When India’s monthlong national election ended in May, results had not yet been tallied, but a new political party was on the scene: the Indian Christian Secular Party. The group advocates for an end to discrimination against Indian Christians and Muslims. Most of the party’s 60-plus political candidates are Dalit (once called “untouchable”) Christians. Unlike Hindu (and now Sikh and Buddhist) Dalits, they aren’t eligible for free education or included in government job quotas. Some religious leaders say many Dalits are forced to hide their Christian affiliation so they can go to school or work.
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