Party in power in India intolerant of other religions

Posted: Sep. 11, 2019 3:40 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

I came from India to America in the early '70s. The country I left shared many things with America. It was a democracy, it was secular, it respected rights of individuals to freedom of religion, and mob justice was punished.

Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to power in India in 2014, it is becoming increasingly intolerant of religions other than Hinduism. BJP supporters attack Muslims and Christians with impunity. Several Muslims have been lynched on suspicion of eating beef or slaughtering cows in their leather business.

Christian missionaries who have lived in India for decades and provided much needed humanitarian services to the poor are being expelled from the country.

It would be tragic if India's diversity of languages, customs and religions is destroyed to be replaced by a politically inspired religious chauvinism.

Meenal Mamdani