India's Christians demand study to detail discrimination

Five years after the Sachar Committee debunked the myth of Muslim appeasement with startling revelations about the extent of the community's socio-economic deprivation, Church groups and other Christian organizations have decided to mount a campaign for a similar study of the Christian reality in India, the Times of India reports.

"Our own spot studies have shown how poor groups like tribal and Dalit Christians are but we dont have authenticated empirical data," the paper quoted All Indian Christian Council general secretary John Dayal as saying. "We want the government to quantify their marginalization in terms of poverty levels, land holdings, literacy and so on like the Sachar Committee did for Muslims. We also want the government to establish burning issues in troubled areas like the Dangs in Gujarat so that they can be addressed."