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  1. Attack on Christians in India: Narendra Modi not being taken seriously, says Cardinal Baselios Cleemis

Attack on Christians in India: Narendra Modi not being taken seriously, says Cardinal Baselios Cleemis

Recent attacks on churches and Christians in India have made many "feel that their Christian identity is being questioned", the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2015 3:03 PM
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Christians hold candles during a vigil to show solidarity with the nun who was raped during an armed assault on a convent school, in New Delhi March 16, 2015. In the days before the rape of an elderly nun in an armed assault that has shaken India, death threats and extortion attempts had already shattered the peace at her Convent of Jesus and Mary school, police and school officials say. For 19 years, the Catholic school in the town of Ranaghat in West Bengal state had been teaching children of workers at a nearby jute factory without incident. But three weeks ago, the school received death threats and demands for money in anonymous phone calls just days after the nuns had an altercation with the father of a boy who was expelled. Picture taken March 16, 2015. REUTERS

Recent attacks on churches and Christians in India have made many “feel that their Christian identity is being questioned”, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India today said, adding that it showed that not everybody had taken seriously the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to minorities.

“There are lot of people who feel their Christian identity is being questioned. Indian Christian identity is being questioned, and it gives certain sense of sadness,” Cardinal Baselios Cleemis said.

In an interview to Karan Thapar on Headlines Today, Cleemis also described as “very painful and sad” the comments of RSS head Mohan Bhagwat that Mother Teresa’s humanitarian works were driven by her motive to convert those she served.

“It was very painful and very sad to hear about Mother Teresa whom the nation honoured with Bharat Ratna,” he said.

He did not single out any organisation over these incidents but criticised the Modi government for observing Christmas as Good Governance Day, saying good governance should be done everyday and the Christian festival should be respected.

The BJP government had defended the exercise, saying it was to mark the birthday of its stalwart and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose birthday falls on December 25.

Commenting on violence targeting Christians and churches despite Modi’s recent assurance to minorities at a Christian congregation, Cleemis said, “I think everybody has to take seriously what he said, especially those in the government.

These incidents show not everybody has taken it seriously.”

Irrespective of their faiths, anybody being attacked was an Indian citizen and it was the government’s duty to protect them, he said.

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