On Dec. 21 the Hindu nationalist government of the Indian state of Karnataka introduced harsh legislation intended to prevent conversions from Hinduism to other faiths.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party expanded its political power in the May 23 elections.
A particularly troubling clause bans proselytizing or conversion by clerics, sating 'those activities are punishable according to law.'
The Holy Father spoke to a group of Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders on the first day of his apostolic visit to Sri Lanka.