Bible for India

Bible for India

The New Community Bible (NCB) is an annotated Bible published, with official Church approval, by a Roman Catholic group in Mumbai last summer. The novelty is not the text itself but the extensive footnotes comparing and contrasting Christian teachings with Hinduism. The illustrations are also clearly Indian — in the drawing for the Flight to Egypt (at right), Mary wears a sari and a bindi on her forehead while Joseph sports a turban.

Hindus have denounced it as a bid to convert Hindus to Christianity. Hindu guru and blogger Sathya Sai Baba warned that Christian missionaries were “taking aim at India” with a “deceptive Bible and other questionable tactics.” There was also criticism from Catholic laity, enough to prompt the bishops to order a study of the issue and have the publisher hold off with a second edition. That’s too bad because the first edition quickly sold out.

Devil’s Advocate: Arun Shourie on black money issue

Devil’s Advocate: Arun Shourie on black money issue

Actually, several studies have been done. The figures actually are much larger than that i.e. the Indian share that might be there. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) paper which was put out on October 2008 cites the range of estimates of money in tax havens. The range of estimates is from $1.5 trillion to $11.5 trillion.

Surrendered terrorist ‘sings’, says he was trained in Pak

Surrendered terrorist ‘sings’, says he was trained in Pak

Srinagar:

Militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir have set up their own separate training centres across the line of control but the Taliban do not operate in the Kashmir valley, a surrendered Pakistani militant said.

“Every group has its own training mechanism. Each ‘Tanjeem’ (group) has its own character and agenda,” Syed Moinullah Shah, a Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was part of the group of 31 militants who crossed over to Indian side of Kashmir told the media in Srinagar.