» 08/21/2012, 00.00
INDIA - PAKISTAN
Muslim threats, nationalist fantasies and the 'Great Assam Exodus'
Almost 300,000 people from north-eastern India flee Karnataka and Maharashtra. New Delhi blames Islamabad for circulating revenge text messages following sectarian violence between tribal Bodos and Muslims settlers in Assam. For activist Raghuvanshi, the problem is rooted in tensions generated by Hindu nationalist forces.
Hindu nationalists, not Pakistan, behind Assam hate text messages
At least 20 per cent of the web pages blocked by the Indian government came from radical Hindutva groups. Pictures and videos showed doctored self-immolations from Tibet with inflammatory captions. Ultranationalist Hindus tried this way to increase their influence among Tribals in northeast India.
Caritas India trains tribal and Muslim community leaders to promote peace in Assam
The goal is to re-establish harmony between the two communities, divided by communal violence in July. Unrest left 88 people dead, 400,000 people displaced. In addition to training, Caritas provided 6,000 kg of rice and mosquito nets to 2,000 families living in refugee camps set up by the Diocese of Bongaigaon.
Christmas tea to reconcile tribal Bodo and Assam's Muslims
A diocesan NGO in Bongaigaon is behind the initiative. In July residents were hit by floods and sectarian violence. Church and Caritas are working together to bring peace to the two communities.
Islamabad, victory for Paul Bhatti and APMA: Jesus Christ is no longer banned in texting
The commitment of the Special Adviser and Catholics led to the cancellation of the name from the list of prohibited terms in text messages. Bhatti decisive collaboration between the government and authority for telecommunications. AsiaNews disproves claims by some media, which confer the victory to under-Secretary Akram Gill.
Church launches the Gospel via text messages
The project is the brainchild of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Commission on Biblical Apostolate, and involves the sending of texts and animation via mms to the mobile phones of subscribers. The Commission secretary underlines the initiatives’ importance in attracting young people by speaking their same language.
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