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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 2nd, 2015

by newsdigest on March 3, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Announcements

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Announcements

Shocking reversals in the struggle for justice mark Gujarat pogroms anniversary

February 28, 2015

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked the 13th anniversary of the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, by pledging to continue the struggle for justice, regardless of the passage of time and the vicissitudes in the electoral fortunes of the masterminds behind the genocide. IAMC has expressed its dismay over the brazen mockery of justice in cases related to the pogroms, since the new government came to power in May 2014.

The Gujarat pogroms of 2002 represent the most horrific case of mass targeted violence against a specific religious community in independent India. In systematic and organized attacks against Muslims, over 2,000 people were massacred and over 150,000 were displaced and rendered homeless. The genocide was accompanied by brutal forms of sexual violence against hundreds of women.

In several high-profile cases, the perpetrators have either been acquitted by the infamous and compromised Special Investigations Team (SIT), or granted bail after having been convicted. In parallel, activists such as Teesta Setalvad, who demonstrated exemplary courage in pursuing justice for the victims, are being hounded by the police and subject to harassment by the state under trumped-up charges.

Last Friday, six people accused in the barbaric killing of three British citizens during the Gujarat massacres were acquitted by the court for “lack of evidence.” The three Britons were Saeed and Shakil Dawood and Mohammad Aswat. They were burned alive near Prantij town of Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.

“The denial of justice for the victims of the Gujarat pogroms compounds the enormity of the crimes committed against them in 2002,” stated Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “The BJP government has continued in the tradition of the Gujarat government, of shielding the guilty and harassing those that are striving to bring them to justice,” added Mr. Malick.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation.

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REFERENCES:
1. Gujarat govt. & Teesta Setalvad: Hounding Activists to Protect the Guilty
http://newsclick.in/india/hounding-activists-protect-guilty

2. Gujarat govt says will continue probe against whistleblower Rahul Sharma after his retirement
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/gujarat-govt-says-will-continue-probe-against-sharma-after-his-retirement/

3. Gujarat Riots: All 6 Accused of Killing of 3 British Nationals Acquitted
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/gujarat-riots-all-6-accused-of-killing-of-3-british-nationals-acquitted-742852

4. Teesta Setalvad’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan denied renewal of passport over traffic rule violation
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/prashant-bhushan-aap-passport-renewal-traffic-violation/1/420119.html

5. After Kodnani, her former assistant gets bail in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/after-kodnani-her-former-assistant-gets-bail-in-2002-naroda-patiya-riot-case/

6. Naroda Patia massacre: Babu Bajrangi gets seven-day bail
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46303538.cms

7. Rights abuse rampant in India: Amnesty
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46363569.cms

8. India had highest level of social hostilities in 2013: Pew Research
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-india-had-highest-level-of-social-hostilities-in-2013-pew-research-2064639

9. “We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch
http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/india/

10. Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat
http://www.sabrang.com/tribunal/volI/index.html

11. Riot Victims protest bail to Kodnani, others
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/riot-victims-protest-bail-to-kodnani-others/article6946133.ece

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Communal Harmony

Call to maintain unity and communal harmony (Feb 26, 2015, The Hindu)

The Tamil Maanila Imamgal Peravai has urged the Muslim community to forge unity on political issues forgetting the petty differences for the overall development of the whole community. A resolution to this effect was adopted at the day-long Meelad conference held in the city on Wednesday.

Another resolution condemned the communal forces which were indulging in the barbaric act of killing innocent people in the name of religion. These forces were bent on dividing the countrymen by fanning communal passions. Such activities of communal organisations deserved severest condemnation, the resolution said.

It urged the countrymen to maintain unity and communal harmony. The Peravai explained the ill-effects of dowry system prevailing in the society, and called upon the youths and parents to put an end to this menace.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/call-to-maintain-unity-and-communal-harmony/article6935091.ece

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Indian-American Muslims demand justice for Gujarat victims on 13th anniversary of mass massacre (Feb 24, 2015, Twocircles.net)

On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the massacre of over 1,000 Muslims in Gujarat in the post-Godhra riots after February 27, 2002, the city-based Indian-American Muslim NGO, Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIMA) has issued an appeal to India’s President and the Prime Minister to help expedite criminal cases against the culprits responsible for the massacre.

The AIMA has reminded the two top political heads of the Indian government that 13 long years after the “well-organized” brutal attack by some sectarian organizations on a large number of innocent Muslim men, women and children in Ahmedabad and other cities in central Gujarat, only very few of the hundreds of culprits have been sentenced to jail, a release said here.…

In the years since the violence, in several instances the Gujarat state government legal authorities have destroyed critical evidence against the culprits, who in various instances were ministers, senior police officials and officials of the Gujarat government. “The enquiries conducted by the enquiry commissions appointed by Gujarat government were a sham and committed many irregularities,” the release pointed out.…

http://twocircles.net/2015feb24/1424777182.html

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British victims’ family slams Gujarat riots acquittal verdict (Feb 28, 2015, Business Standard)

The acquittal of six people in a case related to the killing of three British nationals of Indian origin during the 2002 Gujarat riots was today described as a “failure of justice” by the victims’ family. Citing lack of evidence, a special trial court in India today acquitted all the six accused of killing three British nationals near Prantij town in Sabarkantha district of west Indian state of Gujarat in 2002.…

“The tragedy, something that the family has to live with on daily basis, is that the mob responsible for killing their loved ones are still loose on the streets.

“The family will not rest until the Indian government fulfils its legal duty and responsibility of bringing the real culprits to justice,” said Suresh Grover, spokesperson for the Dawood Family Justice Campaign set up here in the wake of the tragedy.…

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/british-victims-family-slams-gujarat-riots-acquittal-verdict-115022800019_1.html

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Indian Hindu leader’s criticism of Mother Teresa adds to religious tension (Feb 24, 2015, The Guardian)

Just days after the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, assured church leaders that his government would ensure the right of every citizen to “retain or adopt” any religion, the country’s foremost Hindu nationalist leader questioned the work of Christian missionaries by accusing Mother Teresa of having served the poor in order to persuade them to become Christians.…

Since Modi came to power nine months ago, Christians and Muslims have felt besieged by a strident Hindu nationalist propaganda campaign, and in some instances have even been “reconverted” at highly publicised “homecoming” events, in line with the RSS belief that all Indians were originally Hindus.

Bhagwat had earlier described religious minorities as “stolen goods”, and declared: “I will take back my goods.” Parliament had come to a standstill on the issue, and until last week Modi had steadfastly refused to defend religious freedom and the rights of minorities.…

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/24/indian-hindu-leaders-criticism-of-mother-teresa-adds-to-religious-tension

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In Gujarat Encounter Cases, Language of Bail Orders Belies Claims of Weak Evidence (Feb 22, 2015, NDTV)

This week, as Gujarat’s “encounter” cop DG Vanzara walked out of the Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad where he has spent the past eight years, his supporters erupted into noisy celebrations. With his exit, virtually none of the police officials charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a series of alleged fake encounters that took place between 2004 and 2006 in the state remain in jail.

The joyous mood that greeted Mr Vanzara, however, seemed to belie the legal reality – he is out on bail with fairly stringent conditions. The trials in the two encounter cases he is charged with – the killing of Ishrat Jahan and three others in 2004, the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauserbi in 2005 and that of Sheikh’s associate Tulsiram Prajapati in 2006 – are yet to begin. When they do, it could take years before there is a verdict.

…The Gujarat government has even reinstated some of these officers, using their being granted bail as a defence. But a closer reading of the bail orders suggests that the courts, in varying degrees, have found merit in the CBI’s charges. While granting bail to Mr Vanzara in the Sohrabuddin encounter case in September 2014, the Bombay High Court observed that “the role attributed to the applicant (Vanzara) is quite serious and prominent… there is sufficient material in the chargesheet to support these allegations, and therefore, there exists a prima facie case of serious offences against the applicant.”…

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-gujarat-encounter-cases-language-of-bail-orders-belies-claims-of-weak-evidence-741321

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Amnesty International criticises Modi govt’s rights record (Feb 25, 2015, The Hindu)

Human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday criticised the Narendra Modi-led government, saying under the new regime India had witnessed a rise in communal violence and its Land Acquisition Ordinance has put thousands of Indians at “risk” of forcible eviction. In its Annual Report 2015, released here, Amnesty highlighted poll-related violence in the lead-up to the May 2014 General Elections, communal clashes and failure of consultation on corporate projects as key concerns.…

The report highlighted that “the authorities continued to violate people’s rights to privacy and freedom of expression. There was a rise in communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and some other states and corruption, caste-based discrimination and caste violence remained pervasive.”

In reference to communal violence, it noted that, “A string of communally charged incidents in Uttar Pradesh prior to elections led to an increase in tensions between Hindu and Muslim communities… Politicians were accused of and in some cases criminally charged with making provocative speeches.”…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/amnesty-international-criticises-modi-govts-rights-record/article6931794.ece

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CPI (M) worker hacked to death allegedly by RSS-BJP men in Kannur (Feb 26, 2015, Indian Express)

A CPI (M) worker was hacked to death allegedly by RSS-BJP men on Wednesday night at Chittariparamba near Koothuparamba in Kannur. According to police, O Preman, 45, a toddy tapper, was attacked. An armed gang hurled bombs to scare people away, before hacking O Preman, 45, a toddy tapper, police said. He had sustained serious injuries on both legs. He was rushed to a hospital in Thalassery but succumbed to injuries on Thursday morning.

A hartal was observed in Kannur district, in protest against the murder. Police have registered a case against 10 BJP-RSS workers. The district administration has convened a peace meeting on Friday. CPI (M) district secretary P Jayarajan said the Sangh Parivar has converted the district into battle ground after the BJP government came to power at the Centre.

Kannur district, which had a long blood-stained history of cyclical political violence, had remained peaceful for the recent years. However, things have changed after BJP stepped up its membership campaign after the party assumed power at the Centre. Several pro-CPI (M) men had joined the BJP in the recent months.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/cpi-m-worker-hacked-to-death-allegedly-by-rss-bjp-men-in-kannur/

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Thirteen men acquitted from a 12-year-old POTA case in Maharashtra (Feb 26, 2015, Twocircles.net)

Thirteen persons, who were termed accused in a 2003 terror case under sections of Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), were acquitted by a session court here. Session Court Judge N N Dhend acquitted all the 13 accused in the case on Tuesday for want of evidence. Those acquitted are: Anwar Shaikh, Mansoor Shaikh, Gulam Shaikh, Mudassir Shaikh, Ibrahim Momin, Mubin Shaikh, Farooq Tubib, Hamid Mulla, Yaqub Saudagar, Jabbar Shaikh, Mahboob Daula, Rahman Shaikh and Imaan Nadaf.

All these men were arrested by Maharashtra police on August 8, 2003 alleging they were planning to make crude bombs for explosion. Police had allegedly recovered some preparatory material from some of the accused. Soon after their arrest, police had invoked sections of POTA in the case. All the accused were released on bail after spending six months behind bars after their arrest in 2002.

There were 62 witnesses in the case but prosecution examined only 14 of them. All the witnesses were declared hostile by the court. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind that had extended legal help to these accused expressed delight with the judgment and thanked its legal cell for continuous work in getting justice for the innocent.…

http://twocircles.net/2015feb26/1424940311.html

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Muzaffarnagar Riot Cases: 10 months on, cops wait for DNA report to confirm identity of riot victim (Mar 3, 2015, Indian Express)

For the last 10 months, the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) probing the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot cases is awaiting a DNA report to proceed into the murder case of 45-year-old Shakeel, who went missing after communal violence erupted in the district. In his complaint, Shakeel’s son Dilshad had named 22 people – all belonging to the Jat community – for killing his father and later setting ablaze the body. The case was filed at Fugana police station in Muzaffarnagar. No one has been arrested yet.

On September 8, 2013, a charred body was recovered near Dilshad’s house at Bahadi village in Muzaffarnagar. Dilshad claimed that the deceased was his father. In June last year, the police had taken Dilshad’s blood sample to conduct DNA profiling with the charred body. But the report is yet to arrive. Investigating officer (IO) of the case, Inspector Dharampal Tyagi, said the police will proceed after it receives the DNA report.…

In June last year, Dilshad’s blood sample was collected and sent to Hyderabad for DNA profiling with the preserved parts of the body. ASP (SIC) Manoj Kumar Jha said though they have sent regular reminders to the laboratory, they are yet to receive the DNA report.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/muzaffarnagar-riot-cases-10-months-on-cops-wait-for-dna-report-to-confirm-identity-of-riot-victim/

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Demolition of Babri masjid greatest national crime and tragedy after partition: Justice Katju (Feb 26, 2015, Twocircles.net)

Terming the demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992 as the “greatest national crime and greatest tragedy,” Justice (retd) Markandey Katju, Press Council Chief and former Chief Justice of Madras High Court, has demanded that the perpetrators must be given the “harshest punishment.”

Although Katju made no mention, his comments on the Babri demolition come a day after reports of one of the main litigants in the Ram Jamnbhoomi Babri Masjid case, Hashim Ansari having a discussion with Akhara Parishad chief Mahant Gyan Das for a new proposal for the resolution of the Ayodhya dispute that they reportedly plan to put before the Supreme Court. According to a report in The Hindu, the idea behind the plan is to find a middle path keeping in mind the sensibilities of both the Hindu and the Muslim communities.…

“I refused to go to the so called ‘Ram Janma Bhoomi’, which had been erected on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid,” he said, adding, “I did not go there because I regard demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 as the greatest national crime and greatest tragedy after the Partition of India in 1947 and I refuse to convey the impression that I have condoned this crime.”…

http://twocircles.net/2015feb26/1424966483.html

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Christian who reconverts as Hindu SC will get quota benefits: Apex court (Feb 27, 2015, Indian Express)

Amid the controversy over “ghar wapsi”, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a person who “reconverts” from Christianity to Hinduism shall be entitled to reservation benefits if his forefathers belonged to a Scheduled Caste and the community accepts him after “reconversion”.

Citing articles by B R Ambedkar and James Massey, and reports by Mandal Commission and Chinappa Commission, the court said: “There has been detailed study to indicate the Scheduled Caste persons belonging to Hindu religion, who had embraced Christianity with some kind of hope or aspiration, have remained socially, educationally and economically backward.”

The bench of Justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda held that a person shall not be deprived of reservation benefits if he decides to “reconvert” to Hinduism and adopts the caste that his forefathers originally belonged to just because he was born to Christian parents or has a Christian spouse.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/christian-who-reconverts-as-hindu-sc-will-get-quota-benefits-apex-court/

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Opinions and Editorials

13th Anniversary Of Gujrat Pogrom: When Bharat Lost To Bharatiya Janata Party – By Abdul Majid Zargar (Feb 26, 2015, Countercurrents)

Tomorrow, the 27th day of February, is the thirteenth anniversary of Gujrat pogrom in which more than 1OOO Muslims were massacred mercilessly under a communal & partisan administration headed by then Chief Minster Narendra Modi. After demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 and accompanying riots, Gujrat pogrom of 2002 stands alone as one of the worst onslaughts on the cultural identity, economic survival & physical existence of Indian Muslims.

While Justice was subverted in both these holocausts, it was additionally shamed in Gujrat as was eloquently exposed by “Tehelka” – an Indian Magazine in a sting operation. According to the Magazine, “It was not just the carnage that was clinically planned and supervised by the State, it was also the aftermath. Even before the riots began, One of the Sangh parivar outfits, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had started chalking out a strategy for providing legal assistance to Hindus who were likely to be accused of rioting and killing. Its members met on the night of the Sabarmati Express incident to constitute a panel of advocates to defend the rioters. The fact that the VHP had a good number of advocates – both private lawyers and public prosecutors – among its ranks, made the task easy.”

In district Sabarkantha, RSS had formed a body called “Sankalan” to provide legal aid to Hindu rioters. Many of the VHP’s lawyers, who had their own private practices, became defence counsels for the accused, and public prosecutors who were either members of the VHP or sympathetic to the Sangh extended indirect assistance to the rioters.…

http://www.countercurrents.org/zargar260215.htm

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Is Sarva Dharma Samabhava Back? – Editorial (Feb 28, 2015, EPW)

…Modi was embarrassed by Obama on 27 January; it took him quite a while to speak about it (i e, freedom of religion), even about the Indian version of secularism in the form of sarva dharma samabhava (equal respect for all religions).

But eventually, talk he did, 12 days after Obama evoked Gandhian ideals to drive home the message. Modi’s Indian critics, clearly unimpressed, asked him to now “walk the talk,” which he is yet to do; unlikely, we think, because that would involve the union government taking necessary action against the likes of the president of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Pravin Togadia, indeed, even against the sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat.

With one of his pracharaks as the Prime Minister of India, Bhagwat has been counting on being given a free hand in playing his role as Raj Guru (the prince’s counsellor) and in fulfilling the RSS mission of regenerating Indian society and restoring the nation’s vitality. What could be better than the ghar wapsi exercises? After all, the Other, the prodigal, needs to be brought back, by any and all available means, to the ghar, the Hindu religion, and the nation, which is claimed to be that of the Hindus, but only after a shuddhi (purification) ceremony, for these Others have been defiled by Christianity and Islam, and therefore they need to be cleansed before bringing them back to the ghar in the jati (caste) quarters of their origins.…

http://www.epw.in/editorials/sarva-dharma-samabhava-back.html

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Vanzara gets bail: It’s morally and ethically wrong to reinstate policemen accused of fake encounters – By MK Venu (Feb 21, 2015, First Post)

A controversy has erupted over the release on bail of former Gujarat cadre IPS officer DG Vanzara who was arrested in 2007 in connection with several fake encounter killings in that state. Vanzara came out of jail this week and claimed that “Achhe Din” had come for police officers” who had suffered in Gujarat jail for many years on charges of fake encounter killings.

Vanzara was Inspector General incharge of border areas in Gujarat when petty criminal Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsi Prajapati were killed by the police. The three were travelling by bus from Andhra Pradesh to Gujarat. The case was investigated by the CBI under Supreme Court’s monitoring and a chargesheet was filed accusing Vanzara and several others, including Amit Shah, in the fake encounter case.

Amit Shah, who was then incharge of Gujarat Home Ministry, was discharged by the Mumbai High Court recently on the ground that that there was no evidence of his involvement in the killing of Sohrabuddin, his wife and Tulsi Prajapati.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/vanzara-gets-bail-its-morally-and-ethically-wrong-to-reinstate-policemen-accused-of-fake-encounters-2113691.html

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Mera Bharat Mahan – By Pavithra S. Rangan (Mar 9, 2015, Outlook)

Mahan is a metaphor for the raging debates that India is engaged in today. As the budget session kicks off, the Narendra Modi government is resisting a huge and concerted political opposition to the land acquisition ordinance. Insisting that there is an international conspiracy to slow down India’s growth, the government recently prevented a Greenpeace activist working in Mahan from flying to London. Outlook travelled to Singrauli, the energy capital of India, to find out why some villagers are trying to save a forest with over 5,00,000 sal trees – and why the poor refuse to part with their land, rivers and forests.

It’s a Monday morning but just a dozen two-wheelers are parked outside the gate. The orange company bus has just driven in – but there are only two people in it. The Essar Power plant does not betray much sign of activity. The plant that generated electricity for close to two years, we are told, was shut down two months ago. The company claims it had invested Rs 4,500 crore in setting it up in anticipation of getting the Mahan coal block barely four kilometres away, but ran out of patience when the government failed to put up the block for auction. It was not cost-effective to generate power at the plant with coal transported from a longer distance, officials explain.

But even when the plant was generating electricity, no power was being supplied to the Nandnagar Resettlement Colony – which is the present refuge of a thousand people, mostly tribals, displaced by the plant. “The company did not give us any job either. We were only engaged for two or three months during the construction,” says Bhanu Dutt Gond, 42, who lost three acres of land to the plant. “They took away our land permanently but they wouldn’t give us permanent jobs. Our entire family used to work on the farm and sell the produce profitably. But now only one person in the house gets an unemployment allowance of Rs 7,000 a month.”…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Mera-Bharat-Mahan/293533

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Why, to many critics, Mother Teresa is still no saint – By Adam Taylor (Feb 25, 2015, Washington Post)

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary who became an international icon for her charitable work, has been dropped into modern India’s religious debate after the head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) criticized the intentions behind her work.

“It’s good to work for a cause with selfless intentions. But Mother Teresa’s work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said at the opening of an orphanage in Rajasthan state on Monday, the Times of India reports. “In the name of service, religious conversions were made. This was followed by other institutes, too.”

Bhagwat’s comments caused a storm among opposition politicians, angered by the implication that a woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in India would have had ulterior motives. Congress party official Rajiv Shukla demanded an apology while the newly elected Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said Teresa was a “noble soul” and asked RSS to spare her.…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/25/why-to-many-critics-mother-teresa-is-still-no-saint/

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Modi makeover behind leak of espionage ring? – By FJP Bureau (Feb 21, 2015, Free Press Journal)

The selective leaks about involvement of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited and arrest of one of his executives in the alleged corporate espionage ring in the Petroleum Ministry may be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image makeover plan to shrug the charge that he tweaks the government policies to benefit only a handful of industrialist friends.

As many as nine corporate entities were said to be under the scanner as recipients of sensitive documents, including Reliance, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Essar and Cairns India, but the Delhi Police on Thursday evening chose to raid only the Reliance office in Connaught Place, sending a clear message to the media.

The general perception is that even a minister has to seek an appointment before he can access the prime minister’s residence, but a few industrialists can walk in any time and get their work done without fuss. Modi apparently wants to change that image as he has been sounded by the RSS leadership and because he wants to negate AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s charge that he was returning favours to Reliance for the help extended in the Lok Sabha elections.…

http://www.freepressjournal.in/modi-makeover-behind-leak-of-espionage-ring/

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 13th, 2014

by newsdigest on October 15, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Carrying on a tradition: An ode to communal harmony (Oct 13, 2014, Business Standard)

The melodious sound of shahnais reverberated in the air while a troupe of fire dancers captivated the spectators asDelhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung Monday launched the “Phool Walon Ki Sair”, the annual procession of flower sellers, organized as a symbol of communal harmony since the Mughal era.

The festival that promotes friendship between Hindus and Muslims dates back several hundred years and was revived by the Anjuman “Sair-e-Gul Faroshan” society in 1962. Despite losing its grandeur down the ages, it is still celebrated every year.

The highlight of the festival is the procession, led by shehnai players, who present floral ‘pankhas’ (fans) at the historic Yogmaya Shaktipeeth temple and at the Dargah of Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, both situated in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area, in a celebration of India’s syncretic culture.

Jung too was presented with a floral pankha and said: “The Phool Walon Ki Sair is an example of the rich composite culture of our great nation and the pankhas are a symbol of national integration and communal harmony.” Jung also praised the Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan society for their efforts in fostering communal peace in the society.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/carrying-on-a-tradition-an-ode-to-communal-harmony-114101301062_1.html

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BJP behind clashes at Ahmedabad, Vadodara: Gujarat Congress (Oct 7, 2014, Economic Times)

Opposition Congress today accused BJP of orchestrating the recent clashes in Shahpur here and communal riots in Vadodara, a charge rejected as “baseless” by the ruling party of Gujarat. Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela alleged BJP was involved in the incidents of violence in Ahmedabad and Vadodara over the last few weeks.

In a statement here, the senior Congress leader claimed that “some dissident groups” within the ruling BJP “incited” a minority community. “It is obvious that Congress does not like this BJP Government in Gujarat. But there are certain groups within the BJP itself that are against this Government because it has not given them any powers. Such dissident groups have been inciting a minority community to resort to violence,” the former Chief Minister said.

“Clashes in Shahpur were a perfect example of that strategy. I have learned that BJP men were also involved in the recent violence in Vadodara,” said Vaghela, who urged the Government to take all necessary steps to check riots. “Government should take strict action against rioters and if the government has intelligence inputs about possibility of violence, then why did it fail to take action? The government is losing control on the administration and the common man is paying for it,” Vaghela said. �

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-07/news/54735637_1_bjp-government-gujarat-congress-gujarat-ias

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Communalism, biggest threat facing state: AGP (Oct 9, 2014, Times of India)

Ahead of its national political convention on October 14 and 15, leaders of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) said increasing polarization along religious lines is the biggest danger facing Assam. “In recent times, we have witnessed the rise of communalism and polarization along religious lines. This is very dangerous. It will destroy the unity and harmony of the state. We want to defeat all such evil forces and work for the development of the state and the region,” AGP general secretary Kamalakanta Kalita said on Wednesday.

He added that such issues will be discussed in the national political convention. “Assam is a state embracing all kinds of religious identities and divisive politics will destroy it. So, we appeal to people to join the convention,” Kalita added. The AGP leadership is hopeful that the convention will help the party in rectifying its past mistakes.

“The convention will be based on the suggestions and advice of people from different walks of life, including students’ bodies, social organizations, senior citizens and people who were part of the historic Assam movement,” Kalita said.

For the convention, AGP has invited representatives of All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu), All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu), All Rabha Students’ Union (Arsu), All Assam Gurkha Students’ Union (ASGSU), among other students’ bodies. The party has also invited social and literary organizations, including Asam Sahitya Sabha and Bodo Sahitya Sabha.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/44722136.cms

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Now, ‘love jihad victim’ says she had eloped; family cooked up story (Oct 13, 2014, Times of India)

There was a strange twist in the Meerut gang rape-and-conversion case as the 20-year-old former madrassa teacher, who had previously alleged that she was abducted, gang-raped and forced to convert to Islam, has now revealed that she willfully eloped with her Muslim boyfriend Kaleem.

Highly-placed sources in the police told TOI that the woman, a resident of Kharkhoda village, claimed that the entire gang-rape and conversion story was “cooked up” by her family members who were against her relationship with a Muslim man.

“I am facing threat from my own family. They are planning to kill me so that they can get compensation from the state government for my death,” the woman reportedly told police. She said her family had also forced her to undergo a surgery to get rid of her unborn child.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/44805141.cms

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Boy, allegedly set ablaze by Army men, dies in Hyderabad (Oct 9, 2014, The Hindu)

Shaik Mustafa (11), who was set ablaze allegedly by unidentified persons at Army Garrison in Mehdipatnam the previous day, died at a private hospital early on Thursday. Doctors, who treated the boy, told that he suffered about 80 per cent burns and his vital organs were damaged.

Mustafa, a student of a Madarsa, was found lying on the ground with burns in the Army Garrison compound at First Lancer in Mehdipatnam on Wednesday afternoon by locals. They shifted him to Osmania General Hospital. Later, he was shifted to DRDO Apollo hospital in Santoshnagar for better treatment where he died.

On Wednesday Mustafa told the OGH doctors that unidentified military men allegedly set him ablaze. A team of doctors conducted post mortem examination at the Osmania General Hospital mortuary at around 10 a.m. Later, the body was handed over to the family members.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/boy-allegedly-set-ablaze-by-army-men-dies-in-hyderabad/article6484308.ece

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RSS Toying With Buddhist-Hindu Peace Zone Idea? (Oct 8, 2014, New Indian Express)

Radical Sri Lankan Buddhist outfit, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), is aiming at setting up a “Buddhist-Hindu Peace Zone in South and Southeast Asia” with the help of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), an organisation with which India’s ruling party BJP is closely associated. This was revealed by Ven Gnanasara Thero, general secretary of BBS, at a press meet here on Monday. The BBS is widely believed to have the tacit backing of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

Gnanasara Thero, who is a Buddhist monk, said the BBS has been talking to the RSS at the highest level. “We are hopeful of meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon,” he added. BBS’s chief of research, Dr Chamila Liyanage, said Modi had impressed the outfit because he had said India is a “Hindu nation” and he is wedded to promoting Hindu culture. “Moreover, Modi, standing for national unity, will not divide any country, including Sri Lanka,” Liyanage said.

Releasing the BBS’s “Policy Framework”, its spokesperson, Dr Dilantha Vithanage, said Sri Lanka should be declared a Sinhala nation and renamed “Sinhale” as in ancient times. The various ethnic and religious groups should carry the prefix “Sinhale”. Sri Lanka should be declared a Sinhala-Buddhist nation with Sinhalese as the official language. The culture of Lanka should be “Sinhala-Buddhist”. The BBS does not believe in “multi-culturalism”, he added, driving the point home.…

http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/RSS-Toying-With-Buddhist-Hindu-Peace-Zone-Idea/2014/10/08/article2466963.ece

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Despite a petition pending in HC, Subedar Ishrat Ali’s family evacuated forcibly (Oct 11, 2014, Twocircles.net)

Military Police today (October 9) ejected forcefully the family of Subedar Maulvi Ishrat Ali of Rajputana Rifle in his absence from his quarter in Delhi cantonment. Reportedly, Subedar Ishrat Ali had been issued a notice for disobedience for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Mata di’ instead of ‘Jai Hind’ and had filed a petition in the High Court against the orders to evacuate immediately his quarter.

Military Police did not allow the local police – that had been called by dialing 100 – to enter the house. Maulvi Subedar Ishrat Ali’s wife Shehnaz Bano told Rashtriya Sahara, “Today in the afternoon at about 12.30 some 35-40 personnel of military police, including women police officers, entered the house. They pushed and forced me and my daughters out. Then they started throwing out the household possessions much of which has been damaged.”

According to Shahnaz Bano when she called the police by dialing 100, military police did not let the Delhi police in. “After this military police called a tempo and loaded our possessions on it saying, ‘Go wherever you want to go’,” she said.…

http://twocircles.net/2014oct11/1412999419.html

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Kanchi seer meets Muslim cleric, discusses Ayodhya (Oct 12, 2014, Times of India)

Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on Saturday met All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) general secretary Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali and sought his help for initiating fresh dialogue between Muslim and Hindu leaders for a possible out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

The seer had unsuccessfully held talks with AIMPLB to resolve the dispute in 2002 and 2003 on then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s request.

He told Mahali that courts would be unable to sort out the dispute as it involves faith and that the solution can be reached only through dialogue between the two communities. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/44787593.cms

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Ludhiana Fake Encounter: Indian Police Killing Innocent Sikhs for More Than 3 Decades (Oct 13, 2014, Sikh Siyasat)

On 27th September 2014, Ludhiana Police as well as a member of the ruling Akali Dal (Badal) and some other ‘private armed persons’ raided the house in Jamalpur of brothers Harinder Singh (25) and Jatinder Singh (24), where they had been living for the past two months.

Earlier, Machhiwara police had registered a false case against the victims for attempted murder. This is widely believed to have been a political manoeuvre. When the brothers, who were unarmed, found the Police were at their door, they tried to escape but they were shot in the head and killed by the Police party. An eyewitness said the policemen entered the building by scaling the wall of a neighbouring house.

Initially, the incident was termed as a ‘police encounter’ by the Punjab police but afterwards the police officers started admitting that it was a case of cold blooded ‘murder.’ These kinds of inhumane tactics have been used against the Sikhs in Punjab for over three decades. Countless innocent young lives have been lost and the Punjab Police, as well as high ranking officers such as Sumedh Saini and top Punjab Government Officials such as Izhar Alam, have blood soaked hands.…

http://sikhsangat.org/2014/ludhiana-fake-encounter-indian-police-killing-innocent-sikhs-for-more-than-3-decades/

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Modi government politicising Bengal blast: Trinamool (Oct 11, 2014, Deccan Herald)

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress Saturday accused the BJP-led central government of politicising the Oct 2 explosion in the state’s Burdwan to hide its “inability” to curb illegal infiltration.

The Trinamool, which vehemently opposed a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the explosion that killed two suspected Bangladeshi militants, now changing its stance, accused the central government of sitting on the issue despite a report by the state government.

“Immediately after the incident we sent a detailed report to the centre but it has done nothing. The centre has been sitting on the issue and trying to politicise it to hide its inefficiency,” Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee told media persons here.…

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/435443/modi-government-politicising-bengal-blast.html

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Govt opposed to Dalit status for converts (Oct 10, 2014, Times of India)

The Centre believes that granting dalit status to converts from Islam and Christianity would encourage religious conversions, coming out against the demand that the list of Scheduled Castes be opened up beyond Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

Union social justice minister Thavar Chand Gehlot told TOI, “Allowing SC status to converts would provide a fillip to religious conversions. The demand is not constitutional and we want to work within the parameters of the statute for the welfare of these communities.”

The unequivocal stance indicates that the Centre may oppose the demand of dalit Christians in the Supreme Court. The issue has been hanging fire as the UPA government, in its affidavit, continuously dragged its feet in the Court.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/44765858.cms

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Opinions and Editorials

Remote control (RSS) takes charge of TV (DD) – By Anil Sharma (Oct 4, 2014, Free Press Journal)

It is payback time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In exchange for the volunteer services the RSS provided him during the Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi offered the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat the forum of the public broadcaster Doordarshan for a live telecast of his annual Vijaya Dashmi oration from Nagpur.

The RSS was founded on this day in 1925 and the event has been on for 89 years, and this is the first time it has been found ‘newsworthy’ by the government-owned public broadcaster. Even during the six-year rule of the Vajpayee-led NDA government, the RSS, normally described as a remote control of the BJP, could not get this facility. Clearly, now the remote control has taken charge of the television itself. Both Modi and Vajpayee are members of the RSS and refer to themselves as proud swayamsewaks.

The move, perhaps calculated, invited the ire of the opposition Congress, the left Parties and secular intellectuals. Senior leaders, including former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, party spokespersons Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Sandeep Dikshit, all hit out at the government for misusing public funds to propagate an ideology that is not acceptable to all. Dikshit said, “It is a dangerous tradition. This is not an organisation which is completely neutral. It is a controversial organisation.”…

http://freepressjournal.in/remote-control-rss-takes-charge-of-tv-dd/

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No Magic Broom – Editorial (Oct 11, 2014, EPW)

The Swachh Bharat campaign has failed to understand why there is dirt. If a handful of brooms with long handles could make India clean, this would have happened long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to use symbolism to launch the Swachh Bharat campaign. The sight of the prime minister, his cabinet colleagues and various well-known personalities wielding these brooms, for the first time for some, is ideal media material. But given the obvious lack of understanding of the reasons India remains one of the filthiest countries in the world, the campaign is likely to remain just that – media images without substance.

One could argue that launching a campaign for cleanliness at the highest level is not a bad idea. Top-down campaigns do gain an initial impetus. Rajiv Gandhi launched an adult literacy campaign when he was prime minister. Indira Gandhi exhorted that she would remove poverty in her Garibi Hatao campaign. But neither did poverty disappear during Indira Gandhi’s reign nor did illiteracy during Rajiv’s.

If anything, the past should teach us that it takes more than the “campaign mode” to deal with entrenched problems. And dirt and filth, the distinguishing features of the majority of Indian cities and towns and to a lesser extent its villages, cannot be swept clean with a symbolic broom, or even thousands of them. Not even if every government employee, as mandated by the government, spends two hours every week for the next five years cleaning up the surroundings.…

http://www.epw.in/editorials/no-magic-broom.html

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False Teachings for India’s Students – Editorial (Oct 8, 2014, New York Times)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised India’s youth a bright future. As he is well aware, realizing that promise will depend on dramatically increasing educational quality and opportunity for the 600 million Indians under age 25, many of whom lack basic reading and math skills. In its 2014 Election Manifesto, Mr. Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, called education “the most powerful tool for the advancement of the nation and the most potent weapon to fight poverty.” The question now is whether educational reform will be used not just to create an educated citizenry and trained work force but also to promote a particular ideology.

While campaigning ahead of the May election, Mr. Modi, then the chief minister of the state of Gujarat, promised to bring the “Gujarat model” to national governance. Many voters understood this to mean a commitment to a more dynamic economy. But the Gujarat model has a less attractive side to it: a requirement that the state’s curriculum include several textbooks written by Dinanath Batra, a scholar dedicated to recasting India’s history through the prism of the Hindu right wing.

In February, Mr. Batra led a successful effort to pressure Penguin India to withdraw copies of a book by Wendy Doniger, a religion professor at the University of Chicago, which he felt insulted Hinduism. Then, in June, the Gujarat government directed that several of Mr. Batra’s own books be added to the state’s curriculum. Mr. Batra’s teachings range from the trivial to assertions that simply cannot be taken seriously. His books advise students not to celebrate birthdays with cakes and candles, a practice Mr. Batra considers non-Indian. More troublingly, they instruct students to draw maps of “Akhand Bharat,” a greater India, presumably restored to its rightful boundaries, that include Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mr. Batra also believes that aircraft, automobiles and nuclear weapons existed in ancient India, and he wants children to learn these so-called facts.…

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/09/opinion/false-teachings-for-indias-students.html

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BJP’s ‘Hindu’ Model – By Anand Teltumbde (Oct 11, 2014, EPW)

Notwithstanding Narendra Modi’s passionate appeal from the ramparts of the Red Fort for a 10-year moratorium on casteism, communalism and regionalism, the communal intrigues by his Parivar members have not diminished. On the contrary, these manoeuvres reached such cacophonous levels during the campaign for the recent by-polls in nine states that one thought the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had gone back to its old game of doublespeak and deceit. The party had nominated its controversial MP (Member of Parliament) Yogi Adityanath to lead its campaign for the by-poll of 11 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh (UP), along with the state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai, and Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj Mishra.

The young saffron-clad Adityanath – an MP from Gorakhpur since 1998 – has attained notoriety for his communal antics to become the BJP’s Hindutva face. Just two days before Modi’s Independence-Day speech, he had spewed communal venom in Parliament under approving nods from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, stressing the need for Hindus to unite against minorities. In fact, Sudhanshu Trivedi, the BJP spokesperson, has said that Adityanath was consciously chosen to be the face of BJP’s campaign in UP. It is clear that the BJP wanted to communally polarise the people, repeat what Amit Shah had skilfully accomplished in the Lok Sabha elections.

In a previous column (“Back to Monkey Tricks”, EPW, 30 August 2014), I had warned that the monkey tricks of the Hindutva brigade would prove suicidal for the BJP if such antics were not arrested in time. The by-poll results have verily borne this out. The BJP, which had handsomely won just four months ago, had held 26 of the 32 assembly seats in the nine states, but it could retain only 12. The biggest hit was in UP, the state where Adityanath led its campaign, where it lost seven of its 11 seats. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, where the BJP had swept the Lok Sabha polls, it lost three seats each. I had also warned against the unwarranted euphoria in the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) camp by indicating that despite BJP’s landslide win, its core constituency was more-or-less stagnant at around 22% as in previous elections; what made all the difference was the 40 million odd votes of the first-time voters it attracted with its development rhetoric and strategically muted Hindutva. This election surely shows this first-time voters’ disapproval of its communal politics.…

http://www.epw.in/margin-speak/bjps-hindu-model.html

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The law on course – By Ravi Sharma (Oct 31, 2014, Frontline)

In what came as a shock to her supporters and a surprise to most legal experts, the Karnataka High Court on October 7 denied bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case in which she and three others have been convicted, sentenced, fined and incarcerated in the Bangalore Central Prison.

Represented by the high-profile defence attorney Ram Jethmalani, Jayalalithaa had filed an application under Section 389(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) requesting the first appellate court “to suspend the sentence imposed on her on September 27 by the Special and XXXVI Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge, Bangalore, John Michael D’Cunha in special criminal case 208/2004, convicting her for offences punishable under Section 13(1)(e) read with Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 read with Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)”, and “to enlarge her on bail”. Jayalalithaa’s close associates and co-accused in the case, V.K. Sasikala, V.N. Sudhakaran and J. Ilavarasi, had also made similar pleas.

The charges against Jayalalithaa and the three others hinge around Jayalalithaa’s assets/wealth in 1996 totalling, according to the trial court, Rs.53,60,49,954, a figure which was exponentially disproportionate to her declared sources of income. The three others, according to the verdict of the trial court, “abetted Jayalalithaa, who was a public servant, by intentionally aiding her in the possession of pecuniary resources and property disproportionate to her known sources of income and for which she could not satisfactorily account, by holding a substantial portion of the said pecuniary resources and property in [their] names and in the names of business enterprises floated in [their] names, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 109 of the IPC read with 13(2) and 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and within the cognisance of the court”.…

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/the-law-on-course/article6496841.ece

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The farce over prevention of communal violence – By M Reyaz (Oct 10, 2014, TwoCircles.net)

As the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government decided to not table the Anti-Communal Violence Bill amidst much din in the Upper House of the Parliament on February 5, 2013, it becomes clear that none of the parties are really serious on the question of security of the minority communities, particularly when it comes to the issues of accountability, justice, rehabilitation.

The politics of riots and politics over riots are not new to this country and none of the political parties can absolve of their collusion into it, some are guilty of inciting riots, while others of allowing it to happen by shirking of their responsibilities, mainly for larger political calculations. Still others – most Muslim leaders and groups included – are equally the culprits for looking on the other side, only to later beat the drum of victimhood, at best; or worse, to reap political benefits, at times.

One reason why ethnic and communal riots have virtually become a sort of ‘policy’ for many groups and parties, is that experiences show that the culpability of these often well-orchestrated and planned heinous crimes go escort free. Take the example of recent Muzaffarnagar riots, most of the perpetrators of crimes as grave as murder and rapes are living in their own villages and homes (if media reports are to be believed) even five months after the riots, while the same UP police recover the seven buffaloes of a powerful minister in two days.…

http://twocircles.net/2014feb09/farce_over_prevention_communal_violence.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 30th, 2013

December 31, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Lower court goes along with dirty SIT’s clean chit to Modi News Headlines Criminal Charges against Modi and 59 others ‘Shaken to the core’ but Modi does not offer apology Gujarat riots: Nanavati Commission gets 21 extension till June 30 to submit report Snoopgate went on even […]

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International Human Rights Day a time for renewed resolve to uplift humanity say Indian Americans

December 10, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Indian American Muslim Council ( http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called on people of all faiths to come together on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, to renew their commitment to the UN Declaration of Human Rights [1] and […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – December 9th, 2013

December 10, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines US experts see no indication of ‘Modi wave’ in Assembly elections results Narendra Modi trying to protect Godhra riots perpetrators: Minority minister Ishrat encounter: Doubt over ‘explosives’ on victims ‘Modi represents forces that brought down Babri Masjid’ Relief for babus in reworked draft of communal violence […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 22nd, 2013

April 23, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Gujarat govt’s failure to protect people during 2002 riots: US report Kodnani’s Death move to warn Advani,deflect Zakia? Probe Narendra Modi’s call records in Tulsiram encounter case: Sohrabuddin’s brother Bangalore blast: Terrorist attack or political plot? High Court cancels bail of ex RSS members accused in […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 4th, 2013

March 5, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements IAMC welcomes clarification by JUH Secretary Mahmood Madani News Headlines I was a victim of prejudice by security agencies: Muthiur Rahman ‘Illegal arrest’ of Muslim youths on terror charges echeos in Lok Sabha DRDO fires Mirza; army giving salary to charge-sheeted Purohit in jail Wharton cancels Narendra […]

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Resolution of Babri Masjid case should be a National Priority

December 6, 2012

Indian Americans demand justice, urge peace and restraint on the 20th Anniversary of Babri Masjid Demolition Thursday December 06, 2012 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called the Babri Masjid case a continuing travesty of justice while urging peace and restraint on […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 27th, 2012

August 27, 2012

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony In bad weather, Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus make good friends News Headlines Cops turned a blind eye to tell-tale signs of tension Ruling BPF legislator arrested for Assam violence 20% of banned hate sites put up by Hindu groups Raj Thackeray shows his Hindutva colours as […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 16th, 2012

July 16, 2012

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Keshubhai Patel compares Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler Best Bakery case: Too little, too late Communal riot cases can’t be quashed, rules Kerala HC Government harassing FSL officer: Satish Verma Purohit generated input on Pragya Singh 12 days after her name came up, say NIA sources […]

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