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By Valson Thampu Some say Fr. Stan Swami is a ‘torch-bearer of the Indian Constitution.’ The government says, he is an instigator of violence, an anarchist who conspires, in tandem with the Maoists, to overthrow the government. As per Aristotle, the truth should lie in-between. What lies in-between in this case is that he...
By MONA MOHAN A hospital in Patna, India, was ready to eject a COVID-19 patient to admit my uncle, whose oxygen level had dipped. But through our family connections with local politicians and senior bureaucrats, we got a bed for my uncle at another hospital. Once he was admitted, half a dozen doctors started to...
By DCD Reporter The appointment of a non-Dalit priest as the bishop of Salem has created a commotion in the Church in Tamil Nadu where the majority are Dalit Christians. The Dalit Empowerment Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) declares caste discrimination is a grave sin so it...
By Sruthi Vibhavari  Odisha-based Dalit music rapper and anti-caste activist Sumeet Samos on Tuesday raised over Rs 27 lakhs on a crowdfunding platform towards his tuition fees at UK’s prestigious Oxford University. Sumeet’s application for MSc in Modern South Asian Studies in Oxford University was accepted in March this year. He sought...
By DCD Reporter The National Dalit Christian (NDCW) welcomed the announcement of the Kerala Government for revising its policy for the issuance of scholarships meant for religious minorities, based on the recent order of the Kerala High court.  NDCW is a national organisation based in Delhi with its presence in more than...
By DCD Reporter Salem: The Dalit priests, religious and the laity of Tamil Nadu Catholic Church are disappointed over the appointment of the non-Dalit bishop to the diocese of Salem. On May 31, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Arulselvam Rayappan of the clergy of Pondicherry-Cuddalore, as Bishop of Salem. 
By Lilu Paul The Kerala state chapter of the National Dalit Christian Watch (NDCW) on May 27 organized a media orientation programme via the Zoom platform. The program was set up to introduce everyone to the Dalit Christian Digest, a web portal that earnestly tries to bring out genuine testimonies and stories...
By Valson Thampu The COVID-19 pandemic is tremulous with ironies. They should not be lost sight of. If they are to be reckoned, we must agree at the outset that events like pandemics, natural disasters and social upheavals, though random, or chance, events, are not devoid of any logic or meaning. Admittedly, what happens...
By Valson Thampu Crisis, we are told, denotes the outbreak of truth. Human beings choose, for the most part, to live in a world of make-believe. That is because they cannot stand too much of reality. Demagogues know this. So, they hard-sell dreams and delusions, which suffice so long as a spurious sort of...
By DCD Reporter “We have lost a prophet in the person of Father P. Antonyraj, SJ (76). I am saddened and shocked. He became the liberator of my inferior self,” says Dr. Maria Joseph Mahalingam, a Jesuit from Madurai province. The Society of Jesus has just lost one of its dynamic,...
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