The modern form of Christianity traveled to the Indian subcontinent on the wings of British colonialism in the 1800's. Unfortunately, this led to the popular belief that all Christians in the subcontinent are somehow affiliated to the West. Although some forms of the religion are heavily influenced by the Western architecture and lifestyle, the Christian faith in itself has its inception in Asia. The geographical setting for most of the activity surrounding Christianity in the Bible was in modern day Turkey.
Christianity arrived in South India in the first century; not from Europe or America, but from Asia itself. Jesus, the founder of the Christian faith, was an Asian. The religion spread thereafter to North Africa, Europe, Americas, and the rest of the world. However, Christianity was provincial (limited to small provinces usually led by Kings) in the Indian subcontinent till colonialism, which political united the country under British rule. This is one of the primary reasons for the misconception of Christianity in the Indian subcontinent as a western religion.
The recent attack on Christians in Pakistan has brought to light this misconception once again. The terrorists, according to some reports, were avenging the drone killings of Pakistani's by the West led coalition. The innocent indigenous Christians had nothing to do with the drones or the West. This lack of understanding has led to the persecution and resentful killings of numerous Christians in the subcontinent over the years.
The modern day western missionary activities in the subcontinent only add to the misunderstanding. It not only paints indigenous Christianity in a western color but impedes the organic growth of the Christian faith in the region. It is paramount for the Christians in the subcontinent to be proactive about going back to their roots and practice their faith in an indigenous manner, one that does not reflect the western forms of Christianity.