Pious Carnage

The Rise of Hindu Fundamentalism in India

Recent reports from postelection Kenya, particularly of the burning of a church packed with Kikuyu women and children, sent a shudder around the world. Unfortunately, India seems to be moving along a similar path.

Crimes here resulting from intolerance, particularly religious intolerance, have been on the rise over the past five years, including Christmas Eve attacks on seven Catholic churches in the eastern coast state of Orissa. Scenes...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.