» 03/02/2015, 00.00
India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children
Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
For atheist human rights activist, crucifix in Italian classrooms not against secularism
According to Lenin Raghuvanshi, “Human rights and democracy do not exist in a vacuum, in a value-neutral space. Denying the identity, culture and history of a society is a violation of secularism and human rights.”
For Indian Church, new budget has positive aspects
Fr Babu Joseph, spokesman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), calls it a “stimulus budget”. Steps taken in favour of education, health care and rural development are praised.
Haryana: yoga guru becomes "minister" to promote (radical) Hindu values
Baba Ramdev is set to promote and supervise Ayurvedic practices in the State. The government wants to make yoga compulsory in schools. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, the appointment is designed “to boost fascist forces and the concept of Hindu state".
Atheist praises John Paul II on human rights and love for one’s enemy
Human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi speaks to AsiaNews about the teachings of the Polish-born pope on human rights, a day after the latter’s beatification. Together with Mother Teresa, he showed how poverty is a form of violence.
Let us listen to Francis against slave labour, scourge of India
The secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) analyses the problem of human trafficking. Out of 30 million victims of bonded labour or slavery in the world, nearly half are in India.
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