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India recognises right to education for the 6 to 14 age group, doubts remain over minority schools
The new law came into effect on 1 April. It establishes free compulsory education for all. Private schools are also required to set aside a 25 per cent quota for poor students. Bishop D’Souza and human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi look at the legislation.
For the second year in a row, India is on a religious freedom ‘watch list’
The annual report of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom focuses again on religious persecution in India. The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference tells AsiaNews that the problem is the link between politics and fundamentalism.
Haryana: yoga guru becomes "minister" to promote (radical) Hindu values
Baba Ramdev is set to promote and supervise Ayurvedic practices in the State. The government wants to make yoga compulsory in schools. For Dalit rights advocate Lenin Raghuvanshi, the appointment is designed “to boost fascist forces and the concept of Hindu state".
India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children
Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.
Atheist praises John Paul II on human rights and love for one’s enemy
Human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi speaks to AsiaNews about the teachings of the Polish-born pope on human rights, a day after the latter’s beatification. Together with Mother Teresa, he showed how poverty is a form of violence.
Let us listen to Francis against slave labour, scourge of India
The secretary general of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) analyses the problem of human trafficking. Out of 30 million victims of bonded labour or slavery in the world, nearly half are in India.
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