US Government Warns Against Hindutva-Based Religious Persecution In India

Beginning in 2017, I started warning that India was going to be a point of focus for the next decade because the grave persecution with no foreseeable end being caused by Hindu nationalists against Christians and Muslims was a harbinger of a deadly future.

As we were able to uncover and detail, there are strong elements in the Indian government working with Hindu nationalists to promote the Hindutva ideology, which is rooted in concepts of National Socialism and promotes India as a ‘Hindu ethnostate’ and justifies the mass suppression, abuse, execution, or deportation of Christians as well as the same against Muslims. The plan is tied to the national ID card system, of which the most advanced in the world is in India, and it seems that the idea is to wait for the rest of the world to go to war so that as the Western powers are distracted, India can turn and do what she wants to do.

Now the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is speaking out against a bill passed in India’s lower legislative house and is accusing the Modi government of trying to create “a religious test for Indian citizenship” in the majority Hindu nation.

Protests have erupted in India’s northeast with demonstrators burning effigies of India’s president following the passage of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India’s Lok Sabah.

The congressionally mandated bipartisan commission recommended Monday that the U.S. State Department consider issuing sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah and other government leaders should his CAB bill pass in India’s upper legislative house (Rajya Sabha).

Shah also serves as president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu nationalist party aligned with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Since BJP came to power in 2014 under President Narendra Modi, Hindu persecution against religious minorities including Muslims and Christians has dramatically increased.

Shah’s bill would change India’s 1995 citizenship law to allow citizenship to be given to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who came to India before 2015. Persecuted minorities recognized by the bill include Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis. However, the bill excludes Muslims.

Critics fear that the bill could open the door for Hindu migrants from Bangladesh to make their way into the northeast.

“The CAB enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion,” a USCIRF statement reads. “The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith.”

USCIRF notes that the BJP included the passage of the legislation as part of a manifesto released ahead of its electoral victory in May 2019.

The bill comes as the BJP government excluded nearly 2 million people from citizenship in its northeastern Assam state in August. The government said its aim was deporting undocumented immigrants from neighboring countries. However, some felt it was aimed at deporting Muslims, which comprise about a third of the state’s population.

“In conjunction with the ongoing National Register of Citizens process in Assam and nationwide NRC that the Home Minister seeks to propose, USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims,” USCIRF warned.

On Tuesday, an India Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson responded to USCIRF’s claims, calling them “neither accurate nor warranted.”

“The bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, according to India Today. “It seeks to address their current difficulties and meet their basic human rights. Such an initiative should be welcomed, not criticized by those who are genuinely committed to religious freedom.”

The MEA further accused USCIRF of choosing “to be guided only by its prejudices and biases.”

“Neither the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill nor the National Register of Citizens process seek to strip citizenship from any Indian citizen of any faith,” the MEA spokesperson added. “Every nation, including the U.S., has the right to enumerate and validate its citizenry and to exercise this prerogative through various policies.”

Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, a member of the Congress Party, called the legislation an “assault on the foundational principles of Indian democracy.”

“For the first time in 72 years, we have a law that singles out one community for exclusion,” he said during an interview with India Today.

Demonstrators protest against India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill on Dec. 7. 2019 in Assam. | YouTube/ NDTV
More than 1,000 people have protested against the bill in the last few days.

On Monday, hundreds took to the streets in Assam to protest the bill, according to Reuters. The demonstrators in the northeast state blocked roads burned tires and even graffitied walls with slogans against the proposal.

According to the news agency, student groups led a dusk-to-dawn shutdown of four districts in the state, closing businesses, educational and financial institutions and public transportation.

“We will fight and oppose the bill till the last drop of our blood,” All Assam Students’ Union advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya told Reuters. (source)

Many Indian Christians, and especially the Catholic Church, have come out strong against the series of religious and political events taking place in India right now. However, there is a lot of disunity among them, and when it comes to the sodomite issue- arguably the most polarizing issue of the times and one of the most serious because it pertains to major moral issues -many Christians in India, especially Protestant Christians, stand alongside the Muslims and the Hindus in support of sodomite behavior.

It is a great concern that in the future, the world will look back upon India during what may be called the ‘days of horror’ or something like this, recalling the Hindu-supported genocide of India’s Christians. While this has not taken place yet, and history does not repeat, there are certain patterns of behavior that manifest through certain actions. While it is wrong to say that one or two incidents reflective of history’s past are definitive proof of future behavior, when one starts seeing the same patterns serious overlap and intensify with time, it is then when a man has to pay close attention.

To those who are Indian, or have friends in India, or who are just people of good will who want to help those in India, one needs to start thinking right now about what one will do for the future because when genocide starts is too late. Again, one does not hope at all that such predictions will come to pass, and that something could be done to mitigate them, but the fact is clear that unless patterns change, there is a very strong chance that something horrible is going to happen, and the time to help get people first OUT of India is ideally now, and then if not, to be ready to help those who are there in their time of need.

Being one who studies history and has for a long time, the question that so many people of mature age and supposed education as of “How did Hitler/Stalin/Mao/[insert some other heinous historical figure chosen by the people in here] come to power and why didn’t the world see it and stop them” is highly annoying because the patterns are there are are not historical isolates. The nature of man does not change, and what happened in the past can happen in the future. The “karmic cycle” of Hinduism, the “cyclical nature” of life as described by many religions and cultures, while not a religious dogma at all, is but an attempt to quantify in a fallible way that which has been divinely revealed by Christ and perfectly articulated by His bride, the Church, which is that of Original Sin and the fact that no matter how hard a man tries, he is trapped into a “cycle” of sin, and this is the reason why Christ came.

Call it what you want, but Christ “smashed the karmic cycle” by His death on the cross, and this takes the form of being freed from Original Sin and thus opening the way to Heaven for those who want to love, serve, and be forever happy with Him in the next life.

Until that time, the world is going to go through the same cycles of repression, to revolution, back to repression, to revolution, and again without any peace. This is the true kingdom of peace mentioned in Sacred Scripture, where the revolutions will end because Christ will be the final victor over all, and there will be peace among men.

Until that time, it is important for men to recognize the signs of a “turning of the wheel of time”- revolution -when it begins to happen again. This is what seems to be taking place all over the world, and while it is important to be aware of Europe, China, Japan, and the Middle East, there are many other places with many good people as well as many fervent Christians, and India is one of them.

They must also not be forgotten. Likewise, don’t expect the US government to help them, because while they may speak about it, it is not in the political interest of the US to jeopardize their anti-China alliance with India as the geopolitical puzzle pieces fit together for a coming conflict.

Rather, it will likely just be Christians of good will- commoners and some small organizations -who likely do the most effective work in the future if things continue to form as they are presently.

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