OVER the last few decades, Hindu-Christian relations in India appear to have taken a new worrying turn. Since 1998 violent attacks against Christians in India have increased significantly, and there are no signs of decline. Pentecostal and Pentecostal-like groups have been afflicted to a greater extent by this recent development and are disproportionately targeted in attacks in comparison to other Christians.1 Considering the explosion of academic studies on Pentecostalism worldwide, it is striking that so little attention has been paid to the contemporary situation of Indian Pentecostals. In particular, there is a notable lack of studies dealing with Indian Pentecostals’ everyday life from a non-church perspective. The aim of this case study—consisting of in-depth interviews with students at the Pentecostal college Doon Bible College2 in Dehradun (Uttarakhand)—is to explore from a micro perspective how North Indian Pentecostals perceive and experience the relationship with the Hindu surroundings in their everyday life. The study proceeds from a Social Identity Theory (SIT) framework, accordingly paying particular attention to the construction and perception of group relations.
"Hindu-Christian Relations in the Everyday Life of North Indian Pentecostals,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 28, Article 6.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1605