Christian groups in India have lambasted the passage of an anti-conversion bill in northern Himachal Pradesh state, ruled by the secular India National Congress party, as pandering to a small minority of hardline Hindu nationalists. The ecumenical All India Christian Council (AICC) has appealed to the federal coalition government led by the Congress party to stop the enactment of the bill passed by the Himachal Pradesh legislature at the end of 2006. (Ecumenical News International)