Category - india

  • 17 Dec 2014

    India's government and media are arguing over whether a minister tried to make students come to school on Christmas Day. Controversy continues over coerced mass conversions. It is a time of deep insecurity for religious minorities.

  • 14 Oct 2014

    Tribespeople living inside a tiger reserve in India are being “threatened” and “cheated” into leaving their ancestral land in the name of tiger 'conservation'.

  • 15 Jul 2014

    Plans for a major building project on an illegal road notorious for its 'human safaris' have been condemned over fears of its effect on the Jarawa tribe's protected reserve on India’s Andaman Islands.

  • 6 May 2014

    Extremist politician Narendra Modi has dangerously inflamed religious tension during the Indian election. “This is the land of Lord Ram,” he declared in Faizabad, standing in front of a picture of the god. In 1992 fanatics tore down a nearby mosque and pledged to build a temple to Ram in its place.

  • 4 May 2014

    Pluralism and respect for all are values threatened by the rise of Narendra Modi, said sculptor Anish Kapoor at a packed Westminster meeting.

  • 25 Apr 2014

    Supporters of far-right candidate Narendra Modi have condemned a college principal for speaking up for justice and the environment during India’s parliamentary election. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained to the Electoral Commission about Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College and a Jesuit priest.

  • 21 Apr 2014

    A former close associate of Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has reportedly urged that Muslims be forced out of ‘Hindu areas’. This follows other threats by leaders of the far-right Bharati Janata Party (BJP), intensifying fears about what might happen if he wins power.

  • 11 Apr 2014

    Sculptor Anish Kapoor and writer Salman Rushdie are among those who have signed a letter to the Guardian warning that, if Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, “it would bode ill for India's future”. The chief minister of Gujarat belongs to the far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

  • 31 Mar 2014

    A group of activists from Manipur, India, visited the World Council of Churches HQ in Geneva recently, sharing accounts of human rights violations in their region.

  • 7 Mar 2014

    Saeed and Sakil Dawood were friendly, sports-loving Yorkshiremen on holiday in India, returning from a trip to the Taj Mahal. 73-year-old Ehsan Jafri, a former trade unionist and MP, lived in Ahmedabad. When horrific violence engulfed Gujarat in 2002, they were among those brutally murdered.