Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?
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Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?

Where internal migration is concerned, it is mostly the poor who migrate, and a significant proportion are tribal people, uprooted and displaced from their villages and communities because of climate change and development. The latter is really a form of expropriation and theft. In India, internal migrants mostly come from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh….

India’s Ganga River Facing Slow Death
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India’s Ganga River Facing Slow Death

India’s holiest river, The Ganga — also known as The Ganges — is facing a slow death due to pollution. Unplanned urban and industrial growth have led to the river system’s abuse, turning it into a toxic stream at several points during its journey to the sea, says the above video by CNA. The Indian…

Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone
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Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone

It’s early morning in Samba, a frontier district located in the northern Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, bordering Pakistan. Sister Annie, a Catholic nun, is preparing herself for a field visit along with a team of doctors in the region’s innermost hamlets. The team will inspect villages and conduct free medical checkups for local…

Indian Theological Association in Solidarity with Farmers
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Indian Theological Association in Solidarity with Farmers

“The farm laws will impoverish us further and we will lose our lands,” they say. “We demand that these laws are repealed. Any postponement like ‘freezing the laws for some months’ is a deliberate attempt to weaken our movement,” affirm farmers in one voice. Farmers stress that they have no legal protection vis-a-vis the big…

India: No National Law Against Conversions
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India: No National Law Against Conversions

The Indian government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has ruled out the possibility of a nationwide law regulating religious conversions, bringing cheer to Christian leaders. G. Kishan Reddy, a junior minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs, told parliament that the government plans no national law against conversions, ending speculation that Prime Minister…

India: Anti-Christian Campaign Gathers Pace
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India: Anti-Christian Campaign Gathers Pace

On Jan. 11, a mob of Hindus marched in Jhabua city demanding to shut down all the churches in tribal areas. They also handed over a memorandum to the district collector, the top official, to shut down churches within 30 days or face violent agitation “to free the tribal lands” from Christians. The pro-Hindu Bharatiya…

India: ‘Migrants with Christ and for Christ’
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India: ‘Migrants with Christ and for Christ’

As I was planning the content and layout of this year’s Vocation Promotion calendar with Fr. Bhaskar MHM, my classmate, we discussed what image to put on the cover page. He suggested we focus on migrants which is apt for the current situation in the world during the time of pandemic here in India and…

Baswar, India: Ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar MHM
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Baswar, India: Ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar MHM

On December 30th the ordination of Indra Kumar Parwar took place at Baswar mission in the diocese of Ambikapur. Bishop Patras Minj SJ of the diocese of Ambikapur was the ordaining minister

Chhattisgarh, India: Tribals Targeted
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Chhattisgarh, India: Tribals Targeted

The Mill Hill Missioinaries are present in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh at Baswar and Vishunpur in the diocese of Ambikapur “Tribals, even in their ancestral religion, are very close to Christianity. Also in the tribal religion they had faith in one God Almighty, the Father. They also called him God and Father, as it…

Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’
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Revitalising Christian Imagination in Advent: ‘He comes, comes, ever comes’

As the liturgical calendar was turning over into a new year this week, my husband Eric and I were at the tail end of a visit to India, staying with new friends Jyoti and Jane Sahi. Jyoti’s an artist, and Jane is a children’s educator, and together they live in the Christian village of Silvepura,…

India: Jailed Elderly Jesuit Priest -Finding Happiness in Listening to Stories of Inmates
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India: Jailed Elderly Jesuit Priest -Finding Happiness in Listening to Stories of Inmates

Father Stan Swamy, 84, has been in Taloja Central Jail in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in western India, since Oct. 9 following his arrest on charges of sedition and links with outlawed Maoist rebels. The priest is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a hernia and age-related ailments and is unable to eat and drink without help from…

India’s Covid-19 Crisis
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India’s Covid-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has sent India’s once red hot economy into a tailspin and left tens of millions of people jobless. Growth has plunged into the negative territory. But it’s the poor who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic and the economic disruption. Some had committed suicide due to their inability to get out of their…