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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 5th, 2018

by newsdigest on February 7, 2018

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Human chains formed in Mangaluru and Udupi to promote communal harmony (Jan 31, 2018, The Hindu)

People from different walks of life formed a human chain in the Clock Tower, Town Hall and A.B. Shetty Circle areas here on Tuesday to promote communal harmony in the State.

This was part of the human chain formed across Karnataka under the banner of ‘Souhardategai Karnataka’. Addressing a gathering at Nehru Maidan afterwards, Dinesh Amin Mattu, media adviser to the Chief Minister, said it was sad that a situation has arisen were human chains have to be formed promoting communal harmony.

He said Dakshina Kannada district was known for its diverse culture and religion. Now, the social and communal harmony is under threat because of some forces that have divided society. There is a need to bridge the gap among communities, he said.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/human-chains-formed-in-mangaluru-and-udupi-to-promote-communal-harmony/article22600503.ece

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Kasganj Violence: Video Shows Youths Holding Swords And Guns Charging Towards Muslim-Dominated Area (Jan 31, 2018, Outlook)

Uttar Pradesh police is now probing a new video allegedly from violence-hit Kasganj that shows a group of ‘Hindu youths’ – holding swords and guns – as they march towards a Muslim dominated area. The video clip that was shot from roof of a tehsil office moments before clashes broke out in the two communities, has been doing rounds on social media, reported The Times of India.

The group of aggressive men is seen holding guns, clubs and sticks as the move ahead in a narrow street. Another can be spotted marching on with ‘Tiranga’ (flag). Visuals of 22-year-old Chandan Gupta participating in the “Tiranga Yatra” is also among the clips, reported the NDTV. The police are investigating the authenticity of the video.

The clash broke out after an unauthorised bike rally was taken out by RSS-affiliated students’ group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the city to commemorate the 69th Republic Day.…

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/kasganj-violence-video-shows-youths-holding-swords-and-guns-charging-towards-mus/307607

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Why raise anti-Pakistan slogans in Muslim areas of Kasganj? Bareilly DM protests (Jan 30, 2018, Hindustan Times)

The district magistrate of Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly has created a stir with a post on Facebook, saying there is a growing trend of people taking out processions in areas where Muslims live and raising slogans against Pakistan, referring to the recent communal violence in Kasganj.

“Ajab riwaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo main julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyun bhai woh Pakistani hain kya? (A strange tradition has been formed. To visit Muslim areas and raise slogans against Pakistan. Why, are they (Muslims) Pakistanis)?” RV Singh wrote on Sunday.…

Singh also wrote about a similar incident in Khelam area of Bareilly last year when a group of kanwariyas or the devotees of Lord Shiva went through a Muslim-dominated village and allegedly raised slogans against Pakistan. “What is the need of raising such slogans? Even I will stop someone shouting such slogans outside my residence without any reason,” the DM said. The post got 235 reactions before it was taken down.…

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/are-they-pakistanis-bareilly-dm-s-facebook-post-on-kasganj-creates-stir/story-dNCT3GHjq1qcUp4uybtN9H.html

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At SC’s Hearing on Loya Case, Many Inconsistencies in Official Version Come to the Fore (Feb 3, 2018, The Wire)

The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud held a two-hour long hearing on Friday afternoon of the petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya. Senior counsel for Bombay Lawyers’ Association (BLA), Dushyant Dave, who argued for nearly one and a half hours, brought to light several inconsistencies in the official account of Loya’s death. The state of Maharashtra was represented by Mukul Rohatgi.…

Dave also referred to inconsistencies in the post-mortem report on Loya, and requested the bench to confer with Loya’s wife, son, brother and father in camera, and if they do not want any probe, it need not proceed further. Making an emotional plea, Dave asked the bench: “Who will protect our judges if we don’t?”

Senior counsel, Indira Jaising, intervened to say that there are many instances of overwriting on the copies of the documents submitted, and therefore, the bench must ask for the originals. Justice Chandrachud agreed with her that there is overwriting. The bench was also told that page 25 of the post-mortem report was not submitted to the bench, creating further suspicions.…

https://thewire.in/220618/scs-hearing-loya-case-many-inconsistencies-official-version-come-fore/

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NHRC registered 1,782 fake encounter cases between 2000-2017; Uttar Pradesh alone accounts for 44.55% (Feb 2, 2018, First Post)

Sohrabuddin Sheikh, Ishrat Jahan, Kuldeep Singh, Salim – a common thread binding all four of them is that they are among people who were allegedly killed in fake encounter cases in India. Of the four names mentioned, one may have come across the former two which turned into high-profile cases involving political leaders. The latter two were one of the many human rights violation cases mentioned in one of the annual reports of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The most number of cases registered since 2000 was in the year 2012 with 226 fake encounter incidents reported, of which only 195 were disposed with 31 cases pending. In the last seven years alone, NHRC recorded 725 cases between 2010 and 2017. Fake encounter cases in this decade alone account for 40.68 percent of the total number since the dawn of the 21st century in India.

Over the last five years, states registered less than 60 cases per year, except for in 2015, when the number shot up to 140 cases. In 2017, 19 fake encounter cases were registered, of which only 10 have been disposed of till now.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/nhrc-registered-1782-fake-encounter-cases-between-2000-2017-uttar-pradesh-alone-accounts-for-44-55-4332125.html

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Pehlu Khan lynching case: Alwar police charge all victims with cow smuggling (Feb 1, 2018, Indian Express)

A second chargesheet following the death of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan names two of his companions as accused and concludes that all three had indulged in ‘cow smuggling’ under state laws. The chargesheet was filed by Alwar police in the court of the Behror additional chief judicial magistrate on January 24. Following Khan’s lynching on April 1, police had registered two cases – one against Khan’s assailants for murder and another against Khan and his companions for ‘indulging in cow smuggling’.…

The January 24 chargesheet names four as accused – Azmat and Rafique who are from Khan’s village, Jaisinghpur in Haryana, Arjun Lal Yadav who was driving one of the two pickup trucks that were attacked on April 1 and his father Jagdish Prasad.… “Is this justice? We were attacked and beaten up by the mob, and now we have been made the accused. I have the valid purchase receipt issued by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation. At the time of the purchase, nobody told us we needed additional permits,” said Azmat, who has been bedridden for several months after the attack, which he says resulted in serious injuries.

“I sustained injuries in the spinal chord as a result of the beating. More than Rs. one lakh has been spent on treatment and now we are paying for court expenses by mortgaging our belongings. We don’t know what to do,” said Azmat who currently lives with his family in Jaisinghpur.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/pehlu-khans-lynching-case-alwar-police-charge-all-victims-with-cow-smuggling-5046962/

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Opposition in Rajya Sabha accuses BJP of polarising, creating fear psychosis across country (Feb 5, 2018, New Indian Express)

The opposition in the Rajya Sabha today accused the BJP-led government of polarising the country and creating a “fear psychosis” among the people, alleging that it was just renaming the earlier policies without delivering their benefits to the poor and the needy.

It is not a “game changer” but a “name changer government” which has failed to deliver on all fronts be it providing relief to farmers and poor, generate jobs or addressing the Kashmir issue, it said.

Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks for the President’s address, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad attacked the government for creating fear, not only among people but also among the bureaucrats and opposition leaders.…

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/feb/05/oppsition-in-rajya-sabha-accuses-bjp-of-polarising-creating-fear-psychosis-across-country-1768771.html

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Bombay HC rejects anticipatory bail plea of Hindutva leader (Feb 2, 2018, Business Standard)

The Bombay High Court on Friday rejected an anticipatory bail plea filed by Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote, a key accused charged with inciting the casteist riots of January 1 in Pune.

With this, the stage is set for the possible of arrest of Ekbote – who heads the Hindu Ekta Manch – and has been booked under three different cases pertaining to the Koregaon-Bhima incident in which a youth was killed, besides many injured and widespread damage to public and private properties worth around Rs 9 crore.

A division bench of Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati H. Dangre, while rejecting Ekbote’s contentions challenging a Pune Sessions Court order declining his anticipatory plea, ruled that the lower court’s observations in the matter could not be ignored.…

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/bombay-hc-rejects-anticipatory-bail-plea-of-hindutva-leader-118020201424_1.html

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Fake propaganda of Hindutva politics exposed, inflammatory quotes being circulated on social media (Feb 5, 2018, Siasat)

According to the news reported in Altnews.in, the facts related to hindutva’s fake propaganda came out when the three celebrities – Prakash Raj, Swara Bhaskar and Farhan Akhtar clarified that the inflammatory messages going viral that they were posted by them were actually not their words.

The Hindutva brigade has been circulating fake quotes, messages in the name of authors, actors, politicians and even common people. For instance, a social media post has been viral on E. Abubaker associated with PFI from Kerala.

To spread communal fangs, the Hindutva politics has crossed all the limits. They do not realize the repercussions that can be caused by their fake propaganda. One such message was in the name of Abdullah Zubair. The message was to create misunderstanding between Hindus and Muslims and polarise the society.…

https://www.siasat.com/news/fake-propaganda-hindutva-politics-exposed-inflammatory-quotes-circulated-social-media-1312788/

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Government admits to cases of fraudulent withdrawal of money through Aadhaar (Feb 6, 2018, Economic Times)

The government on Tuesday admitted that there had been incidents of money being fraudulently withdrawn from bank accounts using the customers’ Aadhaar number.

As per the information, at least six such cases had been reported by four Public Sector Banks so far involving fraud of around Rs 1.5 crore, Parliament was told.

“As per data reported by Public Sector Banks (PSBs), there have been incidents of money being fraudulently withdrawn from bank accounts using the customers’ Aadhaar number in a few banks,” Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.…

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/62807903.cms

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Dalit activists call Budget 2018 ‘anti Dalit-anti Adivasi’ (Feb 2, 2018, National Herald)

“This budget is anti-Dalits and anti-Adivasi. We feel like we are not citizens of this country. If economic justice is not done to dalits and tribals then how can it be good for this country,” said Paul Divakar, secretary of Dalit Arthik Adikar Andolan and National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights.

The organisations are putting up a tough fight for Dalit economic rights by enforcing provisions of the Special Component Plan (SCP) for Dalits and Tribal Sub Plan for adivasis, which make 16.6% and 8.6% of total plan outlay of the budget to be compulsorily spent on them, respectively.

According to analysis done by these organisations, Budget 2018-19 has allocated only 6.55% percentage towards welfare of Dalits, and this is short by 10.5% of total Budget expenditure. Similarly Budget 2018-19 has allocated only 4.53% towards welfare of tribals which is short by 4.07%. Accordingly, they say, Budget 2018 has denied ₹1,14,717 crore to Dalits and ₹54,676 crore to adivasis.…

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/national/dalit-activists-call-budget-2018-anti-dalit-anti-adivasi

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Opinions and Editorials

Kasganj And Before: RSS And Conspiracies Are Synonymous – By Shamsul Islam (Feb 2, 2018, Countercurrents)

…The central publication house of the RSS, Suruchi Prakashan, Delhi, published a book in 1997, titled Param Vaibhav Ke Path Per (On the Road to Great Glory) penned by Sadanand Damodar Sapre, a senior RSS functionary. This book contained details of more than 40 organizations created by the RSS for different tasks but more importantly it described how many of these organizations are run in a clandestine manner for hidden agendas.… There has always been a conscious attempt to create confusion about its different fronts which provide RSS with the opportunity to dissociate with any of these as per its convenience.

For instance it used Hindu Jagaran Manch (HJM) for attacking Christians in late 1990s and when public opinion, media and Parliament seemed to turn against it, RSS denied any relation with HJM. However, according to this publication Hindu Jagaran Manch was created by the RSS which was admitted in the above mentioned publication. This publication went on to describe the nexus in the following words: “From the point of view of Hindu awakening this kind of forums [like Hindu Jagran Manch] at present are active in 17 states with different names like ‘Hindu Manch’ in Delhi, ‘Hindu Munani’ in Tamilnadu, ‘Hinduekjut’ in Maharashtra. These are forums, not associations or organizations, that’s why it is not required to have membership, registration and elections.”

How RSS indulged in conspiracies can be known by the following disclosure in the Param Vaibhav Ke Path Per about a case in Delhi immediately after Partition: “Swayamsevaks had posed to have adopted Musalman religion in order to gain the confidence of Delhi Muslim League for knowing their conspiracies.”…

https://countercurrents.org/2018/02/01/kasganj-rss-conspiracies-synonymous/

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Amit Shah’s discharge: More deaths and more suspicion raised – By Vishwadeepak (Jan 31, 2018, National Herald)

It was not just BH Loya, judge of the special CBI court hearing the discharge petition of BJP president Amit Shah, but also a retired district judge and a lawyer, both from Nagpur and who Loya had confided in, who also allegedly died under suspicious circumstances.

An alleged attempt on the life of the only surviving witness, lawyer Satish Uike, was also made, and this called for an independent and impartial probe, demanded Congress leaders Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Vivek Tankha and Randeep Surjewala at a Congress Party press conference on Wednesday afternoon. They added that agencies like CBI and NIA should not be given the case and there should be a SIT probe into Judge Loya’s death. …

…In the second week of October, 2014 Judge Loya approached Advocate Satish Uike through Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar and a retired District judge Prakash Thombre. In a video call with Advocates Uike, Khandalkar and Thombre, judge Loya allegedly named not only the Chief Justice Mohit Shah but also Justice BR Gavai, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Subhanshu Joshi in Nagpur, who were pressurising him to deliver a favourable order.…

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/politics/amit-shahs-discharge-more-deaths-and-more-suspicion-raised

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Distraction replaces development: Radicalising Hindus are diverted easiest by anti-Muslim bigotry – By Samar Halarnkar (Feb 3, 2018, Scroll.in)

…It appears Hindu India embraces no distraction as eagerly as it does incitement against its Muslim minority. Cow-related violence and killings reached a peak in 2017, with eight in 10 people killed by lynch mobs since 2014 being Muslim as the IndiaSpend hate-crime database reveals. These killings are no longer headline news, and if they are debated on some of India’s radicalised television channels, blame is often ascribed to the victims.…

Hindus who hate and demonise Muslims – and Dalits and Christians to a lesser extent – have found new confidence and courage among the baying mobs on social media. Those mobs include politicians, bureaucrats, soldiers and journalists, formerly pillars of moderation. Caution and circumspection are thrown to the winds, as right-wing editors and professors feel emboldened to circulate fake news and rouse the crudest of passions in Hindus. Every day brings a new low and reveals a growing willingness to fan new flames.…

Things have worsened so much that, like Singh of Bareilly, normally reticent folk feel they must speak up. “It appears as if there is a growing climate of intolerance that is aimed primarily at Muslims,” said an open letter from 65 former bureaucrats to their serving colleagues, judges and politicians. “In the face of a rising authoritarianism and majoritarianism, which do not allow for reasoned debate, discussion and dissent, we appeal to all public authorities, public institutions and constitutional bodies to take heed of these disturbing trends and take corrective action. We have to reclaim and defend the spirit of the Constitution of India, as envisaged by the founding fathers.” … The appeasement of Hindus is India’s new political creed.…

https://scroll.in/article/867195/distraction-replaces-development-radicalising-hindus-are-diverted-easiest-by-anti-muslim-bigotry

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Climate of fear – By Divya Trivedi (Feb 16, 2018, Frontline)

In the first week of January, a mob of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members tried to storm St. Mary’s College in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, to conduct an aarati (Hindu ritual) in praise of “Bharat Mata”. The mob clashed with the police and said that it wanted to promote patriotism among students. The college director, Father Shaju Devassy, reportedly said that it was a symbolic attempt to impose Hindu dominance over minorities under the garb of promoting patriotism. It challenged the constitutional right of religious and ethnic minorities to own and manage institutions to help their communities, he added.

According to Alliance Defending Freedom, a United States-based Christian non-profit organisation, there were 21 violent attacks on Christians and hundreds of cases of harassment, threats and intimidation at the hands of Hindu groups from January to November in 2017 in Madhya Pradesh. Christians constitute fewer than 1 per cent of the State’s 72 million people.

According to Open Doors USA, a “non-denominational mission supporting persecuted Christians worldwide”, in 2017 India jumped to the 11th position in the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians; it was at the 15th position in the previous year “amid the continued rise of Hindu nationalism”. The first six months of 2017 witnessed 410 incidents of persecution against Christians, compared with 441 incidents for the entire previous year. Some 40 incidents were reported a month on average, according to Open Doors USA. These included pastors being beaten, churches being burnt and Christians being harassed.…

http://www.frontline.in/the-nation/climate-of-fear/article10057667.ece

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Like Savarkar to Godse, how Indian right wing is killing Gandhi all over again – By Angshukanta Chakraborty (Jan 30, 2018, Dailyo.in)

…If Nathuram Vinayak Godse pulled the trigger of a gun that felled Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on January 30, 1948, the replay of that primordial terrorism of postcolonial India is happening every day in India 2018 because the memories of Gandhi – the good, bad and somewhat ugly – are being desecrated, erased, annihilated at a rate that’s unpardonable, almost making him the villain in his own tragedy.

70 years since members of Sangh Parivar were officially held responsible for the assassination of India’s “founding father”, the “Greatest Indian” is getting the most violent of historical and political treatment in the history of independent India.…

The first act of terror on independent Indian soil was an instance of Hindutva terror, killing Gandhi. Godse and Narayan Apte, convicted and hanged for the murder, were however, not alone in their heinous plot. Who whispered into their ears the necessity of eliminating Gandhi? Most conclusive proofs have been collected that point the finger towards Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who himself had coined the term “Hindutva”. That he saw the ideology bear its foundational fruit of blood in 1948 itself was a hideous example of how quickly the Nazi-inspired ideological cancer could spread in the body politic.…

https://www.dailyo.in/variety/mahatma-gandhi-nathuram-godse-vd-savarkar-hindutva-narendra-modi-bjp/story/1/22061.html

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Rise of Hindutva forces, upper caste antagonism catalyse drive by educated Dalits to assert their identity – By Praveen Chakravarty (Feb 5, 2018, First Post)

On 1 January, 2018, Dalits, the most disadvantaged community at the bottom of the Hindu caste ladder, had gathered in large numbers at Bhima Koregaon, a village in Pune, to mark a historical event. Two hundred years ago, Mahars, a Dalit sub-group, had helped the British defeat the forces of the Brahminical Peshwa dynasty at the site.

The Dalits at the event were attacked by right-wing groups who claimed to be furious at a celebration of British victory. What followed the next day was a strong retaliation by Dalit groups protesting the attacks that brought Mumbai, India’s financial capital, to a halt.

This was the third such occasion in two years when it became clear the Dalits could respond strongly to upper caste atrocities. Two years ago, in January 2016, there had been a spurt of nationwide student agitations against the suicide of Dalit Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula. Then, in July 2016, there were violent protests against the public flogging of Dalits in Una by cow vigilantes.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/rise-of-hindutva-forces-upper-caste-antagonism-catalyse-drive-by-educated-dalits-to-assert-their-identity-4335739.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 16th, 2017

by newsdigest on November 20, 2017

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Haryana cop held in fake encounter (Oct 13, 2017, Indian Express)

Paramjit Singh, a constable with the Haryana Police and accused in the Sandeep Gadoli fake encounter case, was arrested in a raid on Thursday.

Sources said the Haryana Police, which made the arrest, have contacted Mumbai police and a team from the crime branch will get his transit remand.

Gangster Gadoli, who had over 30 cases registered against him, was allegedly shot dead by a Gurugram police team led by sub-inspector Pradhuman Yadav in Mumbai on February 7 2016. So far the police have arrested seven people in the case.

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/haryana-cop-held-in-fake-encounter-4887805/

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‘Dangerous’ trend of eliminating opposition & liberal values: Bombay High Court (Oct 13, 2017, Free Press Journal)

Voicing its concern over the ‘dangerous trend’ of targeting people who hold ‘liberal values and principles,’ the Bombay High Court on Thursday said that such a tendency is bringing disrepute to the country. The court even made a reference to the shocking murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month at her residence in Bengaluru.

A division bench of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre said, “At present, we can say that there is absolutely no respect for liberal values and opinions. The ones who believe in liberalism are increasingly being targeted for their principles. In the current scenario, we can say that not only thinkers, but any person, or rather any organisation that believes in liberal principles, can be targeted.”

“It’s like if there is some opposition to me, I must have that person eliminated. This trend of killing any and all opposition and liberal values is dangerous. This is bringing disrepute to the country,” Justice Dharamadhikari observed.…

http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/dangerous-trend-of-eliminating-opposition-liberal-values-bombay-high-court/1152910

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Missing JNU student: A year on, ‘where is Najeeb Ahmad’ cries get louder (Oct 14, 2017, Hindustan Times)

At least two hundred voices cried out in unison outside the headquarters of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Lodhi Road on Friday: “Where is Najeeb? Find Najeeb.” On Sunday, it will be a year since the morning Najeeb Ahmad, an MSc student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), was reported missing. Despite probe by four different teams of Delhi Police, Crime Branch and the CBI, there is still no sign of the 28-year-old.

On Friday afternoon, student groups from JNU, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia , Najeeb’s family members and activists held protests over the agency’s alleged inability to trace Najeeb.

A year ago, the PhD student had a reported spat with other students in his hostel during which he was allegedly beaten up. He had reportedly slapped a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The following morning, he was reported missing. Delhi Police registered a kidnapping case. A special investigative team (SIT) was then formed to trace him. The probe was later handed to the Crime Branch. In May, the Delhi High Court transferred the case to the CBI, but there has been no information about the man whose disappearance remains the most talked-about issue on JNU campus, even today.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/missing-jnu-student-a-year-on-where-is-najeeb-ahmad-cries-get-louder/story-qEHvwOLp6VPeO8rnPrG2NM.html

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BHU Crime Branch Serves Notice on Peacefully Protesting Students, Sec 307 (Attempt to Murder) Applied (Sep 30, 2017, Sabrang India)

Fast on the heels of its repressive action of brutally beating women students and professors on September 23 (last saturday) the BHU Crime Branch has, late on the night of September 30 ( a week later) issued a ‘Notice’ to 10 students, all male who were protesting pecefully outside that day. Almost all ten students have been at the leadership of the 24 X 7 Library Movement that began in May 2016. Three of those who have received notices also belong to the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Among the students who have received the notice are Roshan Pandey, Dhananjay Tripathi, Vikas Singh, Yashpal Singh and also Mritunjay, LN Sharma, Shantanu. Besides an FIR has already been lodged against three students members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) that is leading the student’s protest. Vikas Singh of the NSUI doinga PHD in Political Science, Divakar Singh, a BHU IIT Scholar belonging to Youth for Swaraj and a woman student called Mamta have an FIR against them.

Reacting to the notice students including Dhananjay Tripathi and Vikas Singh that “this was a clear case of revenge politics being played out. We were at the dharna in a peaceful protest, we are part of the JAC supporting the movement of the women students as also raising issues of parity and justice and this is a clear attempt to level false allegations against us as also trying to undermine the protest. How could we be hurling petrol bombs as it is alleged when we were at the peaceful dharna outside?” asks Dhananjay.

https://sabrangindia.in/article/bhu-crime-branch-serves-notice-peacefully-protesting-students-sec-307-attempt-murder-applied

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Cow-protection vigilantes attack men carrying ‘buffalo meat’ in Faridabad (Oct 14, 2017, Hindustan Times)

A group of men was allegedly assaulted by so-called cow protection groups in Old Faridabad on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks by right-wing Hindu groups on people over suspicions that they may be selling or consuming cow meat.

Police have filed cases against the victims as well as “15-20 unknown persons” who attacked them, and will investigate the origin of the meat that the men were carrying for which they were assaulted. “We were beaten black and blue and told to raise slogans like ‘gau mata ki jai’ (hail the cow mother) and hanuman ki jai (hail hanuman) – which we refused”, said Azad, who was one of the people attacked. Three of the four victims appeared to be Muslims.

He added that the assault continued even after the policemen arrived on the scene. “We have registered a case under sections of Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act Act against Asad, Shehzad, Shakeel and Sonu”, said ACP Mujesar Radhey Shyam. The officer said another FIR has been registered under sections of rioting, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against 15-20 unknown people.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/vigilantes-attack-men-carrying-buffalo-meat-in-faridabad-wanted-victims-to-say-gau-mata-ki-jai/story-DzeBZnVeNhVnYY3VzrdwBM.html

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Remember when RSS-Jan Sangh leaders (clandestinely) apologised for opposing Emergency, called Gandhi murderer “patriot” (Oct 17, 2017, Sabrang India)

It’s in the ninth edition of “Sarthak Jalso”, a unique Gujarati half-yearly journal edited by well-known writer Urvish Kothari, that has brought to light how RSS cadres and the BJP’s parent organisation, the Jan Sangh, behaved as ultra-nationalists during the Emergency days (1975-77), talked high of patriotism, but were equally quick in apologizing to the authorities about their opposition to what is considered as a dark spot of Indian democracy.

A detailed article by Hasmukh Patel, … has said that during his 11 months in jail, … he came in direct contact several RSS-Jan Sangh leaders. Finding them extremely polite at the personal level, though equally secretive, says Patel, … the RSS-Jan Sangh people would often tell him that they “would fight till the end but would never bow” to the Emergency regime… However, underlines Patel, the very same people would “clandestinely send apology letters” to the authorities, the “mathematics of which I failed to understand.” While Patel did not mention who these people were, those in the jail with him from RSS-Jan Sangh included Chiman Shukla, Shankarsinh Vaghela, Ashok Bhatt, Nalin Bhatt and Vishnu Pandya.

Patel’s observation acquires significance in view of running controversy about questions being raised on RSS’ role during the freedom movement, on one hand, and the revelation that Vinayak Savarkar (whom Modi rates as perhaps the best freedom fighter), was close to Gandhi assassin Godse and he wrote several letters to the British apologizing for opposing the Raj, on the other.

https://sabrangindia.in/article/remember-when-rss-jan-sangh-leaders-clandestinely-apologised-opposing-emergency-called

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Yashwant Sinha to Varun Gandhi: From economic slump, GST to Rohingyas, BJP faces attack from within (Sep 28, 2017, Hindustan Times)

Yashwant Sinha is not the first leader from the ruling BJP alliance to criticise the government over its policies, though his attack is by far the most scathing and direct.

There is a small chorus of voices from within the party who have been openly critical of the central government’s controversial economic decisions, especially demonetisation and GST. But a few of the party’s leaders have also taken a dissenting line on other government decisions, such as the plan to deport Rohingyas refugees.…

In June, just before GST was introduced, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an offshoot of the Sangh parivar, had criticised the government policy.”… Swadeshi Jagran Manch has been saying for long that though GST will make compliance easier for big businesses, multi state operators and TNCs ( transnational or multinational corporations), but at the same time onus of compliance for small scale industry may cause a host of problems…,” SJM said in a press note.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/dissent-from-within-the-bjp-from-yashwant-sinha-to-subramanian-swamy/story-NFKCJgPjq6aWPi4Zb8eC7N.html

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Muslims flee Indian village after singer killed in argument with Hindu priest – police (Oct 11, 2017, Reuters)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-singer/muslims-flee-indian-village-after-singer-killed-in-argument-with-hindu-priest-police-idUSKBN1CG0O4

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Here Are Six Shocking Revelation About Ram Rahim And His Dera Headquarters At Sirsa (Oct 13, 2017, India Times)

Rape, murder, castration, extortion, illegal arms, parallel economy and what not. The conviction of Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim seems of having opened a can of worms for the self-styled Godman, who garrulously called himself Insan and new revelations are coming to fore every day as sanitation exercise at Dera headquarters in Sirsa nears completion.

Dera Chief, Gurmeet Ram Raheem, is currently in Rohtak’s Sonaria jail where his health is said to be deteriorating for different reasons. Here are some revelations about Dera Chief Ram Rahim and his headquarters located in Sirsa which has tumbled out like skeletons.

It has been revealed through the two women who fought the case apart from women who came to fore after the conviction that Ram Rahim used to rape the Sadhvis at his headquarters and this process was called Pitaji Ki Mafi. Many women who refused to disclose their identities have spoken post the conviction about how Sadhvis at Dera were sexually exploited by Ram Rahim. Pregnancy termination kits have been recovered from the Dera.…

https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/here-are-six-shocking-revelation-about-ram-rahim-and-his-dera-headquarters-at-sira-329685.html

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Dalit Rights Activist Detained, Threatened with ‘Encounter’ (Oct 16, 2017, Sabrang India)

Dalit Rights activist Pradeep Narwal has alleged that he was illegally detained by personnel of the UP police on Sunday who also threatened to conduct an ‘encounter’ against him.

Narwal who is the convener of the Defense Committee for the Bhim Army says the incident took place near the Faridabad-Delhi border at about 2pm. “We were stopped by UP police personnel, none of whom were wearing name tags.

One of them put a gun to my head and threatened to do an encounter,” he recalls. “I was made to sit in a police vehicle, while a policeman got into my vehicle. I was then driven around and taken to Muradnagar, but not into the police station. I was questioned by these policemen about my links with the Bhim Army,” says Narwal.…

https://sabrangindia.in/article/dalit-rights-activist-detained-threatened-encounters

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Opinions and Editorials

Anger at India’s Slowdown Gives Modi a Very Big Headache – By Vrishti Beniwal and Bibhudatta Pradhan (Oct 12, 2017, Bloomberg)

For the first time in his three-and-a-half year rule, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing sustained discontent over his economic policies as growth slows, job losses mount and distressed farmers protest. Four senior members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party have hit out at the government, emboldening the country’s weak opposition and challenging the previously unstoppable leader to find quick fixes before the 2019 national polls and a raft of state votes. And as criticism of the Modi’s economic management intensifies, the usually loud voices of his supporters are falling silent.

India lost its “fastest-growing major economy” tag as growth slipped below 6 percent in the latest quarter. The moderation was partly the result of Modi’s boldest moves – demonetization, as well as the chaotic introduction of the goods and services tax that continues to disrupt supply chains. As talk of a stimulus to boost growth sparked concerns of fiscal slippage, foreign investors went on selling spree and rupee started falling.…

The criticism of Modi’s handling of the economy is mounting, with Yashwant Sinha, former finance minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s BJP-led-government, writing a strongly-worded piece saying the economy was in a “mess”. In an interview to Bloomberg Sinha said he was the voice of many in the party who wouldn’t speak out of fear.…

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-11/modi-facing-backlash-as-discontent-over-india-s-slowdown-deepens

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All Around Us, Narendra Modi’s Messiah Image Is Quickly Fading – By Harbans Mukhia (Oct 17, 2017, The Wire)

Remember the year or so prior to the May 2014 elections? The adoring Indian media could not imagine how the country had survived without Narendra Modi for 67 long years. Every little speech of his in a remote high school or a Delhi college became the news, wiping out all other national or international events – good, bad or indifferent – for a day-and-a-half from TV screens. The social media, such as it was, wouldn’t tire of singing songs of gratitude for being around when the messiah had made his appearance.

The messiah himself added all he could to the making of the myth around him. In his speeches, he invariably asked his massive audiences what had they gained in the six decades or so since independence, and the audiences loudly responded with “zero”, which in any case is an Indian invention. All was set to change to a golden age, “achhe din” in 60 months, he said reassuringly. Of course, just about 31% of those who actually voted – and thus around 21% or 22% of the total electorate, or around 12% of the Indian people – fell for his reassurances. But given the nature of our first-past-the-post democracy, this was enough to become a massive mandate.

Has the tide begun to turn? With all the messiah’s promised and unpromised actions falling flat – and more devastatingly being seen to be falling flat – and with “others” having caught up with social media, no prime minister in one’s living memory has been, and is being, lampooned daily on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media as much as Modi, and I have been around long enough to witness the oath taking of all prime ministers from Jawaharlal Nehru onward. The lampooning comes in jokes, cartoons, videos, in reminders of what his dear colleagues like Uma Bharati had to say earlier of his “vikas purush” image (“vinash purush”) and above all in replaying video clips of his own wild promises.…

https://thewire.in/188094/narendra-modi-bjp-2019-image/

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Jay Amit Shah’s Case Against The Wire Is an Attempt to Censor, Intimidate Media at Large – By Lawrence Liang (Oct 12, 2017, The Wire)

… It is worth revisiting Lewis’s story of the Sullivan case in light of the defamation case filed by Jay Amitbhai Shah against The Wire and its employees for Rohini Singh’s article ‘The Golden touch of Jay Amit Shah’.

Defamation in the 21st century AG (After Goswami) and the form of journalism he inspires has also become less black and white as an issue of media censorship, with the media often trampling upon people’s reputations without any fear.

And then there are cases such as the one against The Wire in which, as Kagan would say, heroes are heroes and villains are villains. If it is the balance sheet of Jay Shah’s company which is the cause of aggrievement in the present case, in Sullivan, it was a poster that prompted a historic defamation claim against the New York Times – but in both instances, the real issue is much larger than the tarnishing of individual reputations or even the chilling effects of defamation.…

https://thewire.in/186614/jay-amit-shah-the-wire-defamation-media/

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India’s Hindu Right-Wing Extremists Are Increasingly Turning to Violence – By Vijay Prashad (Oct 12, 2017, News Click)

Earlier this month, in Bhubaneshwar, the capital of the Indian state of Odhisa, activists of the Hindu right decided to do some political theater. They brought a large communist flag, lay it on the ground, photographed themselves stamping on it, and then burnt it.

Why would the Hindu right – which controls the Indian government – decide to burn the flag of the communist movement in India? The communist movement has been weakened electorally, having its deputies in the parliament dramatically lowered over the course of the past two decades.…

The Hindu right, led by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Hindu Right’s electoral arm, the BJP, has used every mechanism of state and society to suffocate dissent. The government has used its power to go after liberal journalists and radical students, using guile and force to break the confidence of the popular struggles. The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh and the attack on the students at Benares Hindu University provide evidence of the attempt by the Hindu right to narrow the possibilities of what it means to be an Indian.…

https://newsclick.in/indias-hindu-right-wing-extremists-are-increasingly-turning-violence

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A dangerous proposition – By Faizan Mustafa (Oct 17, 2017, The Hindu)

…The RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, recently said in Hyderabad that our legal system should be based on “the ethos of society”. Sangh ideologue K.N. Govindacharya has openly spoken of how the Constitution needs to be rewritten.

In all such utterances, the agenda of review too is clear – remove individualism, secularism, socialism; dilute parliamentary democracy and civil liberties; and give more prominence to fundamental duties rather than to fundamental rights, and so on. True, our Constitution is a bag of borrowed ideas, but borrowing a few Western ideas is not necessarily bad if such ideas have some value and relevance for us.

No one generation has a monopoly on wisdom. Humans are fallible but do learn from experience and thus must be empowered to change the Constitution as per the exigencies of time. Amendments are good if they reflect the evolution and maturity of constitutional democracy. Why does the RSS appear to be more interested in a new Constitution rather than mere amendments? A 13-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharati case (1973) laid down that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be altered in exercise of constituent powers of Parliament to amend the Constitution; thus repeal of the Constitution is the only option for the extreme right. This is indeed a dangerous prospect.…

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-dangerous-proposition/article19872416.ece

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What’s Behind India’s ‘Beef Lynchings’? – By Amitava Kumar (Oct 13, 2017, The Nation)

…When Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory in the national parliamentary elections in 2014, one of the planks of his campaign was a ban on cow slaughter. He accused the party in power at that time of promoting a “Pink Revolution” (pink because “when you slaughter an animal, then the color of its meat is pink”).

The government, Modi said, boasted of India being the world’s leading meat exporter. Even in his earlier speeches, available on YouTube, you can hear him declaiming against the killing of cows: “Brothers and sisters, I cannot say whether your heart is pained by this or not, but my heart screams out in agony again and again. And why you remain silent, why you tolerate this, I just cannot understand.”

Speeches like this were not simply about animal welfare. Modi’s words are an incitement for India’s Hindu majority, which mostly doesn’t eat beef, to turn against the minority, particularly Muslims, who are conventionally represented as beef eaters. Cow slaughter has long been banned in parts of India, but after the BJP’s victory, frenzied mobs of vigilantes felt emboldened to make accusations and mete out brutal punishment.…

https://www.thenation.com/article/whats-behind-indias-beef-lynchings/

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Book Review

Hinduising Democracy: The Vishva Hindu Parishad in Contemporary India

Author: Manjari Katju
Reviewed by: G. Sampath
Available at: Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.in/
Review:
Force of Hindutva (Oct 14, 2017, The Hindu)

… Today, VHP leaders occupy influential positions within the secular-democratic framework of the Indian polity, with Yogi Adityanath and Sakshi Maharaj being the most famous names among many others. The question of how and why avowedly majoritarian religious leaders rise to the top in a secular democracy has been a subject of intense debate among political scientists.

In Hinduising Democracy: The Vishva Hindu Parishad in Contemporary India, Manjari Katju, a professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, tries to answer this question by breaking it down into smaller, sharper ones: What is the VHP’s understanding of democracy? What is its idea of freedom? What is its vision of citizenship? And what kind of influence does it wield over Indian politics and social life? To answer these questions, she tracks the VHP’s activities between 1995 and 2015, and over eight chapters traces the evolution of its strategies in response to changing political realities.

On the VHP’s vision of democracy, Katju observes that it attempts to “conflate the notion of parliamentary democracy with the will of the religious majority,” so that democracy in India comes to signify nothing but the rule of the Hindu majority, thereby “obfuscating the understanding of democracy itself.” The VHP’s idea of freedom is “articulated mainly as religio-cultural freedom of the Hindu community.” Freedom, for the VHP, is “an exclusive domain of the Hindu community and is considered substantiated only with the political ascendancy of Hindu nationhood.”… Hinduising Democracy is a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of an outfit that has become one of the largest, most energetic, and most uncompromising proselytisers of Hindutva.

http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/force-of-hindutva/article19854693.ece

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 24th, 2017

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 20th, 2017

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 14th, 2016

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In this issue of IAMC News Digest News Headlines Rs 3 crore deposit ahead of Rs 500 & Rs 1000 note ban puts West Bengal BJP in a spot Day 9: Demonetisation Death Toll Rises To 55 ‘Staged encounter’ probe panel chief has RSS links AiNNI writes to President against BJP man getting into NHRC […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 31st, 2016

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Bhopal “encounter” killings; Indian Americans demand Chief Minister’s resignation, judicial probe News Headlines SIMI activists’ jailbreak: Encounter, contradictions, politics and all that happened today SIMI shooting: Here’s India’s track record when it comes to fake encounters Police killed my son in fake encounter, alleges top Maoist RK’s wife […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 10th, 2016

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 3rd, 2016

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