South Asia - Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian Schools
Hindu hardliners have stepped up intimidation of Christian educational institutions in India, not least Catholic colleges. In one recent case, sheer numbers were used to break through a security cordon with the aim of performing a nationalistic ritual. Braving wintry early January winds, armed police guarded St. Mary's College in Vidisha of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. Some 800 young Hindu men entered the campus, some by scaling walls, but police managed to stop them performing a purportedly patriotic ritual in front of students. Read more... Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the president of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India says, Rising intolerance in India is causing anxiety.