INDIA – Thousands Protest Over Proposed Jesus Christ Statue In Karnataka

Eurasia News | EurAsian Times | Jan. 14, 2020

Hundreds of Hindu activists affiliated to the RSS protested on Monday to oppose a planned statue of Jesus Christ in Karnataka that will match Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer for size.

The protests in the southern state of Karnataka were led by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and others holding saffron flags. “We want to stop (the statue), since it goes against the spirit of communal harmony and encourages religious conversions which is rampantly carried out by Christian missionaries,” Prabhakar Bhat, a top RSS functionary told the reporters.

Construction of the white granite statue 114 feet high, slightly shorter than the Rio statue (however with bigger base) stopped soon after it started last month after objections.

Many Hindus believe the hill where the statue is set to stand in the Christian-dominated village of Harobele is the abode of a Hindu deity, although no temple exists there. The BJP-run state government accused the previous administration of the main opposition Congress party of illegally allotting the plot of land.

The statute is planned to come up in Harobele, a village dominated by Christians.