» 09/02/2004, 00.00
Priests killed, churches ransacked by Hindu fundamentalists
Catholic activist John Dayal blames government impotence and western indifference to religious freedom.
Hindu fundamentalists attack Christian preachers in Rajasthan
Christian minority opposes anti-conversion bill planned by the BJP-dominated state government. Rajasthan Home Minister says bill would "curtail" missionaries' attempts to convert people.
India's Christians "jofully welcome" the appointment of a new minister for minority affairs
Premier Singh yesterday executed his first government reshuffle, creating 19 new ministeries. A new minister for Minority Afairs, "racial politics a great sign for the countries christian communities".
Winds of civil war blowing over Rajasthan cut off from the rest of the country
Tribal Gujjars are in their fourth day of protest and continue blocking roads. Police have fired upon demonstrators as a solution continues to elude the government. Tribal Meenas warn that they will take to streets against the Gujjars. For experts the problem lies in affirmative action policies that do not take into account the needs of the poor.
Hindu nationalists offer nothing but hatred, says Christian activist
John Dayal, president of the All India Catholic Council, speaks out against the old, deeply rooted anti-Christian bias that still prevails in the country. Hindus continue to accuse us of forced conversions, but they never say how many, if any, priests or nuns have been convicted for such a crime, he says.
Uttar Pradesh elections: Mayawati, a Dalit woman, beats Mulayam
In India’s most populated state (175 million people), the state-based Bahujan Samaj Party gets more than 50 per cent of the vote. Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party loses big. Discussions will start to form a coalition government as people comment the results.
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