Hindu Nationalists Escalate Anti-Christian Campaign in Central India
Nationalists are calling on villagers to disassociate themselves from Christians and demanding Christians convert to Hinduism to avoid hostility.
At a January 26 meeting with village elders in the Jhabua District, Hindu nationalist leader Kamalesh Malviya said, “There is no space for religious conversion and healing prayers among indigenous people, and those who have converted to Christianity should be opposed.”
Other nationalists have been campaigning across the Jhabua district demanding Christians convert to Hinduism to avoid social boycotts and physical violence.
On January 11, a mob of Hindu nationalists marched in Jhabua city demanding all churches in tribal areas be shut down. They handed a written memorandum to the district collector and threatened violence if the local government didn’t meet their demands in the next 30 days.