According to the latest figures, the number of honour killings in India has seen a whopping seven-fold increase from 28 in 2014 to 251 in 2015. Uttar Pradesh accounted for the majority of honour killings (168), followed by Gujarat (25) and Madhya Pradesh (14). Is it a crime to fall in love? CPM member Jharna Das Baidya asked in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, in reference to the rise in the incidents of honour killing in the country.
In India, the appointment of a man who revelled in hate speech and communal incitement against Muslims and Christians as chief minister of UP, the country’s most populous state – which, if independent, would be the fifth largest country in the world – similarly signals, in the words of The Guardian, that “.. in India minorities exist mainly on the dialogue of life and goodwill of the majority. Step out of line and there will be blood.” And blood has already begun to flow.
The BJP-led government observes Good Governance Day on Christmas.
SHILLONG -- Meghalaya government has expressed its strong opposition against the Centre's decision to observe Digital India Day on 14 April, which is Good Friday and widely observed by the Christians.