04/17/2014INDIA Easter among India's Christians, a challenge and a mission of hope by Nirmala Carvalho Through AsiaNews, Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, calls on his community to bear witness with their lives to the light of Christ. "The Church's task is to defend man's dignity, especially that of the most vulnerable". Mumbai (AsiaNews) - In
India, a country "where poverty is dehumanising and people live in the utmost
despair and suffering, Easter is a challenge for its small Christian community.
They have to shine the light of Christ into the darkness and suffering of people's...
04/16/2014INDIA Narendra Modi's right hand man stopped for inciting hatred against Muslims Election Commission bars Amit Shah from any meeting or election speech in Uttar Pradesh. In early April, he had asked people not to vote for Muslim candidates because Muslims had raped, killed and humiliated Hindus. Modi, an ultra-nationalist Hindu, has been blamed in connection with the 2002 communal massacres in Gujarat, when almost a thousand Muslims were killed.
04/15/2014INDIA For Pune bishop, India is multi-religious because it is an authentic and healthy democracy by Nirmala Carvalho The 5th round in India's general election is set for Thursday. Mgr Thomas Dabre calls on the community in his archdiocese to vote for "candidates and parties who will take care of every citizen, [. . .] especially minorities. This is true secularism." Fearful of a victory by Hindu nationalists, the prelate notes that "No religious community has a monopoly over the nation's history and culture".
04/11/2014INDIA For Card Gracias, canonising popes John Paul II and John XXIII will consecrate India to Mary by Card. Oswald Gracias Mumbai's archbishop will make a pilgrimage tomorrow to Mount Mary's Basilica in Bandra, which holds a relic from Pope John Paul II. There he will also mark the 51st anniversary of the 'Pacem in Terris' encyclical, and "pray for Pope Francis and the deep, spiritual continuity of the Petrine ministry shared by the [three] popes."
04/10/2014INDIA Archbishop of Orissa: Today's vote "worries Christians. But we believe in democracy" by Nirmala Carvalho In 2008, the area was hit by violent anti-Christian pogroms carried out by radical Hindus. Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack -Bhubaneshwar, tells AsiaNews: "We hope that the new government will give justice to the victims of the carnage". Today sees the third phase of the general elections, one of the most important.
04/07/2014INDIA Christian leader wants to see a "new" democratic India that is against corruption and for the elderly by Nirmala Carvalho Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), lays out an "agenda" for the new Indian government. He talks to AsiaNews about the discrimination experienced by Christian and Muslim Dalits, the gap between rich and poor, and the need to empower women. He focuses on people with disabilities, who are still the victims of "of a medieval and retrograde mind-set that keeps them on the margins of the community."
04/07/2014PAKISTAN - INDIA Paul Bhatti: "We want concrete answers against unjust death sentences for blasphemy" A couple from Gojra recently ended on death row for sending text messages to the local imam that contained insults against Muhammad. In this, as in the cases involving Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, the charges are false, a tool to settle personal scores. In response to the situation, the bishop of Islamabad announces another day of fasting and prayer. Indian Christians also express their solidarity.
04/07/2014INDIA India, 2014 general election begins Today the north-eastern Assam and Tripura vote; tribal majority and home to tea plantations. There are 7.6 million registered voters, out of a total of 814 million across the country. The voting will close on May 12. For the first time in the history of the nation, the people will have “None of the above" option.
04/05/2014INDIA India, Babri Masjid demolition "planned by Hindu party" by Nirmala Carvalho Reported by Cobrapost, an online agency that specializes in investigative journalism and confirmed to AsiaNews by the activist Ram Puniyani. The destruction of the mosque (6 December 1992) did not take place as a "violent consequence" of a meeting among some Hindu radicals, but was ordered by the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP nationalists) .
04/04/2014INDIA For Karnataka bishop, future elected officials must respect human dignity and religious freedom by Henry D'Souza* In the Diocese of Bellary, the Catholic and other Christian communities are constituted largely of Dalits. Speaking to AsiaNews, the prelate noted that it is important for them to exercise "their right to vote," which they should do "with intelligence and good sense" by "choosing leaders who can really bring reforms to the country." At the same time, he calls on the authorities to improve education and health care.
04/03/2014INDIA Indian elections: IT bosses running for seats in Bangalore Nandan Nilekani (Congress) and V Balakrishnan (Aam Aadmi Party) are former executives for Infosys, one of India's largest information technology (IT) companies. Both want to be a new and transparent alternative in the country's political landscape, far from the corruption that has tired so many voters.
04/02/2014INDIA The conversion of Dharmesh and Asha: Christ freed our family by Dharmesh Rami Dharmesh is 40 years old, an ethnic Gujarati and a Hindu for whom money and security counted above all else. When his wife left him and took away their child, he felt "a loser, a nobody, an absolute nothing." He did not find the answers and the peace he was looking for in holy men, but "in Jesus, His love, and [in the fact] that Christ came to give us life and heal our wounds through his blood.
04/01/2014INDIA - UNITED STATES For Indian Jesuit, US should not grant Narendra Modi diplomatic immunity A report by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) acknowledges that the Hindu nationalist leader "could return to the US" if he wins the election. Fr Cedric Prakash SJ tells AsiaNews that "Many in India are hoping that Narendra Modi never becomes prime minister." For nine years, Washington has denied him a visa for "violations of religious freedom" in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.