Jaltar, Rayagada District, Odisha: Rev. Sushil Lima, 45, is a pastor of The Church Ministries carrying the message of Christ along with his wife Mrs. Ullasini Lima, in Jaltar Village, Puttasing in Rayagada District Odisha. They have two daughters, 6 and 5 years old. Pastor Lima is also a member of All India Human Rights Council, Karnataka. Earlier, he was a School teacher and when he felt that the Lord wanted him to serve full-time in His Vineyard, he left his job and became a full-time evangelist in 2005.
Orissa: il calvario del pastore Sushil Lima, da anni vittima di radicali indù
by Nirmala Carvalho
The religious leader and his family are victims of persecution since 2005, when he began to preach the Gospel. He has received death threats during the anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Over the years he has baptized about 100 faithful. His followers humiliated publicly and threatened with expulsion from the village council.
Christianity, a threat to Hinduism? Data and historical evidence prove otherwise.
If you have been following Indian mass media or social media in the last few months, you couldn’t have escaped the narrative being spun by the Hindutva right-wing. It goes something like this: “Christianity is posing a growing and serious demographic threat to Hinduism by converting large
numbers of Hindus through aggressive proselytising. This effort is heavily funded by Christian organisations in the West that see India as being ripe for large-scale conversions. Since proselytising and conversions are not part of Hindu tradition, or that of any religion that originated in India, the playing field is tilted against Hinduism, and this is causing serious societal friction. This sometimes leads to spontaneous and violent reactions.”
There are about four individual assertions in there, so let us take them one by one, put them to the test of data and historical evidence, and see which ones hold up, and which ones do not.
Christianity poses a serious threat to Hinduism
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: While the latest census data on the population of religious groups, released by the Modi government on Tuesday, showed a 0.7 percent decline in the Hindu population and the Muslim community growing with a growth rate of 0.8 percent, the growth rate of Christians during 2001-2011 stood at 15.5%.
The census has distributed the total population amongst six religions namely Hindu, Muslim, Christians, Sikh, Buddhist and Jains.
In 2011, total population was registered as - 121.09 crores, in which Hindus constituted 79.8 percent, Muslims 14.2 percent, Christians 2.3 percent, Sikh 1.7 percent, Buddhist 0.7 percent and Jain 0.4 percent.
According to the 2011 data, Christians formed 2.3% of the total population at 2.78 crore. The Sikh population stood at 2.08 crore making up 1.7%, Buddhists at 84 lakh accounted for 0.7%, and 45 lakh Jains accounted for 0.4% of the total population.
While there has been no significant change in the proportion of Christians and Jains, that of Sikhs has declined by 0.2 percentage points and of Buddhists by 0.1 percentage points during the decade.