Indian Christians are celebrating the result of recent elections in Karnataka, a southwestern state known for having the highest rates of violence against Christians. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party which supports extremist groups, has finally lost power "after nine years of unchallenged rule."
"The BJP is decimated," reports AsiaNews. "Its defeat is good news especially for social and religious minorities of Karnataka, victims in these years of violence and persecution of the Hindu ultranationalist groups, openly supported by the BJP."
There were more anti-Christian attacks in Karnataka in 2012 than in any other Indian state. (It surpassed notorious Orissa in 2010.) And in the days leading up to the May 5 election, Christian leaders had warned that allowing the BJP to remain in power would only lead to increased violence.
But now Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), says Karnataka is sending "a great message to all parties, ...1