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INDIA – UNITED STATES
Christian leader urges Trump to promote “freedom of conscience” in the world
Sajan K George is the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians. His organisation sent a congratulatory message to the new US president. "Christianity has become the major target of scorn, prejudice, abuse and persecution.”
Orissa bishops call on government to rebuild churches by Christmas
The request is made in a letter addressed to the state’s chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, to help things get back to normal. However, violence and forced re-conversion to Hinduism are still taking place in the state, generating fear and terror. The bishops call on the central government to continue the deployment of special forces in the state until after the upcoming election which is scheduled for 9 April next year.
As anti-Christian violence continues, fear and insecurity increase among minorities
Hindu fundamentalists carry out attacks in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. "These radical groups claim to be defenders of Hinduism just because they practice the majority religion," Global Council of Indian Christians tells AsiaNews.
Christian leader wants to see a "new" democratic India that is against corruption and for the elderly
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."
Orissa, Christian tribal activist threatened with life imprisonment for "links" to Maoists
Thirty policemen dragged Junesh Pradhan, a prominent activist for the rights of the tribals, from his home, hooded and handcuffed. The charges of possession of explosives could cost him life in prison. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) is calling for its immediate release and an inquiry into the agents involved in the case.
For Indian activist, pope's peace message entails rights for Christian and Muslim Dalits
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) issues an appeal. Half of the world's slaves are in India, mostly Dalits and Tribals. Non-Hindu "untouchables" do not have access to the rights and benefits provided by Scheduled Caste (SC) status.
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