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Religion in Kashmir religion
Kashmir is the only Muslim-majority state in the whole of India. Until very recently, the state held special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. This status effectively allowed inhabitants of the Kashmir region to live how they wanted to live, rather than having to follow the laws of the increasingly dominant Hindu nationalist...
Politicians and Christian persecution Prayer
The persecution of Christians is a reality in many parts of the world today. In Iraq, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, many adherents to Christianity face abuse and violence because of their beliefs. Yet, the recent focus on the persecution of Christians provided by the former British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and the Hungarian Prime Minister,...
Religious conflict in Modi’s India india
Since the re-election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India earlier this year, Hindu nationalist groups have been emboldened to persecute people of other faiths – particularly Indian Muslims. Modi and Hindu Nationalism Hindu nationalism in India is not a new phenomenon. There have been groups associated with this ideology in existence from the...
The rise of militant Buddhism Buddhism
Buddhism is often associated with peace and tranquillity. Yet, in recent years, Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar have argued that violence is necessary to keep their countries from being overtaken by other religions. The targeting of small religious minorities, predominantly Muslims and Christians, has become a common tactic for Buddhist majority groups in South...
Paywalls: So much for a ‘Free’ press Newspaper
A new report by the esteemed Reuters Institute for Journalism states that ‘more than two-thirds of leading newspapers’ in the EU and the US operate paywalls on their online content. Yet, if we delve deeper into this statistic, it’s not as worrying as it sounds. Even though a lot of the so-called ‘leading newspapers’ operate...
Methodism and same-sex marriage Same sex marriage
Between 27th June and 4th July, the Methodist Church of Great Britain met at Methodist Conference to witness the ordination of ministers, listen to their new President and, among other things, discuss the Church’s position on same-sex marriage. What is Methodism? Now, I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Methodist Church, and if you...
‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’… Or Is It? George osborne
‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’. Or apparently not, according to a former Chancellor of the Exchequer. George Osborne, Chancellor from 2010 to 2016 and current Editor-in-Chief of the London Evening Standard, recently questioned the influence of the British press on election and referendum results. Speaking at this year’s Cudlipp lecture, Osborne argued that political...
A new dawn? The Sun and mental health
The Sun is often seen as a celebrity-driven tabloid newspaper with no particular political agenda. However, every once in a while, Britain’s most popular newspaper lends its weight to a campaign, or even starts a campaign of its own. Recent examples include The Sun’s support for a parliamentary bill on the issue of modern slavery,...