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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – November 14th, 2016

by newsdigest on November 23, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Digest

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Rs 3 crore deposit ahead of Rs 500 & Rs 1000 note ban puts West Bengal BJP in a spot (Nov 13, 2016, Economic Times)

Deposits of Rs 3 crore made by West Bengal BJP in a nationalised bank here eight days before the Prime Minister’s demonetisation announcement have triggered a controversy. The last transaction, involving Rs 40 lakh, was made minutes before the PM’s speech.…

Sources in the Indian Bank’s Central Avenue branch confirmed that the deposits were made in four tranches. According to a report published in CPM mouthpiece ‘Ganashakti’ on Friday, BJP had, on November 8, deposited Rs 60 lakh and then Rs 40 lakh – all of it in neatly packed 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. While the first deposit was made to a savings account (No. 554510034) named Bharatiya Janata Party, West Bengal, in the afternoon, the second was made around 8pm. However, it is not clear how the bank was open at 8pm.

According to the same report, in a different current account (also maintained by the party’s state unit) Rs 75 lakh was deposited on November 1 and Rs 1.25 crore on November 5. “It’s possible that BJP members were well aware of this ban and that is why they deposited huge amounts in banks across the nation to make their black money white,” CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said.…

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/55385429.cms

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Day 9: Demonetisation Death Toll Rises To 55 (Nov 18, 2016, Huffington Post)

As people continued to struggle to get cash on the ninth day after demonetisation, the death toll rose to 55. These are confirmed deaths reported in the national and regional media.

The number of unreported deaths may be higher. While most deaths are of the elderly waiting in long bank queues, there are quite a few suicides, especially of housewives.…

In Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, 70-year-old Ratna Pillai died waiting in a bank queue. Distressed over the long queue, he approached the bank manager, and collapsed. (The Hindu)…

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/11/17/day-9-demonetisation-death-toll-rises-to-55/

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‘Staged encounter’ probe panel chief has RSS links (Nov 9, 2016, Free Press Journal)

AS the MP government institute a judicial inquiry into the issue under justice SK Pande, the opposition has raised doubts if it would prove to be a mere hogwash and whether it would meet the fate of other such judicial probes that have been pending for over last 10 years. The opposition says the state government has “failed” to table reports of as many as nine judicial commissions in the state assembly, which is mandatory.…

[senior advocate Anand Mohan] Mathur also wrote a letter to the chief minister and demanded justice SK Pande, a retired judge of Madhya Pradesh high court, be dropped as the head of the judicial commission announced to conduct inquiry into the Bhopal jailbreak and alleged encounter.

“I have known justice Pande since the time he was a civil judge at Jabalpur. He is known to be a sympathiser of RSS and will not be the right person to probe the encounter. A senior judge from the Supreme Court should be appointed for the same, as only then can an impartial report will be expected,” said 90 year-old Mathur.

http://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/staged-encounter-probe-panel-chief-has-rss-links-l-s-herdenia/968749

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AiNNI writes to President against BJP man getting into NHRC (Nov 10, 2016, Deccan Chronicle)

All India Network of NGOs and Individuals working with National and State Human Rights Institutions (AiNNI) has expressed “serious concerns” over the appointment of Avinash Rai Khanna, vice-president of BJP, as a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

In a representation sent to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee, AiNNI said that while the post is sought to be filled by a person with no political affiliations, the appointment of Khanna would send a wrong message to the people of India and challenge the independence of NHRC which the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GA-NHRIs) through its Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) highlighted in 2011.

“This appointment is contrary to the universally accepted human rights standards evolved under the aegis of the United Nations. It will erode the public faith in the institution, which has been declining steadily over the past ten years,” the AiNNI told the President in its letter signed by nine senior AiNNI advisors, including Henri Tiphagne, national working secretary of the AiNNI.…

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/131116/ainni-writes-to-prez-against-bjp-man-getting-into-nhrc.html

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“Indian nationalism under attack” (Nov 15, 2016, The Hindu)

The idea of Indian nationalism was under intense attack from the construct of Hindu nationalism propagated by RSS, BJP and other Hindutva forces, alleged Ram Puniyani, Chairman of All India Secular Forum, while speaking at a seminar on ‘Communal politics and minorities’ organized by Diocesan Legal Cell of Archdiocese of Madurai in association with Society for Community Organization Trust here on Monday.…

He said that those propagating Hindutva were relying on polarising the people along religious lines. “A study by the Yale University shows that whenever there is religious violence in a place, it leads to polarisation and the political party which played a key role in the polarization becomes stronger there,” he said. “We know about Gujarat riots in 2002 and religious violences in other places in the country and we can clearly see which party has gained,” he added.

Pointing out that these forces relied on spreading misconceptions, which lead to hatred and in turn to violence and polarisation, he said the progressive forces should confront the communal forces on all these fronts.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/indian-nationalism-under-attack/article9347167.ece

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Delhi Univ professor charged with murder in Chhattisgarh as she exposed atrocities in Bastar: Civil rights bodies (Nov 10, 2016, Counterview)

The Chhattisgarh police’s controversial move to file FIR charging Nandini Sundar, Professor of Sociology, Delhi University and Prof Archana Prasad of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, of murder of a tribal in Bastar is all set to become a major human rights concern across India.

Two top organizations, Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh (CPJC) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), have taken the lead in alleging that the FIR has been filed in order to take revenge against Sundar and others after the recent CBI revelation that there is no truth in the cops’ story that Naxalites had burnt three villages in 2011, though this atrocity was found to be the handiwork of security forces and their supporters.

Alongside Sundar and Prasad, the FIR has also been filed gainst Vineet Tiwari of the Joshi Adhikar Institute of the CPI, Sanjay Parate of the CPI (M), apart from villagers and CPI activists Mangla of Nama and Manju Kawasi, sarpanch of Gadiras, and the sections quoted are 302, 147,148, 149, 450,120B of IPC, 25 and 27 of Arms Act.…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/11/delhi-univ-professor-charged-with.html

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Citizenship Act: BJP’s religion-based amendment threatens the secular fabric of India (Nov 8, 2016, First Post)

The Union government has proposed certain changes to India’s citizenship laws, in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The present legal framework has no provision for religion-based citizenship and the proposed amendment plans to change that.

At present, an illegal migrant entering the territory of the Indian Union is prohibited from becoming a citizen. The amendment proposes that illegal migrants belonging to six specific religious minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will not be prohibited from attaining citizenship, even if they migrated to the territory illegally.

The move, to mark out illegal migrants of specific religious minorities originating from neighbouring sovereign territories for special treatment, started a little while back. In a series of orders between September 2015 and July 2016, the government exempted from deportation the illegal migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian religion. These previous moves laid down the framework for the present proposed amendment.…

http://www.firstpost.com/india/citizenship-act-bjps-religion-based-amendment-threatens-the-secular-fabric-of-india-3094490.html

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‘BJP, Sangh Parivar trying to disturb communal harmony’ (Nov 8, 2016, The Hindu)

Samata Sena and other organisations have urged the State government to register cases against those trying to disturb communal harmony by making attempts to prevent Tipu Jayanti.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, office-bearers of various organisations, including Gurunath Ullikashi, Premanath Chikkatumbal, Pitambarappa Bilar, condemned in strong terms those opposing Tipu Jayanti.

Mr. Gurunath Ullikashi alleged that the BJP and members of the Sangh Parivar were trying to project Tipu Sultan, who fought against the British, as anti-Hindu and were trying to disrupt Tipu Jayanti for the sake of gaining political mileage out of it.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/bjp-sangh-parivar-trying-to-disturb-communal-harmony/article9317358.ece

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Kolkata: Clerics launch twin attacks, target BJP and TMC on triple talaq (Nov 9, 2016, Indian Express)

Muslim leaders on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on both the central and state governments over several issues in a public meeting of imams and muezzins at Rani Rashmoni Avenue here. Md Kamruzzaman, general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation – which organised the event attended by over 40 Muslim organisations – said the present BJP government was intervening with Muslim Personal Law. Three TMC MPs – Sultan Ahmed, Idris Ali and Ahmed Hassan Imran – were also present on stage.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised ‘achhe din’, but does that mean taking away the right to practice the religion of one’s choice or to dictate what one will eat or wear?” Kamruzzaman asked.

Referring to the proposed BJP rally against triple talaq on November 18, when the three-day convention of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) would begin, he said: “The BJP in order to disrupt the function of the AIMPLB has organised a rally on November 18, but we are also ready to counter any attempts by the BJP. I urge all Muslims to maintain peace, but if they intend to create trouble, we are also ready to fight back.”…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/kolkata-clerics-launch-twin-attacks-target-bjp-tmc-on-triple-talaq-4365129/

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How an assault on Banjaras by gau rakshaks sparked an Una-like movement in Rajasthan (Nov 11, 2016, Scroll.in)

…While the violence of the kind faced by Goru and his Banjara companions is not new to the community, this particular attack galvanised a movement against gau rakhaks – not unlike the uprising by Dalits in Gujarat after four youth from the community were flogged by cow-protection vigilantes in Una on July 11. A police case was registered, some of the attackers were arrested and the community came together in protest.

At the forefront of these Banjara agitations were women, over 1,000 of whom took out a protest rally in Rajsamand and, along with other people’s movements and campaigns from Rajasthan, organised a jan sunwai, or public hearing.

Parash Ram, a Banjara activist from Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district, talks to Scroll.in about the unprecedented response of the community to the Bamkheda assault and how Dalits and Banjaras can come together against gau rakshaks.…

http://scroll.in/article/821047/how-an-assault-on-banjaras-by-gau-rakshaks-sparked-an-una-like-movement-in-rajasthan

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Opinions and Editorials

The right to kill a terrorist – By Faizan Mustafa (Nov 9, 2016, The Tribune)

…There is a qualitative difference between use of force in an operation and use of such deadly force that is akin to using a sledgehammer to kill a fly; one is an act of self-defence while the other is an act of retaliation.” From the video clips which have gone viral, the Bhopal encounter does not look like an act of private defence by the MP police.

Encounters have indeed become a common phenomenon of our criminal justice system. These killings always take place with the prior consent of the highest authority, administrative or ministerial. In the audio records of the Bhopal encounter too we heard someone instructing the killings. What is the modus operandi? The police would take a suspected terrorist into custody without recording his arrest; if the suspected terrorist dies during interrogation where third-degree methods are routinely employed, security forces would deny ever taking the person into custody and instead claim that he was killed during an armed encounter.

The police would place weapons on or near the body to suggest the police acted in self-defence and thus stage-manage the encounter. In other cases the police would secure production warrants under which the police are entitled to remove an inmate from the jail and then this terror suspect would be killed in an encounter outside the jail. A jail-break is the third type.…

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/the-right-to-kill-a-terrorist/320504.html

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Getting away with murder – By Anupama Katakam (Nov 25, 2016, Frontline)

Between 2002 and 2006, encounter deaths became disturbingly frequent in Gujarat. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) recorded 22 extrajudicial killings in this period. Of these, five cases stood out for their blatancy. The encounter deaths of Samir Khan Pathan, Sadiq Jamal, Ishrat Jahan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati have been widely documented, yet justice has eluded the victims’ families.

Closure in the cases relating to the questionable killings happened only in the one involving police officials and Amit Shah, now Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president. They were convicted, granted bail, acquitted and reinstated, some of them with a promotion. Gujarat stands out for not only the politician-police nexus that exists in the matter of extrajudicial killings but also for the climate of impunity under which encounter killings have thrived, observers point out. Has Gujarat led the way and encouraged other States to believe that a political agenda can be furthered through brazen human rights violation?

Harsh Mander, an activist who filed a petition challenging the discharge of Amit Shah in the 2005 Sohrabuddin encounter case, said: “Once again we are seeing a revival and the same pattern of what was happening during 2004, 2005 and 2006. It’s the same ham-handed, clumsy method used by the authorities.”…

http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/getting-away-with-murder/article9319159.ece

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Why the corrupt rich will welcome Modi’s ‘surgical strike on corruption’ – By Jayati Ghosh (Nov 15, 2016, The Guardian)

Narendra Modi came to power in India on a promise to end corruption. Halfway into his tenure, little seems to have happened to achieve this goal. The most obvious steps – such as taking a strong line on the known illegal accounts held in Swiss banks and tax havens, or ending the ability to hold shares without revealing your identity, or making funding of political parties transparent – have simply not been taken. People were beginning to murmur that the government had not lived up to its grandiose promises.

So last week Modi did some more of the smoke and mirrors stuff that he is so good at: a shock announcement in a blaze of publicity designed to show that he is serious about ending corruption, even though the actual impact is quite different. At 8pm on Tuesday evening he announced that from midnight all 500-rupee (£6) and 1,000-rupee notes would cease to be legal tender. He said this would flush out all the black money and get rid of the counterfeit notes that were being used by terrorists in their nefarious activities.

Demonetisation of bank notes is a common practice, but it is usually done gradually, allowing time for people to replace the old notes with new ones to prevent too much disruption of economic activity. By contrast this overnight shock is hugely destabilising. The suddenness is supposed to prevent hoarders of cash being able to use it to buy other assets – but that is a poor argument, since the government could have simply announced a time-bound demonetisation and then tracked large transactions.…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/15/corrupt-rich-india-modi-500-1000-rupee-note

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The Chief of Counterfeit Grief – By Apoorvanand (Nov 2, 2016, The Wire)

…So, let us rewind the tape and listen to the man so beholden to the constitutional rights of Muslim women. It was 2002. The blood on the streets was still not dry. But he was then on a yatra to assert the glory of Gujarat. Following in the foot steps of his then mentor, he rides a ‘Gaurav- Rath’ and moves from village to village. The yatra draws thousands of Hindus at all its stops.

He addresses them: “60 innocent Ram bhakts were burnt alive in Godhra.” After a pause he asks, ” Are you aware of the news?…” He asks again, “After that, did you burn shops in the village?” There is a faint ‘No’ in response. He asks again, “Did you burn houses?” He exhorts them to respond loudly and they oblige by saying ‘No’. He persists with his questioning, “Did you stab or behead anyone?” He continues, “Did you rape anyone?” The crowd now knows that it is in safe company of a friend. Each question is greeted with a more enthusiastic and aggressive ‘No!’. “The enemies of Gujarat go around saying that each village was in flames. In each village, people were being killed. Their heads smashed! They defamed Gujarat so much that I had to embark on this Gaurav Yatra.”

Were not people killed in the violence of 2002 after the burning of coach 6 of the Sabarmati Express? Were not houses burnt? Were not women raped? Were not people displaced from their habitats? And were they not Muslims? What did the report of the National Human Rights Commission say? And what did the chief minister, who was the chief minister of all Gujaratis, which included Muslims, do to ensure justice to them?…

http://thewire.in/77325/chief-counterfeit-grief/

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Systemic bias – By Divya Trivedi (Nov 25, 2016, Frontline)

The police and investigation agencies may deny bias in justice delivery, but prisons tell another story. Statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2015 show that Muslims constituted a greater share in the prison population than any other segment of people. While their share in India’s population as per Census 2011 was 14.2 per cent, their proportion in the undertrial prison population stood at 20.9 per cent.

The percentage of convicted Muslims was 15.8 per cent. The percentage of Muslims among detainees was also high at 23.8 per cent. In fact, they fared as badly as Dalits and the tribal people. Together, these three communities constituted 39 per cent of the population but accounted for more than 55 per cent of all undertrials and 50.4 per cent of all convicts.

The Scheduled Castes (S.Cs) accounted for 16.6 per cent of the population but made up 21.6 per cent of all undertrials and 20.9 per cent of all convicts, whereas the Scheduled Tribes (S.Ts) accounted for 8.6 per cent of the population but made up 12.4 per cent of all undertrials and 13.7 per cent of all convicts.…

http://www.frontline.in/cover-story/systemic-bias/article9319130.ece

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Bastar crackdowns warn India what an Emergency could look like in the 21st century – By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan (Nov 15, 2016, Sabrang India)

While Delhi occasionally has to grapple with the real excesses of state power, such as when the government orders a news channel to go blank, the police state is alive and thriving in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar. The district, which became infamous two decades ago for the significant presence of Maoists, has also become a symbol of Indian state abuse and has been the site of some of the most brazen attempts by the authorities to hound out all dissent.

On Monday, the Hindustan Times reported that one of its journalists was threatened by SRP Kalluri, Chhattisgarh’s inspector-general of police, a man who has made clear his willingness to act against anyone questioning his department’s actions. Kalluri told the HT journalist, “If you all do like this, we will not let you visit… you went with my reference to Bastar.”

This is not anomalous behaviour from the man who helped use the police-initiated citizens body, the Samajik Ekta Manch, to drive out any journalist living in the district who might question the police’s actions – including Scroll.in’s Malini Subramanian who faced threats of violence and brick-throwing. This week, Inspector-General Kalluri has made it clear that even those who live outside Bastar will have to toe his line if they want to enter the district to report.…

https://sabrangindia.in/article/bastar-crackdowns-warn-india-what-emergency-could-look-21st-century

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Book Review

Hinduism in India: Modern and Contemporary Movements

Author: Will Sweetman and Aditya Malik
Reviewed by: Biraj Mehta
Available at: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2016, Pages: 311, Price: Rs. 795/- . http://www.amazon.in/
Review:
Hinduism in India: Modern and Contemporary Movements: Review (Nov 6, 2016, Free Press Journal)

The book is a compilation of essays by eminent researchers to the ongoing discussions on nature, history, and practice of Hinduism in India. The book challenges several notions of Hinduism that describe it as a uniform and monolithic tradition. The book serves as an avenue to dialogue with the past and participates in the ongoing debates on issues pertaining to Hinduism, nationalism, and world affairs.

The first essay on “Emergence and Significance of the Term “Hinduism” by Geoffrey Oddie explains how practices and communities get confused with religion. It also challenges several homogenized notions of Hinduism and explains it as a conglomeration of several traditions.… Thus, the book primarily illustrates the extraordinary richness of the cultural and religious diversity of Hinduism. Yet, the most significant contribution of the book is that it explains how any understanding of Hinduism is rooted in conflict.

It resists any attempts of homogenizing and assimilating it into any specific identity or context. Contrary to several books on Hinduism that nostalgically appropriate the past, this book provides an understanding to meaningfully engage with the past in a way that one can negotiate with the present and our aspirations for the future. In modern and contemporary times where the identity of the nation state is imagined from the religion of the majority community, such a discourse on Hinduism is not only relevant but also urgent.

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 31st, 2016

by newsdigest on November 11, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Announcements

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Announcements

Bhopal “encounter” killings; Indian Americans demand Chief Minister’s resignation, judicial probe

Shocking videos show cold-blooded execution; ATS Chief justifies killing unarmed men

November 03, 2016

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today demanded the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, over the shocking and audacious killing of 8 unarmed undertrials in Bhopal. IAMC also joined activists, opposition parties and people of conscience in demanding a judicial probe into the gruesome incident. Videos of the killing show the men were unarmed, and were even waving to the policemen in an apparent attempt to surrender. Demonstrating a shocking level of impunity, the chief of Madhya Pradesh’s Anti-Terror Squad Mr. Sanjeev Shami confirmed the men were unarmed and defiantly maintained the killing was justified.

The official account that these eight men escaped from a high-security jail by making keys out of toothbrushes and scaling walls 30 ft high using bedsheets defies logic. Added to these outrageous fabrications, is the idea that the “escaped” undertrials all stayed together after their escape until they were conveniently found in one place to be done to death by the police. It also flies in the face of videos showing the men were unarmed, and the police fired even after the men were mowed down, including at a man who happened to be grievously injured but still alive. The motive behind this fake encounter appears to be the fact that the case against at least four of the undertrials was drawing to a close, with a judgement expected in their favor. This was articulated by Tahawwur Khan, one of the defence lawyers of the men killed in the encounter.

The killings fit a pattern of ongoing state repression of minorities, including fake encounters, abductions and denial of justice. The disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmad who went missing after an assault on the campus, is only the latest in a series of shocking incidents involving activists and whistleblowers. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has lost the moral legitimacy to continue in office, appears to be following the “Gujarat Model,” in its pattern of framing innocent youth and engaging in extrajudicial killings.

“The cold-blooded execution of these eight men before the court pronounced its judgement on them, is a grim demonstration of the state-sponsored repression of minorities and Dalits in India, even by law enforcement that is sworn to protect all citizens, regardless of caste or creed,” said Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “A high-level judicial probe should be constituted immediately to unearth all the facts surrounding this incident. The justification of this gruesome killing by the ATS chief is an open admission of impunity, and the extent to which police forces consider themselves above the law. This does not bode well for the country,” he added.

Among those condemning the staged encounter are opposition parties, and top media commentators such as Shekhar Gupta and academic organizations like the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association. As Rahul Kanwal, Managing Editor of India Today said in his tweet, “Exposing a fake encounter is not anti-national. Staying silent when you know that an encounter appears fake is what is truly anti-national.”

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Did Indian police just gun down 8 prison fugitives in cold blood? The government would prefer you didn’t ask.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/01/did-indian-police-just-gun-down-8-prison-fugitives-in-cold-blood-the-government-would-prefer-you-didnt-ask/

Bhopal encounter appears staged, say Jamia teachers
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/55191251.cms

Yes, SIMI Men Were Unarmed When Shot; So What, Asks Anti-Terror Top Cop
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/8-simi-men-had-no-weapons-at-encounter-spot-anti-terror-chief-tells-ndtv-1620458

The bogey of SIMI: Bhopal killings must not be allowed to fall into a legal blackhole
http://scroll.in/article/820462/the-bogey-of-simi-bhopal-killings-must-not-be-allowed-to-fall-into-a-legal-blackhole

Bhopal, eight SIMI men killed in encounter, but video clips raise doubts
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/8-simi-operatives-killed-near-bhopal-video-clips-raise-questions-on-encounter/story-4LYve4qXXA4UxXgSkXO7gJ.html

Encounter or Cold Blooded Murder? Lawyer Speaks Out
http://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/NewsDetail/index/2/9087/Encounter-or-Cold-Blooded-Murder-Lawyer-Speaks-Out

India: More than half of undertrials are Dalits, Muslims and tribals
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/11/trial-india-dalits-muslims-tribals-161101150136542.html

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SIMI activists’ jailbreak: Encounter, contradictions, politics and all that happened today (Oct 31, 2016, Indian Express)

Questions are being raised over the killing of eight SIMI activists in an encounter by security forces on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central Jail killing a security guard.

As the government congratulated security forces for their successful operation and ordered NIA probe into the jailbreak, videos purportedly from the encounter site surfaced showing a policeman pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back, raising doubts over the police theory which described the encounter as a raging gun battle, with the SIMI members instigating the gunfire.

Alleging “discrepancies” in the official version on the escape of SIMI activists from Bhopal jail and their killing in a subsequent encounter with police, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded an inquiry by Supreme Court to bring out “all facts”.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/bhopal-encounter-simi-activists-killed-jailbreak-politics-nia-owaisi-bjp-congress/

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SIMI shooting: Here’s India’s track record when it comes to fake encounters (Oct 31, 2016, Catch News)

Madhya Pradesh Police and the state’s Anti-Terrorist Squad killed 8 Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorists on the morning of 31 October in an encounter. …

This is the second encounter by state forces this month. A week back, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police had killed 24 Maoists in Malkangiri district, at Andhra-Odisha border. Activists cried that the Malkangiri encounter was a ‘fake’ one. And now leaders of the opposition political parties are raising question about Monday’s alleged encounter of these eight undertrials.

Encounters, sometime ‘fake’ are a common extra-judicial measure adopted by the Indian police. Some police officers in Mumbai achieved stardom, films were made on their lives, and a few even built schools. Some of them were also proven to be corrupt and to be working with specific agendas.…

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/simi-shooting-here-s-india-s-track-record-when-it-comes-to-fake-encounters-1477924119.html

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Police killed my son in fake encounter, alleges top Maoist RK’s wife (Oct 26, 2016, Odisha Sun Times)

Top Maoist leader Ramakrishna’s wife Sirisha aka Padma – who was in Odisha’s Malkangiri to identify and receive the body of her son Munna aka Sivaji- today alleged that the police have killed her son among others in a fake encounter. “The police encounter in which my son was killed was staged. This is a fake encounter. They killed them without any provocation. I demand a free and fair probe into the incident,” said Sirisha. …

Similar sentiments were echoed by noted revolutionary poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao. “The cops killed the 28 people while they were holding a meeting in the forest. This is a fake encounter,” Rao said speaking to reporters in Malkangiri.

Besides, the family members of 10 other Maoists, who died in the joint encounter carried out by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Police at Chitrakonda area on October 24, also expressed similar sentiments and demanded a free and fair probe.…

http://odishasuntimes.com/2016/10/26/police-killed-son-fake-encounter-alleges-top-maoist-rks-wife/

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2 years of BJP rule in Haryana: RSS agenda overshadowed govt initiatives (Oct 26, 2016, Hindustan Times)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar went to Garnala village in Ambala on January 5 to meet the family of commando Gursewak Singh who was killed in Pathankot terror attack. Before his cavalcade entered the village, he asked the driver to stop and remove the official flag from the car.…

But, barely six weeks later when Jats took to the streets to press their long-standing demand for reservation in jobs and educational institutes before running amok, his government showed no sign of meticulousness.

The state authorities did not read the situation well. They were sluggish in their response, letting things get out of hand. The worst-ever violence that followed in eight districts of Haryana and left 30 people dead not only tarred the state’s image, but also reduced its social fabric to tatters.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/2-years-of-bjp-rule-in-haryana-rss-agenda-overshadowed-govt-initiatives/story-chmG4wBslubyxWIjZhDcGM.html

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‘RSS targeting minorities by inciting communal violence’ (Oct 31, 2016, Times of India)

Noted Marathi writer and social activist Suresh Khairnar said Hidutva forces led by RSS are targeting minorities and trying their best to establish their hold in Kerala and West Bengal by inciting communal violence. He was addressing the valedictory session of the two-day national seminar on Islamophobia, organized by Platform for Innovative Thought Social Activity (PITSA) here on Sunday.

Coming down heavily against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the activist said that Modi was getting undue projection from media due to the much hyped campaign by the Hindutva groups. “The so called NRIs are spending huge money in order to ensure attention for Narendra Modi,” he said.

He also criticized the ruling party saying BJP might be the only ruling party in the world with suspect in murder cases as its national president. Referring to the ongoing Kashmir issue he said, “Kashmir’s present situation remains pathetic due to the deliberate lapses of the governments in addressing the woes, being faced by the people there. The ongoing strike, which has crossed 250 days, has left the residents in Kashmir to suffer.”…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/55150642.cms

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Naroda Gam 2002 Riots: SC asks SIT to clarify status of inquiry against IPS Rahul Sharma over missing CDs (Oct 26, 2016, Indian Express)

The special designated court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case has directed the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to file an affidavit clarifying the status of chargesheet and departmental inquiry against former IPS officer Rahul Sharma in connection with the alleged missing CDs containing phone call records of important people, including several accused, during the riots.

Special Judge P B Desai had passed the order earlier this month. The investigating officer of the SIT is likely to submit its reply on October 27. The court’s directive came after defence lawyer Chetan Shah submitted the copy of the chargesheet issued by the state government against Sharma in 2011.

There are 82 accused in this case who are alleged to have killed 11 persons from the minority community on February 28, 2002. Among the accused are former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi, who were sentenced to life imprisonment in Naroda Patiya massacre case. Kodnani is out on bail.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/naroda-gam-2002-riots-sc-asks-sit-to-clarify-status-of-inquiry-against-ips-rahul-sharma-over-missing-cds-3103113/

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Bengaluru: Lack of evidence against Amnesty – police prepare to file B report (Oct 30, 2016, Daijiworld.com)

In the case relating to alleged raising of anti-national and pro-Pakistan slogans raised in a programme organized by Amnesty International in the city sometime back, the police it is learnt, are preparing to file ‘B’ report, after finding that the allegation is not supported by evidence.

The forensic science laboratory experts have confirmed that the footage provided to them do not contain any anti-national slogans. There are no records to confirm that the congregation raised slogans against Indian Army as alleged. As the complaint is found to be containing allegations that are untrue, the police will file B report, it is gathered.

It was alleged by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists that people, mainly of Kashmiri origin, who had gathered at the programme, ‘Broken Families Journey for Justice’ at The United Theological College on Miller Road Vasantnagar here on August 14 had raised slogans against Indian Army and shouted slogans for Azadi. This had given rise to lot of heat in social circles.…

http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=421073

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Why don’t you shut down courts? SC slams govt over delay in appointing judges (Oct 28, 2016, Hindustan Times)

The Supreme Court rebuked the government on Friday for “scuttling” the working of judiciary by sitting on the appointment of judges in various high courts despite the recommendation of a recruitment collegium.

“Today we have a situation where courtrooms are locked because there are no judges. For example, Karnataka…. Why don’t you lock the courts?” a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur asked, adding: “Executive inaction is decimating the institution (judiciary).”

The bench is hearing a public interest litigation on the judicial appointment process in 24 high courts, which together have more than 450 vacancies against the sanctioned strength of 1,041. “You are scuttling the working of the institution,” the bench, which has been asking the government to show urgency, said.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/on-high-court-judges-appointment-sc-sends-a-strong-message-to-centre/story-cSM7RKK424YKNQWsp998pK.html

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Muslim groups to step up campaign against ‘infringement’ on religious rights (Oct 28, 2016, The Hindu)

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, along with All India Milli Council and other Muslim organisations, have decided to step up their campaign against ‘infringement’ on the religious rights and practices of Muslims. They also oppose the moves of the Union government on the triple talaq issue and common civil code.

Member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and founder member of the All India Milli Council and former Minister Qamarul Islam told presspersons in Kalaburagi city on Friday that the signature campaign against the move to abolish triple talaq and introduce common civil code in the country would be completed on October 30.

The collected signatures would be sent to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board for submission to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his intervention to protect the rights of minorities which were guaranteed in the Constitution.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/muslim-groups-to-step-up-campaign-against-infringement-on-religious-rights/article9281598.ece

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Over 55 per cent of undertrials Muslim, Dalit or tribal: NCRB (Nov 1, 2016, Indian Express)

Over 55 per cent of undertrials across the country are either Muslims, Dalits or tribals, according to the National Crime Records Bureau’s prison data for 2015. According to the NCRB, over two-thirds of all jail inmates are undertrials. The data also shows that more than 70 per cent of undertrials have not passed Class 10.

Muslims, Dalits and tribals together account for 39 per cent of India’s population, thus their share among undertrials is disproportionate to their population. According to the 2011 Census, Muslims make up 14.2 per cent, Scheduled Castes (SC) 16.6 per cent and Scheduled Tribes (ST) 8.6 per cent of India’s population. Besides, the three communities have a lower representation among convicts as compared to undertrials. Together, they account for 50.4 per cent of all convicts.

Among Muslims, the community’s share of convicts is 15.8 per cent, slightly above their representation in population, but their share among undertrials – at 20.9 per cent – is far higher. SCs account for 21.6 per cent of undertrials and 20.9 per cent of convicts, while STs make up 12.4 per cent of undertrials and 13.7 per cent of convicts.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/over-55-per-cent-of-undertrials-muslim-dalit-or-tribal-ncrb-3731633/

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Opinions and Editorials

SIMI jailbreak & encounter in MP: Is this in the heart of India or middle of the Caliphate? – By Ajay Singh (Nov 1, 2016, First Post)

There seems to be a striking resemblance between the state of Madhya Pradesh and the nebulous Islamic caliphate spread between Iraq and Syria. The visuals from a video of the encounter of eight suspected SIMI members, who escaped from Bhopal Central Jail on Monday, were no less abominable than the public beheadings of the Islamic State prisoners.

The video shows the local people urging the policemen to shoot the dead bodies/half-alive suspected activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), egging them on in the cold-blooded killing of the suspected activists. The actions of the security forces, on the outskirts of Bhopal, were indicative of the political journey of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan – from a democratically-elected leader to an inefficient political executive, swayed by the blood-thirsty impulses of a mob.…

The killing of the SIMI activists exposes the hideous face of a dangerous blend of a subversive ideology with criminalised and inefficient governance. Madhya Pradesh has emerged as a clear manifestation of this pernicious cocktail.

http://www.firstpost.com/india/simi-activists-encounter-reflects-subversive-ideology-of-madhya-pradesh-govt-3081580.html

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10 reasons why RSS’ Hindu-Rashtra is against India – By Hasan Zia Rizvi (Oct 31, 2016, Milli Gazette)

Debates on nationalism are taking place in our country. Some sections of the mainstream media wish to decide who is nationalist and who is anti-national. People are jailed on the charge of “sedition” even when they only meant to criticise the government, not the nation.

Two major anti-national events occurred this past Independence Day: firstly, Hindu Mahasabha observed 15 August as ‘Black Day’ and protested against the constitution. Mahasabha also demanded the declaration of a formal Hindu Rashtra. Second, ‘Akhand Bharat Smruti Divas’ was organized at RSS headquarters in Nagpur for the first time in history. Neither Hindu Mahasabha was booked under sedition law nor was the RSS dubbed anti-national.…

Those who oppose the constitution of India should be called anti-nationals and traitors. But no one takes notice of the ‘Sangh Parivar’, which wants to scrap and abolish the constitution altogether.…

http://www.milligazette.com/news/14907-10-reasons-why-rss-hindu-rashtra-is-against-india

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Hindutva at the hustings – By Suhrith Parthasarathy (Oct 27, 2016, The Hindu)

On Tuesday, a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, which is currently hearing oral arguments in two cases – Abhiram Singh v. C.D. Commachen and Narayan Singh v. Sunderlal Patwa – declined an opportunity to reconsider the correctness of a series of judgments rendered by Justice J.S. Verma in December 1995. There, in what are collectively called the “Hindutva cases”, the court delivered rulings that caused great mischief on the idea of India as a pluralistic, secular state.

It held that pleas made by appealing to the terms “Hindutva” or “Hinduism” during an election campaign did not necessarily constitute a corrupt practice in violation of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (RPA) since the terms ordinarily refer not to religion but only to “a way of life”. The judgments, however, overlooked the RPA’s true objective. As is plainly evident from the legislation’s language, it intends to instil in India’s elections an atmosphere of secular integrity.

Now, the seven-judge Bench, presided by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, has expressed its unwillingness to test the legitimacy of Justice Verma’s view, on the ground that the issue finds no mention in the orders referring the cases to it. The upshot is the continued perpetuation of judgments that are not merely deeply flawed, but also eminently dangerous in their purport.…

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/hindutva-at-the-hustings/article9272291.ece

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Hindutva Terror in JNU: Student Najeeb Still Missing – By Abhay Kumar (Oct 30, 2016, Milli Gazette)

JNU remains on the boil ever since the disappearance of the first-year Biotechnology student Najeeb Ahmad. Hundreds of students are agitating against callousness and inaction of the university administration, the police and the Government. Several modes of protests—holding sit-in, blockading Vice-Chancellor, marching to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and forming a human chain —have been deployed for bringing him back and punishing the culprits. Najeeb, till the time the piece is written, is still missing.

His disappearance, first reported on October 15, was preceded by an act of brutal violence by the members of RSS-affiliated ABVP. On the previous night, dozens of students associated with ABVP brutally beat Najeeb and made him, according to the eyewitness accounts, bleed from mouth and nose.

This incident of violence, as many argue, shares many features of the Dadri incident. Last year, a mob, led by Hindutva forces, lynched and killed 52-year old Mohammad Akhlaq Saifi of Dadri district (UP), much in the same way a gang of 20-30 ABVP members brutally assaulted Najeeb. Just as Hindutva forces incited a mob against Akhlaq on the suspicion of his possessing beef, similarly the ABVP set its activists on Najeeb over the charges that Najeeb had “hurt” their “religious sentiments”.…

http://www.milligazette.com/news/14942-hindutva-terror-in-jnu-student-najeeb-still-missing

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How the massacre of Sikhs on October 31, 1984 created a new minority community in India – By Preeti Gill (Oct 31, 2016, Scroll.in)

I…regard 1984 and what happened in the three days following the assassination of the prime minister as a traumatic moment in the history of our nation. A moment that witnessed the birth of a minority and tore communities apart, in somewhat the same way as Partition had done.

The hatred and bloodletting that engulfed the nation in those three days of November 1984 left close to 3000 Sikhs dead in Delhi alone and some 50,000 people were forced to take shelter in relief camps, because their homes had been destroyed.

It is apparent that this would have far-reaching consequences, that things would never be the same. I wonder whether the Sikh community has even now come to grips with the fact of the 1984 killings and how totally unexpected, horrific and intense they were.…

http://scroll.in/article/820345/how-the-massacre-of-sikhs-on-october-31-1984-created-a-new-minority-community-in-india

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Untouchable still: In Tamil Nadu’s hinterland, dalits continue to be restricted from temples – Editorial (Oct 31, 2016, Times of India)

Eighty years since the landmark Travancore Temple Entry Proclamation granted rights to low caste Hindus to offer worship in temples and 69 years since our country attained freedom, social exclusion is nowhere near elimination.

At Hariharapakkam, an obscure village in Tiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, a group of dalit youths petitioned the administration to enable them to enter the century-old Arulmighu Thulukanathamman temple that was controlled by the Vanniyars, an intermediate Hindu caste.

After three rounds of talks with the village elders failed to resolve the issue, on October 26 district officials led a group of dalits into the temple under heavy police escort. The next day, the Vanniyars staged a demonstration protesting against the breaking of what they called an age-old tradition.…

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/toi-editorials/untouchable-still-in-tamil-nadus-hinterland-dalits-continue-to-be-restricted-from-temples/

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Book Review

Being the Other: The Muslim in India

Author: Saeed Naqvi
Reviewed by: Syeda Hameed
Available at: Aleph Book Company, 161, B-4, Ground Floor, Gulmohar House, Yusuf Sarai Community Centre, New Delhi – 110049; Pages: 256, Price: Rs 599. http://www.amazon.in/
Review:
This Land is My Land (Oct 22, 2016, Indian Express)

…The book is a honest, panoramic view of what it means to be a Muslim in India.… It begins with nostalgia about his watan Mustafabad. Four landmark events/issues are used to describe how the Muslim became identified as the “other”.

The first is Partition. Then comes the demolition of the Babri Masjid, which for most Indians is a watershed in the Hindu-Muslim divide. This is followed by Kashmir where daily deaths vindicate the book’s argument.

Finally, there is the global war on terror, whose blame is laid at the doorstep of every Muslim. The book draws upon history and current affairs to nudge the reader to step into the shoes of this “other” and see the world through a different lens.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/saeed-naqvi-being-the-other-mustafabad-india-pakistan-partition-3095677/

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 10th, 2016

October 20, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Communal Harmony Awakening Camp Watch how Kashmiri youth rescued an army jawan trapped inside a mangled vehicle News Headlines Delhi: Heavy police deployment in Trilokpuri as communal tensions rises after stone pelting Dadri accused’s body draped in tricolour sends out aggressive message to Muslims 2 hurt as […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 3rd, 2016

October 13, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Amid Uncertainty After Uri Attack, A Hindu-Muslim Bond Grows Stronger NGO to hold national conference for spreading communal harmony News Headlines A year after Ikhlaq’s lynching, Bisada sitting on a communal tinderbox I am out of jail, but I feel I am in a bigger jail now: […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 22nd, 2016

September 2, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Indian Americans demand withdrawal of sedition case against Amnesty International India Communal Harmony Sadbhavana Yatra for peace and social harmony News Headlines Govt is weakening democratic foundations by targeting human rights groups Kerala: BJP worker dies as bomb made by him explodes CBI to probe murder of couple […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 18th, 2016

July 27, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Kashmiris rush to help injured Amarnath pilgrims in bus accident News Headlines Cops “tipped” Gujarat’s cow protecting Shiv Sainiks, who tied Una Dalits to SUV, assaulted them with iron rods Family of Slain Man in India May Be Charged With Cow Slaughter Rana Ayub fears for […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 11th, 2016

July 20, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines Thapar slams Hindutva interpretation of nationalism MP towns shut on Eid, Hindu groups blamed for forced bandh State Intelligence Dept. gives clean chit to Naik; no arrest on his return to India BJP creating divisions in Kashmir with eye on UP elections: NC Home Ministry declines to […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 16th, 2016

June 1, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Temple and mosque promote communal harmony in Odisha town News Headlines Extremist Hindu groups’ “role” in terror attacks? Karkare showed me evidence before death: Supercop Ribeiro Two absconders in Malegaon blast mentioned as RSS workers: NIA Lt Col Shrikant Purohit booked for planning 2008 Malegaon blasts in […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 15th, 2016

February 26, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Bishop House in Kerala opens doors for Muslims to perform prayers Hindus take care of a mosque in UP’s communal cauldron News Headlines Sedition case against JNUSU president: Lawyers, BJP MLA take law in their fists ABVP members raised anti-India slogans: AAP submits video clip proof to […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 8th, 2016

February 24, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony J&K: Muslims perform last rites of 84-year-old Kashmiri Pandit in Kulgam News Headlines Gujarat BJP on cheap land to CM’s kin: Price fixed in 2011 after district, state penals, Modi Cabinet “cleared” it 2008 Malegaon blasts: NIA under fire from former prosecutor as it seeks to drop […]

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