Tuesday, May 23, 2006

India gets huffy with the Pope

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | India protests over Pope comments
"India is a secular and democratic country, in which adherents of all religious faiths enjoy equal rights," said Junior Foreign Minister Anand Sharma.
Seems like a move designed to appease the BJP opposition, really. In general though, the Indian government always reacts huffily to any foreign criticism. In a letter earlier this week the BJP said
"My interference in your religious domain within the Vatican will be unwelcome, uncalled for and will be treated as interference in your religious management and administration," the letter said.
Indeed, it would be, if the Pope weren't talkin about matters of fundamental human rights -- the freedom to practice and propogate one's religion peacefully, wihtout coercion, and without interference from the State.

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