Last month I sounded the alarm about Prime Minister Modi’s Hindutva (fascist) background and agenda. Since then, I’ve been asked, “why did the modern Indian democracy elect Modi to be their prime minister?”
The official party line attributes Modi’s election victory to his reputation for economic success. It is true that when Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he economically transformed his state by recruiting 100’s of global companies to invest 100’s of billions of dollars in his state.
However, political analysts recognize that Modi’s victory was also driven by India’s powerful upper caste who are fearful of losing their elite status as India transitions into a modern economy. They’re counting on Modi to preserve their dominance by aggressively oppressing and persecuting the lower caste.
India’s socio-economic hierarchy is still defined by its caste system. The Dalits who are also known as India’s “untouchables” make up the lowest caste. There are an estimated 250 – 300 million Dalits in India, including almost 50% of India’s 29 million Christians.
Dalits do not have the right to own property and they sustain themselves by eating leftover food disposed of by the higher castes. Many are bonded laborers including working as manual scavengers who are responsible for removing human excrement by hand from upper caste sewers and dry toilets. These practices continue to this day even though they were outlawed with India’s Independence.
Hindu Dalits receive welfare and other affirmative action-type benefits for education and employment. They also receive a special protection status against discrimination, exploitation, and violence.
But Christian Dalits aren’t eligible for any of these benefits or protection, just because they’re Christians. Most of the violence against Indian Christians is reportedly against Dalit Christians.
The caste system is so deeply entrenched in the soul of Indian culture, that even the upper caste Christians discriminate against their Dalit brothers and sisters!
Dalit Christians are among the lowest-of-the-low in India’s lowest caste. And Dalit Christian women are at the very bottom of this ungodly evil system because they’re also discriminated against because they are women. They are among the most severely oppressed and vulnerable people in India.
Here in the West, WE CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE what life is like for our Dalit Christian brothers and sisters.
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.
(1 Timothy 2:1-3)
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grace and peace,