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Vishal Arora

Vishal Arora is an author at Religion News Service.

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Bhutan seeks to curb sexual diseases among Buddhist monks

By Vishal Arora — March 28, 2013
NEW DELHI (RNS) Health officials in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan are making condoms available at all monastic schools in a bid to stem the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV among young monks who are supposed to be celibate.

Tibetans have ‘sacred duty’ to support self-immolations

By Vishal Arora — November 9, 2012

NEW DELHI (RNS) As China's Communist Party began meeting in Beijing this week, six more Tibetans set themselves on fire. Exiled Tibetan leader Lobsang Sangay said while he discourages self-immolation, it is the ``sacred duty'' of the exiled community to support it. By Vishal Arora.

Bhutan bans religious activities ahead of elections

By Vishal Arora — October 15, 2012

NEW DELHI (RNS) Leaders in Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming election, citing the Buddhist nation's constitution, which says "religion shall remain above politics.'' By Vishal Arora.

India’s ‘untouchable’ Christians push for protection

By Vishal Arora — September 17, 2008
c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW DELHI _ Franklin Caesar Thomas was one of India’s millions of unlucky souls, born into a Dalit, or outcast, family that is the lowest of the low in this nation’s rigid caste system. His parents converted from Hinduism to Christianity, hoping for an escape. They sacrificed and saved to […]
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