10 % of the rural housholds are landless:…

NEW DELHI:Despite the emphasis on land reforms, the survey found that about 10% of rural households were landless — owning either no land or less than 0.002 hectare. The corresponding urban figure is 49%. This…

EU Muslims face wide discrimination

Dec 19, 2006, Source: ReutersEurope's Muslims face deep-seated discrimination in education, housing and jobs that can alienate them from the mainstream, but say they could do more themselves to connect with wider society, an EU…

Hundreds of Dalits embrace Buddhism

NewIndPress.COM, December 18 2006 HUBLI: To mark the golden jubilee year of Dr B R Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism, hundreds of Dalits along with other backward caste people embraced Buddhism, here on Sunday.Apart from local…

Myths about research and policing

Prashant Pandey, The Hindu , Dec 18, 2006NEW DELHI: "Research is for academia". "Research and policing are subjects far apart". "Research will leave the police open to many uncomfortable questions". "Research may lead to indiscipline…

Temple demolition irks Malay Hindus

Associated Press, Kuala Lumpur, December 18, 2006Malaysian Hindu rights groups sought a court order on Monday to prevent authorities from demolishing temples and shrines in the Muslim-majority country.More than 70 Hindu temples built on public…

Amnesty renews its call for an unconditional repeal…

AMNESTY INTERNATIONALPublic StatementAI Index: ASA 20/034/2006 (Public)News Service No: 32518 December 2006Amnesty International is deeply concerned that the Indian government may seek to retain provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 that contravene…