Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Prominent Indian Catholic politician whitewashes BJP on anti-Christian violence

Catholic World News - June 26, 2012

P. A. Sangma, a prominent Catholic politician in India, has shocked fellow Christians by absolving the Hindu-nationalist BJP party of involvement in the anti-Christian violence that rocked the Kandhamal region in 2008.

Sangman, who was endorsed by the BJP last week as its candidate for the federal presidential election, said that there is “no evidence” to connect the BJP with the bloodshed carried out by Hindu fundamentalist mobs in Kandhamal. The violence left over 100 Christians dead and 56,000 homeless.

Several months after the carnage, the BJP nominated Manoj Pradhan—who had been arrested for leading mobs in several murder and arson cases connected with the anti-Christian pogrom—as its candidate for state election. In part because of the massive displacement of Christians, Pradhan was elected a state legislator while still behind bars in April 2009.

A former speaker of India’s parliament and a tribal Christian leader, Sangma is being supported by several opposition parties in the indirect election for the presidency. (The voters in the the presidential election are state legislators and the national parliament.) By endorsing Sangma, the BJP is trying to establish foothold in the heavily Christian areas of northeast India bordering Bhutan, China, and Myanmar.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($16,162 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,838.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All 8 hours ago
Introducing the Church Fathers 23 hours ago
Straws in the Wind July 25
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Renewal that Matters July 25
Wrongheaded diocesan legal defenses in abuse cases July 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21