Hans Raj Bhardwaj, governor of Karnataka state, India, spoke to 500 delegates at the April 25-28 National Council of Churches in India General Assembly in Bangalore, praising Christians for their dedicated service in education and health care.
He called recent violence against Christians in India an "attack on the Indian constitution."
Bhardwaj pledged to help keep religious minorities and their places of worship safe. The southern part of the state has had more than 400 anti-Christian attacks in the last four years of rule by the Hindu nationalist BJP party.
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