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
CALL TO ACTION
- 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.