The Supreme Court said on Tuesday there could be serious “ramifications” on reservations for scheduled castes in education and jobs after it decided to consider a public interest litigation on affirmative action for dalits who are not Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias is archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. Here is his reflection on the topic of religious freedom in India, Asia and the world. His starting point in Benedict XVI’s message for the 2011 World Peace Day, which will be celebrated on 1 January (see World Peace Day 2011 – Religious freedom, the path to Peace, AsiaNews).
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) slams the complicity or the incapacity of state governments to stop attacks against religious minorities. Fr Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit, says, “Dalits are still children of ‘a lesser God’ in most parts of the country”.
In honour of:Visitors look at an exhibition inside the train named ‘Mother Express' in Mumbai on Wednesday. The exhibition commemorates the birth centenary of Mother Teresa. It is a tribute by the Indian Railways to showcase the life and philanthropic deeds of the Mother, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour ‘Bharat Ratna' in 1980 for her humanitarian work.