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Christian Leader: On the day of nonviolence, India betrays the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi
Today the whole world celebrates the day for non-violence, established by the U.N. in honor of the birth of the country's spiritual leader. In India it is a national holiday, but many religious attacks betray the constitutional principles on which the nation was founded. In Karnataka, new cases of anti-Christian violence are worrying. Sajan George: "Gandhi believed in a free India based on religious pluralism".
Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians
Retired bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar promises: "We will appeal". The convicted men are accused of the murder of a Hindu leader, which triggered the anti-Christian violence of 2008. Against them there is no evidence. The Maoists have always claimed reponsibility for the assassination.
To commemorate Gandhi, people must return to his vision of peace
The executive secretary of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Fr Nithiya Sagayam, explains to AsiaNews that it is useless to commemorate the Mahatma if one does not recall what it was that he lived for and the values that motivated him. An appeal for peace between India and Pakistan, the only path for the development of the two nations.
Witnesses of the Cross of Christ also make India more free
Cardinal Toppo talks about the persecution of Christians in many parts of India. The work of Mahatma Gandhi must be completed, and hatred and terrorism must be overcome with the nonviolence and forgiveness of Christ. Because in reality, "truth alone triumphs".
Gandhi's non-violence and the new evangelisation
Today, anniversary of the Mahatma's birth, is International Day of Non-Violence. Fr Cedric Prakash, director of the Prashant Centre for Human Rights, gives his thoughts about the "growing religious intolerance" and the role of the media. He also looks at the upcoming Synod of Bishops (7-28 October) and the "desperate" need for a new evangelisation and a society based on Gandhian values.
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Non-Violence Day, hopes for a free Tibet
The coordinator for the Indian Office for Relations with Tibet speaks with AsiaNews. The occasion marks the first International Non-Violence Day dedicated to Ghandi’s teachings, and explains that the Tibetan people hope in the non violent movement to free themselves from the Chinese dictatorship.
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