The Congress ruse will not longer work on the minorities, and the choice of Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the elections, will not register an impact on the voting behaviour of the Muslims. This can be said with considerable certainty for two primary reasons. One, as said earlier the choice of candidate who is as lackluster as Rahul Gandhi will not galvanise the party, any more than it already has. He lacks the qualities of a leader and hence will not be able to make the Congress appear more responsive and more responsible in the few weeks before the general elections. He had ten years that he was unable to turn into gold, clearly lacking the Midas touch that alone would have made a difference. His own incompetence, lack of determination, and naivety (for want of a better word) has failed to infuse new life into the Congress that remains directionless and unable to counter the growing communalism in the country. So a formal declaration will do little on the ground, keeping the electorate as un-enthused as before.
— Samay Live
Christianity helps Indian women rise out of poverty, economist finds
A researcher at Washington D.C.’s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity. “Conversion actually helps launch women on a virtuous circle. A woman feels better, she’s part of an active faith community, she works more, she earns more money: the extra money she earns and saves encourages her to earn more and save more and plan and invest in the future,” said Rebecca Samuel Shah, research fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.
— Catholic News Agency
Plea against Islamic varsity in Tirupati
The campaign against the Heera International Islamic University, established by Shaik Nowhera near Thondavada at the foot of Tirumala hills, has been renewed with a group of Hindu seers demanding its demolition. At an event billed as Hindu Garjana, organised under the banner of the Tirumala Tirupati Pavitratha Samrakshana Vedika, a platform of pontiffs and activists was formed “to protect the sanctity of the Seven Hills.”
— The Hindu
Religion Is Changing, So Why Not Science?
At a glance, many will assume that religions are harder to change than science since, by its very nature, science is constantly prone to change. This is generally true. And yet, there are always strong forces in science pushing for no change, for keeping the status quo. Those who resist major changes in accepted thinking probably believe they are protecting science from non-scientific abusers. Yet, what they often do is resist major shifts in the advancement of science. As Kuhn stated, major paradigm shifts in thinking are vital to forward movement. Without it, science stagnates.
— Huffington Post
Angels have no wings, says Catholic ‘angelologist’
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church “angelologist” who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions. “I think there is a re-discovery of angels in Christianity,” Father Renzo Lavatori told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome.
— Hurriyet Daily News
Religion is good for business shows Rotman study
Those looking for honest companies to invest in might want to check out businesses based in more religious communities, suggests a new paper from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The study found that businesses with head offices in places with high levels of “religiosity” were less likely to experience stock price crashes as a result of not disclosing bad financial news. And it didn’t matter whether those at the top were religious or not. Just being in a town where social norms are influenced by religious codes of behavior was enough to rub off on the companies operating there.
— e! Science News
Islamic banking attracting people’s attention
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Sirajul Haq has said that Islam is a complete code of life and offers solution to every aspect of human life. “Finance is a vital part of our daily life. We will be more comfortable if spend our lives according to Islamic laws,” he said this while addressing the launching ceremony of The Bank of Khyber (BOK) Raast Islamic Banking.
— The Nation