Mr. Bachchan, caste and being an Indian first

According to Bollywood star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan being an Indian first means not to believe in caste. That could be one great definition of being an Indian first and putting India first.

 

Yet when Mr. Bachchan told the census enumerators that he does not believe in caste and is an Indian first, did he unwittingly reveal the discomfiture the privileged castes feel in coming to terms with the caste issue in modern India? Surely it is the oppressed people who have the first right to determine if there should be a caste census or not. Their interpretation of present day life vis-à-vis caste discrimination needs serious consideration.

Christians Brace for Sharia in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Just over a month since Pakistan’s fertile Swat Valley turned into a Taliban stronghold where sharia (Islamic law) rules, the fate of the remaining Christians in the area is uncertain.

Burma Clamps Down on Christians

DUBLIN, January 21 : – Burmese authorities last week increased restrictions on Christian activity in the capital city of Rangoon and surrounding areas, including the closure of several churches, Compass sources confirmed yesterday.

Buddhists Drive Bangladeshi Christian from Home

DHAKA, Bangladesh, December 26 :– Buddhist villagers in southeastern Bangladesh’s Rangamati district last week beat a young father and drove him from his house for converting to Christianity.

INDIA: Christians Attacked, Arrested in Maharashtra and Karnataka States

New Delhi: November 18, 2008:- A mob of about 20 Hindu Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shiv Sena on November 15 accused a pastor of forced conversion, stripped and beat him up till he felt unconscious in Bhayander, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

INDIA: Orissa Braces For More Violence After Another Murder

Terrified Christians already ravaged by more than two months of violence in Orissa state’s Kandhamal district braced for more carnage as suspected Maoists today gunned down a local worker of the Hindu extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

INDIA: Soldiers Protecting Christians Mutilated, Killed in Orissa.

A paramilitary soldier assigned to protect Christians from Hindu violence in Kandhamal district, Orissa was mutilated and killed by a mob in Sisapanga village on Oct. 13.

BANGLADESH: Christian Convert's life threatened

Muslim clerics and neighbors have ordered the father of a man who converted to Catholicism to remain confined to his house until retaliatory punishment can be exacted from the convert.




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