Month: February 2011

Indian Americans mark the ninth anniversary of Gujarat Pogrom

Sunday, February 27, 2011 Monday, February 28, 2011, The Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguard India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, today marked the ninth anniversary of the Gujarat genocide. Nine years ago, a well-planned pogrom was unleashed on the helpless Muslims in the Indian state of Gujarat, after a train …

Godhra verdict travesty of justice, says Prashant Bhushan (Feb 22, 2011, Deccan Herald)

Prominent Supreme Court lawyer and public interest activist Prashant Bhushan Tuesday said the verdict in the Godhra train carnage case coming nine years after the incident was a “travesty of justice” and added that it reflected poorly on India’s judicial system that most of the 63 acquitted people were in jail for all these years. …

‘Muslims left behind in Gujarat’s growth story’ (Feb 18, 2011, Times of India)

Muslims in Gujarat have a long way to go. A new study shows there’s deep-rooted poverty and income inequality among the state’s lower castes and Muslims. The latter, in particular, fare poorly on parameters of poverty, hunger, education and vulnerability on security issues – nowhere benefiting from the feelgood growth story of CM Narendra Modi’s …

Fahim Ansari, Sabahuddin Ahmed acquitted by Bombay HC in 26/11 case (Feb 21, 2011, Twocircles.net)

Two Indian nationals, alleged to be co-accomplices in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, have been acquitted by the Bombay High Court which upheld the death sentence to Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab here Monday. The duo – Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed – were named as co-accused in the case and had earlier been …

CBI opposes dropping of conspiracy charge against Advani, moves Supreme Court (Feb 18, 2011, The Hindu)

The Central Bureau of Investigation has moved the Supreme Court against a judgment of the Allahabad High Court upholding the dropping of conspiracy charge by a special court against BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 18 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The Lucknow Bench of the High Court on …

Attacks on churches were sponsored by State, says Saldanha report (Feb 23, 2011, The Hindu)

The attacks on churches in Karnataka in September 2008 and the others that subsequently occurred were “pre-planned” and “State-sponsored” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Government, according to a report by Michael F. Saldanha, retired judge of Karnataka High Court. Mr. Saldanha released it here on Tuesday. The report was the outcome of a …

Jamia is minority institution, rules commission (Feb 22, 2011, Times of India)

The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) Tuesday observed that the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) is a minority education institution founded by the Muslims for the benefit of community. “We hold that the Jamia Millia Islamia is a minority education institution,” said the three-member bench of the NCMEI in its judgment in the case …