(International Christian Concern) – Christians living in the predominantly tribal Bastar region of India’s Chhattisgarh state are often targeted by violent Hindu radical groups. Why? Because of the growth of Christianity in the region.
This violent persecution is a part of the broader ‘Hindutva’ movement that has grown in recent years in India. The Hindutva movement is based on an ideology that seeks to establish a hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu way of life in India to the exclusion of people who do not identify as Hindus. This includes India’s small Christian population.
In 2014, the Hindutva movement gained momentum when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ideological ally of Hindutva, won both the central election in India and the state elections in Chhattisgarh.
Since 2014, Christian persecution has escalated to unprecedented levels in Chhattisgarh, especially the Bastar region. This has created an atmosphere of fear among believers as new methods of persecution are being adopted by radicals.