India's Christians Targeted For Genocide

    March 31, 2024
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    Not surprisingly, Hindu extremists emboldened by India’s Hindu ethno-nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, are mounting an ethnic and religious cleansing of tribal Christians in North-East India — a mass extermination that has been in the planning for decades. The epicenter of the carnage is Manipur.

    Christians here aren’t the majority as in the neighboring states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya, but nevertheless constitute 41.29% of the state’s 3.2 million people and make the Kuki-Zo tribes a soft target for Hindutva. It was American Baptist missionary William Pettigrew who brought the Gospel to the Kuki and Naga tribes in 1894. Pettigrew’s evangelizing efforts provoked hostility among the Hindus, and the state banned missionary work among the Meitei community.

    Since May 2023, Hindutva forces have destroyed or burned hundreds of churches, killed over 200 tribals, displaced over 70,000, and systematically targeted Christian schools and seminaries. These are official figures — Manipur church leaders say the reality is far worse. Hindu mobs gang-raped and paraded naked several Christian women. A dossier contains records of 22 female victims of rape, torture, assault, arson and murder. (Read more.)


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    Mary-Eileen Russell

    Mary-Eileen Russell grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said of it. She graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with a BA in Psychology, and in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany with an MA in Modern European History. She is the author of six books under the pen name of "Elena Maria Vidal." She lives in Talbot County, MD with her family.
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