» 06/23/2017, 18.50
Although government and opposition pick Dalit candidate for the presidency, castes remain
Ram Nath Kovind is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Meira Kumar has the support of 16 opposition parties led by Congress. The two veteran politicians are in their seventies. For Lenin Raghuvanshi, the choice of Dalit candidates “does not change the evils of the caste system”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divided the opposition.
Phnom Penh: Vann Nath, who painted Khmer Rouge atrocities, dies
He is one of seven survivors of the S-21 detention centre where 15,000 people were exterminated. He survived by painting portraits of Pol Pot and other leaders of the Communist revolution. Today, his works are hanging on the walls of the former prison, a testimony to the Cambodian tragedy.
21/07/2017 17:51:00 INDIA
Indian bishops urge new president to uphold the constitution and the law
The Indian Bishops' Conference congratulates Ram Nath Kovind for his election yesterday. A former governor of Bihar, he is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. CIBC general secretary urges him to “devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.”
After a seven-month standoff, Nepal has a new prime minister
Jhala Nath Kanal, from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist, was elected after 17 rounds of voting, the first in June 2010. After Maoist leader Prachanda pulled out of the race, Maoist support was crucial for Kanal’s victory. The new government wants to conclude the peace process and provide equality for all religious minorities.
20/07/2017 17:14:00 INDIA
Nationalists are jubilant, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is India’s 14th president
The former governor of Bihar won with 66 per cent of the votes with the support of the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A foregone conclusion, the outcome confirms the prime minister’s political acumen. The next Union elections are set for 2019. Once marginalised, Dalits are courted today given their size (16 per cent) in the electorate.
Two thousand people take to the street in Kathmandu demanding the return of the king
Pro-Hindu, pro-royalist nationalist parties in Nepal’s parliament lead protest against the ruling seven-party coalition that turned Nepal into a democracy, stripping the king of his powers.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®