Religious intolerance in India
Background:India has about 1 billion people of which about 80% are Hindu, 14% are Muslim, 2% are Christian, and 4% are followers of other religions, or none. Until the Bharatiya Janata Party, a Hindu nationalist party, assumed power federally between 1998 and 2004, India was noted for its high level of religious tolerance.
Religion, nationalism and politics can be positive influences on a country if the separation of religion and state is maintained. Integration of religion, nationalism and politics can have a devastating effect on religious freedom.
Inter-faith violence in the country continues.
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