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Region South Asia
Leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Population 1 342 513 000
Christian 4.8%
Main Religion Hinduism
Government Federal Parliamentary Republic
Rank 11
Score 81
Previous Rank 15
Previous Score 73

“He is all I have, and I am confident He will never leave me.”

India is a secular nation with freedom of religion, but Hindu radicals want to change this. Some of India’s states already have anti-conversion laws in place, and radicals want these laws imposed nationally and for Hinduism to be the only religion.

In 2014 the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won government and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hindu extremism has increased. While the level of intolerance continues to rise, Christians are regularly attacked by radical Hindus. The level of impunity has gone up markedly, with communities of converts to Christianity from Hinduism bearing the brunt of the persecution. They are constantly under pressure to return to their old beliefs and are often physically assaulted, and sometimes killed.

Protestant Christian communities are the second main target because of their involvement in outreach activities and conversions, and they also face regular attacks by radical Hindus.

To support persecuted Christians in India, Open Doors, through church partners, provides discipleship, education and vital relief aid, as well as training, bible study tools and seminars to help believers stand strong in the face of persecution.

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