06/01/2015INDIA After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India by Nirmala Carvalho Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation. Mumbai (AsiaNews) - the heat wave that, in the last two weeks, has killed more than 1,700 people in India is beginning to loosen its grip. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where the temperature hit over 45 degrees, clouds have begun to gather for the past three...
05/29/2015INDIA Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/28/2015INDIA India: promises and realities of Modi’s Nationalist government (one year on) by Nirmala Carvalho Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (Wnta), a network of over 400 voluntary organizations all over the country, has compiled a report on the first 12 months in office of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Many campaigns and development programs have been launched, but with little effect on the population. Concerns over cuts to education and healthcare sector, areas crucial to the future of new generations. Increased violence against religious and social minorities.
05/26/2015INDIA Bosco’s story or “the gift of sobriety through the mantle of Mary’s love” by Bosco Pereira Son of good Catholic parents, he started drinking at the age of 17. Alcohol took away his family, work, friends, and a girlfriend until he met Brother Cyril, who ran the Mary’s Clan rehab centre at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount (Bandra). Bosco is now married, with two children and taken over the centre. "God doesn’t always promise you the things that you have lost, but definitely promises you all things new and beautiful."
05/22/2015INDIA For Catholic Church, “mining threatens India’s tribal peoples” by Shafique Khokhar In Odisha, the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops' Conference looked at the effects of heavy mining on indigenous communities. For an Adivasi leader, “tribal cultures die when their peoples are forced to leave their lands."
05/22/2015CHINA – ASIA Beijing and Delhi to lead Asian ‘super bank’ A consensus has emerged from a meeting of the lender’s founding members. To avoid undue European influence, Asian members have accepted that China’s share of the bank’s capitalisation will be between 25 and 30 per cent with India as second largest shareholder. Germany will be represented on the bank’s board of directors.
05/21/2015INDIA For Mumbai vicar, Aruna teaches us the value of every life by Nirmala Carvalho For Mgr Agnelo Gracias, the woman who spent 42 years of his life in a coma is not the face of euthanasia. Hospital nurses who cared for her are the "real heroines". The wife of a great-grandnephew said the family was against ending life support.
05/21/2015INDIA Maharashtra: beef ban "subjugates Christians, Muslims and Dalits" This was stated by an AsiaNews source , anonymous for security reasons. State farmers, tanners and other workers demanding the repeal of the law banning the sale and consumption of beef. The ban has affected about 10.5 million people who depend on this trade.
05/20/2015CARITAS - INDIA Caritas India: Organic farming to counter rising famer suicides In 2014 at least 1,109 farmers took their lives: 986 in Maharashtra alone. Workers go into debt to buy fertilizers and pesticides, but the crops fail and they cannot repay the bills. The Executive Director Fr. Frederick D'Souza speaks to AsiaNews about the Catholic Charity’s response to the emergency.
05/19/2015INDIA Mumbai Doctor: Aruna Shanbaug was a witness to life and dignity, to the very end by Nirmala Carvalho After 42 years in coma the nurse died yesterday in Mumbai from pneumonia. Her story sparked the debate on euthanasia in India, which was legalized in 2011 in a "passive" form (interruption of treatments necessary for survival). The staff who in recent years cared for her "with boundless tenderness and sincere charity, promoting a society of true compassion and justice for all."
05/19/2015SOUTH KOREA - INDIA Modi arrives in Seoul to build "a strategic axis" in East Asia After his state visit to China and Mongolia, the Indian Prime Minister arrives on the Korean Peninsula and negotiates with President Park for a free trade agreement, to be signed by June 2016. The "Blue House" promises India 10 billion dollars in infrastructure and "hopes" for greater cooperation between the two nations.
05/18/2015INDIA One year of Modi government: "Hate Speech" to eliminate religious minorities by Ram Puniyani Hindu nationalists and radical leaders use "love jihad" and "Ghar Wapsi" propaganda to divide society. They feel "entitled" because the Bharatiya Janata Party is in government. Hindu nationalist: "Mosques should be converted into pig dens". The analysis of Ram Puniyani, president of the Center for Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, on how radicalized Indian politics has become, a year after the election of Narendra Modi.
05/18/2015CHINA – INDIA Deals worth US$ 22 billion do not end the China-India rivalry Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping sign 26 economic agreements during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Beijing. Analysts and experts downplay Chinese state media’s positive spin. The Himalayan region, the new Silk Road and the Indian Ocean are still the basis of structural “problems and mistrust between both sides”.