Hindu radicals wreak havoc in India. A look at the causes and consequences of their anti-Christian campaign.
The eastern Indian state of Orissa, largely unknown to Catholics in the West before August, is a rural area with significant mineral resources. India’s latest national census paints a picture of a state whose citizens, in the midst of poverty, are generously open to life: the typical Orissa home has a mud floor, two rooms, six to eight inhabitants, and no latrine.
The state tourism web site boasts that “Orissa, also known as ‘The Soul of India,’ is a mystical land…filled with awe-inspiring monuments, thousands of master craftsmen and artists, numerous wildlife sanctuaries, [and] stunning natural landscapes.” Medieval temples of great architectural significance dot the landscape and attest to Hinduism’s particularly strong influence. While 81 percent of India’s population is Hindu13 percent are Muslim, and 2 percent are