Christians are marching for peace, unity, equality, and forgiveness for two miles in Kolkata on January 17-25th. Baniya Christiya Pariseba and the Bengal Christian Council are calling all Christians to prayer during this time. According to the main organizer, it is not political in nature.
In total, 175 churches will be represented. Not only does this march represent forgiveness for the hurtful actions done to them, it also represents Christians showing solidarity for India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The CAA is a bill passed by Indian Parliament in December 2019, which offers six persecuted religious minorities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian – from three surrounding countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan, or Bangladesh – amnesty immediately, and citizenship in under six years. It does not, however, grant amnesty and citizenship to persecuted Muslims. Non-Muslim immigrants to India seeking citizenship must work or live in India for 11 years before being granted. Thus, the CAA is deemed anti-Muslim and part of the BJP’s agenda of marginalizing Muslims in India.
Christians organizing the march are anxious and fearful for what is happening to other religious minorities in India because the same persecution could happen to them, despite the constitution guaranteeing religious freedom and protection.
Date published: 19/01/2020
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