Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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* VivekaJyoti *: Dancing Jesus in The New Indian Bible.

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    • Inculturation: Dancing Jesus illustration in The New Community Bible published by The
      Bombay St.
      Paul's Society, 2008, and released by Catholic Bishops Conference in
    • The "Indian Bible" as it is called, contains invented and interpolated phrases such as "he will dance with songs of joy for you" for Zephaniah 3:17, and numerous quotations from the Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas. The vedic and puranic slokas are described as sourced from "Indian Scriptures", not Hindu Scriptures.

Fraudulent Conversion: Insider’s statement « Hindu focus

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    • As the menace of conversions is perpetuated with the receipt of foreign funds, the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) has steadfastly demanded that the church utilize all foreign funds exclusively for the welfare and uplift of poor Christians who are suffering from terrible discrimination within the community.
    • The church annually receives so much money that we want the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) and the National Christian Council of India (NCCI) to set up a Rs. 1000 crore “Dalit Christian Development Fund” to ensure the integrated social and economic development of this huge populace that was lured to Christianity on the promise of a better life.
    • As the Church is the largest employer after the Government of India, poor Christians should be given 50% job reservations in Christian educational and medical institutions.

China’s cultural chauvinism recoils - Windows Live

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      The Japan Times
    • Today, about 60 percent territory of the People's Republic comprises territories that historically had not been under direct Han rule. China, in fact, now is three times as large as it was under the last Han dynasty, the Ming, which fell in the mid-17th century. Territorially, Han power thus is at its zenith, symbolized by the fact that the Great Wall was built as the Han empire's outer security perimeter. Xinjiang and Tibet, by themselves, make up nearly half of China's landmass.

      To help Sinicize the minority lands, Beijing's multipronged strategy has involved five key components: cartographically altering ethnic-homeland boundaries; demographically flooding non-Han cultures; rewriting history to justify Chinese control; enforcing cultural homogeneity to help blur local identities; and maintaining political repression.

    • While Beijing was quick to clamp down on information about the events in Tibet and Xinjiang, it applied media-management lessons learned in Tibet to its handling of the news on Xinjiang. One lesson was that it had to go beyond suppression of facts to information spin to tone down coverage of the developments. So, as opposed to the way it shut out the media from Tibet, it readily took foreign journalists to the violence-scarred Urumqi for stage-managed tours.
    • While India celebrates diversity, China honors artificially enforced monoculturalism, although it officially comprises 56 nationalities — the Han nationality (which, according to the last census in 2000, accounted for 91 percent of the total population) and 55 ethnic minority groups. China seeks not only to play down its ethnic diversity, but also to conceal the cultural and linguistic cleavages among the Han majority, lest the historical north-south fault lines resurface with a vengeance.
    • Today, thanks to the greater self-awareness flowing from advances in information and communications technologies, the Hakka, Sichuanese, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Fujianese, Swatow, Hunanese and other communities officially classified as Han are reasserting their distinctive identities and taking pride in their cultural heritage.

The Shopian tragedy

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    • The Shopian tragedy
    • It is well documented that separatists of various hues beat security forces hands down when it comes to rape and other atrocities on women, including forced marriages. The zeal of Kashmiris to jump at every incitement of separatists is making women in Kashmir uniquely vulnerable.