India is witnessing an increase in the incidence of both anti-minority violence and terrorism. Christians are under attack in Orissa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and now even Kerala, long held up as a model of pluralism. Leading the attacks are Hindu-extremist groups like the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena, which don't bother to disguise their identity.
The Indian state has failed to protect Christians and punish their tormentors. The Orissa and Karnataka police seem to have bought the myth that most Christians are victims of unscrupulous proselytisers and must be helped to "re-convert" to Hinduism, although that may not have been their religion in the first place. Worse, the police seem to have fallen for the ludicrous idea that the church in India is primarily devoted to religious conversion, when official records show education to be its most important activity.
The response of India's political leadership to the communal violence has