Religious Conflict Continues in India

During the past few weeks, India has witnessed virulent anti-Christian riots led by Hindu fundamentalists who have burned Christian villages, beat up people and forced others to convert to the Hindu religion. Rioters in southern India killed six members of a Muslim family by setting fire to their home. The deaths followed earlier riots in which four were killed and 15 wounded. A Muslim member of Parliament, Asaduddin Owaisi, bluntly said: “Despite our repeated pleas and appeals, the government has failed to provide protection to the Muslims who live in remote areas and who have a very small population those places.”

Ironically, after the initial religious wars which occurred when both nations were formed, there has been basically a fairly calm situation until in recent years, Hindu fundamentalists have become aggressive in rioting against Muslims and Christians.