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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 19th, 2016

by newsdigest on September 28, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Gujarat: Man thrashed by suspected cow vigilantes, dies in Ahmedabad (Sep 17, 2016, Indian Express)

A 25-year-old man, who was allegedly thrashed by cow vigilantes on September 13, died at a hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday, police said. Mohammad Ayyub Mev was admitted to V S Hospital after he was beaten up by unidentified persons on S G Highway on the night of September 13 after his car met with an accident. A calf which he was allegedly carrying in the car died in the mishap. Ayyub’s brother Imran alleged that he was beaten up on the suspicion that he was transporting cows for slaughter.…

“Ayyub’s car met with an accident on SG Highway on the night of September 13. When some bystanders checked the car, they found a calf and a bullock. Due to the impact, the calf died while the bullock was rescued. To save himself from people’s wrath, Ayyub started running,” said inspector P B Rana of Anandnagar police station here.…

However, Ayyub’s brother Imran alleged that assailants were cow vigilantes. “Those who killed my brother were indeed gau rakshaks. My brother was not carrying any cow. Out of some grudge, these gau rakshaks mercilessly thrashed him. We want the police to nab the real culprits,” said Imran.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/muslim-man-mohammad-ayyub-mev-thrashed-by-suspected-cow-vigilantes-dies-gujarat-3035150/

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Muslim women ganged raped by Hindu gang ‘for eating beef’ (Sep 12, 2016, The Independent)

A Muslim woman who was gang raped in India has said her attackers asked her whether she ate beef in what some suspect was another crime by Hindu vigilante groups. The 20-year-old and her 14-year-old cousin were attacked by a group of men who trespassed into their home in Mewat, Haryana, and murdered their uncle and aunt before sexually assaulting the female victims two weeks ago.

Local police originally arrested four men for trespass and sexual assault, but after protests from the local community the men were charged with murder. Now the older victim has said the men asked the victims whether they ate beef before insisting they did and proceeding to attack them.

She told NDTV: “They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did. “Then they said we’re hurting you before so you don’t and that if we tell anyone we’ll will be insulted.” Senior police officers have so far reportedly said the men had no link to so-called “cow vigilante groups”. But the Muslim community has expressed fears about a rise in attacks by Hindu groups.…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/muslim-women-india-cow-vigilante-gang-raped-beef-sacred-a7238071.html

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RSS coup? Una victims may join Sangh Dalit rally (Sep 21, 2016, Times of India)

An RSS-affiliated Dalit group has claimed that the four Scheduled Caste youth who were brutally assaulted by cow vigilantes in Una, Gujarat, will join a march organised as part of the Sangh Parivar’s ambitious outreach to Dalits.…

The yatra is part of the Sangh Parivar’s effort to bring Dalits to the Hindutva mainstream. It is expected to help with the project of consolidation of Hindus into a political group and, simultaneously, prevent conversions to Christianity.…

Jignesh Mewani, a Dalit leader, saw the participation of the Una youth as an attempt to disintegrate the Dalit movement. “If it is so… I will definitely try to convince them not to go,” he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54435421.cms

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Bijnor violence: ‘Before firing, made 12 calls to cops, MLA but no action taken’ (Sep 18, 2016, Indian Express)

Half-an-hour before the firing began in Pedda village of Bijnor on Friday morning, Anees Ahmed, 38, made 12 calls to the police control room, local MLA and senior district administration officials including the district magistrate. But nobody responded. Ahmed, husband of the pradhan of Gokalpur village – near Pedda village – said he was present at the spot when around 100 Jats gathered with weapons.

Some of them later fired at a Muslim family, leaving three of the family dead and 12 others injured. According to the police, trouble started after some Muslim girls were allegedly harassed at a bus stand on Friday morning. The dead have been identified as Haseenuddin, 50, Sarfaraz, 17 and Ehsan, 36.

Ahmed’s phone showed three calls to 100, the police control room, at 8:03 am. He said these calls went unanswered. At 8:07 am, he made two more calls to the same number. “The first three calls went unanswered. On the fourth call, the operator said he could not hear me. On the next call, he said they would see what they could do,” said Ahmed.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/bijnor-violence-before-firing-made-12-calls-to-cops-mla-but-no-action-taken-3036819/

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Three killed in communal clash in Uttar Pradesh (Sep 17, 2016, The Hindu)

Three persons were killed and at least 12 others injured on Friday in a clash between two communities here after a school girl was allegedly harassed by some persons, the police said.

The incident in Peda village took place at around 8.15 a.m., with the groups of the two communities indulged in stone-pelting, they said, adding there was even firing between the clashing groups. Three persons, aged between 27 and 30, were killed in the clash. Five seriously injured were taken to Meerut for treatment.

According to the police, the girl was on her way to school when she was allegedly harassed by some youth belonging to another community. A passerby objected to this act but he was beaten up by the accused, the police said. Soon a clash broke out, There were reports of arson also. Heavy police picketing has been posted in the area.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/three-killed-in-communal-clash-in-uttar-pradesh/article9115935.ece

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Naroda Gam riots: SC orders Gujarat court to complete trial within six months (Sep 19, 2016, New Indian Express)

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a Gujarat lower court to complete the trial of the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case within six months. A special designated court in Ahmedabad is hearing the case.

The court had in June 2105 reserved its order on an application moved by the accused seeking arraignment of former IPS officer Rahul Sharma and former investigating officer of this case P.L Mal for destroying evidence.

The Naroda Patiya massacre took place on February 28, 2002, in Ahmedabad during the 2002 Gujarat riots in which 11 persons were killed. The massacre at Naroda occurred during the shutdown called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad a day after the Godhra train burning.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Naroda-Gam-riots-SC-orders-Gujarat-court-to-complete-trial-within-six-months/2016/09/19/article3624811.ece

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Mumbai: 11 booked for ‘denying’ Muslim a flat in Vasai housing society (Sep 18, 2016, Indian Express)

Palghar police on Saturday evening booked 11 persons for allegedly intending to outrage and hurt the religious feelings of a 35-year-old Muslim man by denying him his right to buy a flat in the Vasai housing society.

According to police, the complaint was filed by Vikarahemad Khan after he approached the Manikpur police station claiming that the housing society had passed a “resolution” to deny him to make the purchase. Manikpur police station has booked the accused under sections 295 (A) (injuring with intent to insult the religion) and 298 (uttering, words, etc, with deliberate intent to wound the religious feeling of any person) of the Indian Penal Code.

Eleven committee members of one Happy Jivan, a housing society in Vasai, held a meeting to raise objections to the sale. Police said that flatowner Kantaben Patel (55) and her son Jignesh Patel (32) were handed over a “resolution” passed by the committee after they agreed to sell their 1BHK apartment to Vikarahemad Khan at Rs 47 lakh. Palghar police booked all those persons who signed on the “resolution”.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/palghar-police-book-11-persons-for-denying-muslim-man-right-to-buy-flat-in-vasai-housing-society-3036560/

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Viqaruddin’s associates acquitted of killing home guard (Sep 15, 2016, Times of India)

In a major embarrassment to Counter Intelligence Cell (CIC) of Telangana police, three associates of Tehreek Ghalba e Islam (TGI) founder Viqaruddin Ahmed, who was killed in an encounter at Alair last year, were acquitted on Wednesday by II additional metropolitan sessions judge in a case of killing a home guard in 2009, on the second anniversary of Mecca Masjid bomb blast.

The trio – Riyaz Khan, Mohammed Abdul Sayeed and Vinod Kumar Sahu – were first arrested by anti terror outfit Octopus, formerly a police station established to deal with terror cases, for allegedly killing home guard K Balaswamy and injuring another constable identified as Rajendra Prasad by opening fire while they were performing duty at Nagulchinta Crossroads roads in Falaknuma in 2009.

“But the judge after going into the details of the evidence produced by CIC found that there is insufficient evidence to prove the connection between the three accused to the conspiracy, as alleged by the prosecution. The court in its judgement also observed that the prosecution could not prove the recoveries made by them to the given case,” Mohammed Muzafarullah Khan, the counsel for the three acquitted persons, told TOI.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54338820.cms

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Khurram Parvez preventive detention: Did you follow law, Sessions Judge asks Magistrate (Sep 20, 2016, Indian Express)

The Executive Magistrate who passed the detention orders of prominent human rights defender Khurram Parvez did not see him personally or issue a show cause for bail bond, as required by the law, when he sent him to judicial custody.

When asked by the Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar Rashid Ali Dar to respond to the submission of counsels of Khurram that he was not produced before a magistrate, the Executive Magistrate Mohammad Amin Najar said: “I was told that he is handicapped and he is in jeep”.

Najar’s submission to court is in complete contradiction of the detention order he passed on September 16. The order issued by Executive Magistrate Najar to send Khurram to a jail in Kupwara, however, claimed that he “couldn’t produce a guarantor or the personal bond” and therefore was sent to a jail in Kupwara.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/khurram-parvez-preventive-detention-when-did-you-get-the-judicial-powers-sessions-judge-asks-magistrate/

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Chhattisgarh slaps murder charges against policemen after dalit’s death in custody (Sep 19, 2016, Times of India)

Two days after a Dalit youth was “beaten to death” in Chhattisgarh, a murder case has been filed against three policemen and a home guard even as the government sanctioned solatium and promised job to the wife of the deceased.

Amid protests mounting against the custodial death, state’s principal secretary (Home) B V R Subramanian and director general of police A N Upadhyaya told reporters that on Monday evening that a case on the charges of murder and under the provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act has been registered against the policemen of Mulmula police station in Janjgir Champa district. Besides, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the circumstances leading to the death, they said.

Police had picked up a Dalit Youth Sunil Kumar Narange on Saturday last following a complaint from an engineer of Chhattisgarh state power Distribution Company limited after he had an argument with him over blackout in his village due to a defunct transformer. The villagers were making frequent visit to the electricity office as there was a blackout in the area for the last four days. Though the electricity officials had promised that the transformer would be repaired within a day or two, Narange went to the office and had an argument with the electricity officials.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54409979.cms

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Opinions and Editorials

Corrosive impunities – By Satish Deshpande (Sep 13, 2016, Indian Express)

Impunity is the common thread that runs through Una and Dadri, connecting Dalits and Muslims in India today. Dictionaries define it as exemption from punishment, or more broadly, as the sense of security born of the assurance of protection from the consequences of one’s actions.

Crimes are committed even in healthy societies, but the society in which criminals flaunt their sense of impunity is seriously ill. It is precisely this sick self-assurance that has been on display in far too many places in the last two years, from Muzaffarnagar to Atali and Badaun to Dangawas.

But is the impunity with respect to Dalits essentially the same as that with respect to Muslims? If it is not, then how are they related? Most important, what do these pathologies presage for our collective future as a nation?…

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/una-flogging-dadri-lynching-rohith-vemula-dalit-atrocities-hindutva-bjp-rss-3027981/

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Flaw And Order – By Prakash Singh (Sep 26, 2016, Outlook)

As far back as 2003, Justice V.S. Malimath, formerly chief justice of the Karnataka and Kerala high courts, said that the criminal justice system was virtually collapsing and that people were losing confidence in it. The warning went unheeded. No wonder, the ghosts are now coming to haunt us.

The entire administrative structure, including the police, came crashing down in Haryana during the reservation agitation in February. The state had, for all practical purposes, withered away for two days. The deployment of the army in the state somehow propped up the government. There is no realisation yet at the highest levels that a similar collapse could happen elsewhere also.

The straws in the wind are in fact already there in UP. The 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots could have been contained in the very initial stages if Lucknow had allowed the district administration to deal with the situation firmly and not interfered. Mathura was a complete mess where land grabbers were allowed to run a parallel establishment with the connivance, if not blessings, of those in power. The Bulandshahr rapes demonstrated the brazenness of the criminals and how unsafe the highways of the state are. All is not well with our administrative structure. Its police wing particularly seems to be crumbling.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/flaw-and-order/297860

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The Lingering Pain Of Muzaffarnagar – By Rama Dwivedi (Sep 9, 2016, Outlook)

“Kabristan bbhejenge ya Pakistan bhejenge (We will send you either to Pakistan or to the burial ground),” these words echo still in the mind of Rizwan— a resident of Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh and a victim of the communal violence that rocked the state in 2013, considered to be the ‘worst’ in the state’s recent history – as he tries to recall the chronicles of that unfortunate day.…

That night, in his village Lisadh, approximately 150 houses were burnt down which immediately led to massive displacement of Muslim families. With memories of the violence fresh in their minds, these families are still living in ‘temporary’ camps, even after three years of the violence.

“It’s the government apathy and the narrative of impunity which needs to be told again and again,” says social worker-writer Harsh Mander who has worked extensively in these colonies, while launching his book Living Apart: Communal violence and forced displacement in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli. The book comes as a status report of these colonies after an in-depth survey by his team that includes- Akram Akhtar Chaudhary, Zafar Eqbal and Rajanya Bose.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-lingering-pain-of-muzaffarnagar/297191

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Eight years after Kandhamal violence, justice still evades many – By Harsh Mander (Sep 14, 2016, Hindustan Times)

It is eight years since communal violence swept the second poorest, deeply-forested district of Odisha, Kandhamal. We must not allow the erasure of this hate violence from public memory, because the suffering and displacement of the tribal and Dalit Christians targeted by the communal violence are unabated even today, and justice is systematically denied.

The violence in 2008 was produced by a long hate campaign by Hindutva activists dating back to the 1960s, with periodic attacks on Christian places of worship, priests and nuns. The number of persons killed in 2008 was less than 100, but the looting and arson of properties and shrines was extensive, as was sexual violence. Six hundred villages of Christian converts were attacked and 5,600 houses ransacked and set aflame. Approximately 54,000 people were rendered homeless, and 295 churches and chapels destroyed. Thirteen schools, colleges and institutions for the sick were burned.…

Because of the profound failures of justice, there is no possibility for the wounds of the hate violence to heal. As activist and senior journalist John Dayal observes sadly of the lives of the survivors of the carnage: “Fear is still a reality”.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/eight-years-after-kandhamal-justice-still-evades-many/story-Al880zQZ6K9g0GyApXvcEM.html

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Illusion of legality – By Faizan Mustafa (Sep 19, 2016, Indian Express)

Advocates of the uniform civil code attach out of place importance to Muslim Personal Law (MPL) without really appreciating both its lack of “legality” as well as “divinity”. In fact, the Muslim Personal Law Board has, in its affidavit in the apex court, taken the position that MPL is not “law” as defined by the Indian Constitution.

The Narendra Modi government has referred the question of the uniform civil code to the Law Commission of India. Several benches of the Supreme Court are presently examining MPL’s legality and the government has to state its position. Last year, in the Kerala High Court, the BJP government gave an affidavit which stated, “it is the consistent policy of Central government not to interfere in the personal laws of minorities unless necessary initiative for such changes comes from a sizeable cross sections of such communities.”…

How can a court dictate that a citizen in his personal matters follow one school/opinion and not another? Any Muslim may leave a particular school and start following another school. Will courts now decide constitutionality of even juristic opinions? If we are convinced that mere normative changes in law do bring in social reforms, then the legislature is the better forum to initiate reforms. As far as “triple divorce” is concerned, it has already been held unconstitutional in number of cases, and therefore, there is no need for yet another Supreme Court verdict on this issue. Instant divorce without efforts of reconciliation is not valid today. Even the personal law board’s much talked about affidavit has conceded this point.

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/islam-quran-islamic-law-triple-divorce-supreme-court-muslim-personal-law-constitution-illusion-of-legality-3037921/

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Reckless Hindutvavadi ‘Patriots’ – Editorial (Sep 24, 2016, EPW)

We do not know the context in which Samuel Johnson made his oft-quoted pronouncement that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” Certainly, he was not indicting patriotism in general, but false patriotism and the false patriot. But why rake up what that celebrated person of letters said way back in 1775? Well, the Hindutvavadi nationalists in power at the centre and in a number of states are behaving just like the kind of “patriots” Johnson probably had in mind.

In India today, self-designated desh bhakts are a dime a dozen—in the corridors of power; in the corporate media, especially among the talking heads and anchors on satellite television, as also among the op-ed and editorial writers in the print media; in the parties in power as well as those in the opposition; and among serving and retired senior officers of the military. There are so many of them that it is hard to keep count.…

The Hindutvavadi nationalists, wanting to derive the maximum advantage from this in cementing India’s “great power” status as South Asia’s hegemon, are gunning for militarily cutting Islamabad down to size. But much to their consternation, US Secretary of State, John Kerry is against such adventurism.

http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/39/editorials/reckless-hindutvavadi-patriots.html

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Book Review

Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up

Author: Rana Ayub
Reviewed by: Ish N Mishra
Available at: Rana Ayub, New Delhi 112016. www.amazon.com/
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Political Underworld And Adventure Journalism (Sep 20, 2016, Countercurrents)

The people of my generation, particularly those who were associated with students’ movement in 1970s, still have memories of fascist terrorism unleashed during the Emergency.… In every area Modi’s undeclared emergency is more frightening than the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi.… After coming to power at the Centre attacks on democratic institutions and right of expression are an effort to expand fascist terrorism of Gujarat to the entire country.…

The book is an evidence of the reality accepted by insidious devotees that because of these genocides and fake encounters and resulting polarisation Narendra Modi and Amit Shah reached the throne of Delhi while crossing labyrinth of power. This book is also a strong slap on social awakening of the country which instead of being furious over such a holocaust and rape made the sponsors of the crimes adorable. This book reveals the truth which the power is trying to prove otherwise by all means. This revealing truth (I am not saying revelation because these are universally known truths) is from those officials who chose to keep mum before the probe commissions. …

As has been revealed in this book, Modi never ordered anything in writing. His oral orders were illegal. Gujarat Home Secretary at the time of 2002 riots Ashok Narayan who believes in “live and let live” says, “He never writes anything on paper. He has his own men. His messages used to reach lower level police officials through them and members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (page 86)… Otherwise too he does not come in front. He is so clever and talks so cleverly on phone – he rings officials and says ‘OK take care of that area’. For ordinary person its meaning is ‘keep in mind that there is no riot in that area’, but the hidden meaning is that ‘take care that a riot has to be started there’… He does not do anything himself. For this there is a chain of the agents. Then case is registered against the crowd. Now how will you arrest crowd?” (page 88) When a high level official like Home Secretary is so helpless, one can only regret the murder of democracy.…

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 12th, 2016

by newsdigest on September 23, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

The mahapanchayat that changed fortunes of BJP leaders named in riots (Sep 8, 2016, Times of India)

The mahapanchayat at Nagla Mandaur in Muzaffarnagar on September 7, 2013, is seen as the trigger that pushed Muzaffarnagar and nearby areas into the communal fire. Three years later, TOI takes a look at the career graph of five BJP leaders – Sanjeev Balyan, Kunwar Bhartendra, Suresh Rana, Sangeet Som, Hukum Singh – who were accused of instigating masses through their inciting speeches during the mahapanchayat.

Today, the leaders stand tall in their political careers so much so that three of them – Sanjeev Balyan, Hukum Singh and Kunwar Bhartendra – even got Lok Sabha tickets in 2014 General Elections. All of them won and one of them even got an MoS berth in the Union government (though Sanjeev Balyan was only part of the mahapanchayat that was held on August 31 after which he was arrested).

Suresh Rana, MLA from Thana Bhawan, is UP BJP vice-president, while Sangeet Som shot to ‘fame’ as BJP’s firebrand leader. Besides, he also got a Z-category security cover. However, the most meteoritic rise is that of Sanjeev Balyan. In just three years of joining BJP in 2011, Balyan became the second youngest minister in the Modi government at 41, despite the fact that he spent two weeks in jail as an accused in Muzaffarnagar riots. For many in BJP circles, his appointment as a minister came as a shock while insiders say he was rewarded handsomely for setting the field for riots in August 31, 2013 speech at Nagla Mandaur.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54162631.cms

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Haryana beef row: Opposition parties accuse Khattar government of creating communal conflict for electoral gain (Sep 10, 2016, India Today)

Political opponents of the Manohar Lal government have accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of conducting beef raids in Mewat to stoke anti-Muslim sentiments across India, from Kashmir to Haryana, to influence the UP assembly elections in 2017.

Congress national spokesperson Meem Afzal alleged that the Haryana government was indulging in a campaign that was even against the spirit of the Prime Minister’s contention when he declared that most of the gaurakshaks were antisocial elements. “The Haryana government thinks it is even bigger than the PM who did the nation much service to declare that gaurakahs was a front for criminal activities in most cases.

On the other hand, the BJP is trying to create an atmosphere where it culminates into a communal riot on the occasion of Eid so that they can reap the electoral harvest in UP elections. Due to its crass failure, the state government is trying to hide its face behind cow.”…

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/haryana-bjp-manohar-lal-beef-communal-up-elections/1/761038.html

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Haryana double murder and gang rape : One accused RSS man another Modi Bhakt (Sep 7, 2016, Muslim Mirror)

The politics of hate is flourishing and the seeds of hatred sown by right wing groups belonging to RSS are sprouting forth their fruits across the nation. The latest example of this hate politics and extreme communal hatred is the brutal double murder of a couple and rape of his two cousins in Dinger Heri village of district Mewat in Haryana during the night of 24th August.

Four persons have been arrested so far in connection to this shocking incident . The arrested men have no criminal history but were known to extort money from animal traders in name of Cow Protection. MuslimMirror.com in the previous report covering the incident has indicated the involvement of right wing Hindutva group in this double murder and rape case. Now the Facebook handle of two accused have confirmed that they are associated with RSS and BJP.…

According to the Facebook page of accused Rahul Verma he is an RSS volunteer. Apparently he had joined RSS after attending a RSS camp which was held at Saini Pura village in April. Another accused Rao Amarjeet is an unabashed Muslim hater and Modi bhakt. A picture of Narendra Modi was posted by him on 21st February with a self explanatory comment: ‘Muslim To Gye’. Add to it the rape survivor’s statement that while committing the heinous deed the culprits had repeatedly said that ‘you will not be able to slaughter cow this Bakrid’.…

http://muslimmirror.com/eng/dinger-heri-double-murder-and-gang-rape-one-accused-rss-man-another-modi-bhakt/

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Una Dalit flogging: CID says cops turned skinning of dead cow into case of ‘beef being found’ (Sep 8, 2016, India Today)

The Gujarat CID accused four policemen of dereliction of duty and fudging facts in the Una Dalit flogging incident, in a chargesheet on Wednesday.

Authorities chargesheeted 34 people, including the four cops, two months after seven Dalit youths were flogged by self-styled cow vigilantes in Una, Gujarat. A separate chargesheet was also filed against three minors before the Juvenile Justice Board at Junagadh.

The four policemen – including Una police inspector at the time of the flogging – were arrested for failing to stop the crime, conniving with the perpetrators and forging FIR related documents to help the accused.…

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/una-dalit-flogging-chargesheet/1/759500.html

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BJP chief Amit Shah on stage, Patidars chant ‘Hardik’, disrupt function in Surat (Sep 9, 2016, Indian Express)

Pandemonium broke out after protesting Patidars stormed the venue of a programme organised here Thursday by the businessmen-led Patidar Abhivadan Samiti (PAS) to felicitate prominent Patidar BJP leaders and party president Amit Shah as part of the party’s run-up to state elections next year. Shouting “Hardik, Hardik,” – a reference to Hardik Patel who is in Udaipur serving a bail condition – and “Jai Sardar, Jai Patidar,” they disrupted proceedings and countered the “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogans from the stage.

Besides Shah, those on the dais included Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his predecessor Anandiben Patel, BJP state president Jitu Vaghani, Union Ministers Parshottam Rupala and Mansukh Mandaviya and 44 Patidar MLAs of the BJP. Chairs were thrown at the police who tried to stop them as members of the Hardik Patel-founded Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) shouted anti-BJP slogans and rooted for Hardik. People began leaving the venue after clashes broke out between PAAS and police which had staked out the venue since Wednesday.

The three to five-minute speeches of Rupani and Shah at the event held in the P P Sawani school run by PAS leader Mahesh Sawani, a diamond businessman, in the Abrahma area of Mota Varachha, a Patidar neighbourhood, was in stark contrast to Shah’s earlier speech at a meeting of booth karyakartas in Tapi some 80 km away where he spoke about the BJP’s “model” of uprooting the Congress in every state.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/amit-shah-on-stage-patidars-chant-hardik-disrupt-speech-function-3021349/

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UK watchdog asks Hindu charity to keep distance from RSS (Sep 3, 2016, The Tribune)

Britain’s charities watchdog on Friday asked a UK-based Hindu charity to maintain its distance from the RSS as it was found in a sting operation that a speaker having formal links with the right-wing group had made remarks against Muslims and Christians at a camp.

The Charity Commission issued the warning as part of its inquiry report into the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS-UK) after an undercover television investigation showed a speaker making anti-Muslim and Christian remarks to some students during one of its camps.

The commission concluded there was “mismanagement” in the administration of the charity by failing to effectively monitor the speaker seen in the TV programme but said there was “insufficient evidence to show that the views of concern expressed by the speaker were endemic or systematic in the charity”.…

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/uk-watchdog-asks-hindu-charity-to-keep-distance-from-rss/289243.html

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Acharya Balkrishna, Billionaire Patanjali CEO, Forged Degrees And Passport: Report (Sep 15, 2016, Huffington Post)

While Baba Ramdev’s Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Ashram has described Balkrishna as a “great scholar of ayurveda, Sanskrit language and Vedas” and claims that he is “credited with rediscovering the Sanjivani buti,” the 43-year old CEO reportedly furnished a fake graduate degree in Sanskrit as well as a forged high school degree in order to acquire a passport.

The Indian Express reported today that Balkrishna’s ‘Purv Madhyma’ high school degree and ‘Shastri’, a Sanskrit degree from Sampurna Nand Sanskrit University do not exist on the university records, and that he was charged with cheating and criminal conspiracy for producing fake documents in 2012.

The CBI said that his passport was issued based on forged high school and graduation certificates, India Times reported. The Indian Express reported that two cases, one dealing with forgery and another one involving money laundering, were dropped when the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government came to power at the Centre in 2014.

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/09/15/acharya-balkrishna-billionaire-patanjali-ceo-forged-sanskrit-d/

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‘No illegality in Zakir Naik NGO’s donation to Rajiv Gandhi Charitible Trust’ (Sep 10, 2016, The Hindu)

The Home Ministry has found no ‘illegality’ in the donation given by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO to the Rajiv Gandhi Charitible Trust (RGCT).

The Trust, run by Congress president Sonia Gandhi received Rs. 50 lakh by Mr. Naik’s foundation in 2011. “Prima facie, there was no illegality found,” a senior Home Ministry official told The Hindu.

The RGCT is registered under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA), which mandates donation from one FCRA registered to another. Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is also an FCRA registered NGO, and in 2011, there was no enquiry against it.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-illegality-in-zakir-naiks-donation-to-congress-trust-says-mha/article9094382.ece

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Eid In Mewat: Terrified Muslims Shut Shop As Police Turn Cow Vigilantes (Sep 10, 2016, The Citizen)

Deep terror and fear stalks Mewat in Haryana, the only district where there is a sizeable Muslim community in the state. The police under the BJP led government has taken over the work of the cow vigilantes, and has been officially charged to sniff beef from the biryani being cooked for Eid in homes and at street stalls.…

In the midst of this has come reports of a brutal attack on Muslims, in a village in Mewat where they were brutally beaten and killed, and the girls raped by a gang of youth. Local workers insist that at least two of the assailants were recognised as members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, with activists naming them at a press conference held in Delhi by Anhad yesterday.…

Although the house was looted, the modus operandi of the assailants according to Advocate Ramzan Chaudhry suggested a planned attack.… The Haryana government is following the larger agenda of driving the poorer Muslims at this stage out of business, and ensuring that their freedoms are curtailed through the threat of arrests and mob attacks.… The Haryana government has enforced what it has labelled the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gau Samvardhan Act 2015.… The police teams that have been regularly driving in and swooping down on hapless vendors, are abusive, threatening and in characteristic style throw the utensils and break the poor Muslim stall owners meagre belongings.…

http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/OldNewsPage/?Id=8683&Eid%20In%20Mewat:%20Terrified%20Muslims%20Shut%20Shop%20As%20%20Police%20Turn%20Cow%20Vigilantes

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Human Rights violations by security forces a matter of concern: SC (Sep 7, 2016, Indian Express)

With the government stoutly defending the role of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and insurgency-hit Manipur, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it was more concerned about human rights violations happening in the heart of capital cities like Imphal.

“It is not the Line of Control (LoC) but the heart of the cities like Imphal, is what we are concerned. Public order needs to be followed,” a bench of Justices M B Lokur and U U Lalit said after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi submitted that security forces at LoC or during insurgent operations have to act in a particular way.

Referring to an earlier constitution bench judgement in the Naga People’s Movement of Human Rights case, the bench said law in this regard has already been settled, as it has ruled that though an internal disturbance is a cause for concern, it does not threaten the security of the country.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/human-rights-violations-by-security-forces-a-matter-of-concern-sc-3018952/

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Opinions and Editorials

Why Savarkar makes BJP and Sangh Parivar nervous – By Kaveree Bamzai (Sep 9, 2016, Dailyo.in)

Shridhar Damle, the co-author of The Brotherhood in Saffron: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Hindu Revivalism, along with Walter K Andersen, is one of the leading authorities on the RSS. In this interview with Kaveree Bamzai, he answers some questions on the relationship between Nathuram Godse and the RSS, as well as the RSS and Hindu Mahasabha,…

Nathuram Godse was in the RSS till the Hyderabad satyagraha was launched against the Nizam state in 1938-39. Like other Hindu Mahasabhaites, he wanted RSS’ participation in large numbers. The Sangh refused to join the agitation as well as the Jungle satyagraha (counterpart of the Salt satyagraha in Vidarbha).

He followed Savarkar’s advice (according to Savarkar papers at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library) and, in May 1943, with help from other young Hindu Mahasabhaites, especially Narayan Apte (who was also hanged for Mahatma Gandhi’s murder), formed the Hindu Rashtra Dal, which was active till January 1948.…

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/savarkar-bjp-rss-godse-rahul-gandhi-nehru-sardar-patel/story/1/12857.html

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Amit Shah Now Knows First-hand What Patel Anger in Gujarat Might Cost the BJP – By Darshan Desai (Sep 10, 2016, The Wire)

Like his mentor Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah goes for his targets like a rhino and is seldom known to cajole rivals or even supporters to get things done. More so in Gujarat, where anything goes in the name of the BJP. The big news however, is that this may no longer be so.

This man and his party got a shock on Thursday evening in of all places Surat – the state’s diamond capital where money and support has long flown for the BJP like the Tapi. This time round, however, Shah and his colleagues were greeted with slogans such as ‘General Dyer Go Back’ – a reference to the murderous British commander at Jallianwalla Bagh. As plastic chairs were thrown in the air, the BJP leaders were forced to beat a hasty and embarrassed retreat.…

But the grand event, which was intended to demonstrate that at least one lakh Patidars stood firm with the BJP, witnessed ugly scenes in the presence of a galaxy of BJP leaders … Protestors resorted to relentless slogan-shouting and tossed chairs in the air at the specially erected dome at the sprawling PP Savani Ground in Abrama area, forcing speakers to cut short their speeches. Chants such as ‘Jai Sardar’, ‘Jai Patidar’ and ‘Jai Hardik’ drowned out Amit Shah… Besides Shah, a shaken Vaghani – who said “Patels don’t behave like this” – and Rupani had to wrap up their speeches within three to five minutes all told.…

http://thewire.in/65178/patel-anger-gujarat-prove-expensive-bjp-next-elections/

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How the BJP and Khattar government stole my Eid – By Shehzad Poonawalla (Sep 12, 2016, Dailyo.in)

We all know ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, but what most of us missed out on, thanks to a pro-establishment media, overly self-conscious civil society and lazy, opportunistic political class was ‘How the BJP and Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana stole Bakra Eid’ or Eid-ul-Adha, …

But this year, the BJP-run Haryana government decided – contrary to its empty slogan of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and in contravention of the various impotent guarantees of equality before law and freedom of religion within the Constitution, bestowed upon every citizen of this country – that it would steal away this little moment of joy and income from its minority Muslim populace, which continues to be subjected to religious-based violence, discrimination and second-class treatment in their own homeland.

It succeeded in sending out a loud and clear message to all minorities in general and Indian Muslims in particular, that there is no space for them in its narrow Idea of India, that they have no rights – economic, legal or political – and that there is no recourse against the majoritarian bullying they will indulge in, often in connivance with the various institutions of democracy, including the self-serving media, barring a few exceptions of journalists such as Ravish Kumar or Rajdeep Sardesai.…

http://www.dailyo.in/politics/eid-ul-adha-biryani-policing-cow-vigilantism-khattar-gau-raksha-mewat/story/1/12880.html

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The Court Fails the Citizen – Editorial (Sep 10, 2016, EPW)

The Supreme Court order dismissing Common Cause’s writ petition seeking directions against the misuse of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 is a monumental abdication of the judicial function. In choosing to summarily dismiss the concerns raised by the petitioner over the abuse of the sedition law, the Court has shut its eyes and ears to the events that are taking place just outside its gates.

It has chosen to continue to live in a make-believe world where a precedent laid down in 1962 interpreting the sedition law continues to be understood andapplied by the police in good faith, with no pressure from the state or central governments. The honourable judges seem to be in a fantasy land where dissent faces no retribution in the form of abuse of process by a vengeful government.

Whether it is the first information reports (FIRs) againstprotestors at Koodankulam or the recent complaints against Kanhaiya Kumar or Amnesty International, Section 124A has been used by governments of all shades to stifle dissent. The relatively small number of cases should not hide the intention of the government – to have a chilling effect on dissenting speech.…

http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/37/editorials/court-fails-citizen.html

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“The Horror, The Horror!” – By Dr Murali Sivaramakrishnan (Sep 8, 2016, Countercurrents)

Apparently it is impossible to continue to exist without righteous indignation at the present. There are more than enough reasons to exercise your anger. In fact, it is becoming more and more difficult to continue to contain ones anger. Everyday debilitating news brings us close and closer towards breaking our own vows of resistance and restraint at social indifference and rampant callousness.

This one takes the cake: A man waited too long for an ambulance to transport his wife’s body, and finally gave up. He had to wrap the body in a bed sheet and carry it slung over his shoulder in plain day light over the street! In this country where each undeserving political autocrat is given undue security from God knows what and has a whole retinue of cars and jeeps to accompany him or her wherever they go it has come to such a state that an ordinary citizen cannot avail of an ambulance to shift a dead body! Cry my beloved country!…

Life these days is not without its own share of horrors and dreadfulness. “The horror, the horror!” This phrase occurs in Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. Many have discussed the meaning of this in terms of the horrendous experiences that Mr Kurtz undergoes in the wake of colonialism and imperialism in deep Africa; this has also been linked to the profound state of the protagonist’s sanity that as in a process of onion peeling just comes off layer after layer! But perhaps taken out of context this could fit quite well with our own present day situation. The horror the horror!

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/09/08/the-horror-the-horror/

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The Cost of Curfew – Editorial (Sep 3, 2016, EPW)

For close to two months, men, women and children, the old and the young, the disabled and the ailing, have been locked up in a giant prison. After more than 54 days of curfew, that is precisely how one can describe conditions in the Kashmir Valley. The response of the Indian state, after parts of the Valley erupted in protests against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July, has been to use unconscionable force to curb popular anger. To date, 71 people are dead, more than 8,000 injured, including over 200 blinded by pellet injuries.

While the horrific cost on the lives of especially young people through pellet injuries has been reported by the media, the story that remains to be told is the price an entire population has had to pay to live through more than 54 days of curfew. What this means is not just a partial restriction of movement, but a total lockdown from dawn to dusk.

No one can step outside without risking being shot on sight. Even curfew passes are no guarantee for safe movement as journalists confirm.… If the authorities hope this kind of punishment will wear out the protestors, they are clearly mistaken. By locking a whole population, all you are doing is literally pushing them into a pressure cooker that is waiting to explode.…

http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/36/editorials/cost-curfew.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 5th, 2016

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