Christians and Sikhs who want to raise awareness regarding the ongoing violations against religious minorities in India picketed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the White House on June 26 to demand for true freedom of religion.
Modi's administration has reportedly made the lives of Christians, Sikhs and other religious minorities more difficult. Sikhs for Justice director Jatinder Grewall told Christian Broadcasting Network that they want to shed some light on the human rights violations happening in India.
For Pastor Rob Rotola, Modi lied when he assured Christians and religious minorities in 2014 that he would promote freedom of religion. The pastor, who joined the protest, said only the Hindus have a favorable status in the country.
"The only people that have favored status in India is not all people; it's the Hindu nationalist. It's the far extremist party that tends to violence," Pastor Rotola added. "And as these groups have ramped up the violence, the police state and the government looks the other way, and is allowing it to happen."
Missionary Bishop John Lutembeka, who spoke for the Indian church, said Modi and the radical Hindus are the perpetrators of persecution. He said religious tolerance should be part of U.S. President Donald Trump's conversation with Modi and that no Hindu religious should be allowed to rise over another.
Meanwhile, Modi and Trump hugged when they delivered their joint statements at the White House. The Republican president said he had fulfilled his promise of giving India "a true friend" and revealed that his daughter Ivanka is due to visit the country this coming fall, The Associated Press reported.
In addition, Trump said India agreed to join the U.S. war against radical Islam. The South Asian country is set to finalize a purchase of $365 million worth of military aircraft and $2 billion worth of unarmed drones.