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India, the Church distributes aid to the people affected by the flood in Chennai

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India, the Church distributes aid to the people affected by the flood in Chennai
The Bishops ' Conference of India has launched an appeal for solidarity to all Catholics. Caritas and a relay of the Global Council of Indian Christians were the first to take the field. Dioceses are being organised. The budget speaks of 269 victims, about 3,000 displaced families, 7700 houses damaged, 1000 huts swept away.

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Christian leader calls for an end to discrimination against Christian and Muslim Dalits

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Christian leader calls for an end to discrimination against Christian and Muslim Dalits
by Nirmala Carvalho
Under the ‘Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order’ of 1950, scheduled castes and tribes enjoy certain economic, educational and social benefits, such as job quotas in the country’s bureaucracies. However, rights and privileges under the order are reserved only for Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh Dalits, at the exclusion of Christians and Muslims. For rights activist, “Children suffer the same discrimination”. This is unfair, especially today, Human Rights Day.

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Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists

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Militant Hindu asks whether Christians are never attacked because they serve Maoists
by Nirmala Carvalho
Indresh Kumar, a member of a paramilitary group close to India’s ruling party, accuses Christians of having a secret deal with Naxalite insurgents. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, his “inflammatory and dangerous” words undermine “secular and multi-religious India."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – India’s armed militants Maoists "have never targeted churches and priests just because they serve them or is there some other reason?" asked provocatively Indresh Kumar, a leader with the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a Forum for Awareness of National Security (FANS) in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) devoted to leftwing insurgency in south Chhattisgarh.
Following the outcry his speech caused, the politician was quick clarify his statement. "My intention,” he told reporters, “is not to criticise Churches. I know they are committed to India and their people believe in serving the nation, but I want their active role in eradicating Maoism; therefore, I have put forth these issues. They should decide whether the movement has brought life or death to the region”.
For many years, Maoist violence has disrupted life in many a state like Chhattisgarh. The Naxalite movement was founded in 1967 in Naxalbari, a village in West Bengal. In 2004, two of its main factions merged to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

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Karnataka, the violence on the anniversary of the Sultan of Mysore threaten the Christian community

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Karnataka, the violence on the anniversary of the Sultan of Mysore threaten the Christian community
by Nirmala Carvalho
Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Tipu Sultan, one of the rulers of South Asia. A leader of the Hindu VHP killed during clashes with the agents intervened to divide the Hindus by Muslim activists. The sultan is guilty of violence against Hindus and Christians. Christian activist: "Between two extremist groups taking to the streets, at risk it is the Christian minority."

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