With major Hindu nationalist networks announcing plans to launch a campaign against religious conversions—especially in the tribal areas of India—Catholic Church leaders say such a campaign has been going on for a long time and that the move is aimed at dividing people along religious lines for political gains. The supposed charge: Christians are stealthily converting tribals through manipulation. There has been a sudden spike in anti-Christian violence in tribal areas, and Christian leaders have urged the government to crack down on these crimes.

There has been a sudden spike in anti-Christian violence in tribal areas

“This is not a stand-alone campaign, nor a sudden one, and certainly not recent. The RSS (Rashtriya Swayam Sevaksangh – National Volunteer Corps) has had it as its agenda for much of its 96 years of existence,” John Dayal, journalist turned Catholic activist and spokesperson for the All India Catholic Union told to the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

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