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Oct 26, 2015

Insight: Indian utopian sect under scrutiny as religious tolerance debate rages

PONDA, India (Reuters) – The arrest of a member of India’s Sanatan Sanstha sect following the murder of a well-known atheist has prompted renewed calls from some politicians to ban the Hindu group, as concerns grow the country’s tradition of religious tolerance is being eroded.

Opening the doors of its Goa headquarters to foreign journalists for the first time this month, Sanatan Sanstha told Reuters it had nothing to do with the February murder of Govind Pansare, and its mission was opposed to violence in all forms.

Oct 26, 2015

Indian utopian sect under scrutiny as religious tolerance debate rages

PONDA, India, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The arrest of a member of
India’s Sanatan Sanstha sect following the murder of a
well-known atheist has prompted renewed calls from some
politicians to ban the Hindu group, as concerns grow the
country’s tradition of religious tolerance is being eroded.

Opening the doors of its Goa headquarters to foreign
journalists for the first time this month, Sanatan Sanstha told
Reuters it had nothing to do with the February murder of Govind
Pansare, and its mission was opposed to violence in all forms.

Oct 13, 2015
via FaithWorld

Special Report: Battling for India’s soul, state by state

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(Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (wearing a garland) walks inside the complex of a Hindu temple at Somnath in the western Indian state of Gujarat February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave)

An ascendant Hindu nationalist group wants minority Muslims and Christians to accept that India is a nation of Hindus, and is pushing some of them to convert.

Oct 13, 2015

Battling for India’s soul, state by state

KOLKATA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – An ascendant Hindu nationalist
group wants minority Muslims and Christians to accept that India
is a nation of Hindus, and is pushing some of them to convert.

An election in the volatile state of West Bengal has become
a prime target in its game plan.

Oct 8, 2015
via FaithWorld

“Idea of India” debate rages after man killed over beef rumours

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(Relatives of Mohammad Akhlaq mourn after he was killed by a mob on Monday night, at his residence in Dadri town, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

The murder of a Muslim man over rumours he consumed beef has fuelled a fierce debate over India’s rising intolerance towards religious minorities, with President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday calling for a tradition of tolerance to be defended.

Oct 1, 2015

Interview – India warns global charities not to work against government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian minister monitoring $1.8 billion of foreign aid has accused Greenpeace of inciting protests against industrial projects and warned global activists and aid organisations not to work against the government.

The warning from junior home minister Kiren Rijiju follows a crackdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration on foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Greenpeace and the Ford Foundation.

Oct 1, 2015

India warns global charities not to work against government

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An Indian minister monitoring $1.8 billion of foreign aid has accused Greenpeace of inciting protests against industrial projects and warned global activists and aid organizations not to work against the government.

The warning from junior home minister Kiren Rijiju follows a crackdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Greenpeace and the Ford Foundation.

Sep 23, 2015

India’s Modi eyes Silicon Valley on U.S. trip as euphoria fades

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Tech titans will court Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Silicon Valley this weekend, but away from the glitz, the euphoria of his first trip to the United States a year ago has faded as promised deals stall and key reforms flounder.

A firm believer in the new economy and power of social media, Modi will be welcomed by Apple, Facebook and Google, who want to grow in a market where the world’s third-largest internet user base is set to multiply in coming years.

Sep 23, 2015

Modi eyes Silicon Valley on U.S. trip as euphoria fades

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Tech titans will court Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Silicon Valley this weekend, but away from the glitz, the euphoria of his first trip to the United States a year ago has faded as promised deals stall and key reforms flounder.

A firm believer in the new economy and power of social media, Modi will be welcomed by Apple, Facebook and Google, who want to grow in a market where the world’s third-largest internet user base is set to multiply in coming years.

Sep 23, 2015

India doesn’t need extra stimulus, will grow over 8 pct: chief adviser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India does not need further fiscal stimulus to revive the economy, despite record low inflation and growth seen at the lower end of an 8.1-8.5 percent target this financial year, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Wednesday.

Comments by Subramanian earlier this month that a sharp drop in inflation meant the economy was in or close to deflationary territory led to a debate over whether public spending should increase to boost growth, along with calls for rates cuts.