FIACONA congratulates Secretary Blinken for his visionary statement that the most remarkable democratic election in the world is in India

As a pravasi Indian I wish these were true statements and I want India to be known this way among the nations of the world. Mr. Blinken either believes this to be true or he was ignoring the truth for the sake of international diplomacy. Since there is no freedom of the press in India only polished news comes out. Mr. Blinken would have simply gone with a political argument ignoring the reality on the ground. Either way, based on the facts on the ground Mr. Blinken was either misguided…

Misogyny, Patriarchy, Clericalism, Organized-religions, Unity-equality-freedom, Fratelli-Tutti!: Women Emerging from the Shadows of Patriarchy; A Prophetic challenge!

CCV has been speaking ad-nauseam for years all the topics clubbed under the Kicker-headline without receiving an adequate reply from the powers that be in religion and society! In the article below Sr. Julie George touches upon most of them in an excellent display of ‘Women-speak’in public as opposed to priestly-preaching in Church where the Bible asks the Better Half to keep their mouths shut! Women’s rights lawyer! Julie George SSpS is a women’s rights lawyer and director of Streevani, an NGO in Pune, who takes up cases of women…

Is India’s social justice paradigm under threat? Stories of Fr. Stan Swamy and Sudha Bharadwaj

In a letter written by Fr. Stan Swamy SJ, from the prison, said, “Dear friends: Peace! Though I do not have many details, from what I have heard, I am grateful to all of you for expressing your solidarity support. I am in a cell approximately 13 feet x 8 feet, along with two more inmates. It has a small bathroom and a toilet with an Indian commode. Fortunately, I am given a western commode chair. Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, and Arun Ferreira are in another cell. During the day,…

Indian farmers, We need not fail !

The government and the farmers remain unchanged in their positions. For the eighth time, the farmers ordinance were discussed with the leaders of the farmers’ organizations. But the Central government washed their hands by saying that they let the Supreme Court decide on the issue.The panel, which will be nominated by the Supreme Court, will hold further deliberations. Supreme Court orders non-implementation of agricultural law. The Supreme Court also directed the formation of an expert committee on agricultural law. The Center has asked for one day to decide the members…

VOTE FOR TRUMP in 2020: An Homage to Indian Americans; A Memoir of Ambassador Siddhartha Ray And the Making of Contemporary India

In 1992 I wrote to the Indian American community in my capacity as Deputy National Political Director of the Clinton for President Campaign. In 2020 I am writing as a very concerned private citizen to the American Indian community with whom, a generation ago, I worked very hard to bring them into the center of national American politics. Memories of those, politically game changing experiences for the community, for America and for India remain with me always. In 2020 I am urging the Indian American Community to vote for President…

Clergy Sex: Crisis or Constant?: New book examines clergy sexual abuse in the wide lens of history

By Thomas P. Doyle,Oct 10, 2020 & The corrupter of boys: Sodomy, Scandal and Medieval clergy , By Dyan Elliott, 448 pages; University of Pennsylvania Press; 2000 A Crisis is passing – all crisis are – but clergy-sex is congenital with the Constantenian church, which Christ didn’t build. Nay Jesus built none of the existing churches. So it is futile to try to wipe out sexual relations between man and woman, created male and female according to Christian god and  their manmade bible! This may be what the short historical…

United Nations or divided countries?; PM Modiji addreses UN Assembly Virtually on its 75th anniversary!

By Scroll Staff, on Sept. 26,2020 As largest vaccine producer, India will help world fight virus, says PM Modi promised. The prime minister also asked where the United Nations was in the joint fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Modi really did some PLAIN SEAKING TO UN, for which he has to be CONGRTULATED! It is very, very important that we recall to mind some of the harsh, unpleasant and undemocratic practices still perpetuated in this World’s Top, August Body called the UITED NATIONS! Is it: United or divided?,…

A Peep into US Biden-Kamala Harris elections!: Sixty years after JFK, wait continues for second Catholic president!

by Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, in NCR, Aug 15, 2020 We are all products of our environment. Environment means from today’s background to our global setting. We live today in a “global village” thanks to internet which connects us instantly to the other side of the globe as in a village 100 years ago! Old need not be gold! So our language and conversation must suit our present changed situation. Lived habits are hard to change, but we must change our thinking, speaking and acting in our religio-political-social areas,…

Kerala’s church: But where has the message gone?

By Paul Zacharia, in New Indian Express, 03rd August 2020 While it is no mean achievement for a Church from an obscure corner of the world to find itself a seat on the Palatine, let us look at the ground realities in Kerala. This article is published to help readers to recall the historical roots of the Church in India, made up mainly of the Syromalabar (CMC) and Latin(LM) Churches. Of course there are many other churches in India. All the divided churches in India and the world are labeled…

Ayodhya’s cynosure of temple Foundation!: Ayodhya’s Ram temple is first real Colonization of Hinduism by Political Power! (PB Mehta)

Written by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express, August 5, 2020 They will say Ram is a national symbol, a symbol of Hindu pride. But did Ram consent to being converted to something as banal and nasty as the symbol of an ethnic nationalism? Ayodhya’s Ram temple is a monument to exclusion, a brute majoritarianism subordinating others. The main article published below is one by Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian express, which is more than self evident. Instead of CCV editor commenting on it I give below few quotes on…