Indian churches delighted at 'secular' coalition win

A victory for a nonsectarian society
Churches and Christian groups in India have hailed as a victory for secular governance and a nonsectarian society the convincing victory of the ruling coalition, which did much better than preelection polls suggested it would.

The United Progressive Alliance coalition government led by the secular Indian National Congress Party won 262 of the 543 seats in India’s parliament, although the most optimistic poll forecasts had estimated only 215 seats for the ruling alliance.

“The vibrant and responsible electorate of the Indian democracy have reaffirmed their faith in the UPA in a historic manner,” said the National Council of Churches of India on May 18. “It is . . . an expression of the wish of the people that India is a secular and democratic country,” said the NCCI, which has 30 Orthodox and Protestant churches.


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