An article written by former police officer Julio Ribeiro, initially headlinedI am on a hit list, has ignited a debate concerning Indiaâ€™s Christians and their security under the Narendra Modi government. The 86-year-old Ribeiroâ€”who admitted later he â€œslightly exaggeratedâ€ to attract attentionâ€”makes a series of scathing allegations against the Modi government, writing, â€œI feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country.â€ He points to reports of church vandalism, asserting Indiaâ€™s Christians are threatened because of such incidents. It speaks to the discourse prevalent in India that every incident of vandalism or crime where a minority community is involved is viewed through the lens of communalism and secularism. Investigations into these incidents have found that they were petty crimes and localized incidents, not necessarily motivated by religious hatred, but those who stoutly believe that minorities are under siege allege the investigations are compromised or influenced. No facts can convince them that there may be no grand design; the assertion of motivated attacks itself serves as proof that there is a conspiracy against minorities, and that assertion isnâ€™t allowed to be undermined. Ribeiro makes one tenuous claim after another. First, he asserts the Christian community has made significant contributions to India by building educational institutions and hospitals. Second, he proclaims that Mother Teresa was an â€œacknowledged saint, acknowledged by all communities and peoplesâ€. It is true that many of Indiaâ€™s leading schools and colleges are run by Christian organizations, and have done yeomanâ€™s service for the country across generations. But this has not been entirely without an agenda. The missionary organizations running these institutions received substantial subsidies from the Indian public; in the British era and even after independence, missionary-run institutions received prime land in city centres at subsidized rates. More importantly, they were allowed autonomy and freedom in how they should run their institutions. Even today, top ranked institutions like St Stephenâ€™s College, Christian Medical College in Vellore, St Xavierâ€™s College and countless missionary schools across India clearly declare themselves to be minority institutions and admit Christian students through explicit quotas; all of this is done at a subsidy, implicit and explicit, from Indian taxpayers, who are largely Hindus. For example, Christian Medical College clearly states in its admissions prospectus that its aim is to â€œtrain individuals for service in needy areas, especially in Christian mission hospitalsâ€, and â€œa large number of Christian churches and missions make use of trainingâ€ it offers in medical education. It has a special â€œsponsored categoryâ€ constituting up to 50% seats, reserved for Christian applicants. For the nursing programme, 85% seats are reserved for Christians. The college says that â€œstaff and student retreats led by eminent Christian thinkers are an important feature of the spiritual natureâ€ of the college community. St Stephenâ€™s has a 50% Christian quota and lower entry cutoffs for Christian applicants. Its principal, Valson Thampu, made news recently when a staff member alleged he was being coerced by Thampu to convert to Christianity. The principal of St Xavierâ€™s College in Mumbai went so far as to issue a political statement to the 3,000 students of his college criticizing the Gujarat governmentâ€™s economic record and praising the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government during the 2014 general election campaign. Why must a college principal make political proclamations to his student body? When premier schools and educational institutions funded by public money have large religious quotas - and protectionism through government regulation certainly helped these institutions achieve their premier position - itâ€™s a clear incentive for Hindus to convert, for becoming Christian increases oneâ€™s chances of getting admission to some of Indiaâ€™s top schools and colleges. The obvious implication is also that India has a system of government-funded Christian evangelism; is that secular? Itâ€™s acceptable that these institutions retain Christian quotas. The problem is the alternatives for Hindus are limited by state diktat because of stifling regulations in the education sector that have created artificial shortages.