On October 30, 2017 afternoon Justice S.C. Sharma and Justice Alok Verma of Indore High Court released seven children to their parents and directed the Home Secretary and SHO to submit their affidavits on the next hearing date 06-11-2017 as to why the children were detained and kept away from their parents for seven days. On 23-10-2017, at the Indore Railway Station, seven children along with two guardians were to board for Mumbai for Bible Studies and other functions to be held at Goregaon, Mumbai. Around 3 PM, a mob of 200 persons from the Hindu Dharm Jagran Manch stopped them at the station and began abusing the guardians and the children in front of police personnel alleging that the children are being taken for conversion. The two guardians were arrested and the 7 children were taken to a children home. Since then, the children were not allowed to return to their parents. On 25-10-2017, the parents filed representations to the IG, DSP and the concerned SHO for immediate release of the children.On 30th October 2017 Justices SC Sharma and Alok Verma directed the children to be produced before the Court and the IG and SP were summoned.In the afternoon all seven children were released to their parents. The Home Secretary and SHO were directed to submit their affidavits as to why the children were detained and kept away from their parents for seven days. They have also been directed to appear before the court on the next hearing date 06-11-2017.This is becoming a
Cancer patients are very fortunate. When cancer is detected, you get your visa to heaven. You know your days, weeks, months, years are numbered. You have to await the flight ticket. What a wonderful blessing! You have time to prepare for the big meeting with your God. You can quickly ask for forgiveness from all those you may have offended, forgive those who have hurt you, make a good confession and live each day as a blessing and a bonus, as though it were your last day on Earth. What an awesome spiritual experience to live in NOW THE PRESENT MOMENT! Live each moment KINGSIZE and celebrate life to the fullest!Cancer is a mysterious gem. The flight ticket to the heavenly airport can come in a few days, a few weeks, and a few months or even after 25 to 30 years or more. Isn’t this extraordinary and nothing less than a miracle! A nun from our congregation had breast cancer when she was in her early twenties and lived up to the ripe age of 87. A cousin of mine was detected with breast cancer when she was 57 years old. She is 89 and still celebrating the gift of life.Things just don’t happen by chance or coincidence. Everything in life has a purpose. Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB was kidnapped in Yemen and released after 18 months. God has surely given him a new lease on life for a definitive purpose and for the greater glory of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Oprah Winfrey once said, “No experience is wasted. Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, a
Vatican II declares: “In that Body [the Church] the life of Christ is poured into the believers who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ who suffered and was glorified. Through Baptism we are formed in the likeness of Christ… In this sacred rite a oneness with Christ’s death and resurrection is both symbolized and brought about” (Lumen Gentium, no.7). The historical Jesus had no idea what would happen to Him after His death. Could He have instituted the seven sacraments through which His disciples would share in His resurrection?Subhash Anand, St Paul’s School Bhupalpura, Udaipur-313001
In a hugely regressive step that has child rights’ activists, and indeed most concerned, thinking people outraged and fuming, Indian Parliament has ‘allowed children up to the age of 14 to be employed in ‘family enterprises.’ In a shocking move, the Indian government, with unbelievable shamelessness, announced that a new category of ‘adolescents,’ our teenagers, is being created. These children can now legally be employed in ‘non hazardous’ occupations. Who defines ‘non hazardous’? Who decides which jobs children should do? None of these questions have been analysed or addressed.The excuse is appalling, though predictably so. India, like Bangladesh, Pakistan and other Asian, African and south American countries, has its socio-economic realities. And so we have taken a step backward and issued a few new amendments to tweak the law in such a way that children’s rights to education and childhood, can be pulled out from under their feet. In order for our galloping economy to continue racing on, we will allow vested interests, that exploiting class of child employers with no scruples whatsoever, to continue to make use of our children in order to generate profits.Child rights activists have fought to outlaw child labour for decades. The little ground they have gained after years of legal battles will once again slip away. The business interests have won by ensuring that kids are in some form or other available for employment, once more. This has alway
In a recent write-up in The Indian Express (27 Sept. 2017, p. 6) by Shaju Philip “Kerala priests abroad: different stories, differing motivations,” you are reported as conceding “that assignments abroad did allow some priests to get rich.” Then you add: “The wrong motivations of priests going abroad should be corrected. Priesthood is not for making money. It is the duty of the bishop to correct malpractices.”But what if some priests are determined to go abroad, and because their own bishop does not permit them, they approach some other bishop who incardinates them in his diocese? They in turn send him some money from abroad. This is not merely a possibility but a most unethical reality.History repeats itself. Pope Leo X and Archbishop Albert of Mainz needed money for a wrong cause: the former to build a church that was not needed, the latter to recover the money he paid to become an archbishop. Both resorted to the same but totally unacceptable means to get that money: selling indulgences. I know for certain that selling incardinations is taking place in the Church of India today. We need another reformation. As then so now, we priests and bishop need the greatest reformation.
Subhash Anand St Paul’s School, Bhupalpura, Udaipur