Hindu group criticizes Pope for 'challenging pluralism'. (World).
A spokesman for the group, Ram Madhav, told a news conference June 6 the pope's statement was "misplaced" and amounted to "a total disregard for India's cultural plurality."
Madhav justified the laws against conversion as necessary, alleging that Christian missioners have been "aggressively wooing the poor with allurements." He said Christian missionaries cause "tensions" and pose "a serious threat to peace and harmony" in India.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the World Hindu Council, considered the religious wing of the RSS, also criticized the pope.
Under the Indian Constitution, the country is secular and treats all religions equally. The RSS leads the movement to make India a Hindu nation. Opposition parties and others accuse the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of carrying out attacks on Christians and Muslims.
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|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jun 20, 2003|
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