More suprises in India’s political horizon.

By May 20, 2004

India (MNN)–He is credited as the thrust behind the first wave of India’s economic reform of 1991.

Today, he faces a financial crisis and disunity in Parliament. However, Manmohan Singh may be the ray of hope for the country, with a reputation for honesty.

Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton agrees. There’s one other factor that plays in for believers. In a political season that ended with the amazing defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Singh’s election is one more step away from a Hindu nationalist state. “It will be the first non-Hindu Prime Minister in the history of India. So, obviously, that opens the door for, hopefully, more religious freedom, more religious tolerance, and a little more protection for the Christians who have come under attack under the previous administration.”

There are concerns that the persecution of believers may continue under localized Hindu fundamentalist groups, now fueled with anger at defeat.

Nettleton urges prayer for those in ministry in the days ahead. “Anytime you have a transition, you’ve got a little bit of unsettledness in the people of the country, and that can be a time of great ministry. That can be a time when people are asking questions of eternal significance.”

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