Author: Samuel Mathai

Unheard demands take farmers to street

Protests by farmers in Indian states in the recent past, pressing the government to offer them more help have tossed a simmering agrarian crisis into the spotlight. Sometimes these protests turn fatal, as witnessed in Madhya Pradesh, where five farmers were killed as the police fired on a group of protestors. In Maharashtra, the protest staged by farmers in a peaceful manner over loan waivers, prices and land rights at Mumbai on March 12 has come to a happy ending, as the BJP government in the state has, as usual, showed them ‘lollipops’ of promises. But then, there is...

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Right wing goons destroy decades old Christian hospital

Right wing Hindu activists on March 12 destroyed a partition of more than four-decade-old mission hospital run by Catholic nuns in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, even as a dispute over it was pending in court for adjudication. The goons also manhandled the hospital staff and misbehaved with the nuns who opposed their illegal act. According to sources, a drove of about 60 activists along with an earth mover and other sharp equipments razed down the boundary wall of Pushpa Mission Hospital, a mission hospital run by nuns under the Syro-Malabar Catholic diocese and erected a fencing claiming the ownership...

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SC judges put CJI on trial?

In a first of its kind in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court recently have, holding a press conference against the present judicial system, put the Chief Justice of India on trial. The judges in question, who fall second, third, fourth and fifth in hierarchy at the apex court, held the hurriedly called Press briefing at the residence of Justice Jasti Chelameswar, and released a letter before the media they had written to the Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra. Surprisingly, Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the one who is likely to...

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Caste matters in Gujarat poll

Propaganda, communal divide, appeasement, blatant lies and emotional rhetoric resulted in the saffron surge in India. BJP’s Gujarat win is no different. It has nothing to do with development or reforms that the BJP government claims. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fought off a resurgent Congress to retain Gujarat for a record 6th consecutive term, though with the lowest-ever tally of 99 in the 182-member Vidhan Sabha in the past 22 years. However, the party remarkably swept Himachal Pradesh with 44 seats, a two-thirds majority. In the felicitation function at the party headquarters, Delhi, the BJP chief, Amit Shah...

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Right wing activists unleash terror on X’ian priests

Right wing activists beaten up eight priests and torched their vehicle outside a police station in Madhya Pradesh on December 14. The assault victims had been attempting to assist 30 seminarians and two priests detained at Satna police station by the Madhya Pradesh police for alleged conversion charges. This is the 48th attack on the Christians this month, according to an ecumenical forum that records Christian persecution in India. The trouble started when a group from St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna town went to a local village to sing Christmas carols. A villager on the occasion alleged that...

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