Father Paul Thelakat, the former spokesperson of the Syro-Malabar Church, said he welcomed Modi’s celebration of the plurality of India.
“Christians in this country have an apprehension of anti-Christian attitude of the BJP with its Hindutva ideology,” he told Crux.
“It is certainly welcome that the Prime Minister is breaking the fundamentalist mold and becoming open to other religions and people of so called backward and less privileged groups,” the priest said.
“I do not question the BJP leaders coming close to the Christian community. I believe it is no pre-election political gimmick but an honest attempt to reach out to everyone in this country. Christians expect Prime Minister Modi to come out of his silence on growing anti-Christian intolerance and control the extremist elements within the party,” Thelakat said.