Gujarat’s New Anti-conversion Amendment Spells More Trouble for Christians

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning for the BJP in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Al Jazeera English via Flickr under Creative Commons License)

India’s Gujarat state has implemented yet another law targeting religious minorities. Lawyers announced their challenge the day before a separate anti-conversion amendment took effect.

John Pudaite of Bibles For The World says politics play a significant role in recent changes.

“Gujarat’s the home state of the current prime minister, Narendra Modi, and he is the leader of the BJP party — the very strong, pro-Hindu party,” Pudaite says.

“We’re seeing some more things passed there as a testing ground. We’re worried that they may try to roll them out nationally, or at least state by state.”

As explained here, Gujarat’s educational change shifts power in private schools:

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Act, which came into effect on June 1, stipulates that the appointment of teachers and headteachers will now be undertaken by a new Central Recruitment Committee rather than by the schools themselves.

Christians and other religious minorities are challenging the new law because it increases state control of religious schools.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray believers can defend their rights as a religious minority in Gujarat.
  • Pray Christians involved in education will unite together against The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Act.