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India’s Contempt of Court Law Understanding how it works

The hyper nationalism of Indian society is a façade to blind different views and mute different voices. It is now becoming strikingly important for one to pledge allegiance to the motherland and its institutions to be granted his/her rights. The construction of the words “enemy”, “threat” , “terror” are all employed to destroy people who…

US opioid crisis claims more lives than breast cancer

CNN has reported that a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics in the United States found that more than 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in 2016. The report said 42,249, or 66%, of these involved opioids. In contrast, 41,070 Americans die of breast cancer annually, according to CNN. CNN reports that…

Curbing Freedom of Faith: India’s Anti-Conversion laws A Factsheet showcasing laws enacted by different states to curb conversions

The Indian Constitution grants every citizen the freedom ‘to practice and propagate his/her faith.’ (Article 25) Yet several states, currently ruled by the supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have in place laws enacted to ostensibly stop ‘forcible conversions.’ This when conversion, by extension of Article 25 remains a fundamental right, at least on paper. Arguably,…

Understanding LGBTQIA Community Resources

Whether you are a person discovering your gender and sexuality or the parent of such a person, it is important to empower yourself with correct information. Here are a few resources that can help you learn about the vibrant LGBTQIA community. Understand the Law The first step is to understand the section of the law…

Spread Joy Not Fear This Christmas

This Christmas season, like for the past three and a half years, the minute Indian Christian minority was again made to cringe, feel fear and insecurity. In Satna, carol singing priests were attacked, clearly influenced by a majoritarian and supremacist woldview today in power in 19 states of the country. On December 15, a mob-linked…

Varanasi Church Attack Case

A Blue Christmas How caroling can get you thrown in jail in 2017

Winters in Central India are cold and dry. Parishioners can often be seen huddled together, despite their layers of winter wear, as they sing the Lord’s praises in the run up to Christmas. But the winter of 2017 was particularly harsh for men of faith in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. Over 30 seminarians and…

No One Killed Our Farmers Farm labourers die after inhaling highly toxic fumes while spraying crops

The curious case of pesticide related farmer deaths in Eastern Maharashtra just got murkier. While 18 farmers have died and 800 others have been admitted to hospitals across Akola, Yavatmal, Buldhana, Amravati, Nagpur and Bhandara districts, it has now come to light that most of these deaths were preventable. The farmers died from poisoning due…

Christmas as a symbol of Democracy John Dayal on Christmas in 2017

It could have been said a long time ago, but Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India was not too late in saying the faith of the Christian community has become shaky in the wake of increased attacks on Christians and members of the clergy. There was more he could…

UN: Over 100 Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia in 2017

Reuters has reported that the United Nations has said that 105 human rights activists have been killed in Colombia this year. Last year, Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), ending a civil war that lasted more than 50 years. The UN’s human rights office in the country…

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