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 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, 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 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)
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grace and peace,