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India

Country Profile

Language: English

Many Indians speak English. In 2018, Christians in India experienced an attack every 24 hours, a dramatic increase from past years. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Hindu nationalist organization has seen a 20-percent increase in membership and an emboldened base aimed at further cementing India’s Hindu identity among its great diversity of languages, cultures and religions. Although Prime Minister Modi has publicly said his government will not tolerate religious discrimination, his actions prove otherwise. Vague policies such as anti- conversion laws (opposing the conversion of Hindus to other religions) have passed in several Indian states, and the push for a similar, federal law is gaining support. The state anti-conversion laws have long been used against pastors, church planters and evangelists. Conversely, reconversion ceremonies known as Ghar Wapsi, or “homecoming,” to return Indians to Hinduism have become increasingly common. Despite greater government restrictions on Christianity, the church is growing. The most growth is among those with Hindu backgrounds who have a deep spiritual hunger. About 80 percent of Indians are Hindu. India is also the birthplace of Buddhism and is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the world, comprising almost 170 million people. There are more than 27 million Christians in India, but this is only a 2 percent minority group within India’s staggering population of 1.3 billion. The main persecutors are Hindu extremist groups, local governments and nationalist Hindus who seek to “purify” India by making it entirely Hindu. (They view Christian converts as traitors to the homeland.)