A Hindu parliamentarian is accusing Christian missionaries of trying to harm Indian culture.
Parliamentarian Rakesh Sinha says he wants India to become a Hindu nation.
“It is time to launch a drive to get rid of Christian missionaries from the country,” said the Hindu group, RSS-National Volunteer Corps.
Added Sinha: “Christian missionaries in the past 300 years worked to destroy the culture of the indigenous people.”
But Prabhajar Tirkey, who is president of the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh ecumenical forum, said India has benefitted from the work of Christian missionaries. He added that he and others are working to petition India’s president and chairman of the parliament to expel Sinha.
Earlier this year, Sinha said Christian missionaries were a “threat for the unity of the country.”
He said that democracy in the area had “weakened” because of the “conversion of people … into Christianity.”
“The conspiracies hatched by these missionaries are threat for the country,” he said.
Three states in India have upcoming polls at the end of the year ahead of the federal elections in May. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governs the three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The group supports Hindu interests. According to reports, many in India are “fed up” with the BJP.