Ashok Sharma is an author at Religion News Service.
New violence erupts in Indian capital over citizenship law
NEW DELHI (AP) — Black smoke rose into the sky after protesters set fruit and vegetable shops and a Muslim shrine on fire in the Bhajanpur area in New Delhi’s northeast, witnesses said.
Amid citizenship law outcry, Indian authorities ban protests
NEW DELHI (AP) — The protests have targeted the new citizenship law, which applies to Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities who are in India illegally but can demonstrate religious persecution in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Indian celebrities protest attacks on dissent, minorities
NEW DELHI (AP) — Several celebrities protested such killings in 2016 and some of them returned the national awards given to them by the government honoring their works in the field of art and culture.
Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling
NEW DELHI (AP) — The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if women ages 10-50 tried to enter the shrine.
Indian temple set to allow entry to females who menstruate
NEW DELHI (AP) — Some 1,000 police officers cleared protesters from the vicinity of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state on Wednesday, hours before the temple’s doors were to open to females ages 10 to 50.