Dadri lynching: Author Nayantara Sahgal questions PM Modi’s ‘silence’, returns Sahitya Akademi award

NEW DELHI: Noted writer Nayantara Sahgal has returned the Sahitya Akademi Award bestowed on her in 1986 — for her novel, Rich Like Us — in protest against 'rising intolerance' in the country.

The niece of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sahgal said the recent killing of a man on the suspicion that beef was cooked in his home and recent killings of rationalists MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare prompted her to return the government honour.

Sahgal is known for strongly criticising imposition of Emergency by her cousin Indira Gandhi and for her scathing account of Gandhi's rise to power. She also wrote for Jayaprakash Narayan's newspaper in the seventies.


B'desh Christian priest attacked in his house by armed Islamic Militants

Dhaka, Oct 6, 2015
The priest said that two weeks ago the men had called him up to listen to his sermons and told him that they wanted to visit him to learn about Christianity. Reuters File Photo for representation.
A pastor in Bangladesh has survived an attempt on his life by three suspected Islamists who attacked him in his house after pretending to want to learn about Christianity, days after two foreigners were killed by armed men in attacks claimed by ISIS terror group.
52-year-old Luke Sarker, the pastor of local Baptist Mission's Faith Bible Church of God, suffered injuries when three men yesterday attacked him with a knife and tried to slit his throat at his home in the northwestern district of Pabna, police said.


Madhya Pradesh, three Pentecostal Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions,-three-Pentecostal-Christi...
Madhya Pradesh, three Pentecostal Christians arrested for alleged forced conversions
by Nirmala Carvalho
The three work for the NGO Gospel Echoing Missionary Society, which has worked for more than 40 years in the northern states of India. Religious material, CDs and projectors confiscated. Two men allegedly paid to convert. Christian leader: "The Pentecostal Christians were arrested under the pernicious anti-conversion law that violates religious freedom."


The day Christians were martyred on American soil

The day Christians were martyred on American soil
Todd Starnes

Kristen Sterner, left, and Carrissa Welding, both students at Umpqua Community College, embrace each other during a candlelight vigil for those killed during a shooting at the college,

Life or death was determined by the answer to a single question: are you a Christian?

That was the question asked by an anti-Christian gunman who stormed into a classroom at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.
Eyewitnesses say the shooter targeted Christians.
Christians were martyred for their faith, on American soil, a fact mostly ignored by most of the Mainstream Media and the White House.
Kortney Moore was inside the classroom. She told the Roseburg News-Review that the shooter ordered students to get on the ground -- and then told them to stand up and state their religion.
“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,” Stacy Boylan said in a televised report. “And then he shot and killed them.”
His 18-year-old daughter was struck in the back by a bullet – that traveled down her spine. She survived. Miss Moore, too, survived.
Davis Jaques, publisher of the Roseburg Beacon News, said he received a text message from a student who said she was inside the classroom.“The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christians,” the message read. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no or didn’t answer, they were shot in the leg.”
Christians were martyred for their faith -- on American soil -- a fact mostly ignored by most of the Mainstream Media and the White House.
The New York Times only mentioned that the gunman inquired about people’s “religions” and one cable television news channel opined that the shooter’s motive was unclear.President Obama’s behavior in the aftermath of the massacre was quite frankly unpresidential. Instead of calling for religious tolerance -- he delivered an unhinged tirade on gun control.