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India: Bishops of Jharkhand Support Recognition of Tribal Religion

“We are campaigning for the cause of the Sarna code and our people are going from village to village to make people understand the importance of this campaign,” Santosh Tirkey, general secretary of Ranchi’s Kendriya Sarna Samiti, told UCA News. “There are around 150 million followers of Sarna in India and we have been demanding recognition…

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Andhra Pradesh, India: Chief Minister in Defence of Dalits and Minorities

The chief minister of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said his government will not tolerate police brutality against Dalits. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s remarks came after a series of incidents in which Dalits were abused by police and a Dalit youth lost his life due to police action. “Dalits and minorities are always…

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India: The Making of a Hindu Nation

The word “Hindu” is a Persianate derivative of “Sindhu”, Sanskrit for the Indus River. Only during India’s colonial encounter in the 19th century did “Hindu” become an ascriptive label for a wide range of practices and ideas across South Asia that do not fall within the three world religions labelled “Islam”, “Christianity”, and “Buddhism”. But…

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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus II

Traditional Christian art seems something of the past that does not offer any new insights. More recently inculturated art forms from Asia and Africa have been appreciated because they are thought to bring a fresh perspective on Biblical themes.    As an artist, I have not represented Jesus in the conventional way that is typical of…

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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus I

The Gospels do not describe the physical appearance of Jesus. However, each culture has presented Jesus in their own cultural forms. Since ancient times, Christianity wore different clothes, spoke varied languages, and followed diverse customs. Indians of different cultural backgrounds responded to the Gospel narratives after learning them in their local languages, beginning with Tamil,…

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India: A Paragon of Interreligious Dialogue

Though his heart was very much with Hinduism’s ancient wisdom, he did not neglect other realities that had become part of the Indian Church. He clearly articulated it in 1996: “The earlier concern of Indian theology was focused on Vedanta, perceived as the most representative thing of India. Now the most representative reality in India…

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India’s Tribal Communities Rally for Recognition

Indigenous people today are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life. Although tribal communities are found everywhere in India, they have a significant presence in Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal,…

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Poem: We The Seeds

I think I found my way of Loving and Serving people. I have written a poem called ‘WE THE SEEDS’ mentioning the Mill Hill Missionaries are the seeds who love and serve people in our own ways possible. The poem has cross reference to the Parable of the Sower from Gospel of Matthew chapter 13….

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India: Heading for a Pandemic Explosion?

With some 287,000 cases and more than 8,100 deaths as of June 11, India has become the world’s fifth most infected country after the United States, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. “There are a lot of difficulties and crises. Our villages, poor, laborers, farmers and industries are facing a crisis,” federal road transport minister Nitin…