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Indian Bishops say more regulations than policy directives in the document would kill the freedom of educational institutions.

bishop-759_1.jpgBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2016
National education policy, nep, draft national education policy, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India, CBCI, Theodore Mascarenhas, dalits, tribals, Dalits constitutional rights, constitutional rights for dalits, tsr subramaniam, hrd minister smriti irani, nep smirit irani, nep tsr subramaniam, education news, india news Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas at the press conference in New DelhiThe Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (CBCI) on Friday made public its recommendations on the draft National Education Policy 2016 saying it would not compromise on pluralism, Constitutional rights to minorities and the protection of tribals and Dalits, while appreciating the government’s initiative to revamp the education system in the country.


Supreme Court of India: Minorities(Christians ) as much 'children of soil' as majority(Hindu radicals)

SC: Minorities as much 'children of soil' as majority

Aug 4, 2016,
The spiral of communal violence, triggered by the killing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad member Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, had claimed 100 lives while 232 churches were damaged. According to an NHRC report, the violence spread after Swami's body was taken through various parts of the district in a procession
NEW DELHI: Expressing concern over the low rate of conviction in 2008 Kandhamal riot cases in Odisha, the Supreme Court cited on Wednesday its four-decade-old judgment that minorities are as much children of the soil as the majority, and held that members of the minority community should not be deprived of their rights to conserve their religion and culture as per the constitution of India.A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit reiterated a 1974 verdict in which the apex court had batted for the rights of minority communities as granted by the Constitution."


ASIA/INDIA - Protestant pastor and faithful beaten

Friday, 10 June 2016
New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - Protestant Christian Pastor Alvish Bara was beaten with other believers by a group of 20 militants of Hindu extremist groups and was then arrested by the police in the state of Chhattisgarh. As reported to Fides by the "Global Council of Indian Christians", the militants barged in the Sunday celebration of the community on June 5, in Balrampur district without any reason. The militants accused the pastor of carrying out "forced conversions" using physical violence on him and other faithful. The extremists forced the priest to follow them to the police station. On the way there he was beaten and then a complaint was registered against him. The police arrested him, and was then released on bail. "India is a secular country and Pastor Alvish Bara was not carrying out any criminal activity", said the GCIC in a statement sent to Fides.


Legal fraternity backs Justice's Joseph call for religious sensitivity
A number of senior Supreme Court lawyers have come in support of Justice Kurian Joseph who protested against holding of a conference of top judges on Good Friday saying it was "insensitive", and wrong to make it a case of individual versus institutional interest.

"There was no individual interest (in what Justice Joseph said). It was a sacred day for the Christians. One has to be sensitive to their feelings and point of view and can't be insensitive and belligerent about them," said senior counsel Rupinder Singh Sodhi.

Justice Joseph had written to Chief Justice H.L.Dattu protesting against the holding of High Court Chief Justices conference on Good Friday, but Chief Justice Dattu had replied that institutional interests were more important than the individual interests.