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Dec 21, 2011 Scaling Caste Walls With Capitalism’s Ladders in India

QUOTE: The rapid growth that followed the opening of India’s economy in 1991 has widened the gulf between rich and poor, and some here have begun to blame liberalization for the rising tide of corruption. But the era of growth has also created something unthinkable a generation ago: a tiny but growing group of wealthy Dalit business people.

New York Times
Sep 21, 2011 Tradition forces girls into prostitution

QUOTE: Under the devdasi system, girls were dedicated to a life of sex work in the name of religion...Gradually, this gave way to a life of prostitution....It's an area of extreme poverty – so sending a daughter into the sex business is seen as a way for parents to unburden themselves of a child -and, it's lucrative.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 27, 2011 India Puts Tight Leash on Internet Free Speech

QUOTE: Even before the new rules… India has periodically tried to restrict speech on the Internet… The rules do not provide a way for content producers to defend their work or appeal a decision to take content down.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2010 Indian Justice Inches Closer to Chapters of Violence

QUOTE: These two spasms of horrific sectarian bloodletting have stood as direct challenges to India’s status as a democratic, secular state governed by the rule of law. In both instances, senior officials of the party in power were accused of looking the other way or, in some cases, even orchestrating the bloodshed. In both cases, a mere handful of the killers were ever convicted. In both cases, the political fortunes of politicians accused of fomenting the violence flourished in the aftermath.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2009 India's Muslims See Bias in Housing: Recent Increase Is Blamed on Islamist Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai Last Fall

QUOTE: accusations of discrimination [against Muslims] highlight the often simmering religious tensions in the world's biggest democracy [India]...

Washington Post
Nov 24, 2008 In India, Controversy Over Hindus' Arrests: Terrorism Case Sets Off Politicking, Protests

QUOTE: the arrests of Hindus in a terrorism case and the use of the new tag "Hindu terror" have sparked enormous controversy. The acrimonious political debate and the street demonstrations in support of the accused threaten to paralyze India's concerted response to terrorism. The controversy also points to the growing complexities of combating tit-for-tat terrorism in this predominantly Hindu but officially secular nation.

Washington Post
Nov 22, 2008 Can Love Conquer Caste? Indian Government Supports Mixed Unions, But Couples Who Defy System Face Violence

QUOTE: Even though India legalized inter-caste marriage more than 50 years ago, newlyweds are still threatened by violence, most often from their families. As more young urban and small-town Indians start to rebel and choose mates outside of arranged marriages and caste commandments, killings of inter-caste couples have increased...

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2008 Summer Camps Revive India's Ancient Sanskrit: Effort Is Part of Bitter Debate Over the Role of Hindu Language in a Diverse Society

QUOTE: Their endeavors are viewed with suspicion by many scholars here as part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over the role of Sanskrit in schools and society. The scholars warn against exploiting Indians' reverence for Sanskrit to promote the supremacy of Hindu thought in a country that, while predominantly Hindu, is also home to a large Muslim population and other religious minorities.

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2008 One man's mission to rid India of its dirtiest job

QUOTE: But Dr. Pathak asked her why she covered her face with her shawl and why she seemed ashamed to talk to him. At the time, Chaumar had no idea she was speaking to the man whose mission it was to end manual scavenging and who would eventually change her life. Pathak founded an organization called Sulabh in 1970 to eradicate the practice by replacing unplumbed toilets with affordable flush ones, and by giving scavengers training for other jobs.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion

QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.

New York Times
Sep 18, 2007 Plan for Sea Canal Puts Hindu Belief In Sharp Relief: Some Indians See Controversial Route As Threat to Divinely Created Shoals

QUOTE: Opposition to huge industrial projects is common in India, but the controversy over Adam's Bridge, or Ram Sethu, marks one of the first times religion has become an obstacle to major development. Thousands of Hindu protesters have rallied in the streets..."

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2007 Local Property Dispute Grows Into International Issue for Kazakhstan

QUOTE: One of the fundamental principles of the [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] religious freedom. The standoff with the Hare Krishna movement threatens the image of a harmonious, multidenominational country...

Washington Post
May 23, 2007 Indian laws put Christian missionaries on defensive: Proponents of religious freedom are criticizing Indian laws against forced conversion.

QUOTE: there have been fears, even within India's Christian minority, that an expansionist evangelical movement is proslytizing too aggressively among India's poorest people. But recently, these concerns have been used to justify a number of violent attacks on missionaries, and an increase in controversial anticonversion laws.

Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2007 Indians Divided on Kissing A Cultural Taboo Goodbye: Debate Over Displays of Affection Mirrors Broader Differences

QUOTE: "Moral police," sometimes organized by regional Hindu nationalist parties and sometimes just vigilantes with a point of view, have been increasingly on the prowl recently. Last month, Hindu extremist mobs attacked Star TV offices in Mumbai, the cultural capital of the country, for airing a story on an interfaith couple who had eloped.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2006 Muslims in India 'Targeted With Suspicion': Residents of Thriving Bombay District Describe Rising Tension in Wake of Train Bombings

QUOTE: in the wake of the devastating July 11 train bombings in Bombay...residents here say they feel fingers of suspicion and hate pointing at all Muslims, not just jobless slum youths and bearded students from Islamic radical groups.

Washington Post
Jul 21, 2006 New Orleans arrests spark 'mercy killing' debate

QUOTE: Days after hurricane Katrina hit...a doctor and two nurses administered lethal doses of drugs to four elderly patients they claimed might not survive an evacuation. The three were arrested Monday, then released, pending formal charges.

Christian Science Monitor
May 03, 2006 Plumbing the Depths of Indian Widowhood

QUOTE: [Many Hindu widows in India--Ed.] live a life of deprivation. They go to die in designated widow houses, inside crumbling walls and on bare earth without bedding or furnishings, amid brass pots and dim corners. Their bangles broken and removed, their hair shaved off, they lead lonely, ascetic lives, disconnected from their families and ostracized.

Washington Post
Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.

QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.

Apr 10, 2004 Wrath Over a Hindu God: U.S. Scholars' Writings Draw Threats From Faithful

QUOTE: ...academics writing about Hinduism have encountered similar hostility, from tossed eggs to assaults to threats of extradition and prosecution in India.

Washington Post
Jan 17, 2004 Indian Filmmakers Feel Sting of Censorship Growing Intolerance Blamed as Documentaries About Violence in Gujarat Are Banned

QUOTE: Several documentaries that investigate the horrors of the brutal bloodshed that lasted for weeks in Gujarat in 2002 have been rejected by the film festival's organizers, banned by India's censorship board or faced threats from Hindu extremist groups.

Washington Post
Jun 21, 2003 Beware of Indian Brides Bearing Gifts

QUOTE: Sharma is being hailed as a modern Indian heroine for having stood up against a patriarchal tradition that treats women as commodities to be bought and sold. She is not.

Asia Times Online
May 29, 2003 Charitable Misgivings: Some local Indian-Americans want to put the brakes on charitable giving after a report that the money could be trickling into some of the wrong places

QUOTE: earned in Silicon Valley is being diverted to India to stoke the flames of ethnic rivalries...

Metro (Silicon Valley)
Feb 08, 2003 Yoga in Aspen Public Schools Draws Opposition

QUOTE: ...officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school...invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot program...But some parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in school violates the separation of church and state.

New York Times
Feb 04, 2003 California Monks Wage Fight on Developers

QUOTE: ...faced lawsuits from the monastery on the ground that its environmental impact report was flawed...

New York Times
Aug 17, 2002 Holy Cow a Myth? An Indian Finds the Kick Is Real

QUOTE: Within days the book had been canceled by Mr. Jha's academic publisher, burned outside his home by religious activists and...banned by a Hyderabad civil court...His offense? To say...early Hindus ate beef.

New York Times
Mar 08, 2002 Slaughter in the Name of God

QUOTE: ...India undergoes its worst bout of Hindu-Muslim bloodletting in more than a decade...Police chiefs have been excusing their men's unwillingness to defend the citizens...

Washington Post
May 20, 2001 For Hindus and Vegetarians, Surprise in McDonald's Fries

QUOTE: ...Hindus were outraged to learn that McDonald's French fries are seasoned in the factory with beef flavoring before they are sent to the restaurants to be cooked in vegetable oil.

New York Times