The rise of Christian persecution in India has spiked so sharply that even mainstream Western media outlets are being forced to take notice.
Of course US allied nations like Saudi Arabia who are among the worst and most intolerant of regimes... they get a free pass.
The Indian story is undoubtedly more compelling due to the size of its population and the complexity of its culture. It is a corrupt society (as is our own in the United States) but on a different level. The corruption functions differently and is in many ways more brazen.
And yet for all that the country is committed (at least outwardly) to Democracy and the Free Market.
Hence the confusion and contradiction. You can't have a democratic society without protected minorities, free speech, a free press and the right to assembly and petition.
And yet those are the very things an Authoritarian society seeks to eliminate. A Sacralist model like the Hindutva of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cannot tolerate any challenge to its power let alone the ideas and narrative that support it.
India is a potential battlefield in what is coming to be known as Cold War II. If the Donald Trump faction of the Establishment has their way then the focus will turn from Russia to an intensification of the challenge and militaristic posture toward China.
India already a committed player and longtime foe of Beijing will become polarised and nationalism will take on a fanatical hue. The Western alliance may aid in taking pressure off Christians but at the same time they could also become scapegoats. If so, they are sure to face the wrath of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) paramilitaries who even now harass and torment believers.
There is the additional factor of the Christians in China who are perceived by Beijing as a potential Fifth Column. This is particularly true with regard to the Underground Church.
Either way and from almost every angle the Christians of Asia are sure to be caught in the middle of the growing geopolitical struggle.
And for the Christians living in the remainder of the Indian Subcontinent, in places like Bangladesh and Pakistan the threat of radical Islam only grows worse each day.
It must be an ominous time for believers in South and East Asia. The stakes are very high. Already under pressure they face even greater hardship. I fear Western Christian politicking and involvement will only aggravate the situation.