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India census: Muslims grew faster than Hindus but less than Christians
Census data covering 2001-2011 show Muslims increased by 0.8 per cent whilst Hindus rose 0.7 per cent. Muslims and Hindus are 172 million and 966 million respectively out of a total of a population of 1.2 billion. Christians make up 2.3 per cent of the population, but grew by 15.5 per cent.
For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".
India’s Catholic schools in the eye of the storm
In the past few days in India schools have been at the centre of discussion. Bvs students have protested against Mumbai’s Catholic schools. In appearance their motivations are economic; the Bvs have in fact requested a lowering in fees. But Mumbai’s Archbishop maintains that the real reasons are religious, while the president of the Bcs says it may be political. The decision by St Stephen's College to admit Dalhit Christian’s has met with public outrage.
30/05/2017 06:03:00 INDIA
Cow meat is banned across the Union. For activist, this is terrorism against minorities
The government approves the Regulation of Livestock Markets 2017, which applies to livestock bought and sold for slaughter. New health rules ban using animals for sacrifices. This will cause huge damage to the economy. Dalit and Muslims will be deprived of their main source of protein.
Christian and Muslim Dalits observe Black Day against discrimination
Thousands take part in events across the country. On 10 August 1950, India adopted a law that discriminates against non-Hindu and non-Buddhist Dalits. In 62 years, nothing has changed. An appeal is made to India's new President Mukherjee and Sonia Gandhi for a quick change to the law.
Karnataka: BJP threatens opponents to the teaching of Hindu sacred texts in public schools
A senior local Hindu nationalist party leader says Christians and Muslims are foreign to India. The archbishop of Bangalore warns the state is sliding towards extremism. The compulsory teaching of the Hindu sacred text Bhagvad Gita is an attack against India’s secular values.
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