the outcastes, the weakest of the company, are lured by the benefits that are attributed to become Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist. The VHP (fundamentalist party) organizes this conversion for almost a year. Sajan George, "It's against the constitution to ensure benefits to all except the Christians."
Maharashtra chief minister and Union Home Affairs minister inaugurated the celebrations. Security measures have been boosted to prevent crowd-related incidents. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams government’s double standards vis-à-vis Christian gatherings.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – The Kumbh Mela began this morning in Nashik (Maharashtra), one of the largest Hindu pilgrimages.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the opening celebrations in Nashik, whilst Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the event in Trimbakeshwar. Both are located on the banks of the sacred Godavari River.
Pastor Benham Irani, a Christian house church leader, was granted a 15 day, temporary release from prison.
According to Present Truth Ministries, Irani had to post a $40,000 bond to guarantee his return.
Jailed twice, Pastor Benham has been imprisoned since April 2010. The former Muslim was convicted of committing crimes against Iranian national security.
by Nirmala Carvalho
The altar was moved and smashed to pieces, the tabernacle misplaced. The motive seems to be that of theft. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "an action that offends the religious feelings of Christians."