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Dalits Civil Rights Case Stuck in Court

March 23rd, 2012 Comments off

The civil rights of Christians and Muslims among India’s 300 million Dalits (“Untouchables”) remain uncertain after the country’s Supreme Court again

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It is nearly impossible for a Dalit (“Untouchable”) to find a decent job. Many resort to digging through trash to find food or something they can resell.

delayed taking action in an ongoing case. In mid-January, the court’s judges voted to wait another six weeks before making a ruling. This window of time will provide opportunity for a government organization to give the court data outlining how to include Christian and Muslim Dalits in an important affirmative action plan.

The current affirmative action legislation, outlined in India’s Constitution, reserves a percentage of government jobs and college entry positions for Dalits. The reservations were implemented in 1950 when the caste system was officially outlawed in India. Dalits who practice the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist religions qualify for the reservations. Christian and Muslim Dalits do not qualify and are stripped of their rights under the reservation system once they receive Christ or choose to follow Islam.

Many in India support this loophole in the law, arguing that the caste system was a Hindu creation and so only those who follow that faith, or related faiths, should receive benefits. In reality, the social structure created by the caste system permeates the country’s secular society as well.

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There are an estimated 300 million Dalits in India. When they become Christians, they lose some of their civil rights.

India’s Center for Public Interest Litigation filed a suit in 2005 challenging the law. The case has taken a number of twists and turns as it has wound its way through the courts. There have been numerous delays in the case as the court waits for reports and rulings from various committees and commissions. The most recent recommendation in the case came December 18, when a court-appointed commission and a government committee both recommended that Dalit Christians and Muslims should remain eligible for the reservations.

 

This article was originally published by Gospel for Asia. To learn more about Gospel for Asia, click here.

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Given the Strength to Transform Villages

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

Chetan Mayur spent his childhood suffering daily from a terrible illness. His kidneys barely functioned, and his doctors were unable to find a cure. As Chetan

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Chetan wants everyone in Chhattisgarh to know of Christ's love, so he shares the Good News with the villagers every day.

lay sick in bed, his family had no idea whether he would live another year, let alone grow up and greatly impact several villages.

With his health failing and no results from medical procedures, Chetan was left with little hope. Then one day, a Christian missionary knocked on his door. When the missionary shared his personal testimony of how Christ had changed his life, Chetan knew he wanted to follow Jesus.

Hungry to grow deeper in his new faith, Chetan began regularly attending worship services at a local church. During that time, he began to feel God calling him to serve in fulltime ministry. The Lord also gradually healed Chetan of his kidney failure, and he grew stronger.

In order to equip himself for missionary work, Chetan enrolled in a Gospel for Asia Bible college. After graduating, he moved to an area in Chhattisgarh, India, where the Lord had guided him to serve.

Excited to share the hope found in Christ, Chetan began visiting all the homes in one village. Sadly, he was met with hard hearts, and no one was open to the Gospel message. They even threatened him as he did outreach. So after seeking the Lord’s will, he began ministering in other nearby villages.

At first, many of these villagers were also closed to what Chetan shared. But as they saw the genuine love of Christ in his life, they had a desire to learn more about the Savior.

 

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Because of GFA native missionaries like Chetan, many people worship Jesus in churches throughout Chhattisgarh.

Because of Chetan’s ministry, about 100 believers attend his church. Many people have been healed of their sicknesses through his prayer ministry, as well.

When this native missionary was a sickly child, no one would have guessed that he would accomplish great things for the Lord. But because of his willing heart, God has used Chetan to bring many more people into His kingdom.

 

Chetan requests prayer that more will choose to follow Christ as a result of his ministry. He also asks for prayer that those who opposed him will come to know the Lord.

 

 

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