India. I pray that the societal barriers would not be a hindrance to reaching out to the lost, but your people will be bold in crossing barriers, like Jesus did. I also pray that the body would learn to respect and care for all parts of itself, that everyone would depend on and learn from each other, whether they be soldiers, middle-class laborers, and even those not considered to be part of the castes, and strengthen each other rather than tear each other down, for if the body is healthy except for a few parts, the body as a whole is still unhealthy.

  • Alien Mars

    seriously this is fake ,never heard of such incident -_-

    sikhs jain and budhist are also in minorities but they are as safe as christians yes in some of the areas there are some communal disputes (mostly hindus and muslims) never heared of attacks and the line Permission to build or renovate a church building is almost impossible and church activities can be perceived as ‘hurting religious feelings’

    is bulls*****

    • truffles111

      This is not fake. It depends on which area/state you are in. I just returned from India and observed the hardship and persecution of Christian believers there. YouTube has many videos of events that have happened there.

      • A Patriot

        First try to Save Christianity in the west. Americans & Europeans are becoming Hindus. Christianity will not be there in another 50 years time.

  • Ernest Zenone

    Dear Lord, bless your people in India. I rejoice that so many have come to faith in Christ, despite the loss of all things, even family. What a day of rejoicing to meet those saints in heaven one day and to cast our crowns at the feet of the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb that taketh away the sin of the world! Please provide spiritually and physically for they people in India. May India come under the rule of King Jesus, in your time and will. Blessed be the Name of the Lord. In Jesus Name I pray this. Amen.

    • pacific

      thanks for your call for blessings but stay away from conversion and go back where u belong

      • Ernest Zenone

        Jesus commands me and Christians to be “teach all nations” Matthew 28:19, 20 and “we ought to obey God rather than men” -Acts 5:29 We do not force conversions. But in America we have freedom to convert, to witness, unlike in India and Muslim lands where there is no freedom to choose one’s faith. I’d rather live here in the United States!

        • Guest

          Keep up with your delusion and the result will be Christian Free India in the next 30-50 years.

  • Ernest Zenone

    Dear Lord, have mercy on your people in India. Through the persecution, I praise you for the faithfulness of the sainst in this land and that many are coming to faith in Christ. May you provide spiritual and physical aid and support for your people. I pray for that Christ will rule in India and His Kingdom established in all of this land. In Jesus Name I pray.

    • A Patriot

      India will flourish and be Peaceful If your Lord’s Mercy is not there. We do not want your Inferior Cult spreading in India. We have Hinduism , The Mother of ALL FAITHS. By the Way ,Have you ever visited these sites.
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    • paul

      Poor delusional fella

  • guest

    In Northeastern India, Christian extremist groups have harassed, murdered and forcibly converted Hindus, and attacked temples. In 2000, Tripura police discovered that The Baptist Church of Tripura supplied the NLFT with arms and financial support and to have encouraged forced conversion and murder of Hindus. NLFT has issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja, and declared it their mission to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura.[16] In Assam, members of the primarily Christian Hmar ethnic group have placed bloodstained crosses in temples and forced Hindus to convert at gunpoint.[17] Many Hindu holy sites have been regularly attacked by terrorist groups, including Varanasi, Ayodhya, and Akshardham temple.

  • guest

    Conversion is the agenda of Christians which is the root cause of reaction from hindus as it is under threat from islam and cant really differentiate if Christians also claim my god is superior to your god like muslims. That’s the reason for backlash. Christians are most respected as they are our teachers and have maximum number of schools and hospitals, If they just leave this agenda of conversion there would be no friction as hindus primarily have no problem in accepting Jesus as a great saint or God. Hinduism is the true religion which considers all other religions as equal and gods same but is under severe threat from monotheistic religions which of course is an inferior philosophy and gives rise to conflict as is so evident worldwide.

  • Shekar Raghavan

    To say that there exist ‘moderate’ forms of persecution of Christians in India is ignorant, arrogant hyperbole.

    Christianity has been well established in India at least from the 6th C, and has seen violent attempts at conversions many times over. Missionaries had been very active all over India during the colonial rule, yet less than 3% of India’s population is Christian. Every form of allurement, fraud and coercion has been tried, including using famine assistance to win over converts, and ‘inculturation’ where Christian fathers adopt the garb and symbols of Hinduism to fool people.

    During the 17th C in Goa, an Inquisition was established to punish apostate Christians and their descendants who were forcibly converted to Catholicism, and who were now suspected of practicing their ancestral religion in secret. It continued until the 19th C, but even this long and vigorous fanaticism only resulted in about 27% Christians in Goa. An overwhelming 66% still remain Hindus.

    All this has led to considerable consternation among the global evangelical ‘industry’, which is now using the media to generate ‘atrocity literature’ to collect more funds and intensify efforts at propagation of a rejected Christianity.

    The freedom to practice and preach religion are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian constitution, and the rights of monority educational institutions are fully protected.As anyone who has visited India can tell you, every large and small denomination is represented in India, and the number of churches and associated organizations is far in excess of the numbers of church per-capita in Christian countries.

    Isolated instances of violence against Christian missionaries are very rare, and usually the result of the production and distribution of tracts derogatory of Hindu religious beliefs. Another reason has been aggressive evangelism that results in disrupting the settled family and social order.

    Your assertions are completely mischievous and utterly fanciful, and one can only hope you will use the enormous wealth and people at your disposal to bring back wayward Christians in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

  • Shekar Raghavan

    To say that there exist ‘moderate’ forms of persecution of Christians in India is ignorant, arrogant hyperbole.

    Christianity has been well established in India at least from the 6th C, and has seen violent attempts at conversions many times over. Missionaries had been very active all over India during the colonial rule, yet less than 3% of India’s population is Christian. Every form of allurement, fraud and coercion has been tried, including using famine assistance to win over converts, and ‘inculturation’ where Christian fathers adopt the garb and symbols of Hinduism to fool people.

    During the 17th C in Goa, an Inquisition was established to punish apostate Christians and their descendants who were forcibly converted to Catholicism, and who were now suspected of practicing their ancestral religion in secret. It continued until the 19th C, but even this long and vigorous fanaticism only resulted in about 27% Christians in Goa. An overwhelming 66% still remain Hindus.

    All this has led to considerable consternation among the global evangelical ‘industry’, which is now using the media to generate ‘atrocity literature’ to collect more funds and intensify efforts at propagation of a rejected Christianity.

    The freedom to practice and preach religion are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian constitution, and the rights of monority educational institutions are fully protected.As anyone who has visited India can tell you, every large and small denomination is represented in India, and the number of churches and associated organizations is far in excess of the numbers of church per-capita in Christian countries.

    Isolated instances of violence against Christian missionaries are very rare, and usually the result of the production and distribution of tracts derogatory of Hindu religious beliefs. Another reason has been aggressive evangelism that results in disrupting the settled family and social order.

    Your assertions are completely mischievous and utterly fanciful, and one can only hope you will use the enormous wealth and people at your disposal to bring back wayward Christians in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

  • tluanga

    Im from one of the Indian state of Mizoram, here around97% of the total population are Christians. We have a very well structured Church and more 5000 missionaries are sent out to other states.

    • Sumathi Megavarnam

      You have been made a fool , what is it your proud off

    • Holly

      EXECUTE THOSE EVIL CHRISTIAN DEMONIACS!

    • theburningfire

      God bless the work of your church, my friend!

    • Sue Randall Wilkes

      Thank you for the wonderful news!

  • Very Good HK

    Dear God we pray for Christian free India.

  • Very Good HK

    Dear God allow Islam to spread to the source of funding lands for these Christian terrorists.

  • Very Good HK

    Muslims please pray to God to bring Christians to Allah.

  • Holly

    EXECUTE all Christians in India! You are EVIL DEMONIACS!

  • Edith Kurie

    Heavenly Father, we who were raised with encouragement to study our Bibles and learn of You through Jesus Christ and to become followers of Jesus do not really know what it is to be abused and killed for our faith. I pray Lord for those who are just coming to know You in India and places where for whatever reasons it is forbidden to worship and follow You that they will have Your love, guidance and protection, and I pray for those who cause them to stumble that for these also Lord You will break their hearts of stone. We are all Your precious children, in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Amy

    Lord, today I come before You on behalf of the nation of India. And I’m sitting here thinking that no matter how many problems I have, they just can’t compare to the problems that my brothers and sisters in persecuted nations are facing. It is my privilege to take time and pray for them today as they are fighting the good fight of faith and experiencing Your grace in a way that I probably never will.
    I pray alongside of my brothers and sisters around the world for the nation of India – firstly for all church leaders, especially those who are having some difficulty dealing with the authorities. I ask that You would grant them wisdom and discernment. Only You know what is needed in each circumstance and how each authority figure should be dealt with. I pray that each circumstance would bring You glory and that You would even bring many authority figures to Yourself through the witness and the love shown by church leadership. I pray that You would give each church leader a heart to continue to grow and learn and serve and that no false teaching or self-promoting spirit would enter into the church. I pray that You would make them good shepherds over their flocks and that You would give them the wisdom that they need to lead well.
    I also pray for justice in this nation for the Christian minority. I know that the poor and marginalized are near to Your heart and that You desire justice and mercy. I pray that You would move in the hearts of the government officials so that Your people receive justice and their due rights according to the law of the land, and that they would be able to claim those rights.
    Finally, I pray for the training programs that are run by Open Doors in India right now. I thank You for the glory that You have received through the testimonies given of those who are learning to read the Bible for themselves and those who are being taught skills so that they will not be taken advantage of in the businessplace. I pray for Your continued anointing of these programs so that more souls can come to know You and can be strengthened in their faith.
    I know that there is great work happening in India but also a great more work that needs to be done. I ask for Your blessing over this nation and over those who are seeking to serve You there. I ask it in Jesus’s name, amen.