Christian Dalits rally in India

India’s Christians have joined forces to protest the Congress Party-led government’s refusal to include Christian and Muslim Dalits among those given favored treatment under India’s Scheduled Caste programme. On Aug 10, Christians across India were encouraged to observe “Black Day” by wearing a black badge to protest government discrimination against Christians. At a Black Day […]

Church push for pesticide ban in India

Church leaders in India have called upon the government to ban the pesticide Endosulfan, saying its health hazards far outweigh its benefits to farming. However, India’s agriculture ministry — which manufactures the pesticide via the government-owned Hindustan Insecticides Ltd — claims there is no scientific evidence the chemical agent is harmful to humans, and has […]

Christians march for justice in India

Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox leaders joined by an estimated 100,000 Christians for a silent march through the Indian city of Mangalore, demanding government action in the face of attacks on churches by extremist Hindu groups in Karnataka. Waving black flags, protestors dressed in black or wore black clothes around their necks in protest to a […]

Police investigate CSI moderator for fraud

The Karnataka High Court has directed the Bangalore Police to complete the corruption and fraud investigation of the Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI) and present their findings to the court. On Dec 9, Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar asked the police to complete their investigations “as soon as possible, but not later than the […]

CSI takes no action against Bishop Dorai

The Executive Committee of the Church of South India (CSI) Synod has declined to take disciplinary action against the Bishop in Coimbatore for theft and fraud. At their Nov 29-30 meeting in Madras, the committee voted to take no action after one of the three members of the fact finding committee appointed to investigate Bishop […]

Dr. Williams begins a tour of India

The Archbishop of Canterbury has begun a 16 day tour of India, arriving in Calcutta on Oct 9.  Over the next two weeks Dr Rowan Williams will tour the subcontinent, visiting Ranchi, Nagpur, New Delhi, Madras, Vellore, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapurum. “I look forward greatly to being back in India once more. Family connections, many friendships […]

Diocese wins first round of Indian parish property fight

The Indian government has dismissed the land ownership claims of a breakaway congregation of the Diocese of Madras, holding the Church of South India Trust Association (CSITA) and not St Andrew’s Kirk in Madras held the beneficial interest in the church’s properties. While Anglican attention has focused on the 55 US church property lawsuits, the […]

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