Climate: varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north.
Terrain: upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in west, Himalayas in north.
Environment Issues: deforestation; soil erosion; overgrazing; desertification; air pollution from industrial effluents and vehicle emissions; water pollution from raw sewage and runoff of agricultural pesticides; tap water is not potable throughout the country; huge and growing population is overstraining natural resources; preservation and quality of forests; biodiversity loss.
Languages: Hindi 43.6%, Bengali 8%, Marathi 6.9%, Telugu 6.7%, Tamil 5.7%, Gujarati 4.6%, Urdu 4.2%, Kannada 3.6%, Odia 3.1%, Malayalam 2.9%, Punjabi 2.7%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.1%, other 5.6% (2011 est.)
Government Type: federal parliamentary republic
URGENT is engaged in the following activities within India:
India is growing more restrictive as “anti-conversion” laws are being adopted in multiple states. Hindu extremists envision a nation where only Hinduism is practiced and Christians and Muslims are removed from their homeland. Christians among the Dalit caste are particularly vulnerable to persecution. (Source: Open Doors)
Pray for direction and boldness for Christian leaders as they care for their churches.
Pray for Christians who have converted from Hinduism to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and to boldly proclaim the gospel to their families.
Pray for Christian converts to find community with other believers so that they can be encouraged in their new-found faith.