Is Madhya Pradesh becoming the new Gujarat?

On Monday, when the Madhya Pradesh State minorities commission member Indira Iyengar was presenting two Christian girls who had allegedly been gangraped in Khargaon, Bajran Dal men barged in, threatened her with dire consequences and disrupted the meeting.

On Sunday, in Ujjain, a Christian religious meeting was disturbed. Last week, in Jabalpur, several young men were abducted for allegedly “inciting” villagers to convert. Two days ago, a Church was attacked.

In all cases, according to The Telegraph, Calcutta, the police have avoided acting the hooligans. Now, the State Governor Balram Jakhar has urged the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to follow raj dharma, in much the same manner as Atal Behari Vajpayee asked Narendra Modi.

Yes, Madhya Pradesh is among the few States in which religious conversion is regulated by law, a matter which incensed Pope Benedict recently. Even so, in muzzling a Christian population which is just 1 per cent in a State of five crores, and in not taking action against radical organisations taking the law into their hands, is Madhya Pradesh en route to becoming the next Gujarat?