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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 15th, 2014

by newsdigest on September 16, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

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Communal Harmony

J&K floods: Hyderpora mosque a symbol of communal harmony (Sep 12, 2014, Times of India)

It is evening time and the maulvi here just sounded the ‘azaan’, the call for prayer and devouts rush inside to offer ‘namaaz’. Shortly thereafter, scores of people assemble in the tented courtyard of the mosque to have food. This is Jama Masjid in Hyderpora area which has turned into a major relief centre for those affected by the devastating floods in the Kashmir valley, housing hundreds of people, including women and children.

Significantly, in this hour of tragedy, this mosque has become a symbol of communal harmony as a number of Hindus, who had come from outside the state for work, are also taking shelter here. The inmates of this camp at the mosque, which remained unaffected by the floods, have come from various parts of the valley and each one PTI talked to had a story of horror and pain to tell. …

At the mosque premises, community kitchen is being run and donation of clothes is pouring in. The inmates are housed in the three-storeyed building. Around 2400 people eat food every day at the masjid, says Haji Ghulam Nabi Dar, president of the Hyderpora Jama Masjid Committee. Affected people from far off places like Baramulla, Kupwara and Sopore have come here for shelter, he says. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42339851.cms

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RSS bomb explodes prematurely, suspected Hindutva terrorist injured (Sep 11, 2014, Coastal Digest)

A suspected Hindutva terrorist was severely injured when a bomb was prematurely exploded at his house at Kooleri under the Mattannur police station limits in Kannur on Wednesday. The injured suspected terrorist has been identified as 21-year-old Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Nikhil, son of Kunnummal Pavithran.

A large cache of explosives was found at his damaged house after the blast. It is suspected that he was making bombs to carryout terror attacks in the region. Both the palms of the suspected terrorist Nikhil were nearly severed in the blast that occurred in the house at around 4 p.m., the police said. He has been rushed to a hospital in Kozhikode.

The explosion was suspected to have occurred when he was making country-made bombs at the veranda of the house. The house also suffered damage in the blast. No one was in the house at the time of the explosion, the police added.

http://coastaldigest.com/index.php/news/68235-rss-bomb-explodes-prematurely-suspected-hindutva-terrorist-injured

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Election Commission orders hate speech FIR against Yogi Adityanath (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

Two days after issuing a notice to BJP MP Yogi Adityanath for allegedly violating the provisions of the Model Code of Conduct by invoking religion to garner votes during a poll meeting in Noida, the Election Commission on Thursday reprimanded the Gorakhpur MP and cautioned him to be careful.

“In the commission’s considered view, you have violated the provisions of MCC as mentioned in the commission’s notice dated September 9, 2014. The commission reprimands you for the said misconduct and cautions you to be careful in future in making public utterances during election speeches to avoid any further violation of the Model Code of Conduct,” the EC said in its order. The words “reprimand” and “cautions” were marked in bold and underlined.

The EC also directed the Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that an FIR is filed against Adityanath. “Kindly intimate if any FIR has been filed in the matter. If not, then the concerned district authorities should be directed to file case under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and Section 153 A, Section 295 A and Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code,” it said. It has sought a compliance report by 5 pm on Friday.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/ec-orders-hate-speech-fir-against-yogi/99/

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BJP leaders rake up ‘love jihad’ in U.P. poll campaign (Sep 10, 2014, The Hindu)

Though the top national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been silent on “love jihad,” party leaders in charge of the campaign for the September 13 by-elections in Uttar Pradesh have been consistently alleging that Muslim men are “forcing” Hindu women to convert after courting and marrying them.

As the campaign gains momentum in the State, particularly in the communally charged western region, BJP leaders have been openly talking about “love jihad” and urging Hindu voters to “understand the conversion plot being hatched inside madrasas.” Leaders like the firebrand MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath; party State unit chief Laxmi Kant Bajpai; national vice-president and Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma; and Unnao MP Harisakshi Maharaj have been making the allegation.

Addressing a meeting in Bijnore on Sunday, Adityanath said “love jihad” was a “social evil,” and the State government was giving huge monetary aid to madrasas, instead of focussing on improving power supply in the State. Referring to the alleged “conversion plot,” he spoke of the marriage of Akbar to a Hindu princess, Jodhabai. “No Jodhabai would now go to Akbar,” he said apparently referring to the BJP leaders’ allegation that Muslim men were marrying Hindu girls for conversion.

Another saffron leader, Harisakshi Maharaj, alleged that Muslim men were being given “monetary reward” for the “conversion plot.” “It [love jihad] is a deep-rooted controversy … Muslim youths get money from the Gulf [for luring Hindu girls],” he told a news channel. Mr. Sharma alleged that “love jihad” was more deadly than a bomb.

Addressing a meeting in Noida on Sunday, Mr. Bajpai said the Samajwadi Party government was pursing the politics of appeasement. “On the one hand, the game of conversion is continuing on a large scale in Uttar Pradesh and, on the other, the government is conspiring to release terrorists who are in jail, just for gaining a few votes,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/bjp-leaders-rake-up-love-jihad-in-up-poll-campaign/article6395859.ece

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Hindu nationalist group seeks to ‘cleanse’ Christian population in India (Sep 9, 2014, UCA News)

International Christian Concern (ICC) has warned that Sangh Parivar, an umbrella Hindu nationalist group, is inflicting suffering and looking to cleanse the minority Christian population in India, much like terror group ISIS is doing in Iraq and Syria.

The watchdog group said in a press release that the nationalist group and its associate organizations have been directing hate speech toward Christians and leading attacks on pastors and churches in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Believers are reportedly worried that radical Hindu nationalism and persecution of minorities will escalate.

John Dayal, a member of the Indian government’s National Integration Council, said: “There has been a sharp rise in hate campaigns against Christians by political organizations. This threat of purging Christians from villages extends from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh to now Uttar Pradesh, and to the borders of the national capital of New Delhi.”…

http://www.ucanews.com/news/hindu-nationalist-group-seeks-to-cleanse-christian-population-in-india/71895

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‘No “Jai Hind”, salute by saying “Ram, Ram” and “Jai Mata Di” Muslims in army got the notice (Sep 11, 2014, Muslim Mirror)

‘The task of army’s religious teacher is to enthuse the spirit of patriotism, zeal and unity in the jawans [lads] while the slogan of ‘Jai Hind’ [Long live India] sends a message of religious hatred and extremism. If you do not rise above narrow-mindedness and do not salute by shouting “Ram, Ram” and “Jai Mata di” [slogans invoking Hindu deities], as per the rules of the battalion disciplinary action will be taken against you’. This notice has been issued by a high ranking army officer to Subedar Ishrat Ali who has been serving in the army for the last 22 years as a Maulvi [Muslim priest].

Subedar Ishrat Ali’s wife has filed a written complaint to National Minority Commission urging it to help her husband in getting rid of the discriminatory attitude of the officers. In a letter sent to National Minority Commission, Shehnaz Bano, the wife of Subedar Ishrat Ali, transferred from Raj Rif Centre Delhi to Rajputana Rifles (3 Raj Rif bikaneer), has alleged that her husband is being continually subjected to mental torture. According to her Ishrat Ali’s Commandant Officer Chitra Sen says that as long as he is in his regiment he will have to follow its rules and will not be allowed to salute with the slogan of ‘Jai Hind’ but, instead, will have to salute his superiors by saying ‘Ram, Ram’ and ‘Jai Mata di’.

Shehnaz Bano quotes her husband as saying that during his 22 years’ service he had always saluted with the slogan ‘Jai Hind’ and as a Muslim it is impossible for him to utter ‘Ram, Ram’ or ‘Jai Mata di’. Because of this her husband has been served an official notice. The notice issued on 31 August and signed by Major Lalit Shering reads, ‘Your commanding officer has ordered you not to utter ‘Jai Hind’ as long as you are in this battalion. The C.O. had directed you to salute by saying ‘Jai Hind’ when you are outside the battalion but while within the battalion, following its rules you will have to address your superiors by saying ‘Ram, Ram’ and “Jai Mata di.” In this connection a copy of a letter, No B/42120/AG/CW-1, dated 25 September 2012, received from the Military Headquarter that outlines the rules of saluting a superior, is being sent to you for your information.’…

http://muslimmirror.com/eng/no-jai-hind-salute-by-saying-ram-ram-and-jai-mata-di-muslims-in-army-got-the-notice/

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Muzaffarnagar riots accused arrested, sent to judicial custody (Sep 13, 2014, DNA India)

An absconder, accused of murder and arson during Muzaffarnagar riots, has been arrested and sent to judicial custody, police said on Saturday. Praveen Kumar was arrested from Bahawdi village in the district on Friday, SIT inspector BL Yadav said. Kumar was involved in four cases of murder and two of arson during the riots that took place last year, Yadav said, adding, he has been absconding since then.

Three persons of a family were murdered and their houses burnt, while one person was murdered in another incident and his house burnt by the rioters at Bahawdi village under Phugana Police Station in the district on September 8, 2013, police said.

Praveen was involved in all of these cases, they said. He was sent to 14 days judicial custody by Chief Judicial Magistrate Narender Kumar, the inspector said.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-muzaffarnagar-riots-accused-arrested-sent-to-judicial-custody-2018378

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Hinduism losing its benign face, no one at top stepping in: Fali S Nariman (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

Hinduism is losing its traditional tolerance because some Hindus have started believing that it is their faith that has brought them political power – and because this belief is not being challenged by “those at the top”, Fali S Nariman, one of India’s most celebrated jurists, said on Friday. Nariman said he agreed that the “majority government at the Centre” had done nothing to stop the recent repeated tirades by individuals or groups against members of minority communities.

The eminent constitutional expert delivered the Annual Lecture at the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), titled ‘Minorities at Crossroads: Comments on Judicial Pronouncements’. Nariman, who began the lecture by saying that he welcomed the single-party majority government at the Centre but also feared it because of “past experience with majoritarian government(s)”, said Hinduism has traditionally been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths.

“But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain. And let me say this frankly – my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face because, and only because it is believed and proudly proclaimed by a few (and not contradicted by those at the top): that it is because of their faith and belief that HINDUS have been now put in the driving seat of governance,” he said.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/hinduism-losing-its-benign-face-no-one-at-top-stepping-in-nariman/99/

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Sangh’s overt Hindutva thrust must be countered (Sep 15, 2014, Economic Times)

The government that the Sangh Parivar worked hard to put in place cannot continue to pretend it does not see that the Parivar and its activists are putting the nation’s minorities on the edge. This is the import of what eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said when he delivered the annual lecture of theNational Minorities Commission last Friday. The top echelons of the government must step in and voice their opposition to the divisive discourse being carried out on the ground by workers of the BJP and other Sangh Parivar organisations. This discourse, ably supplemented by those who see gains in fanning minority communalism, will eventually lead to violence and schism whose proportions no one wants to know or estimate.

Hinduism is losing its benign face, said Nariman. Hinduism remains, at the popular level, the polycentric, eclectic, diverse system it has been, pursuing spirituality that can accommodate endless variety, dismissing the very idea of theological deviance. It is the attempt to forge a new Hindutva, which seeks to give its exclusivist and intolerant urges an organised, political form, that poses a danger to traditional Hinduism, to India’s genius for celebrating unity in diversity and, thereon, to the cohesion of 125 crore people as a nation. Even as pamphlets circulate against ‘love jihad’ and hate speeches stir up controversy, national-level leaders refuse to take cognisance of such activities and what they can lead up to, instead of squelching them through strong intervention.

It is unlikely that appeals to the most successful political leaders of Hindutva would help put brakes on it. Other political parties, civil society organisations, artists, writers, filmmakers and all those who have a stake in India living up to its constitutional vision of treating all citizens alike without discrimination need to act for unity and against division. Industry, with the greatest stake in stability that is a prerequisite for prosperity, must come out clearly against sectarianism and champion an inclusive India. The matter transcends party politics.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-09-15/news/53942838_1_sangh-parivar-hinduism-hindutva

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‘Chased’ by CBI for refusing to frame seniors, former MHA official tells SC (Sep 12, 2014, Indian Express)

The row between CBI and Intelligence Bureau (IB) over Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case has witnessed another twist, as a former Home Ministry official alleged in the Supreme Court that he was being “continuously chased and stalked” by CBI officials, including a recently posted woman IPS officer, for his refusal to frame his seniors.

Former under-secretary in Internal Security Division R V S Mani, said in his affidavit that he was “mentally and administratively harassed continuously” after he filed a note in June 2013. In this note, he disclosed he was allegedly coerced by Gujarat cadre IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma – who was a part of the CBI-SIT team probing the fake encounter case – to sign a false statement to implicate his seniors.

“I state that from the very beginning viz the deponent (Mani) placing the above referred note in the official records till now, the deponent was continuously called, chased and stalked by many senior CBI officers, including one senior-level IPS officer recently posted in the CBI,” read his affidavit, which would be taken up by the court Friday.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/chased-by-cbi-for-refusing-to-frame-seniors-former-mha-official-tells-sc/

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Policeman suspended for ‘helping’ Maoists (Sep 10, 2014, The Hindu)

A police head constable posted in Narayanpur district of south Chhattisgarh has been put under suspension for allegedly revealing the movement of security forces to a Maoist informer, which resulted in the killing of 16 people near Tahakwada village of Sukma district in March this year.

Eleven CRPF men, four policemen and a civilian were killed in the Maoist ambush on March 11 near Tahakwada village, hardly a few kilometres from the Tongpal police station. “Mahadev Nag has been put under suspension pending inquiry,” S.R. Kalluri, the Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar range, told The Hindu .

“Mahadev Nag was posted in Tongpal when the incident took place. He provided information about the troops’ movement to a Maoist informer Manjhiram Kashyap who was recently arrested by the Bastar police,” revealed a senior police officer posted in Bastar, requesting anonymity. The suspension of the head constable comes after the CRPF suspended its 17 personnel last week for inaction in the same incident.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/policeman-suspended-for-helping-maoists/article6395841.ece

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Opinions and Editorials

‘Gujarat model’ of communal politics flourishing in UP – By Harsh Mander (Sep 11, 2014, Hindustan Times)

‘There is nothing, nothing which can persuade us to return to our villages. They burned and looted our homes: We could barely save our lives, as we desperately ran with our children in our arms and just the clothes we were wearing. What is there for us to return to?’ Words I heard over and over again in a harrowing journey through the districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, exactly a year after a storm of hate overnight tore this peaceful countryside apart.

As I travelled from village to village, everywhere one bore witness to a social landscape ravaged by communal hate – just a year old, but already settled like the crusted burdens of generations. An old man said sadly, “No one has come this full year to call us back, neither the village elders, nor people we grew up and worked with.” “No village cricket team was complete without a Muslim lad or two,” said another. “And now they don’t care if we live or die”. “Look at this camp in which we live now,” said a third, pointing to leaking, soiled plastic sheets stretched over bamboo sticks affording each family a few square feet of minimal shelter, surrounded by black cesspools and mosquitoes. “We know we can die here as well. But at least here we are assured that our loved ones will bury us. Not like our village where our people were killed and burned.”

Contrary to claims of the state government that all camps are emptied, we found over 10,000 women, men and children still living in camps in around 25 villages. Even in the immediate months after the conflagration, state support was restricted to food supplies or a few blankets in many camps, and only after national outrage following the death of many children in the winter cold, occasional visits by medical teams. Now even this has become a distant memory. Charitable organisations, mainly faith-based Muslim associations, have also closed their offices. Compassion also wearies. The unhappy people – fugitives from the hate which pervades the villages of their birth – are left to fend for themselves. They have just survived the monsoon showers, and are gearing up to endure another long winter.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1263032.aspx

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‘The Hindu Tradition Of Tolerance Is Showing Signs Of Strain’ – By Fali S. Nariman (Sep 14, 2014, Outlook)

…Traditionally Hinduism has been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But – recurrent instances of religious tension fanned by fanaticism and hate-speech has shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain. And let me say this frankly my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face because, and only because it is believed and proudly proclaimed by a few (and not contradicted by those at the top): that it is because of their faith and belief that HINDUS have been now put in the driving seat of governance.

Jawahar Lal Nehru was a Hindu. But he never looked upon the diverse and varied peoples of India from the stand point of Hinduism. He wrote in that most inspiring book The Discovery of India that “it was fascinating to find how the Bengalis, the Canarese, the Malayalis, the Sindhis, the Punjabis, the Pathans, the Kashmiris, the Rajputs, and the great central block comprising of Hindustani-speaking people, had retained their particular characteristics for hundreds of years, with more or less the same virtues and failings, and yet they had been throughout these ages distinctively Indian, with the same national heritage and the same set of moral and mental qualities.

Ancient India, like ancient China (he wrote), was a world in itself. Their culture and civilization gave shape to all things. Foreign influences poured in and often influenced that culture, but they were absorbed. Disruptive tendencies gave rise immediately to an attempt to find a synthesis. It was some kind of a dream of unity that occupied the mind of India, and of the Indian, since the dawn of civilization. And that unity was not conceived as something imposed from outside. It was something deeper; within its fold, the widest tolerance of beliefs and customs was practiced and every variety was acknowledged and even encouraged. This was Nehru’s great vision of the diversity and unity of India.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/The-Hindu-Tradition-Of-Tolerance-Is-Showing-Signs-Of-Strain/291947

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Slippery ground of the secularism debate – Sanjay Nirupam (Sep 15, 2014, Indian Express)

Narendra Modi’s political narrative, first developed in Gujarat and now offered at the national level, is here to stay. One needs to understand the narrative well to expose it and to offer a counter. Old ideas of secularism and social justice are not enough to fight Modi; an innovative package of new and non-conventional ideas and practices is necessary to oppose him.

Economic arguments more than socio-political analysis would help to puncture Modi’s communal agenda. For instance, Modi won office promising growth, good governance, national security and financial stability. The last would include controlling prices, generating employment and developing infrastructure. The claims were bogus, but he did succeed in convincing voters that he would deliver on his promises. Has he delivered?

Modi promised growth and employment, but look at the impact of communal riots in Uttar Pradesh on the economy. Take, for instance, the riots in Moradabad, a hub of the brassware industry that annually exports products worth Rs 2,500 crore. Muslims constitute a majority of the labour force in this industry while the factories are mostly owned by non-Muslims. The Hindu-Muslim tension, engineered by the BJP in view of the bypolls, has divided the society on religious lines.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/slippery-ground-of-the-secularism-debate/99/

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A mirage called ‘Modi Magic’ – By Sitaram Yechury (Sep 8, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just concluded his much tom-tomed visit to Japan, which received euphoric coverage in the Indian media. He returned to receive Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Soon he will receive Chinese President Xi Jinping before he sets off to the United Nations General Assembly and meets United States President Barack Obama on the sidelines.

In Japan, he thundered, that in his first 100 days as prime minister, he has performed miracles. Stating that he was new to national politics, apprehensive of moving to Delhi, he had nevertheless reversed the ‘paralysis’ that had gripped India under the earlier government. Justifying this claim, he quoted statistical data pompously announced by the Union finance minister a couple of days earlier. This was received with universal applause by the Indian media, with at least two leaders of India Inc publicly lauding his government’s first 100 days. It was precisely these sections that had once lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for having broken India’s nuclear isolation, gloating over his rubbing shoulders with world leaders at the G20 high table. They are now the chief propagandists of Modi overcoming such ‘paralysis’. Is Prime Minister Modi doing anything different on this score than what Prime Minister Singh did?

Read what Japan Times published on September 6 by Jeff Kingston: “Overall the Japanese media coverage was oddly muted despite all the fanfare” in contrast to the Indian media coverage. “But on Japan’s evening news (television) that night, this historic encounter merited barely a minute of coverage”. As Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to reshuffle his Cabinet and fend off various criticisms, the Indian prime minister’s visit was described thus: “The optics may have been the highlight as both leaders have crack PR teams and know the importance of good photo opportunities, starting with a welcome bear hug, temple tours and a tea ceremony, and Modi showing off his drumming and chopstick skills. Both leaders bonded just the way their handlers choreographed …”. “But at the end not much happened. The two sides were unable to overcome the impasse over the civilian nuclear energy deal”. India’s hopes that Japan would cave in because it offers a potential $85 billion market for new reactors were belied.

Japan’s leading media house Asahi Shimbun speculated on why Modi was reluctant to upgrade regular talks on foreign policy and security affairs to the Cabinet level – 2+2 model of talks between foreign and defence ministers. Little do they know that in the Modi government, it is only the prime minister who, as per the responsibilities assigned by the Rashtrapati Bhavan at the time of his swearing-in, is solely responsible for “all important policy decisions”. The prime minister is simply unwilling to share responsibilities with his Cabinet colleagues. This reminds us of a king of France, Louis XV, who famously thought that there was no history before him and remarked “after me the deluge”!…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1261701.aspx

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Ghar wapsi – By Somesh Goyal (Sep 5, 2014, IBN)

Love Jihad and conversions have seen an open public debate in all kinds of media in recent weeks. Re-conversion of Hindus, particularly, Dalits from Islam or back to Hinduism called ‘ghar wapsi’ has increasingly been reported in media and points to the malaise that afflicts our socio-religious fabric. The recent re-conversion of some dalits in Shivpuri in M.P. and slitting of wrists of a dalit lad for wearing a watch scream in one’s face and point to a grave issue that has not been addressed so far.

The four converts of a Jatav family claimed that they had converted to Islam to escape discrimination by upper castes. Forceful or voluntary conversions and re-conversions may take place but the unresolved issue is of discrimination based on the varna system of Hinduism. Hinduism was regarded as one of the most open-minded religions of the world which provided refuge to enjoy religious freedom to Christians, Jews, Bahais and Zorastrians who fled their native places due to religious persecutions.

Dr. Rajni Kothari has observed, “India is a country built on the foundation of a civilization that is fundamentally non-religious”. India is the only country in the world where minorities have found equal place under the Sun and have thrived unlike in our nieghbourhood. Three of our Presidents have been Muslims. Dalai Lama lauded this religious tolerance when he said “Not only Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism which are native religions but also Christianity and Islam have flourished here. Religious tolerance is inherited in Indian tradition”.…

http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3450/ghar-wapsi/65376.html

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The Forgotten Ones – Editorial (Sep 13, 2014, EPW)

Eight years ago Section 436A was inserted in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), following what was considered a landmark amendment that had been passed in 2005. If under-trial prisoners had been in detention for more than half the term that would be awarded if they were convicted and if the crimes did not warrant life imprisonment or the death penalty, they would have to be freed. It was hoped then that tens of thousands of undertrials in India’s prisons – many of them behind bars for years without witnessing even a day’s trial – would be able to walk free. This “radical” amendment, however, has remained on paper.

Now the Supreme Court has ordered the implementation of Section 436A in response to a public interest litigation (PIL). Once again hopes have been raised that the ruling will bring freedom to those languishing in prison for an interminably long period without their trial being completed. Just a week before the Court’s directive on 5 September, there were media reports that the Ministry of Home Affairs had initiated measures towards implementing Section 436A. Will this renewed attempt at the gargantuan changes needed in India’s criminal judicial system bear fruit this time around?

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2012 there were 2.54 lakh undertrials in the country’s jails. In the union home ministry’s statistics, less than a lakh of the undertrials had been charged with serious offences like rape, murder or terror acts. How many of the other 1.5 lakh-plus undertrials have completed more than half the term their crime would have invited upon conviction is not known. In 2006 the estimate was that there were 50,000 such prisoners. In Uttar Pradesh alone nearly 20,000 prisoners are now expected to benefit from the Court’s directive. Most of the undertrials are in jail for petty crimes and would have served the full term their crimes invite without being taken to court even once.…

http://www.epw.in/editorials/forgotten-ones.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 8th, 2014

by newsdigest on September 9, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Home ministry maintains secrecy over shredded govt files (Sep 3, 2014, Times of India)

The Modi government’s cleanliness drive saw 11,000 home ministry files being disposed of within a month of it assuming office, but what remains shrouded in secrecy two months later is what files were destroyed and the method of destruction. The home ministry in reply to an RTI query said: “List of files which are destroyed is being compiled. This can be made available in due course on payment of requisite fee. You may write to us if so desired. (sic)”

After a row erupted over the destruction of files and allegations of the government trying to rewrite history, home minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that no file relating to Mahatma Gandhi, former president Rajendra Prasad, former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri or the last Indian viceroy Lord Mountbatten has been destroyed. “Files have been categorized as per the mandate of the manual of office procedure,” he had told the Rajya Sabha.

But the home ministry reply to the RTI query states that these files are still being compiled. Venkatesh Nayak, RTI activist and programmes coordinator with Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, who filed the RTI, said it was surprising that the home ministry destroyed the files without preparing a list for review.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/41566191.cms

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Hindu hardliners unrepentant a year after India riots (Sep 5, 2014, Yahoo)

An unrepentant Jasbir Singh smirked as he contemplated the changes to his village in the year since hundreds of Muslims fled a terrifying wave of deadly communal violence in northern India. “All the filth has now gone,” Singh said at a gathering with fellow Hindu elders in the flashpoint Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh state. … But while few of the victims have been able to return home – many of them forced to eke out a living in squalid displacement camps – sympathy appears in short supply among their former neighbours. …

Last year’s violence was the deadliest in the state since the Ayodhya carnage, erupting just months before May’s general election which was won by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While new Prime Minister Narendra Modi largely avoided the topic of religion during his campaign, many Muslims remain wary of a man who was chief minister of Gujarat when Hindu mobs went on a murderous rampage in the state in 2002.

Modi is now one of Uttar Pradesh’s members of parliament, along with two BJP lawmakers arrested for their alleged role in the Muzaffarnagar violence. One of them, Sanjeev Balyan, is a junior government minister. In an Independence Day speech, Modi called for an end to communal violence, which he said was stunting growth. But on the ground in Muzaffarnagar, resentment among Hindus towards Muslims shows little sign of abating…

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24909476/hindu-hardliners-unrepentant-a-year-after-india-riots/

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‘Cops framing Muslims for Vadodara riots’ (Sep 3, 2014, Times of India)

Former M S University (MSU) professor and activist J S Bandukwala has alleged that the police are arresting innocent persons belonging to minority community after the recent communal riots in the city. Bandukwala and some minority community leaders met city police commissioner E Radhakrishnan on Tuesday and urged him to take action against the people who are actually involved in the riots.

“Large numbers of Muslims have been wrongly arrested in the city after the recent communal riots. While riots have been happening during Ganesh festivals for the past 40 years, this time it is being done deliberately ahead of Lok Sabha bypolls here. The BJP is trying to polarize voters to win by a good margin,” Bandukwala alleged.

He also said most of the minority community members arrested by the police are poor working class people. “Those actually involved in the rioting with the help of politicians should be arrested. I have urged the police commissioner to not arrest innocent persons,” Bandukwala added.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/41584002.cms

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Media trials: SC calls for norms on reporting, police briefing (Sep 4, 2014, Indian Express)

Convinced that victim’s rights are often trampled upon by unbridled media coverage of criminal incidents and trial court proceedings, the Supreme Court on Wednesday stepped up the legal process to frame guidelines for reporting by media and press briefing by the police.

A bench of Chief Justice R M Lodha and Justice Rohinton F Nariman asserted that the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression that the media has must be balanced with the right to life, liberty and dignity of the victims, exposed to perils after unrestrained disclosure of information.

It has sought detailed responses from the Centre, states and Union Territories within six weeks on the regulatory mechanism, either existing or proposed, so that the bench could focus clearly on the areas where guidelines were required to be framed.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/media-trials-sc-calls-for-norms-on-reporting-police-briefing/

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After Reconversion, Shivpuri Family Hints at Pressure From Hindu Groups, Foul Play by Police (Sep 6, 2014, NDTV)

The twists and turns in the Shivpuri religious conversion case continue – this time with the family in the eye of the storm coming up with a series of allegations that muddies the waters further. Within the span of one week, Maniram Jatav’s family has been arrested for converting to Islam, been released and reconverted to Hinduism. Now they claim the police had tried to twist their statement and indicate that their reconversion was a result of pressure.

“On September 2, VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) leader Ashutosh had an argument with my son about reconversion. The administration did not come to our help,” Maniram told NDTV. “After we were arrested, the police tried to manipulate my statement and establish that I converted to Islam because I was offered money.” …

Four men of the family had got arrested and seven others were detained when they tried to rectify that mistake and inform the administration. One day later, they were released. And hours after that, they underwent a shuddhikaran, or purification ceremony, at a temple in presence of Bajrang Dal and RSS members and embraced Hinduism again. …

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/after-reconversion-shivpuri-family-hints-at-pressure-from-hindu-groups-foul-play-by-police-587516

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‘Love Jihad’ and religious conversion polarise in Narendra Modi’s India (Sep 6, 2014, DNA India)

Fired up and full of vitriol, Hindu activist Rajeshwar Singh is on a mission to end centuries of religious diversity in India, one conversion at a time. His voice echoing off the walls of a Protestant church across a narrow street, Singh railed against foreign faiths at an event last week to convert a Christian family to Hinduism in the rural town of Hasayan, 140 km (87 miles) south of Delhi.

“We will cleanse our Hindu society. We will not let the conspiracy of church or mosque succeed in Bharat (India),” he said, standing in the family’s front yard by a ritual fire lit to purify the poor, lower-caste converts.

Emboldened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rise to power in May, leaders of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have joined right-wing activists like Singh to openly declare India a nation of Hindus, posing a challenge to its multi-faith constitutional commitment. …

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-love-jihad-and-religious-conversion-polarise-in-narendra-modi-s-india-2016675

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Amit Shah faces flak for communal tension remark (Sep 7, 2014, Hindu Businessline)

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Sunday lashed out at BJP President Amit Shah for saying that if communal tension continues in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP will form the next government in the State. Tewari said the Election Commission should disqualify the BJP on grounds of communalising the country’s political process.

“If this is the fundamental idea of BJP in order to get electoral advantage, the Election Commission and courts must take suo moto advantage. It makes out a clear case for the disqualification of the Bharatiya Janata Party on grounds of politicisation, on grounds of communalising the political processes,” said Tewari.

India TV on Sunday issued a clarification stating that Shah had clearly told the channel that his party never tries to win elections by taking recourse to communal tensions. It quoted Shah as having said in Rajat Sharma’s Aap Ki Adalat programme that BJP garners votes on the basis of its policies and programmes. …

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/politics/amit-shah-faces-flak-for-communal-tension-remark/article6388693.ece

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Recruitment of minority in government services grew little in past 6 years (Sep 3, 2014, DNA India)

Pointing out relative deprivation of the Muslim Community for the first time in 2006, Justice Rajinder Sachar committee had stated that the Muslims constitute 14 per cent of India’s population but only one out of 25 university students is Muslim and their share in bureaucracy is just 2.5 per cent. To overcome the deficit, the state and central ministries have been advised to give special consideration in recruitment to the candidates belonging to the minority communities through the PM’s special 15-point programme. A deeper analysis into the recruitment statistics however reveals things changed little in past six years.

Share of five minority communities – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis in the recruitment of central Government services, public sector undertaking companies, banks and paramilitary between 2006-2011 forces grew from 6.93% to 10.18% but dropped to 6.24% in 2011-12, says the statistics compiled by the Amitabh Kundu committee sourcing the data from the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. …

Though the number of candidates belonging to minority communities who bagged the job in central government and PSUs grew from 12,182 to 18,379 in past six years, their share among the total recruits remained below 7% in 2011-12 of which share of Muslims is expected to be around 4%. …

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-recruitment-of-minority-in-government-services-grew-little-in-past-6-years-2015769

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62-year-old Shiv Sena leader held for raping minor in Mumbai (Sep 5, 2014, Times of India)

A Shiv Sena deputy district president, Vasudev Nambiar (62), has been arrested for allegedly sexually exploiting a 15-year-old Mira Road girl over nine months. The girl, who was seven months pregnant, recently delivered a premature boy.

The Kashimira police said Nambiar has been sexually abusing the class IX student, who used to visit a temple run by him, since January. When she got pregnant, he threatened her. Her parents found out about the abuse only when she got pregnant.

On Thursday, the survivor filed a police complaint and Nambiar was booked under IPC section 376 (rape) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/41813017.cms

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State creating a dalit-less Chennai: Evicted residents (Sep 5, 2014, Times of India)

The atmosphere was surcharged at a review meeting held by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, with members of the community alleging that the government was on a mission to create a ‘dalit-less Chennai’ by evicting them to Okkiyam Thoraipakkam on Old Mahabalipuram Road where tenements built by the government lacked basic amenities.

The review meeting by the National Commission for SC for Chennai district had officials representing various government departments such as Chennai Corporation, Slum Clearance Board and Police. The participants were up against the eviction of hundreds of families who were hitherto living along water bodies. With in-situ housing being ruled out, it is alleged that their education and daily earning is hit.

“A majority of those living in slums are dalits, and by displacing them to far off places, the state is creating a dalit-less city,” said R Kannan of Movement of Slum Dwellers’ Right to Livelihood. “Let the government take up restoration of water courses, but it should also consider in-situ housing rather than throwing us out of the city.” …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/41728220.cms

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Opinions and Editorials

Back to Basics – Editorial (Sep 6, 2014, EPW)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is supposed to have won the recent general elections on the basis of its campaign on “development”. Vikas is supposed to have been the strong pitch for transforming India – accomplishing in 60 months what the Congress and other governments could not do in 60 years – into a developed country that created the electoral tsunami which carried the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, the “vikas purush”, to power.

While it may well be true that some voters were swayed by this massive public relations exercise, a look at the electoral evidence also suggests that vicious communal divisions played a significant role in giving the BJP an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. The sweep in Uttar Pradesh would have been impossible without the execution of the well-planned Muzaffarnagar riots where Muslim communities in the rural areas were systematically targeted and an atmosphere of communal tension and suspicion was created in the entire state. A spillover of this was also the electoral bounty in Haryana.

The showing in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, etc, also cannot be accounted for without the killings, general violence and displacement of Muslims, for instance, in Assam’s Bodo-dominated areas. Other states like Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, etc, also saw openly aggressive campaigns on communal issues accomplished by the BJP and other Hindutva organisations. Given the reach of the BJP’s high voltage “360 degree” media campaign, these communal pitches did not remain local but had a national effect.

Depending on the analysis, it is possible that anything from 50 to 75 of the 283 seats that the BJP won in the general elections were primarily due to the proximate reasons of communal violence between Hindus and Muslims (and also Christians). Those who have studied the popular mobilisations and political strategies of the Sangh Parivar would agree that the total number of seats won by the BJP through communal mobilisations would be much higher than the conservative psephological estimate we give here.

If communal polarisation of the electorate to build a Hindutva vote bank was a constant presence in the general election campaign, it has only seen a sharpening in the, supposedly important, “first 100 days” of the BJP-led government in office. An important way in which this has been done is the strategy of the Sangh Parivar to calibrate communal violence and hate campaigns in a way so as to keep it “under the radar”. …

http://www.epw.in/editorials/back-basics.html

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Beware, I’ll Turn Hindu – By Hasan Suroor (Sep 15, 2014, Outlook)

Dear Shri Mohan Bhagwatji, Namaskar. After carefully pondering over your call for all Indians to be regarded as Hindus, I’m delighted to inform you that I’ve decided to become a Hindu. The first ‘Hindu Muslim’ in secular India! Or should it be a ‘Muslim Hindu’, sir? Kindly guide me because these days yours is the last word. That Modi fellow you’ve installed as prime minister is more bark than bite. You’re the real deal! …

But, Bhagwatji, before you start trumpeting my decision as a “victory” for the RSS, I wish to disabuse you of any notion that I’m submitting to its diktat. Far from it. Actually, I’m trying to call its bluff. And here’s why. You know as well as I do that the RSS is running a phoney cultural war aimed at keeping the minorities, especially Muslims, in a constant state of terror. The more we squeal, protest and plead in the name of secularism and cultural diversity, the more emboldened it gets. But what if we stop squealing, protesting and pleading? And, instead, start pretending to play ball?

For decades, the issue of Muslim identity has provided a fertile ground for the RSS to bash them. But, sir, Muslims have now become smart, don’t be surprised if they call your bluff – get your lot off their back so that they can then get on with their lives? If I were in your position, heading an organisation whose ideological raison d’etre rests on provoking Muslims and then feeding on their fear and anger, I would be a worried man. Because with Muslims now inside the ‘Hindu tent’, whither project Muslim bashing? In a sense, it’s almost “mission accomplished” for the RSS. The enemy tamed and ‘Hindufied’. Time to shut shop and go home. …

What I’m trying to impress upon you is that while Muslims have become street-smarter, so to speak, and picked up new survival tricks, the RSS remains stuck in a time warp. By overplaying its majoritarian card, its bite has lost its sting. In reality, it never had more than nuisance value, but even that is seeping away, with Muslims, wiser by experience, choosing to ignore it. Crucially, Muslims have lost their old fear of the RSS as the new generation has a more realistic sense of their place in India and sees such groups as something that comes with the territory when you are in a minority. The Muslim Right, which fed the RSS, has also considerably weakened, leaving less room for it to dress up its attacks as Hindu reaction to Muslim provocations. …

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Beware-Ill-Turn-Hindu/291886

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Looking for peace in Saharanpur – By Mohammad Ali (Sep 7, 2014, The Hindu)

The BJP, Samajwadi Party and Congress are gearing up for the September 13 bypoll for the Saharanpur city Assembly constituency which fell vacant after the then BJP MLA Ragahav Lakahanpal became the MP from Saharanpur Lok Sabha segment.

The residents of the Saharanpur city which saw communal clashes in July, however, appeared more concerned about maintaining harmony in the city than the bypoll.

Now that peace is crawling its way back in Saharanpur, the civil society desperately wants the bypoll to get over, fearing that politicians’ might yet again attempt to polarise weeks ahead of the September 13 bypolls.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/looking-for-peace-in-saharanpur/article6386620.ece

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Modi-ji, There is Such a Thing as PR Overkill – By Pawan Khera (Sep 6, 2014, NDTV)

If the UPA 2 was an example of a PR disaster, NDA under Modi is proving to be a PR overkill. Not much has changed between BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Modi. He was campaigning then, he is campaigning now. The difference being that now the government ends up paying for his PR excesses. What appeared to be an effective means for him to communicate with the voters, Modi’s oratory now comes across as an end in itself. …

What happened on Teacher’s Day is unprecedented in terms of the way 1.8 million schools were mandated to organize live transmission of Prime Minister’s interaction with 14 million students. Teachers were incidental to the program, except that they had to hire equipment, rent auditoriums, tutor children and later prepare compliance reports. Some schools went a step further and decided to organize a quiz based on the Prime Minister’s speech and add marks to the finals.

All this to cater to the fundamental urge of the Prime Minister to talk. To talk, not about what problems our 5 million teachers face; not even about children but to talk about his favorite subject – himself. Students were made to ask questions tailored to ensure the Prime Minister was able to talk about Bal Narendra. And if people were expecting him to address issues of under equipped, under staffed schools and under paid teachers, they were hugely disappointed. In fact, he ended up insulting teachers by saying that people who fail at becoming doctors and engineers end up becoming teachers. …

Such is the apprehension about this regime that the CBSE’s circular asking students of class XI and XII to furnish their mobile phone numbers and email IDs is being viewed with suspicion across the country and termed as an invasion of privacy. The exercise is being seen as an attempt to create a database to be used for non-academic purposes by the state. For those who were confused whether it was children’s day or teacher’s day, the answer is it was neither. It was a day of Narendra Modi.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/opinion/modi-ji-there-is-such-a-thing-as-pr-overkill-587613

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Why Intel Agencies Are Wary Of Hiring Muslims And Sikhs – By Brijesh Singh (Sep 13, 2014, Tehelka)

…Intelligence agencies in India have long followed an unwritten ‘no entry’ policy for Muslims (though there have been a few Muslim officers in the IB), while Sikhs are banned from SPG, formed in 1984 to provide security to the prime minister, and the National Security Guard (NSG), the elite anti-terror force functioning under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. “This is not a new policy. There have been no Muslim officers in RAW since its formation in 1969,” says a former RAW officer. “It has its own reasons for following this policy.”

According to a senior IPS officer, the unwritten rule barring Muslims from sensitive wings of the intelligence agencies was extended to the Sikhs as well following the 1984 assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. “It is true that Muslims and Sikhs are not deployed for VVIP security. We have witnessed the assassination of a prime minister and a former prime minister (Rajiv Gandhi) in the past due to security lapses. The SPG forms the final security cordon, so we cannot afford to take any risks with it,” says a former police officer, who has worked with the SPG.

Not just RAW and SPG, but the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), which deals with technical surveillance, and Military Intelligence (MI) too have barred the entry of Muslims. “Nothing can be done about it now since it has become the norm and no one finds it odd,” says an MI officer. Talking to TEHELKA, former special secretary (RAW) Amar Bhushan opined that “there is a conscious effort to keep Muslims out of sensitive and strategic areas”. According to Bhushan, this reflects a bias against the community. …

Sources close to RAW reveal that there has been a debate over the agency’s recruitment policy since a long time now. But a group of officers have always been strongly averse to the idea of any change. An initiative in this regard was undertaken when PK Hormis Tharakan headed RAW (2005-07). He formed a committee to find ways to ensure that religious bias does not affect recruitment. However, the committee never submitted any report nor did the policy change.

Former IB joint director MK Dhar writes in his book Open Secrets (2005) that his anti-Muslim beliefs got strengthened while he was being trained for the IB. “I was surprised to find that the RSS and the IB shared an anti-Muslim attitude,” he writes. “During training, Muslims were projected as a threat to the system. This attitude was instilled in the officers’ minds.”…

http://www.tehelka.com/the-bias-against-minorities-in-intelligence-recruitments/

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Top Sleuth Under Scanner – By Ushinor Majumdar (Sep 13, 2014, Tehelka)

No other controversy undid the Congress- led UPA government as the 2G telecom scam. It eventually led to a huge win for Narendra Modi. It also brought into prominence a forgotten constitutional office, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, and the officer himself, Vinod Rai, who put a figure to the loss to the public exchequer. Rarely have people cheered so much for a government officer, least of all for a CAG.

Hence, the common man would think that the 2G scam probe would be a priority for the investigation agency in charge, the CBI. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing the money trail in the scam. However, it appears that an invisible hand seems to be guiding the investigation of this scam. Externally, lawyers and others are told that the ‘competent authority’ in the CBI is taking the calls. …

An accompanying letter spoke about a ‘competent authority’, which had approved the said draft counter-affidavit to be filed by the CBI. It is believed that it was none other than CBI director Ranjit Sinha. In April, Sinha had wanted that the replies should be sent separately for each of the petitions, while a single counter-affidavit was originally being prepared. …

Denying that it was looking into Sinha’s character, the apex court bench indicated that it will take a close look at CPIL’s submissions in regards to the CBI director. Sinha has a few months left in his term but shouldn’t the Centre look at his overall conduct and assess if he should continue for the remainder of his tenure?

http://www.tehelka.com/top-sleuth-ranjit-sinha-under-scanner/

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Book Review

The Emergence Of Regionalism In Mumbai – History of the Shiv Sena

Author: Sudha Gogate
Reviewed by: Suhas Palshikar
Available at: Popular Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., 301, Mahalaxmi Chambers, 22, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai-400026. Rs. 495.. http://www.popularprakashan.com/
Review:
Shiv Sena’s pre-history (Sep 1, 2014, The Hindu)

Politics of regionalism in India has always attracted attention for a variety of reasons. Regionalism may be seen as an unavoidable consequence of democratic contestations during the process of nation-building within a diverse society. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the factors that shape regionalism and the character of regional politics. The issues of language, material resources and identity are often intricately woven in the politics of regionalism. Shiv Sena represents one particular expression of such regional politics and therefore, has been a subject of scholarly attention right from its early days.

In the mid-seventies, a scholar of Sociology undertook her Ph.D. research on this phenomenon. The book under review is the outcome of that research. The author, Sudha Gogate, did not have the opportunity to revise her dissertation for purposes of publication since she passed away in 1987. This book therefore, is a doctoral dissertation written in 1978 and has neither the benefit of the author’s subsequent revisions nor the advantage of being brought up-to-date.

In spite of this limitation, this book has a very valuable relevance for those who want to understand Shiv Sena’s rise and also to those who want to address the complex issue of linguistic and regional identity in the context competitive politics. While existing works on Shiv Sena attempt to depict the working of the Sena, the personalities involved and the social composition of its activists in early years, etc., this work has a distinct advantage. It introduces us to the pre-history of Shiv Sena. …

http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/shiv-senas-prehistory/article6370416.ece

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 1st, 2014

September 2, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Gujarat model of harmony: Water thicker than blood News Headlines Concerned over delay in Gujarat riots cases: SC ‘Reinstatement of Cops accused of fake encounters is clear indication that administration is helping them’ Caught on camera: BJP MP asks supporters to ‘convert 100 Muslim girls for 1 [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 25th, 2014

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 18th, 2014

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 11th, 2014

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 4th, 2014

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 28th, 2014

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Hadapsar sees Hindu-Muslim unity News Headlines United Nations body recalls Gujarat riots, insists on enacting “dropped” communal violence bill Sena MP ‘force-feeds’ fasting Muslim staffer at Maharashtra Sadan Sangh sets up panel to push ‘saffronisation’ of education Rape the activist: RSS man posts on facebook UP: 3 [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 21st, 2014

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Supreme Court’s Acquittal of innocents in Surat 1993 bomb blasts case hailed by Indian Americans News Headlines SC acquits all 11 convicted for 1993 Surat bomb blasts Delhi Police planted chip in my body, terror accused says Muslims think we are communal, corrupt: Police HC Adjourns Hearing on [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 14th, 2014

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