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 >>
NEW DELHI – Four months after a recent convert to Christianity from Islam in eastern India’s West Bengal state was stripped and beaten, about 50 Muslim extremists yesterday disrupted a prayer meeting held in her home, threatening to burn it down if she did not return to Islam, area Christians said.
The extremists warned Selina Bibi of Motijil village in Murshidabad district that if she did not return to Islam, then she must either leave the area or see her house burned down. At her baptism at Believers Church four kilometers from her home on March 29, a large crowd of Muslim extremists disrupted the service, said a pastor identified only as Bashir.
“I pleaded with them to let me at least finish the worship service before they attack us,” he told Compass. more >>
A British nun who had been asked to leave India despite her remarkable service to leprosy patients was assured visa “without limit of time” in a rare gesture by the Indian government Tuesday.
India’s federal interior minister P. Chidambaram assured Jacqueline Jean McEwan could stay “as long as she likes,” saying the foreign department’s earlier notice asking her to leave the country by Monday was a technical mistake, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Tuesday.
“It feels great to be with my well-wishers, my own kith and kin, mostly those inflicted with leprosy,” Sr. Jean, as the 63-year-old nun is popularly known in this southern city of Bangalore, told The Times of India. “I will strive for their welfare. There is no meaning in going back to the U.K. when my people are here.” more >>
A 63-year-old British nun caring for leprosy patients for three decades in India’s IT hub Bangalore was preparing to leave the country Monday after the Indian government refused to extend her resident permit without giving any reason.
“I’m leaving with a heavy heart. I feel it’s not my loss alone but a loss to thousands of patients inflicted by leprosy,” Jacqueline Jean McEwan, whom Leprosy patients call their “Mother Teresa,” told The Times of India Sunday.
From the Montfort Missionaries, a Catholic order, in Britain, Sr. Jean, as she was popularly known, wasn’t given any reason by the Ministry of Home Affairs but just asked to leave by Monday, the newspaper added. more >>