Rohan Emmanuel

Rohan Emmanuel

An enthusiast and a volunteer who would go beyond conventions to make things work.Rohan tweets @RohanD87

When did religion become a tool for violence?

A few days ago, a story popped up on international media: “Three Muslims were burnt alive in Bihar, India, and their village was ransacked by a mob of 5,000 people.” Somehow, the news seemed like déjà vu. Oh wait! We did the same to Christians living in Pakistan a few years ago, when a large mob of Muslims burnt the Gojra Village down to ashes. A major question that came up after the incident in India was, do Pakistanis really have the right to defend the three Muslims burnt alive? The Hindu community defended its act by pleading that the dead body of their boy ...

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The Christians of Pakistan mean nothing to the pope

The last Pope, Benedict XVI, elected at the age of 78, was the oldest person to have been elected as pope since 1730. In February 2013, he announced his retirement due to old age. The election of the new pope has been the talk of the town and the air is buzzing with excitement everywhere except in Pakistan. Pope Francis, baptised name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, took the position on March 13, 2013, just days before the holy week of Easter began. Amongst other things, Pope Francis is the first pope to have been a Jesuit (head of the Society of ...

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So, a Christian can’t ‘save’ Pakistan?

Recently, I have come across many status updates on my timeline that really hit me deep. It is very common for me to see the following opinions pop up on my news feed: Pakistan ko bachanay k liye humain acha Musalman ban’na pareyga. (To save Pakistan, we need to become good Muslims.) The only way to achieve a prosperous Pakistan is by being staunch Muslim These statuses have, many a times, left me pondering about the definition of a Pakistani. Thus, I decided to look up the definition of the word ‘citizen’ in the dictionary and see how far it applied to being a Pakistani ...

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