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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – January 11th, 2016

by newsdigest on January 18, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

BJP MLA booked for creating ruckus inside thana in Bhind (Jan 11, 2016, Times of India)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Bhind has been booked on Monday for rioting inside a police station and creating obstruction in public servant’s work.

Narendra Singh Kushwah, the MLA, had created ruckus in city Kotwali police station with his supporters on Thursday demanding release of a local corporator, accused of cricket-betting. MLA’s supporters had manhandled a police videographer and media to switch off their cameras.…

Video clippings of the MLAs utterances against the cops inside the thana had also gone viral on social media. Kushwah was heard shouting at cops.… He was booked under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 187 (omission to assist public servant) and 147 (rioting).…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50530307.cms

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‘Subramanian Swamy’s Ram temple comment aimed at RS seat’ (Jan 9, 2016, Yahoo)

Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed on Saturday said no statement of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy could be taken seriously as “he would never walk the talk” and has a “personal interest” behind commenting on the Ram temple.

On Swamy saying that the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya “will be built on the decided land only”, the Congress general secretary said “Swamy’s past track has not been good, as he never does what he says”.

“He has been making all sorts of comments on issues. He is doing it just to ensure a Rajya Sabha seat for himself,” the Congress leader told IANS.…

https://in.news.yahoo.com/subramanian-swamys-ram-temple-aimed-rs-seat-150403021.html

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Gurdaspur SP ‘less than truthful’ during questioning, suspects NIA (Jan 11, 2016, Hindustan Times)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has yet to clear Punjab superintendent of police Salwinder Singh, who was allegedly abducted by a group of Pakistani terrorists before they launched a daring attack on the Pathankot air base. Sources said investigators suspected Singh has been “less than truthful” in his statements to the NIA during questioning.…

NIA sources said several discrepancies have been found in the versions of Singh, his jeweler-friend and the cook. Now, NIA officers will interrogate Singh in Delhi and the cook in Chandigarh. The agency has yet to get credible answers to questions such as why Singh kept four mobile phones and helper Gopal had two mobile phones.

“Besides, his friend Verma and cook Gopal visited the same shrine on the morning of December 31 and remained there for more than 90 minutes before returning there that night with Salwinder. The NIA needs to know why they visited the shrine in the morning,” an officer said.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/pathankot-attack-gurdaspur-sp-salwinder-singh-being-questioned-by-nia/story-F0yZ5nDXner58z9REkSRVO.html

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Sudheeran comes down heavily on Hindutva politics (Jan 10, 2016, The Hindu)

Whether or not it was a deft strategy to win back a section of votes which the Congress-IUML combine lost to the CPI (M)-led LDF in the three-tier local bodies’ polls in November, KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran’s speeches during his ongoing Kerala Raksha Yatra in Kozhikode district were loaded with anti- Hindutva themes and the rise of the RSS after the BJP came to power at the Centre.

Coming down heavily on Narendra Modi government, he said that the Prime Minister had become a crazy NRI modernist who thinks only of visiting foreign countries. The BJP government was engaged in uplifting the industrialists rather than caring for the welfare of the poor in the country.…

Writers and artistes were either killed or threatened by fascist forces after the BJP assumed power at the Centre. Previously, the Planning Board had been dismantled and now the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has been merged with the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Sudheeran said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/sudheeran-comes-down-heavily-on-hindutva-politics/article8087684.ece

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‘The RSS is conspiring to gain a hold of all academic institutions’: Ousted BHU professor (Jan 7, 2016, Scroll.in)

On December 21, Banaras Hindu University convened a board meeting and decided to show the door to Magsaysay award winner and visiting professor Sandeep Pandey, allegedly for his “anti-national activities”. Pandey had been teaching at the Indian Institute of Technology-BHU for two-and-a half years. He sparked a storm in the academic community with his allegation that his political ideology had him a target of the Narendra Modi government. Here’s what he told Scroll.…

Ever since the current Modi government came into power, some sections have been trying to complain about me to the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The HRD minister Smriti Irani also called the Director Rajeev Sangal and told him that I am politically active and my actions need to be controlled. In another instance, the Vice Chancellor GC Tripathi got miffed at me for sitting at a protest with 40 contract employees of BHU who were ousted recently. I just supported them but VC asked me why did I feel the need to go there. He even said that if I want to be Jayaprakash Narayan then I should quit the university and join politics.

In another meeting, Professor Dhananjay Pandey, who is associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, went on to say that people who should be in jail are part of the faculty here but he didn’t take my name. But he didn’t renew my contract and it was delayed for three months before the director acted on it.…

http://scroll.in/article/801512/the-rss-is-conspiring-to-gain-hold-of-all-academic-institutions-ousted-bhu-professor

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Government shifts stand, against minority tag for Aligarh Muslim University (Jan 12, 2016, Times of India)

Unperturbed by the ‘intolerance’ charge flung at it prior to Bihar elections, the BJP-led NDA government appeared to ruffle fresh feathers by taking a stand in the Supreme Court on Monday that Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) could not be categorized as a ‘minority’ institution.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told a bench of Justices J S Khehar, M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan, “It is the stand of the Union of India that AMU is not a minority university. As the executive government at the Centre, we can’t be seen as setting up a minority institution in a secular state.”…

The AG’s stand drew immediate reaction from Justice Eqbal, who asked, “Is the change of stand because of change in the government at the Centre?”…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/50539503.cms

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West Bengal must learn its lessons about communalism from Malda (Jan 12, 2016, Hindustan Times)

Communalising the atmosphere of a state that is going to the polls has been a recurrent feature of Indian politics. This is particularly true for states that have a substantial minority population. The disturbing contours of something like this are acquiring shape in West Bengal’s Malda district, which borders Bangladesh and has a relatively large Muslim population. The trouble started about 10 days ago, when a crowd gathered at a place to protest against a speech purportedly derogatory towards Prophet Mohammed.

Though the speech was made more than a month ago and outside West Bengal at that, the fact that protests against it are still continuing illustrates the tinder box atmosphere that obtains in many Indian states and underlines the need to contain the situation. The signs were ominous, with local people, after a to-do with BSF jawans, setting a police station afire.…

Hence the decision of the BJP to send observers to a place whose mood is volatile was injudicious because it could have led to further trouble. While it is true that the BJP is expanding in West Bengal, it is also a fact that the party has repeatedly picked up issues that are of a divisive nature and do not address the problems of the state, such as economic backwardness or unemployment. And, as the Bihar experience has shown, the electorate now has matured to an extent that it does not rise to anyone’s bait easily.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/west-bengal-must-learn-its-lessons-about-communalism-from-malda/story-rNB9YFJ2hACgc4L5DSy4vJ.html

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We hoist the flag but does RSS honour it, asks Deoband (Jan 12, 2016, The Hindu)

A day after an RSS body asked all madrasas in the country to hoist the national flag on Republic Day, Darul Uloom Deoband on Monday asked the RSS if it “believed” in Constitution of India and in the national flag.…

Ashraf Usmani, the spokesperson of the seminary told The Hindu that though the decision to hoist the national flag is individual choice of madrasas, almost all of them not only hoist national flag but also celebrate Independence and Republic days. Mr. Usmani also bluntly asked the RSS what its contribution in the freedom struggle was.

“First of all, let me announce it to everybody who are ignorant of the immense contribution of madrasas in the freedom struggle of the country, that most of the madrasas not only hoist the national flag but also celebrate the Independence and Republic days regularly. Nobody has given the right to any body or any organisation like RSS to ask or direct anybody else, let alone madrasas, to hoist the national flag,” Mr. Usmani said.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/we-hoist-the-flag-but-does-rss-honour-it-asks-deoband/article8094221.ece

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Civic body chief among 32 booked for fake encounter (Jan 10, 2016, The Tribune)

The city police have registered a case against SAD leader and Machhiwara Nagar Council president Daljit Singh, his aide Peter and nearly 30 unidentified persons for allegedly threatening a key witness in a double murder case, to turn hostile.

The case was registered on the complaint of advocate Pankaj Suri. The complainant said the accused entered his office on January 7 and reportedly threatened Baljit Singh Bunny, a key witness in a double-murder case, of dire consequences if the latter made any statement in the court in connection with a fake encounter case in which two Dalits were killed.

Suri said the accused also threatened Satpal Singh, the father of the two Dalit brothers who were killed in the fake encounter. Two days ago, Baljit Singh alias Bunny of Takhran village had claimed that he was threatened not to appear in the court. Bunny said he apprehended threat to his life and false implication in the case. He said the opponents made all efforts to stop him from appearing in the court.…

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/cities/ludhiana/civic-body-chief-among-32-booked-for-fake-encounter/181613.html

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In Hyderabad University, Dalit students pay heavy price for protesting against Hindutva brigade (Jan 8, 2016, Twocircles.net)

…One wonders what it will take for Dalit issues, and the condition of Dalit students in Indian universities, to get the attention it deserves. As we write this, five Dalit students have been socially boycotted and expelled from hostels and other public spaces, by the authorities of the University of Hyderabad after a series of dramatic incidents revolving around a brawl between two students groups in the campus. But unlike FTII, this has failed to get any media attention.

And all this allegedly started with the proposed screening of a documentary, which the BJP and thereby, its student wing, does not want anyone to see. “Muzaffarnagar Baqi Hai” is a documentary that probes into the unexplored questions about the Muzaffarnagar riots.…

On the falsified complaint of the ABVP leader, the university Proctorial Committee unanimously suspended Dontha Prashanth, Rohith Vemula, Seshu Chemudugunta, Vijay Kumar P Sundar and Sunkanna Velpula. After student organisations protested against this atrocity, the administration revoked the suspension and promised to constitute a new committee and conduct a fresh inquiry about the incidents. However, due to the pressure of the external right-wing Hindutva forces, the promise was violated by the university authority because the current decision to expel these students from the hostels and other public spaces remains based on the previously-biased inquiry report.…

http://twocircles.net/2016jan08/1452266233.html

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Opinions and Editorials

Welcome To Saffron Corridor! – By Ankush Vats and Amit Bhardwaj (Jan 23, 2016, Tehelka)

…Pramod could have a promising career, perhaps, if the likes of Swamiji had not been training them in extreme Hindu fundamentalism. But that is exactly what is being done to thousands of people in western Uttar Pradesh. The result: Pramod freaks out at the sight of Muslims, no matter how poor and how familiar. He is immediately reminded of his judo lessons, imbibed with the idea that he has to fight jihadis. “If I see Muslims again, I’ll shoot them,” he explains in sign language. It seems meaningless to point out to him that the child he thrashed and drove away from the temple was 10 years old – not a ‘jihadi’ by any stretch of the imagination.

Pramod learned judo as part of the military-style training of children – the youngest participants are around eight years of age – being carried out by Hindutva outfits in western Uttar Pradesh. Swamiji and his associates have set up several training centres across the region. This is the same region where the Hindutva campaign against the “Love Jihad” trope snowballed into an anti-Muslim pogrom in the winter of 2013. That was during the run-up to the General Election that brought the BJP to power in New Delhi and was the first time since Partition that communal violence hit rural India on such a scale that thousands of Muslims, driven out of their homes, are still living in exile, so scary is the prospect of returning to their villages.…

The war on Muslims is not just about training Hindu boys to fight ‘jihadis’; it also involves allied tasks such as organising media briefings and campaigns to mobilise public opinion against the law taking its course, when the target is a kindred Hindu-extremist soul. So, for instance, Swamiji’s recent activities have included holding a press conference to express outrage over an FIR filed against Kamlesh Tiwari, one of his disciples, for making a snide remark on Prophet Mohammad, which led to violence in faraway West Bengal’s Malda district. …With the tension in Malda yet to ease and the Centre ordering a probe, Swamiji threatens that if anything happens to Tiwari, “All hell will break loose. We will show them what we can do if they touch Tiwari.”

http://www.tehelka.com/2016/01/welcome-to-saffron-corridor/

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India’s strength lies in unity and religious freedom – By Hari Chand Aneja (Jan 11, 2016, The National)

…This tolerance and harmony still prevails in the villages, small towns and cities of India. In December last year, when Chennai was flooded, Hindus took shelter in mosques while Muslims were fed meals in temples. This is the India we should build.

Great countries are built by assimilating different religions, races and cultures and driving together for development. The United States is a nation of migrants. So is Britain. London has become a global financial capital because people from assorted countries and religions live and work together.…

Together there is little that Indians cannot do. Divided, they will flounder. Indians have the responsibility to perpetuate the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. As India gears up to mark the 67th Republic Day on January 26, it would be fitting to affirm the adherence to secularism and the freedom for everyone to live and practise their faith in the country.

http://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/indias-strength-lies-in-unity-and-religious-freedom

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A Short Walk To Bogtown – By Uttam Sengupta, Meetu Jain, Bula Devi (Jan 18, 2016, Outlook)

There’s a story, possibly apocryphal, most likely impossible, about the siege of the Pathankot air base as the new year dawned. With the prime minister out of the capital when the operations to regain control were on, an official in the PMO kept getting calls from a minister wanting to know the state of play before he could brief the media. Those who claim to walk in such corridors in Lutyens’ Delhi say the recipient kept brusquely disconnecting the repeated calls. There are some who would instantly claim to know who it was who could turn down a minister so flamboyantly; many would dismiss the story as outrageously bogus. But such is the clout and reputation of Ajit Kumar Doval, super sleuth-turned-National Security Advisor.

After the January 2016 attack ended, when the Narendra Modi government finally announced that 500 security personnel, including 150 NSG commandos, had ‘neutralised’ the six terrorists confined inside the heavily guarded air base, there was muted self-congratulation on display. Comparisons were made with the manner in which 26/11 had been handled by the previous Congress-led government. But there were sections within the BJP and outside pointing fingers at Doval’s lone-ranger approach. One critic termed the NSA’s doctrine itself as a threat to national security; another said the PM seemed to be caught between “Doval and the deep sea”. A third quipped that he was missing (Da)wood for the trees, an allusion to his desire to catch the underworld don.

When Union home minister Rajnath Singh had to delete his tweet announcing the premature end of the assault and when defence minister Manohar Parrikar admitted there were ‘gaps’, the corridors were abuzz: was the overcentralisation of the response from the PMO a mistake? Was there a “turf war” as a result of which Doval had sent the national security guard (NSG) instead of relying on the army to end the attack? And, more importantly, had Pathankot exposed the limits of the take-no-prisoners approach to internal security and foreign policy, already exposed several times in the subcontinent over the last 18 months?…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/a-short-walk-to-bogtown/296354

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More Skeletons Tumble Out Of The DDCA Closet – By Amit Bhardwaj (Jan 23, 2016, Tehelka)

Unfazed by the BJP’s disciplinary action, Kirti Azad, former party MP, continued his tirade against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. In a scathing attack on Jaitley, Azad said that there was rampant corruption during Jaitley’s tenure as the president of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and he (Jaitley) was even informed about the “developments” through 500 emails and 200 letters.

Even the defamation case filed by the DDCA against Azad has not deterred the former Indian all-rounder from levelling serious allegations of corruption against Jaitley. Meanwhile, Azad has also sought time from Prime Minister Narendra Modito explain the case to him.

On the other hand, setting the stage for another turf war in the capital, the Ministry of Home Affairs has declaredthe inquiry commission to look into theDDCA issue as “null and void”. The one-man inquiry commission involving former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium was formed by the Kejriwal government. Interestingly, the Centre had itself asked theAAP government to look into the matter after Azad’s repeated plea to probe irregularities at the DDCA.…

http://www.tehelka.com/2016/01/more-skeletons-tumble-out-of-the-ddca-closet/

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Of juveniles and justice – By V. Venkatesan and T.K. Rajalakshmi (Jan 22, 2016, Frontline)

Political maturity is considered to be an attribute of Members of the Rajya Sabha. Indirectly elected, they are expected to keep a distance from the compulsions of electoral politics while deliberating on key legislation. More importantly, as members of the second chamber, they are supposed to give due weight to reason rather than let themselves be swayed by emotions.

On December 22, however, this theoretical understanding of the Council of States came under severe test when the Upper House debated the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015, which was already passed by the Lok Sabha on May 7. Like the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, too, passed the Bill with a voice vote, overlooking serious concerns expressed by some members over certain provisions that made a mockery of the government’s intent to fulfil certain objectives of the Bill.

It was obvious that the Bill’s hasty passage in the Rajya Sabha was a surrender to the public pressure mounted against the release of the juvenile who was convicted in the case of the gang rape and murder of 23-year-old “Nirbhaya” in the capital on December 16, 2012. The juvenile, now 21, was released on December 20, three years after his conviction and sentencing, under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000. He was taken to an undisclosed destination to protect him from public fury. To many observers, the public anger had more to do with inadequate punishment to the juvenile under the old Act rather than with the absence of legal provisions to send a juvenile committing a heinous offence to an adult prison. Seen in this light, even the 2015 Bill appeared to be a disproportionate response to the prevailing public sentiment.…

http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/of-juveniles-and-justice/article8068293.ece

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Take On The Saffron Brigade At Your Own Peril – By Asad Ashraf (Jan 23, 2016, Tehelka)

University of Hyderabad (UOH) is in news for the caste factor yet again. This time over the expulsion of five Dalit research scholars. Following the incident, students of the university are sleeping out in the open as a mark of protest and have asked the UOH to roll back the expulsion.

Students alleged that the penal action was taken against the five scholars based on a complaint by a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). On the other hand, the university administration said that these students had beaten up Susheel Kumar, a student belonging to theABVP. This tussle between the administration and a section of students has created a tension on the campus.

The expelled students belong to the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and they alleged that they were being victimised under political pressure from theBJP and right-wing outfits. They also termed the charges against them as false.…

http://www.tehelka.com/2016/01/take-on-the-saffron-brigade-at-your-own-peril/

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 15th, 2015

by newsdigest on June 16, 2015

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

International Yoga Day: It’s RSS, Centre’s way to propel Hindutva agenda (Jun 15, 2015, Indian Express)

Muslim leaders in Kolkata condemned the International Yoga Day to be held on June 21, terming it “the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) way to forward its agenda of Hindutva”. Shafique Qasmi, Imam of Nakhoda Masjid here, said that there already exists a physical training class in the schools and questioned the “need to impose yoga classes”.

“Yoga is a part of vedic culture and is part of Hinduism. Why should it be implemented in schools and among government officials? It would be illegal in a secular country like ours. If keeping fit is the objective, then Namaz is one of the best forms of exercise. Why can’t it (offering of Namaz) be made compulsory for Muslim students and officials?” he said while speaking to The Indian Express.

He also alleged that the International Yoga Day was the Centre’s way “to shift focus at a time when the people have started seeing through the anti-people policies of the Narendra Modi government”. “It is a part of a larger conspiracy being created by the Centre,” he said.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/kolkata/international-yoga-day-its-rss-centres-way-to-propel-hindutva-agenda/

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Tripura suspends three cops for custody death (Jun 7, 2015, Times of India)

Three policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), were suspended for their alleged negligence of duty following a custodial death at Kamalpur police station in Dhalai district on Friday night.

The family members of the victim, Bijoy Deb (36), alleged that the deceased was tortured in the custody which led to his death. One of the family members said Bijoy was arrested in Noagoan village, Kamalpur, for allegedly creating nuisance in public under the influence of alcohol on Friday night. Around midnight, the sentry on duty noticed that Bijoy had collapsed inside the lockup and was immediately shifted to Kamalpur hospital where doctors declared him dead.…

This is the second such incident in the state in a month. On May 1, Noor Islam (42), a resident of Chanban village in Udaipur, died inside the lockup at R K Pur police station in South Tripura.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47568932.cms

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UP journalist killing: Five policemen suspended (Jun 13, 2015, The Hindu)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended five policemen in connection with the killing of journalist Jagendra Singh in Shahjahanpur. Singh was set on fire allegedly by a group of policemen and goons allied with Ram Murti Verma, State Minister for Dairy Development on June 1, 2015. He battled for life for a week at a hospital in Lucknow before he died on June 8.

In a dying declaration on video, shot before he breathed his last because of burns, Singh said, “Why did they have to burn me? If the Minister and his people had something against me, they could have hit me and beaten me, instead of pouring kerosene over me and burning me.”

Meanwhile, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in Allahabad High Court seeking directions for a CBI probe into the death of Singh. The PIL was filed on June 11 by an NGO and is likely to come up for hearing on June 15. The petition said that the incident was so serious in nature that it calls for a CBI probe.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/up-journalist-jagendra-singh-killing-five-policemen-suspended/article7312967.ece

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Advocate Pracha threatened by Rajasthan ATS officer for defending terror accused (Jun 12, 2015, Twocircles.net)

In an unprecedented event, senior Supreme Court lawyer Mahmood Pracha was threatened directly by a Rajathan Anti-Terrorist Squad officer for defending terror case accused persons. Pracha has filed a complaint letter before the court.

The incidence happened just outside the session court chamber in Jaipur around 12.30 pm on Thursday when the ATS officer Dinesh Sharma tried to assault and straightforwardly threatened Pracha for defending accused in the case and said if he does not leave the cases, then he (Pracha) would be killed.

Confirming the incidence, Advocate Tahiwar Pathan, assistant of Advocate Pracha told TwoCircles.net, “Earlier we used to receive threats from underworld dons but now the men in uniform are threatening us. Fortunately, the incidence happened in the court premises due to which judge himself asked sir (Pracha) to file a complaint before the court.”…

http://twocircles.net/2015jun12/1434130325.html

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RSS Activists Attack Christian Religious Gatherings In Kerala (Jun 16, 2015, Tehelka)

The Christian community in Attingal, near Thiruvanathapuram, is under fear of more attacks, as Hindu hardliners continue to target their gatherings, alleging forced religious conversions. Recently, two such religious gatherings were attacked in the place, leaving many devotees seriously injured. The incidents took place June 14, with a group of 40 or more men, belonging to local RSS unit, raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, stormed into the religious gatherings. They have pelted stones into the halls and unleashed attack on devotees. They even destroyed religious properties and looted many valuables.

The first of the incidents, took place on June 14, around 11.30. The gathering of Indian Pentecostal Mission, was on progress at a hall near to KSRTC bus stand. The troop of RSS activists stormed in to the hall and unleashed an attack on them. Many, including the pastor, were injured in the attack. Then this group moved to a hall at the Municipal Library and attacked another religious gathering belonging to the ‘Reaching the World with Love Ministry’.

According to the Attingal police, the prayer session was being attended by a group of 300 people, at the Municipal Library Hall opposite to the Attingal Town Hall, when RSS activists came raising the slogan ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and storming into the hall and attacking the devotes.…

http://www.tehelka.com/rss-activists-attack-christian-religious-gatherings-in-kerala/

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CCTV footage shows Ramdev’s brother instigating attack: Police (May 30, 2015, Indian Express)

CCTV footage of the May 27 clash between security personnel of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Food and Herbal Park and a local union of truck operators, which left a truck driver dead, shows Ram Bharat, younger brother of the yoga guru, instigating the security guards to attack the protesting union members, Uttarakhand Police said Friday.

It was on the basis of this footage that Ram Bharat was arrested and booked under IPC sections relating to murder, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and sections of the Arms Act.

Haridwar SSP Sweety Aggarwal told The Indian Express: “Baba Ramdev was in the vicinity at the time of the incident. While we have recovered part of the footage that shows Ram Bharat instigating his guards to attack union members, a major portion of the footage has been erased. We are yet to ascertain if Ramdev had a role.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/cctv-footage-shows-ramdevs-brother-instigating-attack-police/

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Two yardsticks for two massacres: Govt U-turn on compensation vow (Jun 11, 2015, Indian Express)

After Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav declared on May 20 that compensation will be paid to victims of Maliana massacre in Meerut, the state government on Wednesday decided the “victims cannot be treated at par with Hashimpura massacre victims” and called off its plans to pay Rs 5 lakh compensation. The decision comes four days after the government released Rs 2.24 crore for the families of 42 Hashimpura victims who were allegedly killed by state PAC officials in 1987.

The government held that in the case of 73 victims of Maliana “there was no police atrocity”. “In Hashimpura there was police atrocity while in Maliana incident there was no such atrocity,” Akhilesh’s Chief Secretary, Alok Ranjan told The Indian Express.…

When reminded about the CM’s announcement, he said: “Maliana incident was part of the riots that took place. We cannot cover them with compensation at par with Hashimpura victims.” Sources informed that officials had apprised the CM that “giving compensation to Maliana victims will make other riot victims demand for compensation”.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/lucknow/two-yardsticks-for-two-massacres-govt-u-turn-on-compensation-vow/

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10 Mumbai schools with minority status issued notices (Jun 11, 2015, Times of India)

The state government has issued show cause notices to 10 minority status schools in South Mumbai including Cathedral and John Cannon school.

“10 schools in South Mumbai have not admitted minority students in the past three years. As per the records their ratio is zero per cent of admitted minority students in the schools,” said minority affairs minister Eknath Khadse.

The show cause notice asks, why the minority status of these schools should not be cancelled. The government is awaiting the schools’ replies. There are other 70-75 schools which are on the list too. The notice will be sent to them as well, said minister.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47631560.cms

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Muzaffarnagar riots: Charges framed against 4 in gangrape case (Jun 9, 2015, Economic Times)

Charges were today framed against four accused by a special court here in connection with the gangrape of a woman during the 2013 communal clashes. The court of Justice Gulab Singh framed charges under various sections, including section 376 (rape) of the IPC against Pushpender, Rupinder, Shabbir and Sanjiv.

The court will record the victim’s statement on July 1. A total of seven gangrape cases, including six in Phugana village and one in Lank village, were registered against 27 people. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the riots had found the involvement of 25 people in six gangrape cases. All 25 have been arrested.

More than 60 people were killed and 40,000 displaced during riots in Muzaffarnagar district and its adjoining areas in September 2013.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/47604149.cms

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Scars of Police Torture Haunt TN Dalit Youth as CB-CID Goes Slow on Probe (Jun 14, 2015, New Indian Express)

Nearly nine months have passed but the scars of police torture continue to haunt Poovarasan as CB-CID is allegedly going slow on the case after filing an FIR directed by Madras High Court.

Poovarasan, a Dalit youth, was illegally detained and tortured by police inspector Kandiban of Kaveripakkam police station, Arakkonam taluk, Vellore district along with Mohan, special sub inspector and constables Sundar and Velmurugan on September 2014 after he allegedly protested entry of lorries into Athipattu village to reach sand quarries.…

Suresh also demanded adequate compensation for victims of police brutality. “Policemen joining hands with sand smugglers should be immediately transferred from the area, pending investigation,” Suresh demanded.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Scars-of-Police-Torture-Haunt-TN-Dalit-Youth-as-CB-CID-Goes-Slow-on-Probe/2015/06/14/article2865187.ece

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Opinions and Editorials

‘Modi’s Concern For The Minorities Is Treated Only As Empty Verbosity’ – By Rajinder Sachar (Jun 15, 2015, Outlook)

…As per press reports Modi recently warned B.J.P. members from spreading communal hatred, acknowledging that provocative comments made by some of his party colleagues were totally uncalled for and declaring that constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and non discrimination were non-negotiable. As a theoretical proposition, no one can disagree. This is consistent with accepted wisdom, namely “that in any country the faith and the confidence of the minorities in the impartial and even functioning of the State is the acid test of being a civilized State”. But how different is the ground reality.…

Personal safety, equal treatment by State is another test by which minorities would judge Modi. Recent happenings in village Atali (Ballabhgarh, Haryana) A team of Socialist Party (India) and PUCL recent visit to Atali Village disclosed the partisan and communal face of Haryana B.J.P. Government. It was on 25th may, 2015 that a mob of Hindus attacked Muslim Houses and destroyed a part of mosque which was being built by Muslims on admittedly wakf land. Muslims in panic had to flee from the village and take refuge in Ballabhgarh Police Station and could only return on 3rd June, 2015. There is still panic and state of uncertainly. But Haryana’s B.J.P. Chief Minister has not deemed it necessary to visit the village and assure Muslims that justice will be done to them. Rather his callousness in the matter is frightening.…

B.J.P. leader Amit Shah who is really running the party is a deep quiet conspiratorial personality. He very innocently seeks to avoid entering into arguments on building Ram Temple and abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution by pleading that B.J.P. has not been given this mandate on these issues. And yet surprisingly lesser B.J.P. minions indulge in provocative slogan of completing the project of “Ram Mandir” and Abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution. Modi keeps conspiratorially silent. That is why when Modi stresses that his sole agenda is development for all it does not cut ice with the minorities, apart from the fact that in reality Modi’s development programme is corporate friendly and anti-labour.…

http://www.outlookindia.com/article/modis-concern-for-the-minorities-is-treated-only-as-empty-verbosity/294589

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It’s Hindu, but not exactly: Modi sarkar assumes Catch-22 asana on International Yoga Day – By Sandip Roy (Jun 10, 2015, First Post)

The government has gotten itself into a curious yoga posture. It’s an asana known as the Catch-22 asana where they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Making sure the world understands that Yoga is #MadeInIndia has been unquestionably one of Narendra Modi’s soft power PR success stories. It’s just been a little too successful and now yoga is paying the price.

Basically right-wingers on the saffron end have wanted it both ways. They have feared that yoga’s Hindu roots have been excised, erased and elided even as yoga has become phenomenally successful in the West. It’s not an unjustified fear. In fact the more successful it has become, the more many of yoga’s western gurus shy away from its roots. Somewhat like Bobby Jindal.

On the other hand now that Narendra Modi has tried to successfully “reclaim” yoga, and its Hindu roots are showing, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has found a golden opportunity to have its moment in the sun and claim that the government is trying to foist Hinduism on everyone. The padmasana is being equated to the BJP lotus. That has led the government to twist itself into knots to appease all sides.…

http://www.firstpost.com/living/its-hindu-but-not-exactly-modi-sarkar-assumes-catch-22-asana-on-international-yoga-day-2288516.html

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Arson at Atali – By T.K. Rajalakshmi (Jun 26, 2015, Frontline)

The 1,000-odd Muslims of Atali village in Haryana’s Ballabhgarh tehsil, Faridabad district, have paid heavily for attempts to build a mosque: nearly two dozen homes and shops belonging to members of the minority community were burnt, looted and vandalised by a mob led by women and armed with hoes (pharsa, in local parlance) and other improvised weapons on the evening of May 25.

The police were hopelessly outnumbered, and they received reinforcements too late to stop anything. No one was killed, but some two dozen people of the targeted community received serious injuries. Curiously enough, not a single person in the rampaging mob was hurt.…

The Ballabhgarh police station is just six kilometres away from Atali village. Some of the victims who have taken refuge there told Frontline that they had informed the police about the mob build-up on May 25, well before the violence started. One of them said: “We made repeated calls that day. The SHO [station house officer] came, but he left leaving behind only five policemen. When we saw the mob gathering, with women in the front, we made frantic calls to the police station, only to be told that policemen were on their way. The mob used cooking gas cylinders and petrol bombs to blast our walls and burn our vehicles. We took refuge inside our homes and on rooftops. With smoke all round us and we being pelted with bricks, we were completely helpless.”…

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/arson-at-atali/article7297894.ece

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A Dravidian Pause In The Hindutva Surge – By Nisha Ponthathil (Jun 20, 2015, Tehelka)

Until two decades ago, Tamil Nadu was hailed widely as a state where the divisive agenda of Hindutva would not find many takers. The state had witnessed social reformation movements in the 19th and 20th centuries in which the local communities had fought valiantly against the Brahminical agenda of caste discrimination. Sangh Parivar organisations were hell-bent on making inroads into the southern state, albeit with little success.

However, in the last few years, the Hindutva outfits have succeeded in winning more followers in the Dravidian heartland through hate campaigns and forging opportunistic alliances. They are yet to win over the Tamil psyche, which continues to cherish a deep sense of social solidarity and co-existence.

The decision of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) to revoke the ban imposed on the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC) has once again proved that the saffronisation agenda of the Narendra Modi government has gone awry in the Dravidian land which still harbours radical thoughts.…

http://www.tehelka.com/a-dravidian-pause-in-the-hindutva-surge/

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Culture of impunity – Editorial (Jun 15, 2015, Indian Express)

The “encounter” in which 12 Maoists were gunned down in Palamau district of Jharkhand last week is beginning to look as disturbing as the April incident in a Tirupati forest in which 20 people were killed in an alleged “encounter” with red sanders smugglers. Only seven of the Palamau victims have been identified, of which six have no police record.

Four minors were killed – celebrating the encounter as a success, the director general of police had elaborated that the “bullet does not differentiate” on the basis of age. Predictably, none of the underaged have been identified.…

The police have an unfortunate tradition of impunity in which fake encounters, framing, the planting of fake evidence and the use of unsanctioned force are par for the course. Admittedly, the forces operate under difficult and often dangerous conditions, but that cannot possibly condone impunity or the use of disproportionate force. Every “encounter” in which the authorities and the public fail to ask probing questions about worrying details strengthens the pervasive culture of impunity. As a step towards clearing the air, the police should immediately reveal the details of the Palamau operation and the identities of the dead.

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/editorials/culture-of-impunity/

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Ringing with hate – By Lyla Bavadam (Jun 26, 2015, Frontline)

Caste tensions are simmering in Maharashtra, where in the past 12 months alone there have been seven caste-related murders. The seemingly low figure is significant because the seven people lost their lives only because of the lower social status ascribed to them by birth. And the State revels in calling itself progressive and modern. The murders were of a gruesome nature; it was as if some vengeance was being exacted.

Only some of these cases have been registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, though on the face of it there are adequate pointers to a caste angle to all of them. Analysis of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for crimes against Scheduled Castes under the Prevention of Atrocities Act from 2001 to 2012 shows that Maharashtra had 3,210 reported cases of atrocities in this period.

The State was ninth on the list, which Uttar Pradesh topped with 26,378 cases followed by Tamil Nadu with 10,845. Priyadarshi Telang of Manuski, an organisation that campaigns for social justice, says Maharashtra has an annual conviction rate of less than 3 per cent and thus holds the State “responsible for the increasing caste atrocities in Maharashtra”.…

http://www.frontline.in/social-issues/ringing-with-hate/article7297948.ece

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