Religion: Subversive Christians

Israel was not the only place where Christian missions faced trouble. Another: the state of Madhya Pradesh in Central India. Of its 21 million inhabitants, more than two-thirds are Hindus, the rest Gonds, Bhils, Kukis and other primitive people who live in dense jungles, wear huge turbans, and often eat their departed relatives as a mark of respect. Some 9,000 of the tribesmen and Hindu untouchables have in recent years declared themselves Christians (mostly Roman Catholic), and they have provoked a storm that may spread through India.

Although India's constitution guarantees religious freedom, the...

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