India’s Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies: Rector Basic Formation, Pargi
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India’s Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies: Rector Basic Formation, Pargi

Once again Corona is back even with more devastating effects and causing deaths, fear, confusion and chaos in the country. The hospitals in charge are complaining the shortages of oxygen, ventilators, drugs, beds and many other basic requirements. There is fear spread among the people that going to the hospitals is far riskier than getting…

India Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies: Unspeakable Scenes in Varanasi
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India Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies: Unspeakable Scenes in Varanasi

Life here in India has become very threatening. The second wave of Covid-19 is unbearable. With the rapid increase of coronavirus cases in the country every individual is facing a tough fight physically as well as mentally, emotionally and psychologically. It is a physical battle but more of mental battle. People are so scared with…

India Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies from the Grassroots: Local Mill Hill Missionary Superior
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India Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies from the Grassroots: Local Mill Hill Missionary Superior

Greetings from India. You must be well aware of the impact of Covid -19 in India from the news. For the past few months, I was trying my best not to be overwhelmed by the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases here. However, I was not spared. Firstly, some of our Mill Hill members here including…

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India’s Covid-19 Emergency: Deep-Rooted Issues behind the Current Crisis

Age is the single biggest risk factor for severe disease and death with COVID. India has an exceptionally young population, with only 6% aged 65 and over. Even with a slightly more deadly virus, one would expect most to recover at home without the need for hospital care. But a relatively unhealthy middle-aged population in part offsets this…

India’s Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies from the Grassroots: Rector Formation Pune
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India’s Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies from the Grassroots: Rector Formation Pune

The second wave of Covid-19 has caught and gripped India unawares. It has shaken India to the core, shattered and impacted all life far beyond our wildest imaginings. Neither the Central  or the State governments nor the public were prepared to face the devastating impact of 2nd wave of Covid19. It is as if the…

Fr Stan Swamy SJ: An Indian ‘Cause Célèbre’.
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Fr Stan Swamy SJ: An Indian ‘Cause Célèbre’.

The 22nd March 2021 saw the refusal of bail on humanitarian grounds to Fr. Stan Swamy SJ, the 84 year old Jesuit priest who is being unjustly imprisoned in India. The struggle of the team of lawyers, the Jesuit Conference of south Asia, and many international and national human rights activist did not succeed in making…

India’s Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival
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India’s Hindu Kumbh Mela Festival

Massive crowds are expected to gather at India’s northern city of Haridwar throughout April 2021 for the religious festival of Kumbh Mela, despite the country’s grappling with a COVID-19 surge. The Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage held every 12 years at sacred tirthas, or river-ford sites, along the Ganges River in India. This year the government expects over a million pilgrims a…

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…