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India: Hindu group threatens Christian schools to remove religious symbols or face dire consequences

Christianity has been a presence in India since the days of St. Thomas the Apostle. The Indian Orthodox Church, or Malankara Syriac Orthodox Church, severed communion with the Church of Constantinople in 451, over the definition of the natures of Christ at the Fourth Ecumenical Council, the Council of Chalcedon.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, see here.

“Assam: Hindu group threatens Christian schools to remove religious symbols or faace [sic] dire consequences,” by Manoj Anand, Deccan Chronicle, February 11, 2024:

Guwahati: In what has worried Christian organisations, a little-known Hindu outfit in Assam has threatened Christian schools to remove all Christian symbols and religious habits worn by priests, nuns, and brothers in their school campuses in the next 15 days. The ultimatum issued by one Kutumba Surakshya Parishad includes removal of idols and photographs of Jesus and Mary as well as churches located on school complexes.

The president of the Hindu outfit Mr Satya Ranjan Borah told reporters, “Christian Missionaries are converting schools and educational institutes into religious institutes. We will not allow it.” Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday he reiterated that their objective is to prevent Christian missionaries from using schools for conversion activities.

The outfit has also warned of dire consequences if Christian schools fail to comply with the demand.

Meanwhile, archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati however dismissed the allegations as baseless. He told UCA news, “We are aware of the threat and I do not understand why this is happening. It is a very difficult situation when such open threats are issued. We will explore legal means to deal with such open threats.”

Christians have been actively involved in imparting education for several decades in Assam’s remote areas where poor tribal people dwell….

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