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Hindu-nationalist leader wants police action against priest-critic

May 30, 2014

The chief executive of India’s Goa state has accused a Jesuit priest of spreading “falsehoods” about Hindu nationalism in the days before the country’s general elections.

Manohar Parrikar, a leader of the Hindu-nationalist BJP party, called for police action against Father Cedric Prakash, saying that the priest had deliberately incited anti-government sentiments during a pre-election tour of Goa.

Father Prakash characterized the complaint against him as “extremely mischievous,” and said that Parrikar’s willingness to invoke police power against political critics was evidence that “fascism is gaining more and more ground in the country.”


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