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For the first time a Dalit woman as speaker of the Parliament
The congress elected Meira Kumar as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. She hails froma a family of politicians that has always been close to the Congress. Her nomination reopens the issue of women in the parliament and hopes that the new government increases its effort in the social field.
Some 200 episodes of anti-Christian violence in 2005 in India
All India Catholic Union deplores the situation, especially bad in states ruled by the fundamentalist BJP. Union government is urged to ensure young Christians education and work
Hindu nationalists in decisive victory in Karnataka
The Bharatiya Janata Party takes 110 out of 224 seats and increases its series of recent election wins. Now BJP is turning its attention to next year’s Union elections. A Karnataka bishops talks about it.
Uttar Pradesh vote to decide India’s future
Over the next month or so Uttar Pradeshis will vote in state elections. With one seventh of all the seats in the lower house of parliament, their state is crucial for the balance of power in Delhi. The ballot is taking place at a time of economic and social crisis. Experts expect the election to be decided by a few votes.
Uncertainty over the out come of Indian elections
Tomorrow sees the last of the five rounds of voting. The results are due out on May 16th. Some predict gains for the the HinduBharatya Janata Party and losses for Congress, of outgoing premier Menmohan Singh. Alliances will be decisive in forming the next government.
Delhi to pay compensation for thousands of Muslim killed or wounded
In 2002 Hindus went on a rampage in Gujarat, killing and wounding thousands of Muslims under the indifferent eyes of the nationalist-led state government. New Delhi announces a US$ 80 million compensation deal. For experts it is an attempt to secure votes ahead of the 2009 elections whose outcome remains uncertain.
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