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The violence has spread to Bangalore now


I just heard in the news that two churches in Bangalore have been attacked. notanangel78  and others going to church please be careful, and everyone spread the word. Take care.

Update: it's three churches now.

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skepoet
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Protestant Christians? Indian Orthodox? The religious violence in India seems to be a real building block to your country. Democracy seems to do little to fix it.
fugney
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
>>Protestant Christians? Indian Orthodox?<<

It's mostly the evangelists that they're pissed with. Although they did attack a Catholic church in Mangalore. I'm not sure about Orissa, but I think there often tends to be a spillover, and anything Christian goes.

>>The religious violence in India seems to be a real building block to your country. Democracy seems to do little to fix it. <<

Heck, democracy *encourages* it. IMHO, these attacks aren't just random outpourings of religious anger. They are calculated attempts to polarize communities, and to gain politically from the process.

It is often said that the Congress party (the supposedly secular party in India) organized riots against Sikhs in 1984, and that the BJP (the main right-wing party) did the same in Gujarat in 2002. Both parties won elections that followed - one at the center (in 1984), and the other in the state.

Even when parties aren't organizing violence, they may be reluctant to act against it because they are afraid of angering their respective vote-banks. Members of the group responsible for the present attacks have been arrested, but despite a repeated history of communal violence, no attempt has been made to ban the Bajrang Dal. No government would have the courage to face the backlash.

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