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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – March 13th, 2017

by newsdigest on March 24, 2017

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Book Review

Protest held in Ghaziabad against irregularities in electronic voting machines (Mar 14, 2017, Hindustan Times)

A group of protesters on Tuesday, at the district headquarters of Ghaziabad, demanded an inquiry into the alleged irregularities in votes registered through the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the recently concluded assembly elections. The protesters alleged that there were several irregularities in EVMs that led to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gaining the majority of seats in the UP assembly elections.…

“We just read the news and also received messages on social media that EVMs led to the victory of the BJP. Even Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati had raised the issue with the Election Commission,” Pranvir Singh, a protester, said. “We demand that an inquiry be initiated and the formation of the government be put on hold. Also, we want an assurance that only paper ballots will be used in future elections,” Ajay Kumar, another protester from Vijay Nagar, said.

Some of the protesters claimed that a majority of BSP votes in some polling booths went to BJP, while others claimed that votes in Muslim settlements had also gone to BJP.… Immediately after the results on Saturday, BSP chief Mayawati had alleged that the EVMs were “faulty” and that the EVMs did not register the votes cast for parties other than the BJP. Some of the leaders of political parties, who had lost, also supported her claims. A letter was also sent to the chief Election Commissioner.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/noida/protest-held-in-ghaziabad-against-irregularities-in-electronic-voting-machines/story-jqk2dwUunDFDgGeCKnSe6K.html

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Manohar Parrikar is #NotMyCM: Goans protest as BJP ministers take oath (Mar 14, 2017, Scroll.in)

The police tried their best to keep them out of sight, but the 100 or so protesters held their ground. As Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party made his way to Goa’s Raj Bhavan to be sworn in as the state’s new chief minister on Tuesday evening, they waved placards saying “I want my vote back” and “No horse-trading” and broke into jeers. “Shame,” they yelled. “Chor, chor” (thief, thief). The small demonstration had been put together on social media by people using the hashtag #NotMyCM.

“I am a first-time voter,” said a young woman named Rhea Sequeira who was at the protest. “Whom I voted for is immaterial, but I feel like my vote has been usurped. This is unacceptable and I wanted to show my anger.”

The protest was the culmination of a wave of anger that had begun to build up in several pockets of the coastal state since Saturday, as the results of elections to its 40-member assembly became clear.… No party won a majority, but the Congress emerged as the single largest entity, with 17 seats. The other seats went to regional parties and independents. Many expected the Congress to form the government with the support of the Goa Forward Party, which had three seats, and some of the three independent candidates. But on Sunday, the BJP pulled off a surprise when it announced that Parrikar would return to the state to become chief…

https://scroll.in/article/831804/manohar-parrikar-is-notmycm-goa-protests-as-bjp-ministers-take-oath

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Muslim leader Aamir Madni questions Lucknow encounter (Mar 10, 2017, Times of India)

Rashtriya Ulama Council (RUC) president Aamir Rashadi Madni on Friday, while lashing out at the the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), the Government and media, alleged that the terror stand-off was fake and was performed to trigger communal polarisation amid UP polls, ANI reported.

“The way police has killed the suspect was wrong, this encounter was same as the Batla House fake encounter,” Madni said.…

He, after a brief interaction with Saifullah’s father Sartaj Mohammed, also questioned Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljit Chaudhary’s silence on the matter.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/57579864.cms

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‘Had enough proof against Aseemanand’ (Mar 9, 2017, The Hindu)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was undecided on appealing against a trial court order, which acquitted self-proclaimed monk and former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Swami Aseemanand and six others in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case on Wednesday. Three others were held guilty by the court.

Public Prosecutor Ashwini Kumar Sharma told The Hindu that there was enough evidence against Aseemanand, including his confessional statement to a Delhi court.…

In his confessional statement recorded before a magistrate in a Delhi court, Aseemanand had said that he and other activists were involved in bombings at various places of worship across the country, such as Ajmer Sharif and Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid, and Samjhauta Express for taking revenge against the “terror acts of Muslims”.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/had-enough-proof-against-aseemanand/article17436792.ece

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‘Cops need only a Muslim name to fabricate a case’ (Mar 12, 2017, Time of India)

It is easy for the police to fabricate a terror case in the country than to foist a case against a thief because all they need, to make a person terrorist, is just a Muslim name, said Irshad Ahmed Malik, who was acquitted by the special court in Delhi in December, 2016. Malik, who was an informer for the Intelligence Bureau (IB), was arrested and imprisoned after he disregarded certain directives from IB.

Addressing the People’s Tribunal on Saturday – organized by the Innocence India Network – he said the special cell of the Delhi police was on his tail after the arrest of his brother in 1991. “Later, I was in IB’s custody and officers wanted me to work for the agency,” he said, adding that IB offered him Rs 7,000/month as salary.

“They convinced me that I was working for the country. Later, they wanted me to go to Pakistan on a secret mission. They also asked me to work in Muslim-dominated areas and instigate youths to participate in jihad,” Irshad said. When he refused to follow orders, Irshad was arrested. He fought a legal battle for 11 years to prove his innocence.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/57601528.cms

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The BJP Has Been Posting Bail For Hindus Arrested For Rioting In Bengal (Mar 14, 2017, Huffington Post)

In the past six months, the BJP in West Bengal has arranged for the bail of approximately 150 Hindus who were arrested in clashes with Muslims in various parts of the state, much to the frustration and astonishment of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bengal has witnessed several clashes between Hindus and Muslims over the past few months, but almost every such clash has been hushed up by the state and/or under-reported by the media, for fear of leading to further flare-ups. But the atmosphere is still tense in several areas, where the police is on tenterhooks and fears clashes.

While every such minor clash is hushed up by the state, those involved in the incidents are arrested by the police. And the state BJP unit has used the opportunity to cobble Hindu support. Admitting that BJP had indeed arranged for bail for about 150 Hindus in the past six months, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh told HuffPost India, “There is no one to back the Hindus in this state. Muslims get a lot of support and sympathy from several quarters.” It was not difficult to understand what he was hinting at.…

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/03/14/bjp-bails-out-those-arrested-for-rioting-in-bengal-as-long-as-t/

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Gujarat: Victims of rape, activists gagged at PM Modi’s women’s day event in Gandhinagar (Mar 8, 2017, Indian Express)

A young woman from Uttar Pradesh was gagged and whisked away by police when she raised slogans near the podium where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing a gathering of women panchayat members on International Women’s Day in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Hours earlier, two gangrape victims and an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activist were taken into preventive custody by the Gujarat Police before they could make a representation before the Prime Minister.

At the women sarpanches convention at Mahatma Gandhi Mandir in Gandhinagar, Shalini Singh, an elected sarpanch from Uttar Pradesh’s Thora village of Gautam Buddha Nagar district was dragged out of the auditorium by security personnel who covered her mouth to prevent her from talking.

She later told reporters that she was seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention about development in her village which was being ignored. “I just wanted to personally put forth demands before the PM as neither the state government nor the central government has been heeding to our request for the last two years,” said Shalini Singh, who has an MA and B Ed degrees.…

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/gujarat-victims-of-rape-activists-gagged-at-pm-modis-womens-day-event-in-gandhinagar-4560805/

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ABVP leader Sunny Dedha booked for assaulting NSUI member at DU (Mar 10, 2017, DNA India)

ABVP leader and ex-DU Students’ Union (DUSU) vice president Sunny Dedha has been booked for assaulting an NSUI member and his friend at the Law faculty of the university.

Pradeep Vijayaran, a third-year law student, who contested 2015 DUSU polls as a candidate of NSUI, Congress’s students’ wing, said the incident happened on Thursday evening when he and his friend Vineet were studying at Law Centre-I of Campus of Law College of the varsity. He alleged that Dedha, along with his 7-8 friends, hit him and Vineet.…

Pradeep has said in his complaint that it all started after he objected to a youth urinating in the union room. He said that the youth he did not stop but “7-8 men later thrashed me”. He also alleged that one of the alleged attackers was Sunny Dedha. Further, he alleged that he was hit on the head with a steel chair causing injury. His friend Vineet who tried to intervene was also beaten up by the group, he said.…

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-abvp-leader-booked-for-assaulting-nsui-member-at-du-2349134

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Another Rohith Vemula at JNU: Student commits suicide alleging discrimination (Mar 13, 2017, New Indian Express)

Just days after writing a post on inequality, 27-year-old Dalit MPhil student at JNU Muthu Krishnan was found having allegedly committed suicide in south Delhi’s Munirka area Monday evening.

Muthu, who was known to friends on Facebook as Krish Rajini, was from Salem, Tamil Nadu. He was a student at the University of Hyderabad when fellow Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in January 2016 and had blogged about meeting Rohith and his mother, Radhika.

Police said no suicide note had been found and that it hadn’t been found that the alleged suicide was owing to any issues at the university. He is said to have been depressed for some time over some personal issues, police said.…

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/mar/13/another-rohith-vemula-at-jnu-student–commits-suicide-alleging-discrimination-1580984.html

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Gujarat model? Allocation for Dalits 2.67% in 2017-18 budget against 7% population, lurking gap of Rs 7,001 crore (Mar 14, 2017, Counterview)

A budget analysis by the Gujarat-based Dalit Arthik Adhikar Andolan has alleged that the Gujarat government has made the lowest percentage of allocation for the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) in the state budget for 2017-18, presented in the state assembly last month, ever since 2010-11.

Carried out by Dalit scholar Vasudev Charupa, the analysis says, “Against the need-based requirement, and keeping in view of the resources in sight, the size of Annual Budget 2017-18 has been fixed at Rs 1,72,179.24 Crore. But of concern is the missing focus for the scheduled castes’ socio-economic development.”

Thus, he says, as against the Dalit population of 7%, the state government has allocated just about 2.67% for SCSP – or Rs 4,603.69 crore. The proportional allocation, he adds, should have been due Rs 11,604.88 crore. This means that a massive Rs 7,001.19 less amount was allocated for Gujarat Dalits’ development.…

http://www.counterview.net/2017/03/gujarat-model-allocation-for-dalits-267.html

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Opinions and Editorials

The Consecration of a Hindu Vote Bank – By Harish Khare (Mar 13, 2017, The Wire)

Here’s a simple question: why did the Modi magic work in Uttar Pradesh so gloriously but fail so conspicuously to cast its charm in Punjab, Goa and Manipur? If the Bharatiya Janata Party is the new pan-India party and if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only pan-Indian leader, as was loudly claimed after the civic polls in Maharashtra, then why have the party and the leader failed to click beyond good old UP? The answer is simple: a Hindu vote bank has been cobbled together and sustained there because UP has a sizeable Muslim population, against whom ancient prejudices and new resentments could be stimulated. This is the bottom line of an otherwise complicated electoral contest.…

It has been suggested that the UP verdict is a vote on demonetisation, as well as an endorsement of the ‘surgical strikes’. The suggestion is that voters were happy to put up with all the notebandi-centric dislocations and disruptions because it had put the terrorists out of business and that Pakistan’s dirty designs had come to naught. But then why should this nationalistic messaging be confined to UP? No one can argue that voters in Punjab, Goa and Manipur lack in patriotism; Punjab being a border state has every reason to be receptive to any anti-Pakistan sales-pitch. Yet, the BJP lost even the Pathankot, Dinanagar and Gurdaspur assembly seats, where terror-attacks took place under Modi’s watch. In fact, the BJP contested 23 seats in Punjab and managed to win only three.

Similarly, Goa has the honour of being the home state of our hon’ble defence minister – who single-handedly instigated the government’s muscular anti-Pakistani narrative. Modi campaigned in all the other three states, though not in every galli as he did in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Yet the electorate remained immune to the Modi charm, as also to the presumed curative power of his leadership. The Modi magic worked in Uttar Pradesh because of a very sizeable Muslim presence. That made it easy to effortlessly inject zero-sum sentimentality into the election-time discourse. This is not the first time a Hindu consolidation has been attempted. It has been working rather well in Gujarat since 2002.…

https://thewire.in/116195/consecration-of-a-hindu-vote-bank-uttar-pradesh-election-2017/

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With two RSS members convicted for bombing Ajmer shrine, should the organisation be banned again? – By Shoaib Daniyal (Mar 10, 2017, Scroll.in)

On October 11, 2007, an explosion ripped through the 800-year-old shrine of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti in the Rajasthani town of Ajmer. The attack was timed well: it was the month of Ramzan, and a crowd had gathered outside the dargah to break their fast.… It took a court verdict on Wednesday to rekindle some interest in the case. Three people were convicted for the terror bombing. Two of them – Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi – have been identified in court records as “RSS pracharaks”. At a time when the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh controls the levers of power in the Union government itself, what does it mean for India that members of this hardline Hindutva organisation conducted a terror strike on a Sufi shrine?…

This, of course, is not the first time an RSS member has been convicted for murder. Gopal Godse, the brother of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, confirmed that the latter was an RSS worker. This led to the organisation being banned by the then Union Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel. Eight months after the assassination, Patel wrote to the RSS head, MS Golwalkar, blaming the organisation’s communalism for leading to Gandhi’s murder. Patel even claimed that RSS men had distributed sweets to celebrate the killing. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was also banned during the Emergency in 1975 and after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992.

In most circumstances, the Ajmer terror attack would have given rise to a conversation about the role of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and its ideology and whether it deserves to be banned like it was after Gandhi’s assassination. If, in 1948, Patel could discuss the “communal poison” that led to Gandhi’s assassination, India in 2017 should also seriously consider what elements of the RSS’ ideology led two of its pracharaks to bomb an 800-year-old Muslim shrine.

https://scroll.in/article/831454/ajmer-blast-with-two-members-convicted-for-bombing-chisti-shrine-should-the-rss-be-banned-again

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Babri Masjid demolition is an indictment of Indian polity; criminal conspiracy charge serves no purpose – By Ajay Singh (Mar 7, 2017, First Post)

In criminal jurisprudence mens rea connotes an intention of crime which is no less culpable than the crime itself. When LK Advani, as BJP president, took out the Rath Yatra in 1990, his explicit intention was to build the Ram Temple at the site of Ayodhya where Babri Masjid stood. The obvious implication was that the mosque had to be replaced with a temple befitting the status of Lord Ram’s birth place. The unambiguous message then was that the mosque would not remain at its original place.…

When the Supreme Court pointed out that the criminal conspiracy charge against LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi should not have been dropped, it seemed to have ignored the colossal failure of Indian polity to respond to a situation which snowballed into a criminal crisis.…

In the past 25 years of investigation, neither the CBI nor the Liberhans Commission could collect credible evidence to arraign the RSS-BJP-VHP leaders and prove the charges of criminal conspiracy.… As of now, instead of reviving a conspiracy case, the Supreme Court should use it as a framework to set up guidelines on how the powers-that-be could respond to such a situation in the future.

http://www.firstpost.com/world/babri-masjid-demolition-is-an-indictment-of-indian-polity-criminal-conspiracy-charge-serves-no-purpose-3320028.html

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Who’s behind the Kerala killings? – By C. Gouridasan Nair (Mar 10, 2017, The Hindu)

Right from the Ranchi riots in August 1967, the Babri demolition in 1992, the Gujarat riots in 2002, to the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, the Sangh Parivar has always used nefarious designs to foment, organise and spread communal riots for rich electoral dividends. The Sangh Parivar is engaged in an attempt to make inroads into Kerala with the intention of altering society forever by giving it a communal colour. It is desperate because it finds that this is not an easy task given the strong presence of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the State, which will stall all attempts at communal polarisation.

This desperation is at the root of the murderous politics being practised by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sanghin Kerala. From 1971, when Thalassery in Kannur district witnessed rampant RSS-instigated violence against Muslims, the CPI(M) has taken the path of resistance.

The designs of the RSS did not work in 1971 because of the stand the CPI(M) took. Since then, the RSS has been targeting our cadre and supporters, declaring us as their sworn enemies. They have not succeeded in their grand design of communal polarisation, but they have certainly succeeded in turning Kerala into a simmering pot of political violence.…

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/whos-behind-the-kerala-killings/article17436566.ece

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The march of fascism from Gujarat 2002 to Ramjas College 2017 – By Humra Quraishi (Mar 7, 2017, Milli Gazette Online)

What is happening on the Delhi University campus is a pointer that fascist forces have intruded into campuses, making life hell for any of those sane voices. This is the very basic crux of what took place last week in the very interiors of Delhi University’s Ramjas College. It’s all out in the open, battle between the sane and the fascists.

It’s about time we sit and read any of the available volumes on how fascists intrude and take on and then destroy. The reality of the day is that we have got to take on these destructive forces.

Today, this government is following an agenda – the RSS agenda! Using all possible ploys trying to crush all those who are against communal politics. All those who are against the fascist forces.…

http://www.milligazette.com/news/15438-the-march-of-fascism-from-gujarat-2002-to-ramjas-college-2017

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Indocrination as Education: One more govt directive towards saffronisation of Rajasthan schools – By Subhash Gatade (Mar 13, 2017, Sabrang India)

Rajaram (name changed) principal of a school near Jaipur, Rajasthan is a worried man. An honest teacher all his life, is not able to comprehend the rationale behind the recent order by the state education ministry asking every secondary and senior secondary school to purchase collected works of Deendayal Upadhyay.

Not only that he has never heard this name before but does not know how funds can be managed for the same. The school does not have a proper library till date. The budgetary situation of the school is such that despite repeated demands by the girl students the sole toilet in the school still remains unrepaired.

The circular sent by the state government on February 27 has asked all secondary and senior secondary schools to buy the compendium of essays and speeches titled ‘Deendayal Upadhyay Sampoorna Vangmay’ – which has been published by a Delhi publisher in 15 volumes at a concessional rate of Rs 4,000. Schools are asked to draw from the school development fund – meant to be utilised for local needs – to make the purchase.…

https://sabrangindia.in/article/indocrination-education-one-more-govt-directive-towards-saffronisation-rajasthan-schools

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Book Review

Foot Solider of the Constitution – A Memoir

Author: Teesta Setalvad
Reviewed by: Anupama Katakam
Available at: Publisher: LeftWord Books, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110008, Pages: 211, Price: Rs.295. www.amazon.in/
Review:
Never say die (Mar 17, 2017, Frontline)

An aggressive vilification campaign by the right wing has landed Teesta Setalvad in a situation where she is forced to divert her energy to protecting herself. The crusader who has relentlessly fought for justice for the marginalised and for minorities has been in recent times the target of attacks on her reputation and, in a few instances, on her life. She is one of the country’s most inexhaustible human rights activists and has tried hard to speak above the jingoistic nationalist din that appears to have taken over democratic India.

Her attempts at justifying her work, mainly that of fighting the injustices that have rendered thousands violated, homeless and helpless, have often been dismissed or ignored by the mainstream media. Consequently, the debate has sadly gone silent—definitely a blow to the movement against communalism.

But Teesta Setalvad is not one to be put down. She makes herself heard in her book Foot Solder of the Constitution: A Memoir. The book is a testimony to the many controversies she combats and reflects her indomitable spirit in the face of the many curveballs thrown her way. The book makes it clear that Teesta Setalvad’s fight is not just about Gujarat. It is a battle for justice and for upholding the principles of the Constitution.…

http://www.frontline.in/books/never-say-die/article9563407.ece

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – October 3rd, 2016

by newsdigest on October 13, 2016

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Amid Uncertainty After Uri Attack, A Hindu-Muslim Bond Grows Stronger (Oct 2, 2016, NDTV)

As an uneasy calm lingers in settlements along the Line of Control, fears of an escalation of conflict between India and Pakistan is on everyone’s mind. But in Bandi village, overlooking the Army brigade headquarters in Uri -scene of the attack two weeks ago that left 20 soldiers dead – the uncertainty has further cemented an age-old bond between Hindus and Muslims.…

Krishan Lal, head of Bandi village, said the entire community has decided to not abandon each other in case shelling starts from the Pakistani side. The amity between the Hindus and Muslims in the village has always been strong, the 70-year-old said.… “The sentiment and relation remains the same. Whenever there is any problem, we face it together. The age old bond is intact. We are together and in case of shelling from across we will stay together,” said Mr Lal.…

In 1990 when most Hindus left Kashmir at the height of militancy, Bandi village was an exception. Assured by their Muslim neighbours, many Hindus from the village did not migrate.… Mohammad Sidique, neighbour and a friend of Krishan Lal, said, “We will live together and die together. Nothing can separate us.”

http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/amid-uncertainty-after-uri-attack-a-hindu-muslim-bond-grows-stronger-1469190

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NGO to hold national conference for spreading communal harmony (Oct 1, 2016, India Today)

Capping its month-long nationwide campaign to spread the message of communal harmony, a city-based NGO today said it will hold a conference here on Monday to “stop the politics of hate”.

Popular Front of India (PFI) had started the drive on September 1 on the theme of Stop Politics of Hate and various programmes such as conferences, street corner meetings exhibitions were held.

“We will hold a huge public gathering National Peoples Conference at Talkatora Stadium on October 3 to mark the conclusion,” a PFI official said. He said a delegation will meet President Pranab Mukherjee to submit a memorandum after the programme.…

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ngo-to-hold-national-conference-for-spreading-communal-harmony/1/777980.html

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A year after Ikhlaq’s lynching, Bisada sitting on a communal tinderbox (Sep 28, 2016, Hindustan Times)

A year since 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq was lynched on the suspicion of slaughtering a cow on Eid at Bisada village in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, about 50km from New Delhi, a communal fault line that cleaved the village shows no sign of healing.

A group of youngsters stops our car at the entrance of Bisada. They demand to know who we wish to see, and why. After the interrogation and a few phone calls, they let us pass, but with a warning. “Do not roam around for too long, especially in the area where the Muslims live.”

Hindu families have stopped visiting their Muslim friends. The azaan calling the faithful for namaz no more blares from the loudspeaker. Kids from the two communities do not play matches and no festivals are celebrated together. “It is not the same anymore,” says Rahul, one of the boys at the vigilante style sentry duty at the entrance of the village.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/a-year-after-ikhlaq-s-lynching-bisada-sitting-on-a-communal-tinderbox/story-yDSARwiqqgxq7Za1W5IgoO.html

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I am out of jail, but I feel I am in a bigger jail now: Syed Wasif Haider (Oct 3, 2016, Twocircles.net)

Dr Wasif Haider was working with a US multinational in 2001 when his life changed forever. In his own words, he was kidnapped by the police, and for the next eight years, he remained in jail on charges of being a part of a rioting team which fired up Kanpur ADM Chandra Prakash Pathak and thereby killing him, along with conducting the Kanpur bomb blasts in 2000.

Haider successfully fought against all 11 charges, and although he has been out of jail for quite some time now, there is little indication that his life will ever be the same again. Haider continues to remain jobless as no one wants to hire him; his children remain in fear that something might happen to their father, and his family remains largely ostracised.

In Delhi to attend the ‘Peoples’ Tribunal on Acquitted Innocents’, Wasif speaks to Twocircles.net about his sufferings, and his hopes from the future.

http://twocircles.net/2016oct03/1475511312.html

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NHRC report on Kairana faces flak for being ‘prejudiced and communally charged’ (Oct 2, 2016, Scroll.in)

Civil society activists have condemned a recent report published by the National Human Rights Commission into allegations of persecution of Hindu families in Kairana in Uttar Pradesh as being “prejudiced and communally charged”, and demanded that the premiere human rights body withdraw the report.…

While the BJP MP had later withdrawn his claim and said the migration of the families – his list contained several who had died and even those who had migrated from the town five to 20 years back – was “not communal”but because of poor law and order, the NHRC in its report referred to the presence of Muzaffarnagar riot victims in the town as having led to “further deterioration of law and order.”

The civil society activists tore into the commission’s report for “blaming desperate riot victims for criminality without citing any credible and independent evidence” at a time when Uttar Pradesh is due to have assembly elections soon.…

http://scroll.in/article/817925/nhrc-report-on-kairana-under-fire-for-being-prejudiced-and-communally-charged

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Islamic organisations blame police for violence in Coimbatore (Oct 2, 2016, The Hindu)

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Coimbatore has blamed the police for the violence that took place in the district after the murder of Hindu Munnani leader C. Sasikumar on September 22.

Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, the representatives of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Popular Front of India, Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Manithaneya Jananayaka Katchi, Jamyathu Ahlil Koran Valhathees, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, Social Democratic Party of India, Indiya Towheed Jamath, Welfare Party of India, Indiya Manavar Islamia Amaipu and Campus Front of India said that had the police been more careful the violence could have been avoided.

Within hours of Sasikumar’s murder, crude explosives were hurled at mosques and thereafter during the funeral procession, commercial establishments and houses of Muslims were attacked. This pointed to the failure of the police that dealt with communal incidents.…

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/islamic-organisations-blame-police-for-violence-in-city/article9175239.ece

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Patidars, dalits, OBCs, Muslims feeling alienation in Gujarat Model: Dey (Oct 1, 2016, Times of India)

Ramon Magsaysay awardee and rights activist, Nikhil Dey on Saturday said that the communities like Patidars, dalits, OBCs and Muslims are feeling alienation in Gujarat which has been hailing as the model state.

Talking to ToI about the recent agitations of Patidar, OBC and Dalits, Dey said, “I do not think Gujarat model is some great model. Firstly, the idea of Gujarat had a model at sometime. But Gujarat has huge communal strife now. Though it had achieved economic growth but there is a social disharmony.”

“Even the so called well off community- Patidars, they are also feeling sense of alienation. Dalits, Muslims, Patidars and OBCs are also feeling alienation, something seriously needs to be thought about it,” Dey said.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54633864.cms

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Owaisi slams ‘progress Panchayat’ as propaganda, questions its efficacy (Sep 29, 2016, Hindustan Times)

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday downplayed Centre’s ‘Progress Panchayat’, a campaign to reach out to the minorities and dubbed the entire initiative as a propaganda. Owaisi said by taking such initiatives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not doing any favours to minority groups.

“All this is propaganda. If this government is doing anything, it is not like it is doing a favour. In 2016-17 the budget of ministry of minority affair was Rs 3,800 crore, only 12% of that has been released. In Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP), only 12% funds have been used,” said Owaisi.

“Rs 50 crore were sanctioned for Mewat, but not a single rupee has been released. And if you are going to conduct a panchayat on the name of empowerment then why are you not giving reservation to Muslims in the field of education as directed by the Bombay high court?” he asked.…

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/owaisi-slams-progress-panchayat-as-propaganda-questions-its-efficacy/story-wgjfGjrRsEjBkgcCpHLfeI.html

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Police killed 2 students in fake encounter: Cong. (Sep 28, 2016, The Hindu)

The Chhattisgarh Congress on Tuesday accused the State police of killing two school-going children in a fake encounter and branding them as Maoists in Dantewada district last week. State Congress president Bhupesh Baghel told journalists in Raipur that the party had formed an eight-member committee to inquire into the incident.

The police had claimed to have killed “two Maoists” in the Bargum area of Dantewada district during an exchange of fire on September 24. According to Mr. Baghel, the alleged Maoist was a Class 8 student from Hitameta POTA cabin and his friend.

Chhattisgarh Congress spokesperson R.P. Singh told The Hindu that the Congress MLA from Dantewada Devati Karma tried to visit the village of the victims but the police did not allow her to go to the spot.…

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/police-killed-2-students-in-fake-encounter-cong/article9155720.ece

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BJP playing politics over surgical strike issue: Arvind Kejriwal (Oct 5, 2016, Indian Express)

Rejecting BJP’s criticism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused it of playing politics over the anti-terror surgical strike and said why was the party “scared” when he had only asked the Prime Minister to counter the false propaganda by Pakistan.…

In a rare gesture, Kejriwal has yesterday “saluted” Modi for the surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads across the LoC. At the same time, he had urged the Centre to counter the smear campaign by Pakistan and international media, but BJP alleged that Kejriwal had in the garb of his statement questioned the Army’s assertion on surgical strike and insulted the armed forces.…

Kejriwal later retorted: “I am unhappy. Ravi Shankar ji is saying I am playing politics. Am I playing politics or they?” Senior AAP leader Ashutosh said Pakistan is insulting ‘Bharat Mata’ and Indian army through its propaganda, but BJP is settling score with Kejriwal. “I am amazed that Ravi Shankar Prasad instead of unmasking Pak Propaganda is questioning AK. Shows BJP’s bankruptcy of ideas,” Ashutosh tweeted.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/bjp-playing-politics-over-surgical-strike-issue-arvind-kejriwal-3065088/

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Mewat gangrape: NCM points fingers at gau rakshaks, questions police inaction (Sep 28, 2016, Catch News)

Haryana Police is notorious for its biryani raids along the highway where they search for beef. It is now also under the scanner for its investigation into the ghastly double murder of a Muslim couple and the gangrape of two young Muslim women in August this year.

On 22 September, a team of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) visited Dingerheri village in Mewat district where the two crimes took place. The team, made up of NCM Chairman Naseem Ahmad and Praveen Davar, has also pointed towards the alleged role of gau rakshaks in these incidents. A copy of the report has also been sent to the Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

“The incident has shaken the people of the area and there is a lot of resentment, especially among the Muslim community, partly due to the allegations that the culprits were gau rakshaks. There is a need to convey a clear message that culprits of such heinous crimes would not be spared. Such a step is more relevant in the context of the Mewat district,” the report states.…

http://www.catchnews.com/india-news/mewat-gangrape-ncm-points-fingers-at-gau-rakshaks-questions-police-inaction-1475060755.html

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Gujarat govt “war” on Dalit activists? Minister seeks inquiry against Dalit NGO, cops file FIR to placate Mevani (Sep 28, 2016, Counterview)

Gujarat’s top Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, has taken strong exception to a senior Gujarat minister, Atmaram Parmar, in charge of social and justice empowerment department, seeking to “inquire into” the use of funds under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) norms, wondering whether the matter comes under him.

“His ministry and department are nowhere involved in any capacity on any of these matters”, executive director, Manjula Pradeep, has said in a statement, adding, “At the outset, we welcome any impartial inquiry by the judiciary.” …

While it is not known whether the decision of the Gujarat minister to do an inquiry into the foreign funds has the sanction of chief minister Vijay Rupani, who is known to take a sober view of things, the development has come alongside the state police filing FIR against Una uprising leader Jignesh Mevani. Mevani, a practicing lawyer, has been charged with going ahead with road block demonstration at Income Tax Circle in Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning, along with hundreds of sanitation workers, even though the police refused permission. The FIR also blames him for “attack” on the police van, leading to cracks on the police van which had come to take agitators away and detain them for the day.…

http://www.counterview.net/2016/09/gujarat-govt-war-on-dalit-activists.html

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Opinions and Editorials

A year passes, without trial – By Shafaque Alam (Sep 28, 2016, Times of India)

…A year has passed since Mohammad Akhlaq was battered to death by a lynch mob that suspected he was eating beef. Eighteen people have, during this time, been arrested, all residents of Akhlaq’s village Bisada. Police have filed a 177-page case diary along with a 4-page charge sheet that contains the eyewitness account of Akhlaq’s wife Ikraman in court. Yet, nine months and several hearings later, charges are yet to be framed against the suspects.

For Akhlaq’s family, it’s been a frustrating wait for the process of justice to begin. In the meantime, families of the suspects banded together, turned up pressure on police and the government by threatening a mahapanchayat and succeeded in starting a parallel case of cow slaughter against Akhlaq’s family. The forensic report of the meat sample seized by police – first said to be mutton by the Greater Noida veterinary hospital and then beef by UP’s forensic laboratory in Mathura – muddied the waters further.

What started off as a black and white case of mob murder has, a year on, thanks to a complicated investigative and judicial process, acquired multiple shades of grey. The battle for justice looks like a long and difficult one for the family of the murdered man.…

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/54553649.cms

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Enough Is Enough: Modi Must Reign in India’s Cow Vigilantes – By Anuradha Sharma (Sep 27, 2016, The Diplomat)

“The third world war will start over a cow.” Thus spoke godman Mahamandleshwar Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri, the chairman of the executive council of the cow rearing and livestock promotion board (Gaupalan Evam Pashudhan Samvardhan Board) of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradhesh.

If anybody thought he was joking, an army is already underway, beating up men and women, parading victims like trophies. They’re busy raiding refrigerators and sifting through biryanis, pausing to rape and sodomize, and, in some cases even kill, the beef-eaters. They are the Gau Rakshaks, or cow protectors – a new breed of warriors tasked to eliminate all threats to the sacred cow and help make India a proud Hindu nation. …

Modi must look beyond political gains. He cannot expect the public to buy his rhetoric.… The law of the land cannot be left in the hands of the mob. Of course, having first whipped up the anti-beef hysteria in the country, his moral position is compromised. Meanwhile, he is under tremendous pressure from the ultra right Hindu nationalists and cannot risk alienating the conservative vote bank. But his real test lies in how well he is able to handle these competing pressures and find a lasting solution. Will he be able to prevent the “third world war”? Does he want to?

http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/enough-is-enough-modi-must-reign-in-indias-cow-vigilantes/

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The elections in UP may shape the future of the Maratha agitation in Maharashtra – By Anita Katyal (Oct 2, 2016, Scroll.in)

Is there a connection between next year’s Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and the ongoing agitation by Marathas across Maharashtra? As Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrambles to douse the growing anger among the Marathas – who are demanding reservations in government jobs and education and protesting the gangrape and murder of a minor Maratha girl – Bharatiya Janata Party insiders maintain it could become far more difficult for him to handle the agitation if their party does not do well in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

A poor showing by the BJP in UP will embolden the protestors in Maharashtra to intensify their stir as the ruling party will then be perceived to be on a weak wicket. To some extent, the chief minister’s future also depends on the results of the Uttar Pradesh elections.

As it is, Fadnavis is unable to get a grip on the situation in his state. In case the protests pick up more momentum, he will have a tough time saving his job. It is already being speculated that the well-organised Maratha uprising has been designed to unseat Fadnavis by his detractors both within and outside the BJP.…

http://scroll.in/article/817800/the-elections-in-up-may-shape-the-future-of-the-maratha-agitation-in-maharashtra

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Mob Violence, Police Action and Rising Communalism Haunt Alwar’s Meos – By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta (Oct 3, 2016, The Wire)

…The villagers celebrated Bakr Eid in their usual way this year.… The very next day, at around 10:30 pm, a cavalcade of police cars entered the village. “We waved at them,” Muhammad Usman, a resident, said, “but they didn’t stop.”

“Curious, some of us took our motorbikes and reached the nearby Gidwara jungle and found a few policemen and some strangers who had wrapped saffron stoles around their necks digging up the ground,” Usman said.

“We went ahead to know what is happening, but the strangers, who claimed to be gau rakshaks (cow protectors) drove us off with sticks,” he said. “The[y] said ‘Koi nahin bachega. Gaay ko maara hai saale Katuey (No one will be spared. You Muslims have killed a cow)’,” Usman narrated.…

http://thewire.in/69590/mewat-alwar-meos-gau-raksha/

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Sunkanna’s Refusal to Accept His PhD From Appa Rao is a Historic Act of Resistance – By Kalpana Kannabiran (Oct 4, 2016, The Wire)

The refusal of Velpula Sunkanna, a student of the University of Hyderabad (UoH), to accept his PhD degree from the Vice Chancellor Podile Appa Rao is an unprecedented act of resistance that has shaken the institution. Sunkanna was one of the five students expelled from the hostel and public places in the university along with Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in January this year.

It is worth examining and reflecting upon the genesis and implications of this act of defiance. We have not yet forgotten the rustications and expulsion of students from the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) that led to the tragic death of Vemula. The stunning protest that cascaded through the country led to a new sensibility on the meanings and purpose of education, and the inseparability of learning from deep democracy and deep diversity.

The naming of exclusionary actions by utterly arbitrary university administrations – Rao was VC then too – that absorbed the unholy task of dismantling autonomy and freedom of thought, conscience and expression in universities as ‘the velivada’ – the untouchable hamlet outside the boundaries of touchable habitations – by Vemula, Dontha Prashanth, Sunkanna and their compatriots was an unimaginable turn in the politics of the possible.…

http://thewire.in/70761/70761/

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Uri aftermath: Why is Modi being praised for strategic restraint when Manmohan was derided for it? – By Shoaib Daniyal (Sep 28, 2016, Scroll.in)

…While Singh was lambasted for what people perceived as a weak response to repeated militant attacks, criticism has been greatly muted in the case of Modi. In fact, some hawks have gone out of their way to praise the prime minister for his response to Pakistan, which has mostly focussed on criticising Islamabad for its position on terror.…

Modi enjoys a natural advantage over Singh because his image as a hardliner means that the hawks, at least for the time being, can be counted among his supporters and are reluctant to criticise him. This phenomenon is so widespread in global politics that it even gave birth to a metaphor – “Only Nixon could go to China”, which refers to the ability of a popular politician who is trusted so deeply by his supporters to pull off actions that would otherwise have been sharply attacked.…

Media leaks ensure that contemplated punitive action such as review of the Indus Water Treaty for water-sharing between the two countries or Pakistan’s Most Favoured Nation status – that recognises it as a bonafide partner for trade – keeps prime time news boiling. Of course, Modi would himself never speak of this directly, given that the scrapping the Indus Water Treaty is near impossible. The hollow boast would only embarrass him.…

http://scroll.in/article/817559/uri-aftermath-why-is-modi-being-praised-for-strategic-restraint-when-manmohan-was-derided-for-it

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 1st, 2016

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – September 15th, 2014

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – August 12th, 2013

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In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony When Muslims escorted a Hindu baraat News Headlines Lokayukta on Modi govt: Can’t work with ‘my way or highway’ mindset Human Rights activist Shabnam Hashmi slams Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat model’ as myth Discrimination in Narendra Modi’s Ahmedabad CBI seeks MHA nod to arrest ex-IB boss AAP […]

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