NEW DELHI – Police in India’s Kashmir Valley detained and beat converts from Islam and were expected to arrest Christian workers after Muslim leaders alleged that Muslim youth were being “lured” to Christianity.
Police in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley picked up seven converts who were recently baptized in All Saints Church in Srinagar, a local Christian who spoke to the converts after their release on Nov. 2 told Compass. Srinagar is the summer capital of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and the main city of the Kashmir Valley.
The source, who requested anonymity, said police beat the converts and asked if Christians had given them money for their conversion. Most of the converts were from Budgam district, about 18 miles from Srinagar, and pastors there fearful of being arrested were in hiding, he added. more >>
Sushil Kumar has become the first ever man to win India’s $1 million grand prize on its version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
The story closely resembles that of the inspirational 2008 Academy Award winner “Slumdog Millionaire.” Kumar, from the poor East Indian town of Bihar, is employed as a computer data entry operator and earns barely enough to get by. He shared that he grew up without as much as a television set, as his family could not afford one.
His win has made him a national icon who gives hope to millions of India’s poor that rising above one’s situation is indeed possible. It is said he was encouraged by neighbors who were impressed by his ability to answer the questions on TV to go on the actual show and give it a try. more >>
A tribal cult leader in Mizoram, India has fathered nearly 100 children and married close to 40 women. However, the Hindustan Times reported that he’s not finished procreating yet. Plus, he hopes to tie the knot with new women.
According to the Indian News Service, 67-year-old Zionnghaka Chana isn’t content with his 33 grandchildren. Not only does he want to be a grandfather again and again, he’s hoping to expand his roles as husband and father.
According to Indian News Service, Chana’s family lives together in the village of Baktawng where all the community members belong to one single family of 181 members. They all live together in a 100 room four-storied building where the youngest wife sleeps next to Zionnghaka’s bedroom with the remainder of the wives operating on a rotation system to share his bedroom. more >>
As a quickly developing nation, much of Indian society is caught between the trap of traditionalism and modernization.
A special report will be aired over the weekend on how Indian charities are working to stop the tradition of sex trade in their country.
The two-part segment, which will air on CNN Saturday and Sunday, is called “Trapped by Tradition,” and will be narrated by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor. more >>
Novelist, essayist and civil rights activist Arundhati Roy is not impressed with social activist Anna Hazare's campaign in support of the Jan Lokpal anti-corruption bill and expressed her distaste in an Indian newspaper on Monday.
In an opinion piece for The Hindu, Roy chastised Hazare's efforts, calling them "embarrassing and unintelligible."
Hazare began a fast on Aug. 16, urging Indian Parliament to strengthen and instate the Jan Lokpal Bill, which will mandate that the government police over corruption in India. more >>
As the third anniversary of a mass violence in Orissa state approaches next week, memories of 100 Christians hacked to death and 5,000 houses burned are fresh in the minds of locals, and added to that are now apprehensions of fresh trouble, a Christian activist warned.
The violence in eastern Orissa state’s Kandhamal district erupted after rightwing Hindus blamed local Christians for the assassination of their leader on August 23, 2008. The same group that is believed to be behind the anti-Christian attacks has declared August 23 as the day of “Protection of Religion,” John Dayal, member of the Government of India’s National Integration Council, said Monday.
The act of blaming Christians for the killing, which was allegedly carried out by Maoist guerrillas, led to displacement of over 56,000 Christians, destruction of almost 300 churches, burning of more than 5,600 houses, rape of a Catholic nun and two other women, and molestation of many, Dayal said in a letter to the National Commission for Minorities, a quasi-judicial body tasked to safeguard interests of the minorities. more >>