India Plans War on Terrorism--and Missionaries

The Hindu fundamentalist government is planning to introduce two bills that are being condemned as "draconian" by religious minorities in India. The Christian community has taken strong exception to one bill, the Foreign Contribution (Management and Control) Bill, which the government says is intended to halt the flow of foreign money to terrorist and missionary organizations. The new legislation proposes monitoring all who accept foreign contributions and foreign hospitality by making the states a part of the implementation machinery. The All India Christian Council (AICC) has condemned the proposed bill, terming it "anti-poor, anti-Dalit and anti-Christian." Even as the bills are being debated, Christians in the state of Gujarat claim that the police and government security agencies have been gathering intelligence on churches, Christian leaders and other Christian activities in the state. Christians have already been suffering persecution in Gujarat.