The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), learns with a sense of great shock and sorrow the passing away of Methodist Bishop Dr. Taranath S. Sagar on 19-10-2015, Monday night, at the Mallya Hospital in Bangalore. The GCIC joins the large number of his admirers in India and abroad in mourning the sad demise of Bishop Taranath and prays to God to grant unto him eternal rest. The GCIC also expresses its condolences to the members of the bereaved family of Bishop Taranath. Bishop Taranath was a great well-wisher of our work for the welfare of the Church in India. Besides being Bishop of the South India Regional Conference of the Methodist Church in India, he also occupied a number of very important positions in the Methodist Church in India, Asia and the world at large.
On Monday last, Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh declared the government's commitment to minorities and soon after called for a debate on conversions. It's reminiscent of former Prime Minister Shree Atalji's similar call which, then, led to uninterrupted and systemic attacks against Christians in India in 1998.
Kuldip Nayar, March 26, 2015
BETWEEN THE LINES : Secularism at peril
Not many in Pakistan, still fewer in India, recalled that this March 23 marked the 75th year of the Muslim League’s resolution to demand partition of India. The Lahore resolution, as it was called, said: “That no constitutional plan would be workable in this country or acceptable to Muslims unless it is designed on the following basic principles, namely, that geographically contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted, with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary, that the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in a majority, as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India, should be grouped to constitute ‘independent states’ in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.”
BENGALURU | FEB 24, 2015
The Global Council of Indian Christians today termed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comments on Mother Teresa as 'irresponsible and mischievous' and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clarify the government's stand on the issue in Parliament.
"The Christian community in particular and millions of admirers of Mother Teresa in general feel highly hurt by the irresponsible and mischievous remarks made by the RSS chief," GCIC said.
"The remark imputing Mother Teresa with her main objective as being mainly converting her beneficiaries to Christianity is highly objectionable and deserves to be condemned by all men of good will in the country and the world over," GCIC National President Sajan K George said.