Orissa Braces for More Hindu-Christian Conflict

November 10, 2008

Author: Michelle A. Vu

Source: The Christian Post


No end to the Hindu-Christian violence seems to be in sight in the troubled eastern state of Orissa where another murder of a Hindu nationalist activist last week is expected to only fuel the sectarian violence.

A local worker of the Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was gunned down last Wednesday by suspected Maoists, according to Compass Direct News.

The victim, Dhanu Pradhan, was an RSS activist and said to be on the Maoists’ hit list.

Local police said Pradhan was shot by three suspected Maoists in Orissa state’s Kandhamal district at 1 p.m., reported The Indian Express.

Although the suspected assailants are Maoists, Christians in Orissa expect to be the target of radical Hindus’ wrath.

The current Hindu-Christian violence, which began in Orissa and has since spread to other states in India, was also sparked by the murder of a Hindu nationalist leader by Maoist rebels.