Christians in India cheer election results

Secularists prevail
Christian churches in India have applauded the upset election victory last month of the secularist India National Congress Party over the National Democratic Alliance, which is known for its Hindu-first message. After Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress Party, declined to accept the prime minister’s job, the post went to a Sikh, the country’s first minority-faith prime minister.

Manmohan Singh said that his government would not tolerate riots such as those in Gujarat state in 2002 (in which upwards of 1,000 Muslims died) and the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. “These things should never happen again,” Singh said in New Delhi.


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