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Indian churches caution against parties exploiting religion in elections

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    Indian churches caution against parties exploiting religion in elections New Delhi (ENI). Indian churches have issued voter guidelines before the national
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      Indian churches caution against parties exploiting religion in elections

      New Delhi (ENI). Indian churches have issued voter guidelines before the
      national elections in the world's biggest democracy, scheduled to start on
      20 April, cautioning against political parties that pursue sectarian
      agendas. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India called on the electorate
      to support parties that "will promote true religious values and will not
      exploit religion for sectarian and divisive purposes". The National Council
      of Churches in India issued a similar call to its 29 Orthodox and Protestant
      member churches. Christians account for 2.3 per cent of India's one billion
      people. There was consternation among some religious leaders, however, after
      four pastors announced their decision to join the leading party in the
      federal coalition government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). [388 words,
      ENI-04-0124]

      Ecumenical News International
      News Highlights
      03 March 2004
      ENI Online - www.eni.ch
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